Cosmetic dentistry is dental work that enhances or improves the aesthetic appearance of a person’s teeth, mouth, smile, and anything else associated with the mouth. This is in contrast to traditional (or non-cosmetic) dentistry, which focuses on the health of the teeth and gums. In general, cosmetic dentistry includes procedures that are elective rather than those which are necessary to maintain oral health.
Smile Makeovers can involve more than one procedure.
Dentistry that focuses on cosmetic appearance includes many different cosmetic dentistry procedures and processes. Some of the more common aspects of cosmetic dentistry include things such as placing veneers on one or more teeth, teeth whitening, and dental implants. Some examples of other things that cosmetic dentists can offer are removal of gums or tooth structure, gum contouring, and cosmetic bonding. Orthodontics, which involves straightening of the teeth and alignment of the bite, is also considered by some to be a part of cosmetic dentistry, but dentists performing orthodontic treatment often need particular specialized training for that purpose.
Over the last several years, cosmetic dentistry has become increasingly popular. For one thing, technology has been improving at a dramatic rate in this field, thus providing people with more and more options for improving the look of their smile. Moreover, people are more aware of the options available, and are more willing to exercise those options, as they are placing more emphasis on bettering their smile.
Porcelain veneeers are one of the main cosmetic procedures offered by cosmetic dentists at our practice. The picture below of a before and after shows a satisfied patient that received porcelain veneers.
More men than women seek cosmetic dentistry procedures, but men seeking cosmetic procedures is on the increase
According to a survey by UK dental clinic PlusDent, they surveyed around 5,000 HR professionals worldwide and found that there is a huge link between the two. Unfortunately many millenials cannot afford dental health insurance or have not been given it by their employer and it has affected their job prospects. Read the article here in Forbes magazine.
Interestingly, a growing number of men are also seeking out cosmetic dentists. While cosmetic dentistry continues to be more popular amongst women, the gap between the number of women undergoing such procedures and the number of men doing the same is decreasing steadily. Per the survey, women make up about 60%, while men make up 40% of the patient population undergoing cosmetic dentistry procedures.
If you come to us for a cosmetic dental consultation then dentists at Austin Dental Plus will let you know your options after examining your teeth during your consultation. We will listen to your concerns and fears about and we will give an honest opinion about what is possible. If what we are saying sounds good, then the next step is a treatment plan and an estimation of the costs involved. If you need financing we will assist you with the financing process.
Next steps to take if you are looking to improve your smile
If you are considering any cosmetic type procedures for your smile, then make sure you find the very best cosmetic dentists that Forest Hills has to offer. Do not settle for just anybody. After all, if you are going to spend the time, effort and money to improve your smile, you want to end up with results that will make you feel ready to smile again!
So do your research thoroughly and find a great dentist who does cosmetic work. And once you are firmly convinced that you have found a really good cosmetic dentist in Forest Hills, then schedule a consultation with him or her. Maybe you already have an idea of what you want to get done. Even so, a skilled dentist may have different suggestions or options for you, or additional ideas of how to make your smile even more perfect. Together, your dentist and you can formulate an action plan based on what you need, in keeping with your availability and budget, to make sure you reach your desired end result – the perfect smile!
Interested in a smile makeover or in a consultation with one of our cosmetic dentists? Make an appointment today to see one of our dentists to see how we can give you the perfect smile. Call our office today on 718-544-5055 for an appointment.