The focus of cosmetic dentistry is not so much on restoring the health of your mouth, teeth, gums, and jaw, as it is on making them all look much more appealing. Many people in Ocoee, FL and elsewhere around the country are simply not happy with their smiles, and actually have to hide them when talking with others. Rather than having to hide a smile, you’ll be able to show yours off and flash a big, white smile at everyone you meet, if you work with a cosmetic dentist.
Types of cosmetic dentistry
There are quite a few ways and methods that cosmetic dentistry can help improve your smile, and the one you choose will largely depend on exactly what you don’t like about your smile. For instance, people who have discolored teeth, or teeth which are chipped, cracked, or gapped in front, might want to avail themselves of dental veneers. These are thin, shell-like caps which are installed over the front teeth, and which brighten up your smile considerably.
Teeth-whitening is another process which can dramatically whiten your teeth and improve your smile. Hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide are used to break the bonds which stains have on the enamel of your teeth, and with those bonds broken, the stains eventually just rinse away. You might be able to achieve some level of whitening with over-the-counter whiteners, but a professional dental treatment will always be much more effective.
Dental crowns are replacement teeth which fit over the top of a tooth which is chipped or decayed badly. Teeth which are badly shaped can also be covered by crowns to give them a more normal appearance. In some cases, crowns are used to protect teeth which have some kind of structural deficiency, and this ensures that no further damage is done through normal eating and chewing.
Dental implants can be installed where you have a tooth missing, and the implant will provide an extremely solid foundation for a replacement tooth, so your mouth can look and feel just like normal again. Inlays and onlays are used when a conventional filling can’t be installed, usually because there isn’t enough healthy tooth left to receive the filling. These specialized fillings are created in a laboratory, and then installed by a qualified cosmetic dentist.
An orthodontist is a dentist who has received special training in the areas of diagnosing, preventing, and treating any irregularities with the jaw or the teeth. They correct any issues which exist currently, and are trained to identify issues which may develop in the future. They can work with people of all ages, including youngsters and seniors.
Invisalign vs Smile Direct
The big difference between these two systems is that when you have Invisalign installed, you will still be making in-person visits to your orthodontist’s office, whereas Smile Direct is more of a club format, which mails the aligners to your residence. One of the drawbacks of Smile Direct is that there’s no direct supervision by a qualified dental professional, so if anything goes wrong, it may not be caught for awhile.
Invisalign is a system which makes use of clear plastic aligners, and when used properly, it will accomplish the same kind of teeth re-alignment that conventional metal braces do. The great thing about Invisalign aligners is that they are virtually undetectable when in place, so the wearer is not obliged to endure criticism or mocking, as sometimes happens with young people. A series of Invisalign aligners can accomplish straightening in 12 to 18 months, if the patient keeps them in place for the recommended 20-22 hours each day.
Clear braces are usually colored to match the shade of your other teeth, so that they just can’t be identified as being a dental device. Clear braces have clear brackets, which means they’re far less noticeable than metal braces and metal brackets, but not quite as invisible as Invisalign.
Teens are more likely to request Invisalign aligners than any other age group, because they are probably more affected by the kind of teasing that hurts a person’s self-image. Because Invisalign aligners have a very low profile, they are not often observed by others, so the wearer can avoid all the hassle of peer criticism.
6 Month Braces
While 6-month braces do work much faster than either conventional braces or Invisalign, they are also not quite as thorough as either of those other two systems. They are also less expensive, because there are fewer aligners required to accomplish the entire straightening program.