Cosmetic Dentistry

What is cosmetic dentistry by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry

There have been plenty of movie stars, models, even media personalities who have used cosmetic dentistry to help enhance their image.

But cosmetic dentistry is not just for “high profile” people, it’s for individuals like you and me, our families, our co-workers and neighbors. And, being more affordable than it was a decade ago, more people like you and me are having cosmetic dental work done.

Cosmetic dentistry is one of dentistry’s fastest growing areas. Eighty-four percent of dentists now offer cosmetic procedures as part of their practices and half of these report a steady increase in the amount of cosmetic procedures performed over the last three years, according to an American Dental Association survey.

Cosmetic dentistry can help people just like you:

An adult who has suffered through their teens too embarrassed to smile because of discolored teeth.
Seniors wanting a more youthful, healthier appearance.
A child who chipped teeth in a playground accident.
Survivors of domestic violence.
Victims of automobile or sporting accidents.
Cosmetic dentists can correct these problems and improve a person’s smile and overall appearance through a variety of techniques, including veneers, crowns, bridges and tooth whitening.

Veneers – can be used to correct crooked, chipped or worn teeth.

Crowns & Bridges – are an option for general bite dysfunction and missing teeth.

Tooth Whitening – is an effective means of whitening stained, discolored or dull teeth.

While, at first glance these may seem to offer primarily esthetic benefits, cosmetic dentistry can also help provide many emotional and health benefits.

An improved smile can boost a person’s self image, making them more confident in their daily lives. Higher self-esteem, for example, could help motivate a person to pursue a new career, a career they had previously ruled out because of a lack of self-confidence.

An AACD survey revealed that 74% of adult Americans who responded believe an unattractive smile can hurt a person’s chances for career success, while 92% say an attractive smile is an important social asset.

Experts say oral health also benefits when a person has their smile improved. “People are more concerned about maintaining their teeth after cosmetic dentistry because they are proud of the way they look. Once they have seen the benefits of a healthy, natural smile, oral health becomes a priority,” says AACD Accredited Member Dr. Dean Lodding. For information about cosmetic dentistry, please contact the AACD at:

American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry®
5401 World Dairy Drive
Madison, WI 53718
Phone: (800) 543-9220



Remember the condition of your teeth and mouth may be an indication of problems with your general health and you should see a doctor and/or dentist if symptoms persist.

Watch animations and read helpful information about dental treatments below. The animations which bring dental treatments alive to patients are by Medivision, the leading worldwide provider of aesthetic and dental animation to the medical profession – for more information visit the Company website at

Top Tips

* Consult your dentist/hygenist every three to six months
* Floss teeth each night
* Change toothbrush monthly
* Brush carefully
* Purchase an electric brush – they have a superior action on teeth and gums
* Invest in a Water-Pick to flush teeth clean
* Use a natural antiseptic mouth wash
* Give up smoking – not only does it contribute to bad breath and stained teeth and tongue but it also affects healing
* Drink plenty of water
* Ensure diet includes teeth-protecting nutrients

Gum Disease

Gum disease can shorten life expectancy: Nine out of 10 adults have some degree of gum disease, according to recent dental surveys. Inflamed gums are a powerful predictor of your odds of dying prematurely from heart disease and stroke.

German researchers recently discovered new evidence that middle-aged men with severe gum disease are four times more likely to have a stroke than their peers with healthier gums. American researchers have identified a similar link with heart disease – people with gum disease are almost twice as likely to develop narrowing of the coronary arteries supplying the heart.

The reason for the link remains unclear but it’s thought that inflammation in the mouth accelerates the formation of fatty deposits within arteries.

Doctors also believe that gum disease can increase the odds of developing diabetes and even bringing on premature labour. Pregnant women with severe gum disease are four times more likely to go into labour early.

Mild gum disease is often painless. Early tell-tale signs are redness at the gum margin (where the gums meet the teeth), and bleeding after brushing. More severe cases can cause obvious swelling of the gums, bad breath and loose teeth – one in seven of the population loose all their teeth before the age of 50 because of
gum disease.

The key to preventing gum disease is good dental hygene. You should:

Gently brush your teeth and gums twice daily, preferably with an electric toothbrush. Women are better at this: 80 per cent of women brush their teeth twice a day, compared with just 60 per cent of men.

Floss – generally only a fifth of Europeans do.

See the dentist regular. Go for regular check-ups. See the dentist annually, and the hygienist every six months.

Give up smoking. Smokers are four times more likely to have severe gum disease than non-smokers, a problem compounded by the fact that nicotine can mask the early signs of trouble (it constricts blood vessels, making bleeding less likely).

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