Your Cosmetic Dentist differs from your local dentist in one main way, its pretty simple really.
In summary, cosmetic dentistry focuses on how you mouth, teeth and smile looks, whereas your local dentists is more interested in fixing cavities and diagnosing tooth decay (ie diagnosing and prevention). Make Sense?
Think of your local cosmetic dentist as someone you 'want' to pay ridiculous money, and your more run of the mill dentist is someone you 'need' to pay a small fortune. ie working on your appearance is not something which is absolutely necessary, whereas your local dentist is someone who is needed in an emergency when you cant stand the pain from a nasty cavity.
But, the gap between your dentist and a cosmetic dentist is closing fast. For example, fillings (traditionally composited primarily of gold, amalgam and other materials) are something which most people despise and see as ugly right? Well cosmetic dentistry now has the ability to match your fillings, using porcelain or the like, to your teeth! Pretty cool hey? You can also remove old fillings and replace with appearance friendly fillings including your smile looks a brilliant white!
Advances in technology is a huge factor which again is closing the gap between traditional methods and the cutting edge. Some of the methods used are now very conservative, durable and predictable. Your natural style will be restored and 'optimized' whereas before it was not uncommon for the patient to walk out of a surgery with facial features vaguely resembling the person who walked in a few days earlier!
Your local cosmetic dentist now has the ability to buy lasers at a reasonable price which means that they do not have to refer to a specialist and can keep 99% of their business in house.
TOP 7 MOST POPULAR COSMETIC DENTIST TREATMENTS
OK guys, your Cheryl Cole's and your Lady Gaga's did not look the way they do now without the help of a top class cosmetic dentist. Check out below the top 5 treatments in today's market.
INLAYS / ONLAYS
The only way I can really describe Inlays and Onlays really is that they are simply a 'posh' filling. Whereas a dentist would fill a hole in your tooth while sitting in the dentist chair, the cosmetic dentist will kind of measure up your teeth, and then send the results off to a specialist who would then produce your posh filling in a laboratory. They are made from porcelain or other cosmetic materials and are then adhesively bonded in place by an adhesive. The result is an extremely natural looking filling – in fact the naked eye would probably not even notice!
Composite bonding is used to create a very natural fix to chipped, broken or discolored teeth. A 'composite bond' is applied onto the surface of the teeth, or to fill a gap and then molded into place. The mixture of composite substances creates an almost identical look to healthy white enamel, and it is then hardened into place using high intensity light. The result is a brilliant, white, natural smile!
This one is pretty self explanatory. Yellow teeth look horrible as a result of smoking, too much soft drink and old age. Not pretty! As you probably all know, you cosmetic dentist can bleach you teeth to strengthen your pearly whites!
Dental veneers are usually recommended when the patient has had no luck with tooth whitening. They are the next step really, and involve bonding a 'composite material veneer' onto the surface of the tooth. This will greatly enhance sever discolouration as clearly the old tooth is covered. The bonus with veneers is that chips, cracks a massive gaps can be easily fixed!
Ever heard of a prosthetic limb? Well, in dentistry, there is an equivalent! The prosthetic tooth has helped replace tooth loss, which will always make a difference right? Plus, sadly, most people missing teeth look older as their face will have collapsed to a certain extent. Scary right?
This is getting down towards the expensive end of the spectrum folks. Usually it involves a combination of teeth whitening, veneers, implants and inlays! Your cosmetic dentist will usually have some sort of computer software which can model your facial features and provide you with an analysis of what you need and what you may look like after surgery.
FULL MOUTH RECONSTRUCTION
The Full Monty! Its possible for your cosmetic Dentist to provide a full assessment of not only your mouth, but how your mouth affects facial features. He / She may discover that there are serious functional problems with your bite, jaw, muscles and bone structure. Because of the advances in technology your local cosmetic dentist will be able to provide you with a durable, comfortable and sound treatments that also look extremely natural. It truel is amazing what they can do these days.