DIY braces and at-home teeth straightening kits are popping up all over the internet, promising dentist-quality results at a fraction of the price. Unfortunately, things that sound too good to be true often are. In fact, DIY solutions can be downright dangerous, causing even more damage to your teeth in the long run. We break down common types of DIY braces and explore the reasons you should leave quality dental work to the professionals.
Veneers have been around for almost a century, and in that time have changed drastically. From fake tooth caps that came off after a few hours to teeth that look natural, veneers have improved in manifold ways. If you’re worried about the longevity or appearance of veneers, read on to learn how impressive this cosmetic technology has truly become.
Most people have heard of cosmetic dentistry as a way to get a perfect smile. But sometimes before cosmetic procedures can take place there needs to be a little work done to lay a proper foundation. This is where restorative dentistry comes in. Never heard of it? Not to worry, we’ve broken down both areas of the dental profession to give you all the information you need and get you one step closer to the smile of your dreams.
Have you ever wondered what cosmetic dentistry really means? You’ve heard the term used to describe dental practices and procedures or treatment plans. Generally speaking, cosmetic dentistry is a term used to describe any procedure that improves the appearance of your smile. Cosmetic dental procedures are often elective, and not always covered by dental insurance.
What is Cosmetic Dentistry?
Cosmetic Dentistry is the term dentists use to describe dental procedures that can improve the appearance (but not necessarily the health) of your teeth. Simply put, most cosmetic dental procedures are non-essential, but they can offer a wide range of benefits, including making regular cleaning easier, improving a patient’s confidence and even reducing bruxism (grinding).
Quite a variety of dental fields exist today, and two of the most popular professionals in this industry are general and cosmetic dentists. In most instances, patients needing dental work or wanting to see if they have cavities will visit a general dentist who is skilled in providing basic and preventive procedures first. Patients concerned about how their teeth look are more inclined to make an appointment with a cosmetic dentist who is skilled in providing treatments that make the teeth look whiter, brighter, and more natural in appearance. Both general and cosmetic dentists have the skills needed to complete an array of commonly performed dental procedures that are simple or complex in nature.
Crooked or misaligned teeth not only look unsightly, they can also make cleaning the teeth difficult. Teeth that cannot be properly cleaned can eventually contract periodontal disease. This risks gum and bone damage, as well as tooth loss.
Inlays and onlays are an aesthetic alternative to fillings that allow your teeth to keep their natural look. This treatment option is usually recommended for those who suffer from tooth decay. After the tooth is cleaned, the inlay is the filling that is put inside your tooth and the onlay is the sealant that is applied to the surface of your tooth. Together, they work towards reducing the damages of tooth decay to keep your teeth healthy and clean.