Over the last few decades, cosmetic dentistry has become increasingly popular. Cosmetic dentistry is a broad term that covers a wide range of procedures. The list is extensive including white fillings, orthodontics, gum re-contouring, whitening, veneers, componeers, porcelain crowns and even surgery. It has become a mega-industry attracting huge companies with a vast range of products from whitening toothpastes, to strips and swabs, and even mouth wash. Free whitening is being advertised by dental clinics to solicit new patients and extreme smile makeovers have even been on Television. There is very little regulation of cosmetic dental products and little scientific criteria to measure results. Currently there is no professionally recognized specialty in Cosmetic Dentistry. What does this mean? It means that any dentist regardless of training can provide cosmetic dentistry. This doesn’t mean that every dentist is a cosmetic dentist. Choosing a dentist that has had training from a reputable accredited training center is very important. It seems that patients are essentially on their own when it comes to navigating through the maze of cosmetic options with little guidance on the efficacy of these products.
At the Advance Dental Group we believe that patient education is just as important in cosmetic care as restorative care. Informing our patients about the pros and cons of various cosmetic procedures can save patients money, time and effort while maximizing results. For those patients interested, we are here to help navigate through the list of cosmetic procedures available helping you arrive at the best option for your cosmetic care.
The reason cosmetic dentistry has become so popular is because our smiles say a lot about us. Smiles are essential to our interaction with others. A smiling face conveys friendliness and encourages interaction
The simple fact is that it is no longer necessary for a person to hide their smile or feel self-conscious about the way they look thanks to the cosmetic solutions available today. In fact, patients are surprised to see what can be done to instantaneously and dramatically improve the overall look of their teeth and give them the boost in self-confidence that they need. Fortunately, Dr. Macdonnell is able to offer his patients a wide variety of cosmetic choices so that you can achieve a beautiful smile for life. Some of the most popular choices include porcelain veneers which can be used to correct large gaps, chipped or worn teeth, rotations and whiten your smile. An individual who has healthy teeth but who is concerned about yellowing due to smoking or coffee drinking may simply be interested in whitening. Chipped or worn teeth can sometimes be fixed with filling material. Implants and bridges can be used to replace missing front teeth with others even if your teeth aren’t perfect. A smile communicates a positive outgoing nature that attracts the same back. Behavior such as concealing your smile with your hand or not smiling at all can have social impact and lower self-esteem. From job interviews to first dates, a person’s smile is one of the most important things when it comes to making a good first impression.
From permanent solutions to ones that are only semi-permanent or even temporary, the only real way to thoroughly explore all the options available is to talk to a dental professional. Please call or e-mail us today for your confidential consultation where we can review the possible cosmetic solutions that may work for you. See our smile portfolio page for examples of how we have changed the lives of our patients.