Cosmetic dentistry: just for aesthetics?

Types of cosmetic dentistry procedures

The term cosmetic dentistry encompasses all the dental procedures aimed to improve the appearance of the teeth, gums, or bite and enhance the aesthetics. It was first introduced in the 1990s and has addressed a lot of oral care problems. From teeth whitening to teeth replacements and veneers, modern dentistry has developed a lot of techniques to achieve the “Hollywood” smile.

 The seven common dental aesthetic procedures include:

  1. Teeth whitening or bleaching. This dental procedure aims to whiten and brighten the teeth' surface when there is significant discoloration and or staining from foods and drinks such as coffee, wine, tomatoes, and beets. It can be done at home and at the dentist's office.
  2. Dental implants. They are essential to people with missing teeth and they play an important role not only for the aesthetic aspect but also for the proper overall oral function of the mouth. The presence of an implant in the position of a lost tooth prevents serious damage to the gum line and jawbone and absorbs the pressure of biting and chewing.
  3. Dental veneers. This procedure includes the attachment of thin, tooth-colored shells to the front surface of the teeth for aesthetic purposes. The material is porcelain or resin- composite materials and they aim to cover chipped, broken, smaller than usual and discolored teeth.
  4. Dental crowns are dental caps that cover the whole tooth. Their purpose is to cover and protect damaged teeth, restore the shape, size and durability and enhance the overall appearance of the teeth.
  5. Tooth bonding is the cosmetic dental treatment where a composite resin is adhered or “bonded” to an area of the tooth which was slightly damaged. This is suitable for minor injuries such as chipped teeth, gaps between the teeth and even lengthening a tooth to match the others.
  6.  Teeth shaping or enamel shaping focuses on the improvement of the tooth size with the filling or removal of enamel. It is a fast and painless procedure with immediate results.
  7.  Orthodontic treatment refers to the adjustment of misaligned teeth, aimed to improve the appearance and functioning of the teeth and bite. Dental specialists place braces in the problematic areas to even the pressure across all the teeth and fix the “bad bite”. Orthodontic procedures can be painful, costly, and require frequent visits for months or years.

 

Evolution of cosmetic dentistry

The earliest documented form of cosmetic dentistry dates back to 700 B.C. when Etruscans used dentures made of ivory and bone. These dentures were usually extracted from animals or corpses and were used until the 1800s. During the 12th and 13th century, barbers used to work as dentists, mainly because they had the appropriate tools to perform teeth extractions, even though they were not necessarily highly skilled to do so.

 The most notable accomplishments in cosmetic dentistry took place in the 18th and 19th century. Dental practitioners started using metal inserts as dental implants and created porcelain dentures, which were then taken to the USA. Moreover, dentists improved the shape and feel of the dentures by creating molds of the patients’ mouths, and the first dental lab, dedicated to false teeth production, opened in the 1850s. In 1950, metal pieces were fused in the porcelain dentures to produce a dental crown much more durable and comfortable.

 

The Advantages of Cosmetic Dentistry

Investing in a cosmetic dental treatment also means investing in your overall health. Not all the procedures solely fulfill the purpose of aesthetics and most techniques address and prevent issues that could eventually endanger oral health. Even minor teeth injuries can affect chewing and eating, so people turn to cosmetic dentistry to fix their bite and restore the normal function of their teeth. Dental procedures such as dental crowns and implants promote the integrity of the gums and jawbones and protect them from undesirable medical conditions. Cosmetic treatment can also improve speech.

As for the appearance, a visit to a cosmetic dental specialist can immensely boost your confidence. A bright and symmetrical smile can be a key to a successful social, professional and personal life because it’s a sign of openness and kindness.

 “A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.”

William Arthur Ward

The Disadvantages of Cosmetic Dentistry

 One of the main reasons people shy away from cosmetic dental treatment is the cost. For example, dental veneers are priced for each tooth individually, hence a more expensive procedure than tooth bonding, and the cost for a porcelain veneer treatment can amount up to 6,500 Euros. Despite the necessity, the working class cannot cover this type of expense and the basic health insurance plans do not cover any dental procedures other than simple visits to the dentist.

 Another disadvantage is that a lot of these procedures offer irreversible results. Thus, it is a serious commitment one has to be 100% sure of and be aware of what they are looking for and what they are signing up for. Last but not least, the aftercare of some procedures is a crucial step in the process to ensure the desired long-term results, but still, sensitivity is a possible outcome after tooth whitening. The risk can be minimized as long as you follow the instructions of the dental specialists.

 

Conclusion

So, is it worth it? There is a reason cosmetic dentistry has grown so much over the last 30 years and the benefits are many. However, since the cost of a cosmetic dental procedure can be quite high, there are more and more products for home use, which accommodate the need for white teeth pain-free.

 

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Meet Surfrider Foundation - the Partners of Nordics - Selfless Warriors for a Noble Cause

Nordics is a professional dental care brand, but its ethos stretches also to sustainability and customer satisfaction. That’s why supporting great causes is an important part of our identity. Naturally, we chose an amazing partner to support - the Surfrider Foundation. Read on to find out how together we actually clean the oceans.

Introducing – Surf Rider Foundation

Established by surfers in 1990 in Biarritz, France, the Surf Rider Foundation Europe has always been caring about the ocean. There are more than 2,000 volunteers and 43 local branches in Europe right now – which shows there are many dedicated environmentalists here who focus on preserving and cleaning our oceans, seas, and rivers. 

As mentioned in magazines like National Geographic, the Surf Rider Foundation is leading in environmental protection and conservation. 

Worldwide there are over 182,000 active volunteers and 176 chapters and student clubs that help to keep the oceans and coasts clean. By supporting the Surf Rider Foundation we’re not only supporting clean oceans, but also climate change and its impacts. 

What are the common deeds of Nordics & Surf Rider Foundation? 

The Surf Rider Foundation is a group of action takers who protect the health and sustainability of our planet’s most precious resource – the ocean. Besides defending our oceans from challenges threatening the vitality of the ecosystem, the NGO also acts on issues that threaten our beaches and natural shorelines. 

Reducing the impact of plastics on the marine ecosystem is one of the most important tasks the Surf Rider Foundation has to face daily.

Surf Rider Europe works with individual citizens, public sectors, and also private sectors on education and awareness, political advocacy, and scientific and legal expertise. 

Nordics is a global sponsor of SRF since 2017. We contribute to their noble cause is by donating 0,5 percent of our annual revenue to the organization. Each donated euro equals 5 sq.m. of cleaned beaches. That's how Nordics has provided 15 000 sq.m. of clean beaches until now.

The importance of clean oceans 

Climate change and demographic pressure on coastal areas are impacting our daily lives.

Every year, about 8 million tons of plastic wastelands are in the ocean. This is a huge problem, especially because there are countless benefits to our planet of clean oceans. Half of the world’s oxygen is produced by the ocean, and it also absorbs 50 times more carbon dioxide than our atmosphere. With plastic in the ocean, the ecosystem is disrupted. 

For a more detailed view of how much plastic pollution influences the ocean, we can highly recommend the documentary “A Plastic Ocean. It shows the dramatic damage plastic causes to marine wildlife, just because billions of plastic ends in the ocean – one more reason why we should protect the oceans at all costs. 

How is Nordics supporting this? 

Plastic is used in every industry by now – and that’s a problem. In 2020, more than 300 million tons of plastic waste have been produced. Around 79 percent of it was accumulated in landfills or the environment. And the largest market of plastics is packaging materials. Which is another reason why it’s essential to focus on alternatives for packaging products. 

Traditional toothpaste, for example, is packaged in classic plastic tubes that cannot be recycled.
So, let's make a quick reminder of our specialties. We use 100% recyclable tubes of bioplastic for our toothpastes, our mouthwash bottles are made of 100% recycled plastic, our toothbrushes are made of bamboo. That's how we are drastically decreasing the amount of plastic that pollutes beaches and oceans.

Furthermore, we focus on not using any harmful ingredients for our products, not only inside the formula but also during the process of production. Our toothpastes are without sugar, free from preservatives, and without harsh chemical compounds. We at Nordics do not only reshape traditional dental products but also think about future generations and how we can have a positive impact on them.

Nordics is not just reducing the use of plastic waste in the oral care industry. We are an official sponsor of the NGO and donate a percentage of every purchase to the Surf Rider Foundation cause. So, with every purchase of one of our Nordics products, you contribute directly to plastic-free oceans and landfills. 

Oral care can be environmental-friendly, too, without missing out on high quality. We avoid using harmful ingredients and created organic, vegan-certified, and cruelty-free products to support good oral hygiene. 

Choosing Nordics is not just buying a product but supporting a vision and a mission.