Cosmetic dentistry, as the name suggest, is dentistry that is done for cosmetic reasons. In other words, this is dentistry that is done to give you a better looking smile. Traditional dentistry, on the other hand, is dentistry that is done for health reasons and involves things like root canals, bridges, dentures and so on. There are many cosmetic dentists in San Diego, CA and they perform different procedures including teeth whitening, installation of veneers to fill gaps, seal cracks, teeth whitening or bleaching, crowns, bonding and others.
Most people were unable to afford the services of cosmetic dentists in the past because they cost a lot of money – in fact, they were associated with the rich and famous such as actors and musicians. Today, however, there are more cosmetic dentists around and this has driven prices down to a level where most people can afford them. If you are reading this it is quite likely that you would like to have some cosmetic work done on your teeth. You should not use the first cosmetic dentist that you come across. It is important to take time and research where they went to school, how many years they have been operational (it gives them experience) and whether they have a good reputation for high quality cosmetic dental work. One of the best ways to get a cosmetic dentist is to ask your regular dentist to give you a referral. Here are some of the procedures that a cosmetic dentist can provide for you.
Teeth whitening is one of the most common procedures that cosmetic dentists in San Diego, CA and other places in America perform. As we age, it is natural for our teeth to lose their pearly white color. In addition to that, teeth can become yellow because of consuming too much coffee or smoking. Yellow teeth are not attractive at all. The good news is that a cosmetic dentist can easily restore them back to their pearly color through teeth whitening. He can choose to use gels that contain hydrogen peroxide or he can use a laser machine. Teeth whitening gels are cheaper but they take longer – you will need a few visits with your dentist before you can see results. Laser technology, on the other hand, works much faster but it is much more expensive. Remember, if you whiten your teeth too much you will look a little weird. The shade that you choose must go with the shade of your skin. Look at before and after photos with your dentist to determine which shade is best for you. It is also important to take into account the fact that teeth whitening gels can sometimes cause irritation to the cheeks and gums.
More and more people are choosing veneers to hide problems with their teeth. Veneers are thin, porcelain shells that are bonded to the tooth using powerful glue. They are used to hide things like cracks, chips in a tooth and they are also often used to hide discoloration in the teeth. There are now brands of veneers in the market that can last for 20 years making them very cost effective.
Contouring of teeth
Sometimes veneers may not do the trick in which case the dentist will contour it back into shape using dental instruments. The dentist will work on the shape and the length of the tooth, filing it down so that it can be in line with the others. This procedure is also often used to correct overlapping teeth.
Crowns are prosthetic pieces that are attached over a tooth to hide abnormalities. Since crowns are very expensive dentists only use them when all other corrective measures have failed. If you are wondering why they are so expensive, it is because if how long they last – they have the longest lifespan when it comes to restorative procedures.
How do I know that I need a cosmetic dentist?
If you are not happy with your smile as it is now it is a good idea to find a San Diego, CA cosmetic dentist and discuss with him which procedures can be performed to improve your smile. He will make recommendations but don’t stop there; when it comes to cosmetic dentistry it is always best to get a second opinion – some dentists are in it only for the money. If two different dentists recommend the same procedure(s) then it would be worthwhile to book an appointment and get started. Remember, a good smile can take you a long way socially and even professionally.