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What is Cosmetic Dentistry?

cosmetic dentistryWhen you hear the words “cosmetic dentistry,” you probably think about teeth whitening procedures and veneers – but cosmetic dentistry is more than that. It can help you increase your self-esteem and make you feel better about your look overall. Cosmetic dentistry can also help you take pain away in your mouth and solve oral health issues. Essentially, cosmetic dentistry is the practice of making a smile more aesthetically attractive and also more comfortable for those who have problems with their teeth. There are many different procedures that are considered to be “cosmetic,” some of which may surprise you.

  • Teeth whitening – We mentioned this at the beginning of the blog, and it seems fairly obvious, but getting teeth whitening is a fairly common cosmetic procedure. If you decide to get your teeth whitened, it’s something that you should have done professionally. Over the counter products can sometimes burn your gums – though as we mentioned last week, they won’t actually harm your teeth.
  • Dental implants – These are a great alternative to dentures since they mimic regular teeth, both in the root area as well as the crown. The nice part about dental implants is that you cannot develop cavities in implants. They can be made to match your natural teeth and are comfortable to chew and speak with. Dentures can be difficult to get around, which makes most people prefer implants.
  • Orthodontics – Most people think that orthodontics or braces are reserved for teenagers and adolescents, but it’s becoming more popular for adults to opt to straighten their teeth as well, especially with the introduction of Invisalign to orthodontic procedures. Orthodontics really depends on the situation and person and is generally evaluated on a case-to-case basis.
  • Fillings – This surprises most people as being a cosmetic dentistry procedure, but over the years fillings have come a long way. They started as metal structures and over time have been replaced by plastic that can look and feel like a natural tooth. Today’s fillings bond to your natural tooth and the material is getting better about staying adhered to the tooth rather than popping out over time.

Cosmetic dentistry isn’t all about aesthetics – sometimes it’s really helpful to have a healthy mouth and to encourage a better oral health care routine. Some cosmetic procedures can make it easier to talk, eat, and feel comfortable with your teeth. Dentists Leikin and Baylin offer cosmetic dentistry procedures to help you with your self-esteem as well as comfort. If you have any questions about cosmetic dentistry, or wish to schedule an appointment, please contact Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland by calling 410-747-1115 or visit CatonsvilleDentalCare.com.

Sources: http://www.aacd.com/index.php?module=cms&page=727http://www.aacd.com/index.php?module=cms&page=586

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