A Guide to Basic Cosmetic Dentistry

The phrase cosmetic dentistry probably conjures up images of long hours in the dentist’s chair, staring at the ceiling while the dentist sets to work on your mouth, or being put to sleep in the dentist office only to wake up with a numb mouth and a comical speech impediment.  In reality cosmetic dentistry doesn’t always have to take place in the dentist surgery as some of the more basic procedures and techniques can be done at home, though some need time and patience in order to be successful.

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Home Dentistry

Believe it or not there are people that never visit the dentist office and do all of their own dental work at home.  Whether this is because of some kind of trauma is unknown, but they have even been known to perform their own extractions.  As far as we are concerned the only procedure that we want to do at home is to get out teeth white so that we have that famous Hollywood smile.  There are a number of tooth whitening kits and teeth bleaching kits that can be done at home, for a fairly reasonable price.  Plus there are individual practitioners that will come to your home and carry out the procedure for you.  This is a little more expensive and you would be wise to check their credentials before you allow them to do any work on your teeth.

Teeth Alignment

One of the most common forms of cosmetic surgery is tooth alignment.  This is carried out in an effort to straighten teeth that are crooked or as is the case of many younger patients to correct an overbite.  Overbites can either develop naturally as the adult teeth come in or can be caused through activities like thumb sucking, which puts pressure on the teeth and forces them out of shape over time.  The main way of aligning the teeth is through the use of a brace.  A brace is placed upon the teeth and tightened around them to slowly bring them back into line.  Tooth alignment is a lengthy process and the brace will need to be adjusted several times before they can finally be removed.  Modern teeth braces are practically invisible these days and can be removed and replaced as necessary when eating or drinking, but they should be kept hygienically clean at all times, just as you regularly clean your teeth, so you should also clean your brace.

Modern dentistry has come a long way since the days of the pedal powered drill and these days more and more people are turning to cosmetic dentistry to give them the perfect smile.  Dental practitioners like those at 32whites.co.uk Manchester can offer excellent advice on any number of treatments.

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