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- Cosmetic Dentistry

Enhancing the Appearance of a Medical or Dental Patient

For people who want to adjust or improve their appearance and reach their beauty goals, cosmetic plastic or oral surgery may be a great option. This kind of surgery can tighten and improve the appearance of skin, adjust facial features, add or remove hair, and much more. For oral cosmetic purposes, the medical or dental patient can enjoy whiter and more natural-looking teeth! If you’re interested to know more, you can read a blog for cosmetic medical and dental procedures.

Cosmetic surgery may also be used for medical purposes, such as for people who have had accidents, to restore the function of a body part, to repair scars from surgery or to fix any part of the oral cavity that has been damaged, such as a broken tooth.

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There are many procedures available, so here is a look at the most common types of cosmetic medical and dental plastic surgery:

1. Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation refers to procedures which increase the size or change the shape of the breasts. Take note that it is not the same as breast lifts or breast reduction, which are actually different types of procedures.

2. Dermabrasion

Dermabrasion uses a specialized tool that gently ‘sands’ down the top layer of skin. Once removed, the area heals and new skin replaces the old. The end result is a smoother-looking skin.

Dermabrasion is usually used for:

  • Acne scars
  • Age spots
  • Crow’s feet
  • Growths or lesions on the skin
  • Sun-damaged skin
  • Wrinkles

3. Teeth Whitening

This is a very popular and simple way to improve your smile. If you’re a coffee drinker or smoker, bleaching is crucial to maintaining that fresh and inviting look we all strive for. It doesn’t require a huge commitment and can be done professionally in the dental clinic, or at the comfort of your own home.

It’s wise to get professional bleaching, as over-the-counter products won’t provide the degree of brightening or treatment longevity most people desire. Results vary depending on your age, heredity, and how long the teeth have been stained. However, professional teeth whitening can last for about a year.

4. Veneers

Dental veneers are thin porcelain shells which fit over the surface of the teeth. The difference between dentures and veneers is that dentures will replace missing teeth altogether, while veneers attach to existing teeth without removing them.

Dentures are implanted and rest on your gums, while veneers adhere to your teeth with glue or cement. After the enamel of your tooth is filed down, your dental impressions are taken and sent off to a dental lab for custom veneers.

Veneers require less commitment than dentures and are ideal if you have dark staining which won’t go away with bleaching. They’re also helpful if you have a chipped front tooth or minor cosmetic defect.

5. Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty refers to any surgery that repairs or reshapes the nose. Some people go for rhinoplasty for cosmetic reasons. Others may have a medical reason, such as difficulty breathing or birth defects.

Rhinoplasty can be used to:

  • Increase or reduce the size of the nose
  • Correct problems following an injury
  • Correct birth defects
  • Relieve or improve breathing problems
  • Narrow the shape of the nostrils
  • Change the shape of the bridge
  • Change the angle of the nose

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