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Get to know cosmetic dentists
Updated: 3/10/2011 2:59:59 PM

Cosmetic dentists provide treatments beyond regular checkups and cleanings Professionals who specialize in cosmetic dentistry perform procedures to improve the appearance of patients' teeth, as well as their oral health. Individuals who seek cosmetic dental work commonly desire teeth whitening treatments, veneers or implants.

Bleaching agents, such as hydrogen peroxide and lasers, can be used by the specialists to safely whiten teeth. Many individuals who wore braces seek whitening treatments after the corrective devices are removed, since prolonged food buildup under the metal can cause tooth discoloration.

People who have chipped or crooked teeth may visit a cosmetic dentist to receive porcelain veneers or lumineers to improve the physical appearance of these imperfections.

Veneers are rarely removed once they have been bonded on to an individual's teeth because the dentist must strip off a layer of tooth enamel during the process, according to the American Dental Association (ADA).

Dental implants that are made of durable titanium are popular among people who have lost teeth due to decay or injury. More than 69 percent of adults have suffered the loss of at least one permanent tooth, the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons states.

The ADA notes that the full process of receiving dental implants and crowns typically requires three visits to a cosmetic professional.

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