Say Cheese: Cosmetic Dentistry
The field of cosmetic dentistry has become extremely popular in
recent years - so much so that almost 85 percent of dentists offer some
kind of cosmetic procedures to their patients.
There are many options available to people who want to correct
dental problems, according to the February issue of Mayo Clinic Women's
HealthSource. The prices range from several hundred to several thousand
dollars depending on the procedure and the number of teeth involved.
Bleaching can be done in the dentist's office or at
home. It can whiten stains from age, smoking or foods like coffee and
tea. Teeth that are stained yellow respond better than teeth that have
brown or gray stains.
Porcelain veneers are shells of ceramic material
bonded to the front of the teeth. They mask discoloration and brighten
teeth. They can correct even severe shade problems, such as
tetracycline-stained teeth. Veneers are highly resistant to new stains.
Bonding, crowns and implants
These procedures are options for
more serious problems - such as chipped and cracked teeth or badly
shaped teeth or missing teeth.
If you are interested in improving the appearance and health of
your teeth, consult with your dentist to choose the procedure that is
right for you.