As one of the first things people notice is your smile, if chipped, stained, or crooked teeth are ‘hiding’ the real you, it’s time for a smile makeover. Today many people have started working on their smiles and so Cosmetic Dentistry is on the rise. There are many theories on about this, one of them being the strong Hollywood influence in our lives. Other schools of thought also attribute it to increasing awareness of medical advancements, along with conscious decisions to improve looks to enhance self-esteem.
Whatever the reason, the focus is chiefly on image and appearance. The shifting dynamics of the industry is largely due to a patient’s choice, which has moved from mere hygiene to definite image enhancement. People are more ready than ever to invest on themselves. The younger generation of business people, models and actors who want the perfect appearance for better careers, and significant advances in the industry itself have contributed to the rise of cosmetic dentistry.
Cosmetic dentistry may involve Whitening or ‘tooth bleaching’. While many whitening options are now available, including over the counter products, dentist supervised treatments remain the recommended procedures for lightening discoloured teeth. Tooth reshaping removes parts of the enamel to improve the appearance of the tooth. It can even be used to correct crooked or excessively long teeth. This procedure offers fast results and can even be a substitute for braces under certain circumstances.
Bonding is a process in which an enamel-like dental composite material is applied to a tooth’s surface, sculpted into shape, hardened and then polished. Dental bridges are false teeth, known as a pontics, which are fused between two porcelain crowns to fill in areas left by missing teeth; Veneers are ultrathin, custom-made porcelain laminates that are bonded directly to the teeth. They are an option for closing gaps or disguising discoloured teeth that do not respond well to whitening procedures.
Gum lift is a cosmetic dental procedure that raises and sculpts the gum line. Bite Reclamation is for those who have had years of excessive wear to their teeth due to grinding or acid reflux can alter their vertical dimension. This gives them a closed or shorter look to their face and smile; Straightening of teeth accompanied by improvement in appearance of face by Orthodontics.
A smile makeover procedure will vary from patient to patient and greatly depend on their individual smile goals. Through the use of various cosmetic dentistry procedures such as teeth whitening, porcelain veneers and dental bonding dentists are able to transform smiles by blending art and science seamlessly.
One of the more interesting enhancements that Indians are getting is diamond studs bonded onto the surface of a tooth for a bedazzled smile. Some of the youth are also getting their teeth inked with cartoon characters and name inscriptions as more cosmetic dentists are being called for these boisterous procedures.
Over the years, dental tourism has taken a giant leap and has become an integral part of medical tourism in India. On a cost comparison, India stands amongst the low cost destinations for cosmetic dentistry overseas. For a simple dental procedure, like veneering, it costs around £500/tooth in UK, approximately $1000/ tooth in USA, the cost of dental veneering is only £145 or $250 at few of the best dental facilities in India.
As the science and technology of cosmetic dentistry keeps improving, new procedures are constantly being developed which are safer and more reliable, more efficient as well as cost effective.