The term cosmetic dentistry is used to describe some techniques that many people would assume are just run-of-the-mill techniques. It's a good idea, especially when thinking about issues like what your insurance coverage will pay for versus what will come out of your own pocket, to understand what distinguishes cosmetic methods from practical ones.
What Are Examples of Clearly Practical Procedures?
In most cases, the defining difference between cosmetic and practical work boils down to whether you're addressing an immediate medical problem in the simplest way possible.
If you need to get braces, but don't want to have braces that can be easily seen by the naked eye, then lingual braces are a wise choice for you. Like traditional metal-bracket braces, lingual braces go over the teeth to gently pull teeth into a more attractive and healthy position, but unlike traditional metal braces, lingual braces are far more discreet since they are placed on the backs of the teeth instead of on the front.
A dead tooth — typically evident by its grayish color — is more than just a visual concern. If you don't deal with this dental issue promptly, you're apt to experience a multitude of problems. When a tooth ties, it has a lot of harmful bacteria around it. The bacteria can multiply to affect the health of your gums and even your jawbone. Teeth can sometimes die as a result of longtime neglect, but a traumatic injury is just as likely to result in dead tooth.