If you are looking for orthodontists because either you or your children are in need of braces or if you are looking for cosmetic dentists, Cincinnati has a large selection of dentists to fit you or your familys needs. Orthodontists offer different types of braces that can be used to straighten your teeth. Invisalign is a series of clear, removable aligners that move your teeth over time. Invisalign will not work for everyone but will work to fix minor teeth alignment problems. Then there are ceramic braces used in combination with metal braces. Last but not least, the well-known, traditional stainless steel braces that are very strong, known to work very well, and the least expensive braces option.
Cosmetic dentistry is referred to any type of dental work that improves the appearance of a persons smile, teeth, or gums. These dental professionals provide the following services: whitening or bleaching of the teeth, tooth reshaping, bonding, dental bridges, veneers, gum lifts, and bite reclamation.
The most common cosmetic procedure is tooth whitening. Even though there are many, many over the counter teeth whitening products available, the dentist-supervised treatments remain the best and have the best results. They can perform tooth reshaping, it is a procedure known as enameloplasty. The enamel is removed from the parts of the tooth to improve the appearance of the tooth, this procedure can be done to fix a small chip in the tooth, or alter the length or shape of the tooth to correct crooked or teeth that are too long. Bonding is another procedure performed by a cosmetic dentist. Bonding is the process where an enamel-like dental composite material is applied to the surface of the tooth, shaped, hardened, and then polished.
Creating dental bridges also referred to as pontics are done by cosmetic dentists. Dental bridges are porcelain crowns fused together to fill in an area left by a missing tooth. These crowns are attached to teeth on either side of the bridge. This is bridge is fixed and cannot be removed.
The dental professional can affix veneers (very thin, custom made porcelain laminates) that are bonded to the teeth to cover discolored teeth that do not respond well to procedures for teeth whitening or to close gaps between teeth. Cosmetic dentist perform a dental procedure known as a gum lift, this procedure raises and sculpts the gum-line to give the teeth a more symmetrical appearance. They can also perform bite reclamation. Patients who have ground their teeth together for years or suffer from acid reflux can excessive wear down their teeth and alter their normal bite.
When seeking an orthodontist or a cosmetic dentist, ask your friends, family members, co-workers, and neighbors for recommendations. If they are unable to provide you with a recommendation, you can get a list of area orthodontists from the American Association of Orthodontists. If you are unable to get a reference for cosmetic dentists in the Cincinnati area, you can get a list from the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.
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