Cosmetic dentistry is the term dentists use to describe dental procedures that are performed primarily to improve the appearance of your teeth. Simply put, many 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). Today we’re discussing the differences between this type of dentistry and family general dentistry in GA.
Family General Dentistry vs. Cosmetic Dentistry
General dentistry, which is the term we use to collect common procedures such as cleanings, fillings, root canals, extractions and other similar procedures, are available in most dental offices in GA. Cosmetic procedures are added-benefit procedures that offer you and your family more options for a healthier, more beautiful smile.
Improvements in cosmetic dentistry have made procedures quicker, more effective and in many cases pain free. Laser teeth whitening and gum treatments are painless and no longer require anesthetic.
Why do people elect for cosmetic dental work that isn’t necessarily going to improve their overall dental health? The answer is quality of life. It’s true that a smile is worth a thousand words when it comes to your work and social life and knowing you’re confident in your smile makes life more enjoyable.
The fact is that it’s easier to smile when you aren’t embarrassed about crooked, stained or chipped teeth. An unsightly gap or receding gums can be fixed in almost every case. Imagine a job interview where you can confidently smile at your prospective employer or a date where you can show your personality without worrying about how you look.
What is considered a cosmetic procedure vs. a family general dentistry procedure in GA can sometimes vary from dentist to dentist.
Following is a list of treatments that are often considered cosmetic procedures.
Whitening Treatments: There are a few different forms of whitening treatments, from bleaching to laser treatments that can lighten your teeth up to 16 shades.
Orthodontics: Depending on what you need, your dentist will recommend the right treatment approach for you or refer you to a specialist.
Veneers: Veneers are exactly how they sound, thin porcelain shells that are bonded to the front of a tooth, often times in cases where a single tooth or a group of teeth has been discolored, or as an alternative to orthodontics.
Crowns and Bridges: Bridges are used to fill space between large gaps and missing teeth and are not exclusively cosmetic. As a more affordable, less evasive procedure to implants and orthodontics, they help to improve the appearance of teeth without replacing or straightening. Similarly, crowns help to cap and repair chipped or cracked teeth, restoring them to their normal shape
Implants: In severe cases of tooth decay, or due to injury or age, one or several teeth may require replacement. Implant technology has improved over the years and now false teeth can match the rest of your smile for a natural, blended look.
Bruxism (Grinding Teeth): There are a number of causes for teeth grinding and cosmetic procedures are not the only solution, but straightening might help improve your bite and limit unconscious grinding.
While it is true that cosmetic dentistry in GA is largely about aesthetics, it can improve your oral health. Orthodontic procedures make it easier for you to floss and reach in between your teeth and likewise, repairing cracked, chipped or decaying teeth with cosmetic procedures reduces the chance of infection and further decay.
If you are interested in learning more about our cosmetic dentistry or family general dentistry services in GA, contact us today to schedule a consultation. You can call us or book an appointment online. And be sure to check out our before and after gallery and our testimonials and reviews.