New dental technologies have made possible many new treatments to fix chipped, broken, missing or disclosed teeth. Cosmetic dentistry refers to dental work that is done out of consideration for aesthetics rather than to treat problems like cavities or toothache. Teeth whitening, dental veneers, crowns, dental implants and other techniques are used by cosmetic dentists to make your teeth as good as new. If you’re considering cosmetic dentistry for yourself or your kids, a family dentist is the best person to advise you on the options available to you.
What is a cosmetic dentist?
Cosmetic dentists use many new techniques to treat teeth that are chipped, broken discolor elf or missing. The appearance of a person’s teeth is considered an important part of their overall presentation of themselves. People believe that having teeth that are broken, chipped or discolored can affect their chance to form friendships and even to find employment. As many as three out of four Americans believe that having an attractive smile improves their chances for career success.
Cosmetic dentistry has become increasingly popular in recent years and dentists use procedures like bleaching, bonding, crowns, veneers and reshaping and contouring to give teeth a better and natural appearance. The popularity of teeth whitening treatments has grown by more than 300% in the past five years.
What are veneers and lumineers?
A veneer is essentially a layer of material placed over a tooth to improve its appearance or to protect it from further damage. Veneers are highly naturalistic and stain resistant, and do not require any special care. Lumineers are a special type of veneers. They are ultra-thin and translucent, and look like natural tooth enamel.
Veneers have become very popular and their use has increased by more than 250% over the past five years. They typically last for 5 to 10 years and need to be replaced after that time. The first step in deciding whether or not veneers or lumineers are right for you would be contact a family dentist, who can discuss the pros and cons with you.
Should you opt for veneers?
Perceptions matter and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry reports that almost all Americans, or 99.7%, feel that their smiles are a social asset. Cosmetic dentistry is becoming increasingly popular and age is no limitation. More than half the people who opt for cosmetic dentistry are between 41 and 60 years old. Two thirds of cosmetic dentistry patients are female.
For those who decide to go ahead with cosmetic dentistry, the average cost of procedures cones to between $5000 and $6000.
If you think you might benefit from cosmetic dentistry, and want to discuss the various alternative treatments, a family dentist will be able to advise you of the best choices for your situation.