Cosmetic dentistry, which is a focus for many dental practices such as Sacramento Dentistry, is providing dental work that improves appearances or a person’s teeth, gums, and/or bite. The American Dental Association, however, does not currently recognize cosmetic dentistry as a formal specialty area. This does not by any means negate the life-changing effects a cosmetic dentist Sacramento can have on a person’s confidence and self-worth.
Cosmetic dentists are sought out for a multitude of reasons, but primarily to improve esthetics, and not necessarily function, of the teeth. Many cosmetic dentists offer correction of broken, crooked, or irregular teeth. If a person has never felt confident about their smile, cosmetic dentistry could change that. Or, if something more serious in nature, such as a bite that is off, occurs, a cosmetic dentist might be the answer. Cosmetic Sacramento Dentistry provides numerous materials, procedures, and even credentials for correction of tooth-related issues.
The materials used to perform cosmetic procedures at Sacramento Dentistry have evolved from past years. Dental fillings and other restorations of the past were composed of gold, amalgam, and other metals. Now, dental work performed by a cosmetic dentist Sacramento, can be composed entirely of porcelain or other composite materials. Unlike the silver fillings used very commonly years ago, fillings now are entirely free of mercury. This means safer, more natural looking fillings and teeth restorations. In recent years, this has proven to be more desirable and esthetically pleasing.
Just as there are many materials from which dental fillings can be made, there are also a variety of procedures that can be performed by Sacramento Dentistry professionals. Some examples include whitening, tooth reshaping, bonding, dental bridges, veneers, gum lift, and bit reclamation. Whitening, commonly referred to as “tooth bleaching” is the most common cosmetic procedure. Each of the procedures that can be performed focus on different aspects of creating or restoring a beautiful, confident smile.
The American Dental Association currently only recognizes two specialties considered to be cosmetic in nature: prosthodontics and orthodontics. Both of these specialties require successful completion of a regular dental school program and an additional minimum 2 – 3 years full-time, rigorous education. Any dentist who works outside of these two distinctions is considered a non-specialist. However, just because cosmetic dentists are mostly not recognized as specialists by the American Dental Association, does not mean that credentials are not important! The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), a governing body for cosmetic dentists, has more than 7,000 members in the United States alone and additional members that participate from more than 70 other countries. While not recognized by the American Dental Association, the AACD provides training and certification for cosmetic dentists who specialize in this area.
Choosing a cosmetic dentist Sacramento to improve your teeth, gums or bite, is as easy as scheduling a consultation with Sacramento Dentistry.
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