So many of us never thought we would resort to any kind of cosmetic surgery. The idea of it made us think of Hollywood types and others with whom we share basically no experience. But when we were saying cosmetic surgery, we weren’t thinking about cosmetic dental care.
The truth is, and the longer you live the more you know it is true, you will start to experience some type of tooth decay. In fact, almost 90% of people over the age of 20 are dealing with tooth decay of one kind or another. At the same time, 99.7% of people surveyed, almost every single person, believe that a nice, healthy looking smile is important socially.
To that end, Americans all over the United States will spend an estimated $1.4 billion annually on teeth whitening products. In the past, we might not have had the options to keep the kind of smile we want to have. Dentistry of old did its best to help you keep the smile you had, but could never do what your dentist can do today.
Cosmetic dental care is aimed at creating a positive change to your teeth and to your smile. Cosmetic dental care can only go so far by itself, however. Esthetic Dentistry is designed to compliment the overall general and oral health of a patient, meaning if a patient is not maintaining his general health, effective cosmetic dentistry will be a difficult thing to achieve. General and oral health must go hand in hand with the cosmetic dentistry your dentist will perform for you.
It is the appearance of the teeth and the enhancement of a person’s smile that is the central concern of cosmetic dental care. The emphasis in this field is on the art, not just the science of dentistry. It might not, on the surface of it all, seem like a difficult thing to create whiter teeth or even whole, new teeth in general. But there is a great deal more to it than what first may appear.
Cosmetic dentistry requires a good eye and a thorough understanding of dental anatomy. In addition, a quality cosmetic dentist must absolutely master all of the dental materials. Beyond even that, whatever vision a dentist has for a particular patient must be communicated properly and effectively with the laboratory. The technicians are key players in the makeover of any smile.
Though cosmetic dentistry is not recognized in the dental profession as a specialty, many people believe it should be. It takes many, many years to study and train to be able to perform the procedures that cosmetic dentists do. The highest standards have to maintained and upheld.
Many people go through their adult lives with teeth that are keeping them from being everything that they can be. There is story after story about people who had bad teeth, never smiled and everyone thought they were just angry all the time, got cosmetic surgery, and now are the life of the party, smiling all the time. People feel like they don’t even know these people.