Cosmetic dentistry has come a long way over the years. While it used to be pursued mainly by movie stars, today it’s gone mainstream. People have realized the deep impact that a beautiful, healthy smile can have on their lives. Increased confidence, a willingness to smile more often, and a higher self-esteem are all benefits that people experience when they feel good about their smiles. And now, the evolution of cosmetic dentistry has made it easier and more affordable than ever.
With advances in dental materials and techniques, the approach towards dental aesthetics has been vastly improved. The amalgam, or “silver”, fillings that were used in the past have largely been replaced with a composite material. This is a tooth-colored resin that bonds to your enamel and blends in with the surrounding tooth structure. In addition to looking completely natural, this material has other benefits as well. It’s less likely to cause fractures in the tooth, and requires that less of the existing tooth structure be removed before the filling is placed.
Crown work has also evolved as a part of the evolution of cosmetic dentistry, as a new, all ceramic material can be used that looks much more like a natural tooth than the materials used in the past. Veneers are also a relatively new option, and require a relatively minor preparation. For patients who are unhappy with the size or shape of their front teeth, these ceramic crowns and veneers are an excellent option that looks very natural.
Ease and Affordability
There have also been many advances in treating dental phobia. Dentists today are very focused on the patient experience and want to make sure that your visit is as pleasant as possible. If you’re nervous or anxious in the dental chair, your dentist will be happy to discuss the ways they can make the experience comfortable and positive.
If there are things about your smile that you’d like to change, your first step will be to schedule a consultation with a Cincinnati cosmetic dentist and talk about your options. With the recent evolution of cosmetic dentistry, you might be surprised at how easy it is to have the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted. To find out what options may be best for you call Bell Dental Group at (513) 321-2278 or contact us through our website.