A radiant smile is worth more than people may think. A smile that displays perfectly white teeth can make a lot of difference during interactions with others which is why more people are seeing cosmetic dentists.
Read on to learn about cosmetic dentistry and what professionals in the field can do to help you get that perfect smile you want.
What is Cosmetic Dentistry?
Cosmetic dentists concentrate on improving the functionality of teeth and their aesthetic appearance. Even patients with healthy teeth visit these dental professionals to “upgrade” their smile.
What can a cosmetic dentist do for you?
Below are some of the procedures cosmetic dentists perform on their patients.
Replace missing teeth
There are instances when people have gaps in their smile because of missing teeth. Cosmetic dentists can fill those holes for you with dental implants, crowns, bridges, and dentures.
2. Whiten teeth
Teeth whitening has become a popular trend in society. Whitening solutions are being sold at malls or supermarkets. However, the procedures and take-home remedies of cosmetic dentists are usually more effective and safe.
3. Reshape and fix damaged teeth
Sometimes people don’t like the way their teeth are formed and go to a professional to get their pearly whites reshaped. Oddly-shaped or damaged teeth can be repaired by cosmetic dentists.
Cosmetic dentists typically use porcelain veneers for reshaping procedures. They are also used to fix broken teeth. For more extreme cases, like when there is a decayed or broken tooth, professionals may install a dental crown for a more pleasing aesthetic.
4. Align and resize teeth
Cosmetic dentists can straighten misaligned or crooked teeth as well. If you don’t want to have a mouth full of metal, go to a cosmetic dentist for invisible braces. They are adjusted gradually until you have a set of beautifully straight teeth.
People can also get their teeth resized by cosmetic dentists. To change the size of teeth, they bond dental veneers to each tooth and shape them to their patient’s desired specifications.
How to Find the Right Cosmetic Dentist
Your cosmetic dentist should be qualified for the job and must be able to fulfill your dental needs. Below are some factors you should look into before choosing a cosmetic dentist.
1. Referrals and testimonies
Referrals are an excellent place to start looking for potential cosmetic dentists. Ask family and close friends to recommend someone to you. If possible, set a consultation session with all the candidates to get a feel of how they work, and if they are a good fit for the procedures you have in mind.
If you can’t visit their office, see if they have a website. Read any testimonies posted on the site from past patients of cosmetic dentists you are considering to visit. A doctor’s reputation is important because part of their job is to build rapport with their patients. Just like any other healthcare professional, you should trust in and have an amicable relationship with your cosmetic dentist.
Testimonies are a good way to gain insight into your prospective dentist’s reputation. They will give you a general idea of the cosmetic dentist’s personality, experience, and professionalism.
During your consultation with each dentist, ask about cosmetic dental care services they offer at their clinic. Some dental practitioners can do a variety of general dentistry work, too, but you may want to look for prospects who specialize in specific procedures.
Another point to discuss during your initial visit would be their experience. You can get a general idea of a cosmetic dentist’s time in the workforce through testimonies and referrals.
To get a clearer picture, have an in-depth discussion about the procedures you want. Ask them to explain the process of each procedure step-by-step, and have them describe the techniques and technology would use to give you the perfect smile.
The Art of Smiling
People practice smiling all the time, so there are several good reasons to work on your grin. For example, a radiant smile is believed to boost self-confidence. People who have crooked, oddly-shaped or discolored teeth may develop low self-esteem because they perceive themselves as imperfect. A set of straight white veneers can change a person’s demeanor completely.
Smiling can also affect the way other people perceive you. Remember, first impressions are essential in any relationship, whether it’s personal or work-related. A simple smile can be the difference between a pleasant experience and a horrible nightmare come to life.
If you want to have a beautiful smile, but don’t have the teeth you desire, consider visiting a cosmetic dentist. The right one will be able to give you the perfect set of teeth so you can confidently face life with a smile.
Dr. Zul Paliwalla is the General and Cosmetic British Dentist at NOA Dental Clinic, specializing in smile-related concerns. With over 33 years of experience in the UK, Dr. Zul has successfully worked on and improved many internationally recognized smiles. He is a certified Invisalign® GOLD provider as well and has brought his elite expertise to Dubai not only to enjoy the sun, sea, and sand but also to offer his brand of personalized smile makeovers.