It used to be that everything dentists did was unsightly, from fillings to crowns to dentures. In today’s world, however, a cosmetic dentist can do more than ever before.
While many people are afraid of dentists because of bad experiences they may have had as a child, still more are scared of what having their teeth worked on will do for their appearance. For many adults who have had dental work done in the past, a filling or false tooth can stick out like a sore thumb and cause unneeded embarrassment.
These days, a cosmetic dentist has more tools and technology at his or her disposal than ever before. Because of this, what were once difficult procedures that produced unsightly results can now actually improve the look and feel of a person’s smile.
Advancements in materials and tools used to complete many of these procedures have given rise to the cosmetic dentist, who now operates in some respects just as a plastic surgeon would by fixing problems in the most aesthetically pleasing and potentially enhancing way possible.
For starters, this starts with the improved appearance of the materials used for things like fillings and prostheses. While standard fillings used to be metallic in color and were quite noticeable to the naked eye, today they can be made to be the color of teeth themselves to help them blend in and be completely unnoticeable.
In a similar vein, artificial crowns, bridges and veneers used to be made of a variety of materials that could be easily determined to be artificial by the naked eye. In contrast, today’s cosmetic dentist typically uses porcelain on constructing these items, which allows them to take on the look and feel of a real tooth, right down to the enamel.
Of course it is not just about new and improving materials or the appearance of traditional ones. In the case of dentures, it can be more about how they are manufactured. Today’s dentures can be designed and custom-made to fit the specific needs and desires of an individual patient, taking into consideration factors such as the size, shape and layout of the teeth, their unique abnormalities and how they rest inside the mouth. Things like these may not seem like significant issues, but they can make a huge difference when it comes to helping dentures look more realistic.
Then there is the advent of products such as Invisalign, which is a newer method of orthodontics that can also be available through a cosmetic dentist. Products such as these, along with all of the other aforementioned advancements in how dentistry is approached in the 21st century, have helped make individuals with various different needs more satisfied with their smiles than ever before.