"dental procedures"Having a beautiful smile is something that most of us will want to achieve. A beautiful smile not only makes you approachable, it also makes it much easier for you to have better self-esteem. Fortunately, there are many different cosmetic dentistry procedures that you can use to ensure that you have the most beautiful smile. Some of these include:

Tooth bleaching

This is one of the most common forms of cosmetic dentistry procedures performed. In a nutshell, bleaching involves the use of chemicals that oxidize the tooth surface, making sure that it attains a perfect white color. There are two basic ways of doing bleaching; you can either have it done by a dentist at the dental clinic or you can buy a kit to do it at home. The former is often much better for many, since it ensures that you have the process supervised by a professional.

Use of braces

Braces are used mainly to align teeth so that they do not end up growing in a crooked manner. Most of the time, crooked teeth do not have any effect on the use of the teeth, but they have a negative effect on the aesthetics involved. The process of using braces involves putting the braces in place, and then tightening them regularly (such as every month) to force one’s teeth to grow in perfect alignment. Traditionally, braces tend to cost a lot of money to get, but they are very good value for money since they ensure that you end up having a very beautiful smile in future.

Scaling and polishing

The issue of scaling and polishing is a grey area when you try to categorize it into a cosmetic or non-cosmetic procedure. On the one hand, it is a process that involves getting rid of plaque that could end up damaging one’s teeth. However, it can also be thought of as a cosmetic procedure since it involves getting rid of plaques that may end up making your teeth look bad.

Whether scaling and polishing is cosmetic or not, it is very important that you have it done frequently. This is because it often retards the progression of problems such as development of dental caries or bad breath. It is often recommended that one visit the dentist once every six months to have this procedure done.

Veneers

Veneers are very important for ensuring that you do not lose teeth unnecessarily when they get cracked. Most of the times, you will find that when you have cracked teeth, they tend to be very painful. In some situations when a part of the teeth actually falls off, there may be only two options left: to get rid of the tooth or to have it repaired using a veneer. The latter is often the better choice, since it ensures that you retain your teeth. The fact that most veneers are identical in color to other teeth means that it will be very difficult for other people to notice that part of your tooth is missing.

The above are just a few of the cosmetic dentistry procedures that you can take advantage of when you need to have a brighter smile. One thing that you have to keep in mind is that by themselves, such interventions may not work as much as you want them to. To ensure that you get the most value for money out of them, you would need to do the following:

  • Have them done by a high quality expert so that you can be satisfied with the outcome.
  • Make sure that you treat your teeth well afterwards. For instance, once you have whitened your teeth, you need to keep them clean in order for them to stay pristine.
  • Avoid foods that can stain your teeth. Foods such as coffee usually tend to stain teeth, and if you have any of the procedures above done such stains may end up making your teeth look odd.
  • Always have your teeth checked regularly even if they are not unhealthy. This way, it will be much easier for your dentist to try to figure out if there is anything wrong with your teeth before the problem gets worse, and therefore more expensive to treat.

The author of the article, Robert Carlisle, is a dentist and works for Dental 359, providers of various dental services. Through this article, he tries to elaborate on cosmetic dentistry and its unsung benefits.