Discolored, chipped or missing teeth can affect self-confidence. A person may be reluctant to smile with parted lips if they feel their teeth are unattractive. Cosmetic dentistry can make substantial improvements to every kind of smile. There are techniques to deal with discolored, chipped, gapped, crooked or missing teeth. In severe cases, orthodontic treatment may be needed. This is a specialized branch of dentistry that corrects jaw and teeth misalignments with devices such as braces. You can simply ask your dentist, or specialist for further information and advice on improving the look of your smile. Many people ask me what exactly Cosmetic Dentistry is and what is consists of... Below is a little description: COSMETIC DENTISTRY This style of dentistry is any treatment which: " Improves the look (or aesthetic aspect) of the teeth. " The services available are bleaching for the front teeth. " Reconstruction of the teeth with crowns or veneers " Orthodontic treatment to change the position of the teeth.
Dentistry is a science which continues to change as technology evolves, technological advancements have made possible several procedures and treatments which were just simply out of the question two to three decades ago, technology has helped dentists to overcome many obstacles and provide healthy smiles to many people. As this science is improved by technology we can clearly see two trends which are mainly aimed towards the appearance of a patient, these are mouth reconstruction and smile makeovers. Mouth reconstruction: A mouth reconstruction requires a lot of work from the dentist, he can correct problems related to the way our teeth are structured and placed in our mouth, this procedure can also correct problems with the bite as well as the muscles located in the jaw, these procedures may go as far as addressing structural problems concerning our bones. Such procedure often requires for more than one dentist to get involved because each one is going to have to provide their knowledge in order to achieve a successful outcome, this refers to the area of expertise of each dentists, some may be specialists in orthodontics and others in cosmetic dentistry which is why a mouth reconstruction is a more complete procedure.
The general conception of Dentistry has radically changed in the past few decades, this field has shifted from a health related approach to a more cosmetic nature, at least this how it is heavily marketed. Dentists who specialize in orthodontics in other fields within dentistry are obviously doing well and will always have a demand for their knowledge but, cosmetic dentistry is at the top when it comes to consumer awareness and popularity, let's take a look at the top five dental procedures which are performed in this last field. Dental fillings: Patients who need dental fillings often have the top part of the teeth or enamel somewhat compromised, in order for a dentist to prevent further decay of the teeth it is necessary to use materials which will fill the gap that has been created in such area, the first dental fillings were made of metals which don't resemble the natural look of the patient's teeth, this is why most people prefare to use composite materials and porcelain which blend in quite nicely.
Professional teeth whitening is the quickest way to whiten your teeth and get the results that you want. It may take more than one trip to the dentist to get exactly the result you want, but usually, the treatment lasts only one hour per session. The bleaching agent is sped up using light, heat, or even a laser sometimes. You can get the latest technology and the safest methods to whiten your teeth. Professional Expertise and Results There's no question that getting teeth whitening with a dentist can avoid some nasty mistakes. For instance, they may be able to whiten teeth with excessive white dental work without looking all uneven or damaging it. They will know which teeth to avoid and which to treat. They know what techniques to use that are safest for you too. They will use a mouth guard to help preserve your gums and be careful to keep your smile bright while keeping them healthy too. Dentists can use either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide gels. They can also use a very high concentration of the whitening agent that won't be available to you over-the-counter.
There are different motives for adults wearing braces. Some are for simple beauty reasons, some because of serious jaw problems, and some because professional life "requires" being presentable and that includes the simple smile. Adults getting dental braces have probably better diversity than the children as some of the choices may be not suitable for the young generation. To acquire the right braces for adults, one must consult with orthodontist. Many visits may follow. There are different types of braces. The least expensive are traditional metal braces. These are the braces most know from the childhood years. Metal braces are often the only option, especially if there are major dental complications. Although those braces are sturdy, many find them unattractive. To add spice, some opt for golden, colored or different brackets shapes; this is especially popular with younger people as they treat the braces as kind of jewelry. After the metal braces are put in the mouth, they may inflame the gums for a couple of weeks until the gums adapt to the metal pieces.
Two most common causes of mouth ulcers are mechanically injury to mouth lining and the other is aphthous ulcer (canker sore) when a person is feeling stressed or under the weather. Injury to the mouth can be from accidental biting the inside of the mouth, minor burns from hot food or drinks, or braces rub against the gums. The sore eventually become the common ulcer which can take between 7 to 10 days to heal. Other more serious ulcers are herpes infection, autoimmune diseases, inflammatory bowel disease, skin disorder which usually accompanied by other symptoms. Sometimes a deficiency in iron, vitamin B12 and folate can cause recurrent of mouth ulcer too. Some medications such as anti-thyroid drugs and cytotoxic agents may also be responsible for mouth ulcers. Of course all ulcers will cause discomfort and can be painful at times. Therefore the goal of treatment is to alleviate the pain. There are basically 7 methods is treating mouth ulcers: Apply topical gels, pastes or mouthwashes that contains anaesthetics, pain reliever, and anti-inflammatory substances.
Your smile says a lot about you, but it's hard to smile when you have toothache. My friend Craig Wilson from the Sydney Holistic Dental Center has been working in holistic dentistry for years and knows how important it is to have healthy teeth and gums. As a leading holistic dentist, Craig says "Your oral health relates directly to your general health. Many of the conditions we treat involve inflammation, both chronic and acute, and these have significant impacts on such general disease states such as heart disease, strokes and diabetes." Just like in Homeopathy, parts of you always relate to the health of the whole! "Long term inflammatory conditions predispose someone to a range of negative health issues" says Craig. So what can you do when you have toothache and are in need of a dental procedure? This is where homeopathy can help out. It is a highly effective treatment for inflammation and pain so it is often used post operatively. When we have dental procedures such as a tooth extraction or a root canal treatment, Homeopathy really comes into its own.
One of the leading causes of TMJ Disorder is the propensity for sufferers to be nocturnal clenchers and grinders. Some even find themselves desperately clenching during the day when they are in stressful situations. Traffic jams, personal confrontations, medical concerns and unexpected bad news are just a few examples of what can lead one to clenching while fully conscious. Nocturnal clenching and grinding can be an especially damaging habit, particularly as the person doing it rarely realizes that this is what they are doing. A sore jaw, aching teeth, headaches, ear pain, tinnitus and many other symptoms can be one's only indication that something is terribly amiss as one sleeps. The reasons for clenching and grinding are mysterious and as varied as the large percentage of people who do so. Besides stress, there may be other factors that mitigate this problem. Some scientists are exploring a genetic cause. It seems that many clenchers/grinders also have at least one parent who also does this.
WHEN SHOULD YOU VISIT THE DENTIST If you wait for pain to visit the dentist then it is likely that the pain may be an infection of the nerve inside the tooth or a gum abscess. Both will be expensive and time consuming to fix. Therefore it is adviseable to visit the dentist for regular scarping of the teeth and checks twice yearly before major (expensive) dental restoration is needed. WHEN SHOULD CHILDREN VISIT THE DENTIST Familiarity is the major concern for pre school children unless they have a diet with a high consumption of sugar. Take the smaller children with you when you visit the dentist to relieve any anxiety that may arise. It is important when children speak about dentists at school then bring them to a dentist to re-enforce the positve aspects of a dental checkup. BRUSHING THE TEETH So many misconceptions exists with the size, shape, contour and hardness of toothbrushes and the right toothpaste to use. The tooth brush should be soft and changed often. Clean the brushes between use with soap and water or a solution that can be bought from the supplier that can actually keep the toothbrush free from bacteria.
WHAT IS DENTAL DECAY or TOOTH DECAY This is when the structure of the tooth is broken down. Loss of calcium from the tooth leaves the outside of the tooth suseptible to attack by acids in foods (mainly sugar). This regular breakdown of the tooth structure leaves a hole in the tooth which cannot be repaired naturally. The dentist will clean out the decay and fill the hole. If the hole is not filled it will slowly degrade until there is a tooth ache. WHAT IS A TOOTH ACHE The tooth can ache from the dental decay going so far into the tooth that it reaches the nerve which is at the centre of the tooth. If this happens there is pain to hot and cold, pain to pressure when eating and can be excruciating. If not attended to it may result in a swollen face. It is mandatory that attention is gained from the dentist. If the pain is coming from the gum it is usually a dull ache and a swelling around the tooth. All pain resulting from the mouth should be investigated as soon as possible so that it does not progress to unbearable as it is uncomfortable for the patient to treat.