When you think of good oral hygiene, what do you think of? Seeing the dentist regularly? Brushing? Or even flossing?
If you answered yes to these questions, and you do follow these preventive dental measures, your teeth are probably cavity-free and sparkling white. If you answered no, it wouldn’t be surprising if cosmetic dentistry was your best friend.
For people who cannot keep up healthy dental habits, it is not uncommon for them to seek help from a cosmetic dentist. Some of the most sought-after treatments include teeth whitening, crowns and bridges, and and dental implants.
Teeth whitening can be done using over-the-counter products, but if this doesn’t work, a professional can always get the job done with a laser. Much like the teeth whitening strips you find at the drug store, a bleaching agent is used on the surface of teeth. But instead of leaving it there to remove the stains, dentists use a laser to heat up the bleaching gel, thereby facilitating a speedier, more effective break down.
Crowns and bridges are mostly used when patients suffer tooth loss. Newer crowns are inserted in place of missing teeth, and the bridge closes the gap between these missing teeth. But the most popular restorative dental procedure is dental implants.
Dental implants involve drilling an artificial tooth root, usually a titanium rod, into your jawbone. Then, using an abutment, the crown or new tooth is affixed to the implant, and then after the next few months, the jaw heals, securing the implant in place. The upside of this surgery is that implants last a lifetime with proper care, and are considered 98% effective.
So, you do have the help of cosmetic dentistry if you really need it, but why spend all that money? Take of your teeth, and you won’t need to waste a dime. References.