Health Care and Cosmetic Dental Care

- May 28, 2014
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If you are concerned about the quality of your smile, there are many ways to take care of your teeth and gums that help produce good oral hygiene and give you a quality visual appearance. More now than ever before the interest in cosmetic dental work has been growing at a rapid pace. Dental offices are offering teeth whitening, and that consumer interest also has been exploding in the retail market with all types of products that are available to make your teeth whiter.

In addition to getting a brighter smile, cosmetic dentistry has huge dollars going into veneers, bonding, implants, orthodontia, grills, and other types of dental work. People want their pearly whites to look like the ones that movie stars have; and if they can afford it, the cosmetic work for a brighter, whiter, more beautiful mouth is where they spend their money. But, cosmetic dental work is not cheap. And, in most cases it is not covered on most dental insurance plans.

According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), a skilled, experienced cosmetic dentist can help to improve your appearance, your smile, even your self-esteem, and confidence. Today, cosmetic dentistry has continued to evolve to where cosmetic dentists can address functional and esthetic patient concerns. While you feel you know a beautiful smile when you see one, there is no perfect smile.

That’s because each person has a different perception of what is beautiful; you and your cosmetic dentist may even have a difference of opinion. So it’s important that you discover what you really like and then communicate that to your dentist. There have been great advances in materials used in the field of dentistry in the past few years,with crowns and bridges improving by leaps and bounds, according to the AACD.

Selecting a cosmetic dentist is crucial. The first step is to look at your smile and determine what you want to change. Your cosmetic dentist may have some other concerns when you visit, but it's best to arrive having your own wish list. Next, ask your family and friends for referrals. Evaluate the skill level of those dentists you are considering, then check the credentials and experience level. At your consultation appointment, be sure to ask again about their experience level and if you can see some photographs of their work.

Have an honest discussion with your dentist about your cosmetic goals to be sure they're realistic. Then discuss the risks, benefits, and alternatives to the recommended procedures. Finally, ask about the cost and treatment time frame. Much more info about this subject is available at this site: .

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), if you have stained, broken or uneven teeth, cosmetic dentistry can help. Cosmetic dentistry is different from orthodontic treatment, which can straighten your teeth with braces or other devices. You can visit this website for many additional resources: . Plus, some additional tips about cosmetic dental procedures include:

·         Bleaching to make teeth whiter
·         Repairing chips or rough spots with fillings that match your teeth
·         Filling cavities with tooth-colored materials
·         Reshaping teeth that don't match the others
·         Closing gaps between teeth
·         Covering broken teeth with porcelain crowns

The rough-and-tumble of life can result in chipped or cracked teeth. Your teeth may look dingy or yellow, or worse, according to Aetna. Habits such as smoking or drinking coffee also stain teeth.  Until fairly recently, the average person couldn't do much about how teeth looked. In the past two decades, however, dental materials and techniques have greatly improved. Now, most people can have almost model-perfect teeth using materials that resist color changes and are almost as strong as the originals.

There's never been a better time to brighten your smile or fix imperfections. Demand for cosmetic dental procedures is greater than ever. That's partly because baby boomers with money to spend are looking for ways to feel and look younger. However, you should keep a few things in mind while making your decision:

·         It can be expensive. For example, porcelain tooth veneers may cost $600 to $2,000 per tooth.
·         Insurance doesn't cover most cosmetic procedures.
·         Materials aren't indestructible. Crowns, inlays and veneers are stronger and more durable than they used to be, but they won't last forever. They may crack or chip or the cement may weaken. They may have to be redone within 10 to 15 years.

It's important to be realistic. Cosmetic dentists are enhancers. They can manipulate, shape and polish materials to create dazzling smiles. What they can't do is change the shape of your mouth or your overall appearance. In order for tooth restorations to truly look natural, they have to work for you. Cosmetic dentistry can improve your appearance; it won't completely transform it.

One of the benefits of cosmetic dentistry is that the final results are easy to predict, if only cosmetic problems are being fixed. Whether you decide to have a gap filled, a chip repaired or a stain concealed, you're unlikely to have unpleasant surprises later. But if the work is more extensive, such as a full mouth reconstruction, then results are not as predictable. More info can be located at this website:

For a very affordable way to pay for cosmetic dental work, you may wish to buy a dental discount plan that includes access to providers in network. All cosmetic procedures are usually included at a discounted rate. One plan in particular that is very inexpensive and provides savings on all cosmetic and general dentistry is available through Careington International. For more information about the plan and how it works, visit their website at

Remember, having perfect teeth is only in a perfect world. It doesn’t exist. However, you can buy perfect teeth, but consider the cost before you go. Research dentists who can do good work, and follow their directions once the dental procedures have been completed. Paying for a new smile is expensive, but may be worth the investment if you are interested in that movie star look.

Until next time.
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