A recent survey showed that 90 percent of respondents believe that an attractive smile is a social asset. At the same time, people with healthy teeth, generally, display higher levels of confidence than those with dingy, crooked, or missing teeth. For those with less than perfect teeth, the cutting edge dental technologies of today can boost their confidence significantly.
Cosmetic dentistry has come a long way over the last half century, and most procedures can be started and completed on the same day. Whitening, dental veneers, dental crowns, and contouring and reshaping are among the most common procedures that cosmetic dentists perform today. Among these procedures, the popularity of dental veneers is growing rapidly, as the number of dental veneer procedures has exploded by over 250% since 2008.
Today, a family dentist provides patients with dozens of dental veneers each week, and for good reason. Other than the smoothing of the tooth onto which a veneer will be adhered, dental veneers are non invasive, and, therefore, do not typically involve any drilling, cutting, or anesthesia. They can also be used for different purposes, which may be to repair chipped teeth, to correct notching, or to cover up discolored teeth.
Most of the time, a family dentist will use dental veneers on the outward facing surfaces of incisors. In doing so, a dentist will smooth out the surface of a tooth by grinding. Although “grinding” might sound unpleasant, this part of the process is actually quick and gentle. Once the surface of the tooth is smooth, the dentist will construct a porcelain or composite veneer for the tooth. When the veneer fits the tooth correctly, the dentist will permanently bond the veneer to the tooth, using a resin based cement.
Of course, there are other, more invasive procedures that are gaining popularity, as well. An ideal example would be the mini dental implant. While dental implants require anesthesia and the insertion of a titanium post, the results are usually worth it. This is because a finished dental implant is almost impossible to identify from a natural tooth, and the bonding that occurs between the titanium and bone is sturdy enough to last a lifetime.
While over 65% of cosmetic dentistry patients are female, people of all genders, ages, and backgrounds are continuing to choose cosmetic dentistry. The growing popularity of cosmetic surgery can probably be attributed to the fact that confidence is important for everyone, regardless of any of the above factors. The bottom line is that a family dentist has access to methods and procedures that can change your life for the better.