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What Cosmetic Dentistry is All About

Excerpted from Tick Tock, Stop the Clock ~ Getting Pretty on Your Lunch Hour
Chapter 5
Dr. Marty Zase

As the baby boomer generation comes of age, cosmetic dentistry is being driven like never before in history. Dental schools have been forced to include more cosmetic dentistry courses in their curriculums. Magazines, newspapers and the Internet are filled with stories and examples of the improvements that are possible. And television, the giant of all media exposure, continues to tout the life changing procedures that are available through modern dentistry.

This multi-billion dollar industry, in addition to being an advertiserís golden goose, is the foundation for many over- the-counter as well as professionally delivered products and procedures. Tooth whitening is just the first step, but millions of ordinary people are beginning to experience the anti-aging, youth preserving and fitness enhancing benefits of cosmetic dentistry.

Today, due to better health education, the use of fluorides and improvements in early intervention and preventive dentistry, there is less need for the treatment of decay. Consequently, more attention is being given to the overall health and appearance of teeth and surrounding structures. It is no longer assumed that everyone will eventually wear dentures. Through media coverage and other educational tools, consumers are learning that options exist for different levels of dental care. While the names of the procedures may be the same, the actual choices and quality of work may not be the same from one practitioner to the next. Keywords like maintenance and prevention are on everyoneís short list. Cosmetic dentistry is no longer sought after by just the rich and famous or recent divorcees. Today, cosmetic dentistry can help almost all of us look younger, live longer, and be more attractive to others. Now that is a trifecta worth chasing.

Computers, implants and lasers are already in the everyday dental market. Who knows what else there is to come? Medical advances are said to double every decade, so the future is even more appealing for those who would like to improve their looks, improve their health and keep their teeth for the rest of their lives. This is the world of modern cosmetic dentistry. Letís learn more about it.

What Is Cosmetic Dentistry?

Cosmetic Dentistry: The comprehensive oral care that
combines art and science to optimally improve dental health,
aesthetics and function. 1

1. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry

Although cosmetic dentistry almost always involves some treatment of the teeth, it may also include treatment of the gums, lips and even the surrounding muscles and joints of the face and jaws. While the ultimate goal of the cosmetic dentist is to help you look better, it is imperative that your dental work also functions well, helps you eat better, is long lasting, causes no continuing discomfort and therefore contributes to your overall improved health.

As patients, we often forget that teeth are not dead and are not just the tools of the mouth. They have nerves and blood vessels inside them that are intimately connected to the rest of the body, and they sit in tissues that share the same sensations and life sustaining circulation as all of the other organs of the incredible structure we know as the human body.

The tissues of the mouth are not just important to us as the opening end of our nourishment trail, but they also help us to convey emotions, to smile and to share intimacy. These tissues require maintenance and respect. And today, we have the ability to improve their appearance in ways we never before imagined through the art and science of cosmetic dentistry.

© 2010, 2014 by Lois W. Stern

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Lois W. Stern is the published author of two books: Sex, Lies and Cosmetic Surgery and Tick Tock, Stop the Clock ~ Getting Pretty on Your Lunch Hour as well as numerous magazine articles. Her Professional Edition DVD is a popular aid to office staff while interacting with their patients.

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