There are several specialties of dentists, such as an endodontist, who is very familiar with the root and pulp of a tooth. Then there’s a cosmetic dentist. You might think that they fall into a category of a plastic surgeon, often used to plump up one’s vanity. You would be very wrong – they help people of all ages and all walks of life in ways that you may not have initially envisioned as being termed cosmetic.
Cosmetic dentists can do a lot of things to improve one’s smile. They can whiten your teeth, they can add missing teeth, and straighten them as well.
A cosmetic dentist can be needed for a variety of reasons. Someone can have their teeth knocked out or loosened in a sporting event – hockey, for example. Other times people may have a pronounced overbite or underbite and need to have their teeth fixed. There may be the need to have a tooth extracted and replaced with a denture. Cosmetic dentistry is not the field just for a movie star who wants to have their teeth look their best for a red carpet movie premiere. There are people out there who you might never suspect of having had cosmetic work done.
Do not discount the work that these cosmetic dentists do as being superficial. Teeth can play a very powerful part of someone’s self-esteem, since they are used for everything from eating to allowing a person to speak clearly to helping that person to dazzle someone else across the room with a killer grin. Having bad-looking or even missing teeth can be crushing to a person and make them extremely insecure, which can have far-reaching effects across both their personal and professional lives. People have been denied promotions because they don’t seem cheerful enough. Cosmetic dentistry can be an enormously helpful field.
If you need to have a procedure done, you will have a wide array of choices, depending on your situation:
- Dental implants
- Direct Bonding
- Orthodontics and Aligners
- Periodontal Plastic Surgery
- Porcelain Crown
- Porcelain Fixed Bridge
- Porcelain Veneers
- Repairing Fixed Teeth
- Teeth Whitening
When it comes to some of these, you have options to weigh. You may choose between dentures and dental implants, for example. Your cosmetic dentist can explain to you the specifics of each, the pros and cons. For example, dental implants can act like natural teeth but there’s a several month healing process between having the titanium screw inserted and the replacement tooth or teeth being added. If the words “titanium screw” make you uneasy, then dentures might be your best bet.
A cosmetic dentist is not part of some loosely-knit subspecialty of dentistry. They have a board for certification and there is the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentists, which is constantly pushing the technological bounds of their field while having strict guidelines for those who practice it.
If you live in the Palm Harbor area and need to have cosmetic work done, VIP Dental Center has specialists on hand who can work in all these areas. They have a 24-hour emergency room and do all their work in a spa-like environment.