Dental Treatment

What is Cosmetic Dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry is the term used to refer to any process or treatment that aims to improve the appearance of teeth, gums and bite as well as the size, shape, alignment and whiteness of the overall smile appearance, without necessarily improving any functionality and/or capabilities of the mouth.

Cosmetic dentistry places an emphasis on the art of dentistry, not just the science. By employing various techniques and procedures, the cosmetic dentist improves the aesthetic appeal of teeth and gums.

Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments

While all cosmetic dentistry treatments improve the appearance of an individual’s teeth, some treatments also restore function and/or improve oral health.

Cosmetic dentistry treatments include:

• Teeth whitening

• Composite Bonding

• Porcelain Crowns

• Porcelain & Composite Veneers

• Porcelain Bridgework

• Dental Implants

• Cosmetic Gum Surgery

• Bite Reclamation

These costs include the surgeons, anesthetists and assistant fees, hospital stay and after care.

Procedure costs may be influenced by the type of anaesthetic, the specific anaesthetist or surgeon used and whether the procedure takes place at a day clinic or a hospital. Apply for MediFin medical financing today.

Choosing a Cosmetic Surgeon

It is very important to carefully choose the doctor or surgeon who will perform your cosmetic procedure. They should be qualified as well as recommended and published. Enquire about how regularly the specific procedure is performed and how many years the surgeon has been practicing. It is important to remember that a cosmetic surgeon is not a plastic surgeon.

Common Cosmetic Procedures

Some of the most popular Cosmetic Procedures include:

• Teeth whitening

• Composite Bonding

• Porcelain Crowns

• Porcelain & Composite Veneers

• Porcelain Bridgework

• Dental Implants

• Cosmetic Gum Surgery

• Bite Reclamation

While gold, amalgam and other heavy metals were used for dental work in the past, nowadays dental work can be made entirely of porcelain or composite materials. After treatments, your dentist will show you how to prevent any future teeth and gum problems, allowing you to maintain that winning smile.

Cosmetic Dentistry Specialists

Through the addition of dental material, the removal of tooth structure or gums and the straightening of teeth, enameloplasty, gingivectomy and orthodontics improve the appearance of the face and smile.

The two main specialties that focus on dental aesthetics are Prosthodontics and Orthodontics.

By specialising in the aesthetics and cosmetic restoration and replacement of teeth, Prosthodontics aims to restore the optimum appearance and function of your bite and smile. Prosthodontics also deals with the planning and restoration of implants and the treatment of joint disorders.

Orthodontics involve the use of plates and braces in order to straighten teeth, treat improper bites and redirect jaw growth.

Dental Financing with MediFin

Cosmetic dentistry can often come with a large price tag – with several procedures not generally covered by medical aid.

Don’t hide that winning smile from the world. Apply for medical financing today.

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