Cosmetic Dentistry - Know Your Options

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Curious about Cosmetic Dentistry? This presentation covers a wide variety of dental work designed to improve the appearance of your teeth, gums and/or bite. Includes multiple tips such as what to look and ask for when choosing a cosmetic dentist. Plus several free online tools and money saving links.


<ul><li> Know Your Options Cosmetic Dentistry </li></ul> <p>2. Cosmetic Dentistry Cosmetic dentistry generally refers to any dental work that improves the appearance (though not necessarily the function) of a person's teeth, gums and/or bite. Many dentists refer to themselves as "cosmetic dentists" regardless of their specific education, specialty, training, and experience in this field. 3. Cosmetic Procedure (1 of 2) A. Tooth Whitening B. Porcelain Veneers C. Dental Implants D. Dental Bonding E. Dental Bridges 4. F. Tooth Contouring and Reshaping G. Dentures H. Dental Fillings I. Dental Crowns J. Cosmetic Gum Surgery Cosmetic Procedure (2 of 2) 5. Tooth whitening lightens teeth and helps to remove stains and discoloration. Whitening is among the most popular cosmetic dental procedures because it can greatly improve how your teeth look. Whitening is not a one-time procedure. It will need to be repeated from time to time if you want to maintain the brighter color. Teeth Whitening 6. Porcelain dental veneers are a wonderful way to brighten, straighten, and otherwise revamp your smile. Porcelain veneers are extremely thin, custom-made shells of tooth- colored materials designed to cover the front surface of teeth. Porcelain Veneers 7. A dental implant is an artificial tooth root placed into your jaw to hold a false tooth or bridge in place. Dental implants preserve your existing teeth better than traditional bridgework, since implants do not rely on neighboring teeth for support. Dental Implants 8. Dental bonding is a procedure where a tooth-colored resin is applied and hardened with a special light, which ultimately improves the appearance of a discolored or chipped tooth. Dental Bonding 9. A bridge, also known as a fixed partial denture, is a dental restoration used to replace a missing tooth by joining permanently to adjacent teeth or dental implants. Dental Bridges 10. If you have a cracked tooth and are looking to improve your smile, tooth contouring is the options preferred by most general dentists. Tooth contouring and reshaping changes the size or shape of the teeth so that slightly damaged or out of proportion teeth are brought back into alignment with the rest. Contouring &amp; Reshaping 11. A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. There are many forms of dentures, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. However dentures are typically only recommend to patients experiencing tooth loss. Dentures 12. Dental fillings fill holes in your teethe with to restore the function, integrity and shape of your missing tooth structure. Many dentists offer tooth-colored fillings to help you avoid potential health risks and aesthetic problems associated with metal amalgam fillings, which often contain mercury and are prone to corrosion over time. Dental Fillings 13. A crown is a common type of dental restoration which completely caps or encircles a tooth or dental implant. These tooth-shaped "cap" that is placed over a tooth. Dental Crowns 14. Cosmetic gum surgery such as gum grafting (or root coverage) can be performed to restore the health and attractiveness of your gum line. Cosmetic Gum Surgery 15. Ask your dentist for the following items before undergoing treatment: 1. Before and after photos so you can see the results of other patients to ensure his or her work meets your expectations 2. A list of references you can call to get a sense of the quality of care the dentist provides 3. Proof of continuing education so you can be certain that they are up-to-date with the latest techniques in dentistry What to look for in a Cosmtic Dentist 16. Resources for anyone considering cosmetic dental work 1.Estimate the cost of cosmetic procedures with our Dental Cost Calculator 2.Find a local cosmetic dentist in our Dental Directory of over 90,000 dentists 3. Get Financing for the entire cost of your cosmetic dental work Free Dental Tools &amp; Tips </p>