Cosmetic Dentistry : Self Esteem And Quality Of Life Based On The Aesthetics Of Their Teeth

1243 Words Oct 30th, 2015 5 Pages
Research shows that one-third of Americans agree that their first impression of others is based on the aesthetics of their teeth (Gold). Cosmetic Dentistry enhances patients’ self-esteem and quality of life based on age, gender, and type of cosmetic procedures performed while considering the cost analysis of treatment options versus outcomes. A Cosmetic Dentist is a licensed dentist with a doctorate in medical dentistry that specializes in the aesthetic and mechanical functionality of teeth. Cosmetic Dentist are commonly known for improving one’s self-esteem and psychosocial wellness. Cosmetic Dentist use thinking, writing, and communication to better themselves and patient outcomes in their respected field.
Dentist use research to find new and improved ways to better their patients. They use research to stay abreast with the procedural changes in the respected field. Part of the research they are required to do is researching the different cosmetic procedures. These procedures include Malocclusion, Crown Restoration, and Vital Teeth Whitening.
Malocclusion is the most evasive and time consuming procedure, yet has the most profound outcomes, particularly for severe cases (Lukez et. al). Malocclusion is the severity of an under or over bite. Research has shown that Malocclusion has been linked for lowering self-esteem. The Malocclusion orthodontic procedure has been linked to better psychosocial outcomes than other dental variables such as white smile, smile width, buck…

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