Changing Your Looks With Cosmetic Dentistry
By Charles Preston
Cosmetic dentistry is very popular right now because people are starting to realize that a cosmetic dentist isn't anything you should be afraid of. A cosmetic dentist can actually help you feel better about yourself in a variety of ways. Because a lot of who we are is how we feel about ourselves, we can't afford to have a smile that we aren't comfortable with. Your smile is the easiest way to show people what a warm person you are, but when you aren't feeling good about your smile it's hard to let that warm side show through the way you want to. A cosmetic can easily turn your aging or unattractive smile into something beautiful.
A cosmetic dentist is still a dentist; it's just a dentist who has special training in more than the general removal of cavities, braces, and the like. A cosmetic dentist is someone who has been given training to help you feel better about your smile, while keeping the integrity of your teeth in tact. A cosmetic can perform very simple acts such as teeth whitening to make you feel better about your smile, or something more complicated such as porcelain veneers or tooth shaping. A cosmetic dentist can work with you to formulate a plan that will give you what you are looking for, while still keeping your teeth and your gums healthy.
While the idea of going to a cosmetic dentist may be quite exciting despite the dental procedures, you should really do your research about any dentist that you choose to go to. Before you let your cosmetic dentist do anything to you, it's wise to ask for pictures and references of people who have had the same procedure done by the same dentist. There is a lot that can make you feel great where cosmetic dentistry is concerned, but if you aren't careful you can end up with a dentist who doesn't really know what they are doing which can leave you, your teeth, and your self image suffering as a result. So, before you get started ask your cosmetic dentist for pictures and referrals and don't worry, the good ones won't take offense to this request!
If you are self-conscious about your dull teeth and you think they could be whiter, a cosmetic dentist can help you out by whitening your teeth. Tooth whitening is very popular and minimally invasive. There are several techniques for tooth whitening, the most popular using whitening gel, and lights to whiten teeth. With just a couple whitening appointments your teeth can be as white as they were when you were a kid, or even whiter! It's amazing how much whitening your teeth can change the way you look and feel, so if you think you might like to have whiter teeth get with your cosmetic dentist today to discuss the options available to you.
If you think your teeth are white and straight but they just don't look all that great, you might want to talk to a dentist about tooth shaping or even gum shaping. These two procedures actually can change the shape of your teeth and your gums, changing your smile completely. It's amazing how much a little tooth or gum shaping will change your smile, and this may be an option for you.
One of the more invasive techniques is porcelain veneers, which require the actual tooth to be ground down to fit a veneer over it. Porcelain veneers are great for people with poor teeth, awkward shape, and just in need of some help. Porcelain veneers aren't something you can change your mind about later, so you need to be sure that your cosmetic dentist really believes that it is necessary to perform this procedure.
Remember that a new smile will make you feel great, but your new smile will only be as good as your cosmetic dentist. So, do your research and then look forward to your new healthy and beautiful smile.
Copyright 2005 Charles Preston
About The Author
Charles Preston is a writer for Avandant's cosmetic dentist directory where you can find a nationwide list of cosmetic dentists and information on cosmetic dental procedures.