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How Cosmetic Dentistry Is Getting Easier and Less Invasive

by Danielle Fletcher

Many people think about a visit to the dentist as a necessary evil. They only want to consider this option if they have to, in order to fix something that's gone wrong. However, did you know that a typical dentist today spends as much time in restorative or cosmetic work as they do in fixing those problems? Did you also know that recent innovations have considerably reduced how invasive some of these procedures can be? What should you be considering from the bigger picture point of view?

Turning Back the Clock

Today, you don't have to suffer if your natural teeth have been degraded or worn down over time. It used to be felt that this was just a part of ageing and you shouldn't expect to look the same in later life as you did when you were younger. Many people would put up with damage caused by nighttime grinding or general wear and tear, especially as they may not have been too enthusiastic about "invasive" cosmetic fixes.

It Could Be Easier Than You Think

You may be aware that your teeth could be restored by fitting crowns, bridges or veneers, but this doesn't have to be quite as "big of a deal" as it might have been in the past. You may qualify for the new "no prep" veneers.

These veneers are simply added to your existing teeth through a very careful design and application process and often without the need for any ground work or even injections. If your bottom teeth have been worn right down through years of grinding, a skilful dentist and technician can imagine a new look for you and begin the process of creation.

Old Versus New

Traditionally, veneers were fitted by first of all preparing the tooth beneath in order to accept the new addition. This would involve drilling or polishing the enamel to accept the new veneer. The new process, however, doesn't require the tooth underneath to be prepared in this way. Instead, a highly skilled technician will create a veneer that just blends in with the existing tooth structure above the gum line. In this way, no invasive preparation is necessary, and the new veneers are simply attached with adhesive to the surface of the teeth.

In Your Future?

There are many situations where this type of approach could be used and while it's not for everybody, it's certainly a good idea for you to have a word with your dentist as soon as possible to see if it will work in your case.