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Cosmetic Dentistry vs. Orthodontic Dentistry - Here Are The Differences

In a nutshell, orthodontic dentistry is critical to good oral and overall health whilst cosmetic dentistry—such as teeth whitening—is not critical. The primary goal of orthodontic dentistry is to fix the patient’s teeth and set them in the right place. The orthodontist is mainly concerned with the treatment of improper bites and crooked teeth. The patient’s appearance—a reason for cosmetic dentistry—is secondary to good oral health in orthodontic treatment.

Cosmetic Dentistry vs. Orthodontic Dentistry
Cosmetic Dentistry vs. Orthodontic Dentistry 

The fact that Orthodontic treatment is recommended as early as age 7 is just one fact that dispels the myth that this treatment is only undertaken for cosmetic reasons which usually prevails later in life.  The earlier it is performed, the better. Orthodontic treatment is so much more than mere cosmetic dentistry. Though the result of this treatment might be considered cosmetic dentistry to some, the primary goal of orthodontic treatment is more fundamental than cosmetic dentistry. 

Why Should I Get Orthodontic Treatment?

If teeth are misaligned and don’t meet correctly, there can be a strain on the jaw which can result in headaches. Crooked teeth or teeth that are not aligned properly or spaces between the teeth will affect biting and chewing but other problems may also be present. Difficulty in swallowing and breathing may persist and even speech may be impaired.  Not to disparage cosmetic dentistry because having beautiful straight teeth is important and attractive. But there are more crucial things to consider such as the need to address and alleviate any potential health problems associated with the teeth or jaw. 

The Benefits of Orthodontics

  • Correct facial imbalance when teeth are crooked or misaligned.
  • Correct breathing issues or swallowing
  • Improve speaking
  • Make chewing and biting easier

Cosmetic Treatment Options

The benefits of cosmetic dentistry include improved appearance and, thus, heightened self-esteem. Let’s look at what kinds of popular cosmetic dentistry options available to you at Forest & Ray:
White fillings- Replace the ugly, outdated, dark amalgam fillings with attractive looking, aesthetically pleasing white fillings that blend with your teeth.  We use the very latest materials for white fillings, as there have been significant advances in strength and durability in recent years.

  • Teeth Whitening- This popular treatment can usually be done in a single session or a series of sessions. Our modern techniques will make discoloured teeth and stains a thing of the past.

  • Dental Bonding- When the damage is more severe, we recommend --and patients often opt for --dental bonding. In this procedure, the tooth is roughed a little in preparation, and a special tooth coloured resin is bonded to the surface. This is set using UV light and then trimmed into shape and polished to match the surrounding teeth. It may only take an hour for each tooth—an important consideration for the buy person.

  • Porcelain Veneers- These are a step up from dental bonding as they are a more durable, permanent solution. And porcelain veneers represent perhaps the greatest cost-savings for you. Veneers can be used to improve the look of teeth, filling gaps and straightening the appearance of crooked teeth to provide that perfect smile.

  • Tooth Reshaping- This--the most artistic dentistry procedure-- can also be done in a minimum of the scheduled time. It requires all the skills available from Forest & Ray’s expert dentists as the crooked, chipped or oversized teeth are subtly sculpted into a more pleasing size and shape. Our skilled dental practitioners can achieve amazing results using simple sanding strips moved between the teeth to fine-tune their shape and alignment.

So, orthodontists and cosmetic dentists both help patients improve their oral health and boost their confidence and self-esteem. At Forest & Ray’s Dental Clinic, regardless of orthodontics or cosmetics, you don’t have to sacrifice quality while you enjoy your beautiful new smile. Contact us today!

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