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Cosmetic Dentistry – How to Pick the Cosmetic Dental Procedure for Your Needs


With cosmetic dentistry, you have several options depending on your dental needs. There are plenty of procedures to choose from just if you need teeth straightening and alignment, not to mention whitening stained teeth. There are options available in cosmetic dentistry for whatever you need done and to fit any budget out there. The key is knowing what you need done and how much you can afford to pay to get the procedure.

If your cosmetic dentistry need is to get your teeth straightened and aligned, then there are several things you can do to correct these issues. One thing available to you is to get braces. This is the age old cosmetic dentistry procedure. Teenagers throughout the years have lamented needing to have braces, while some adults wished that their parents had been able to afford braces for them when they were younger. The main issue for some with braces is how noticeable the metal braces are. Thankfully, there are porcelain braces now that are white and somewhat blend in with your teeth. They are not as noticeable as the metal ones, but they are not invisible.

If braces are not your thing, and let’s face it they really are not anyone’s thing, then you have some other options when it comes to cosmetic dentistry. There are the clear aligners that are marketed under the name of Invisalign. These are perfect for adults who never got braces when they were younger and want a more low key way to straighten and align their teeth. The cost is significantly more expensive than regular braces, but for many the price is worth it just so they will not have to use the very much noticeable braces on their teeth. The Invisalign aligners are also perfect because you can take them out when you eat and drink. No longer do you have to avoid certain foods and drinks for fear of ruining your braces. If you want to chew gum, all you have to do is pop out the aligner and chew a piece of gum. When you are finished, you put your aligner back in – it is that simple. With Invisalign, you will wear anywhere from 18 to 30 different aligners since you change them every two weeks. The longer you have to use them, the more aligners you will have to buy and the higher the cost. Still, if you can afford it, Invisalign is definitely a worthy investment in your smile.

Another convenient way to get a prettier smile with cosmetic dentistry is to get porcelain veneers. The main difference between veneers and braces and Invisalign is that porcelain veneers are an instant way to get straight and pretty teeth. All the dentist has to do is apply the very thin piece of porcelain to your tooth with bonding and you are done. You even get to choose the size and shape of the porcelain veneer so you can custom make your own smile. That alone is worth the cost to get porcelain veneers for most people. Depending on how many veneers you need to get the smile that you want, the price can go from reasonable to highly expensive. It also depends on the area that you live in because they will cost more in larger cities than they will in smaller towns.

Of course, when it comes to cosmetic dentistry, the focus is not just on straightening and aligning teeth for the perfect smile. It is also important to think about the color of your teeth. As time goes on and you eat, drink, and/or smoke, your teeth will become stained. Food and drink stains are only natural as each year passes. This is where teeth whitening comes in. You can either go in to a dentist’s office and have professional teeth whitening or you can get home kits to do it yourself. Whichever way you go, you are sure to find your smile prettier once you whiten your teeth to a much more pleasant shade. If you choose to do your own teeth whitening, there are several different toothpaste companies that sell these whitening kits. They are mostly trays that you fill with the whitening solution and then you put them on your teeth for a certain period of time. It has never been more convenient to whiten your teeth.


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