The Oxford Dictionary defines the word cosmetic as: involving or relating to treatment intended to restore or improve a person's appearance.
Combine that with the word dentistry and it gives you a pretty clear idea of the purpose, intention and nature of the treatments that fall under the umbrella of cosmetic dentistry.
Traditional forms of dentistry are primarily focused on your oral health, structure and hygiene. Cosmetic dentistry is more attuned to the appearance, visual appeal and the attractiveness of your teeth, mouth and smile.
Cosmetic dentistry typically includes the following procedures:
And while cosmetic dentistry is intended to beautify your smile and overall appearance, it absolutely can improve the functionality and health of your teeth.
Taking a cosmetic dental approach in Calgary downtown, we take care to ensure your cosmetic treatments not only enhance your looks but also your quality of life.
For example, dental veneers and crowns can be great solutions to correcting broken, misshapen or chipped teeth. Dental implants and implant dentures can be a solution to replace a missing tooth or set of teeth.
In this case, filling this gap is extremely important to help prevent facial drooping and the development of more painful, serious issues like TMJ.
On top of that, your teeth need to be in a healthy condition to be treated with cosmetic procedures. As a cosmetic dentist in Calgary downtown, we put your safety first and will ensure to prevent infection, pain and decay from perpetuating or occurring as a result of a cosmetic treatment.
Interestingly, cosmetic dentistry has been around as early as 200 AD. The Etruscan civilization in Italy reportedly used ivory to enhance and replace teeth. They also made early prototypes of crowns and bridges from gold — which is still done today, just with more advanced technology.
Around the same time, Ancient Egyptians used seashells, of all things, to replace missing teeth or fill in gaps — sounds fishy (couldn't help ourselves) but certainly creative! To whiten their teeth and remove staining, they also made toothpaste of pumice stone and vinegar.
As interesting as those approaches are, you can trust that those are far from the methods we use as a cosmetic dentist in Calgary's downtown core! Contact us today to learn more and begin the journey towards a happier, healthier smile.
?!What!? Hold on to your boots: All dentists have been in dental school to become a certified Dentist, but there is no specific education to become a certified Cosmetic Dentist. For that reason, the Alberta Dental Association (ADA), doesn't allow dentists to present themselves as a Cosmetic Dentist.
Nevertheless, every general dentist can perform cosmetic dental treatments, which is often called Cosmetic Dentistry. A general dentist usually cares for your basic dental needs, while a so called Cosmetic Dentist focuses more on the appeal of the patient's smile.
For the record: As most dentists in Alberta, Dr. Curtis Westersund is a General Dentist who provides professional cosmetic dental treatments in Calgary - downtown. Most importantly, at Dentalife we would like to help you look, feel, and live better, with a beautiful, healthy smile!
When you want and need a better smile it's not about: Should I go for cosmetic dental treatment? It's about: Who can/should do it? How should it look like? And what is it going to cost?
How to choose the right cosmetic dental treatment dentist for you?
It should be a dentist you really trust. Especially when you have some serious issues, you want this dental procedure to be exactly what you want, the way you want it, for the amount you can spend.
Experience plays a critical role here. Don't go for an experimental approach! There is usually no wiggle room to do it all over again.
“I don't want a cosmetic dentist that can do it. I want a cosmetic that can do it - right.”
“Is it going to hurt?”
“How long is it going to take?“
“I do not want any metal in my mouth.”
“Not too white! I want it natural so you cannot tell I had anything done.”
“I have broken and/or worn teeth. How are they going to match to my new smile?”
“I am in the public all day and my smile is important.”
“I have one dark tooth and it needs fixing.”
“My old veneers look terrible. I hope dentistry is better now!”
“I need to know my cosmetic dentistry treatment cost up front.”
We understand, all the above can make you feel a little bit uncomfortable. When you go for a new smile, you don't want worry about your new smile. At Dentalife, we provide multiple options to achieve your goal. Limited budgets can still provide great result. (E.G.: Cosmetic tooth bonding vs porcelain veneers).
Have you seen those ugly, unnatural crowns on your friend’s front teeth? Of course you did. And of course you don't want that. No one wants to be embarrassed by their teeth. You want your smile to be beautiful but most importantly natural, and it really doesn't have to be that Hollywood look.
Time can be an additional issue. A graduation, school reunion, family photo session, business event, or a wedding, are all time sensitive. We understand the stress that come with important events in your life.
Some dentists don't want to talk about it much. They will tell you that pricing is dependent on multiple factors, unforeseen conditions, and the way you respond to treatment. Yes, cosmetic dental treatments can range from simple restorations to complex multi-disciplinary dental procedures. But we believe that you deserve a clear quotation of your new smile, without any dental "surprises" - regardless.
We hear this all the time:
“Doc, I need to know my insurance will pay for this.” (Let's find out!)
“Listen, money is tight right now. I want a say in what treatment is done.” (No problem!)
"Do you offer any dental financing?" (Yes, we do!)
Rest assured, we will always provide you with crystal clear answers.
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Look, feel, live better
Teeth are not just for eating. Teeth say a lot about you. How friendly you are, how healthy you are, even how smart you are. Your smile gets judged by those around you daily. A better smile may change your image and interactions with all the people around you. Fortunately, cosmetic dentistry has become more accessible for everyone over the last decade.
Last but not least, it's all about you. Your confidence, relationships, career, event, or life style. A great smile can make a difference for all of these important things. Take advantage of all the possibilities.
See you at Dentalife!