Curious about what a prosthodontist is? A prosthodontist is one of merely nine dental specialties the American Dental Association recognizes. It is also the only dental specialty under the ADA that includes cosmetic dentistry. To become a prosthodontist, a dentist must complete two to three years of additional, advanced training after dental school. A person can only become a certified prosthodontist after completing both dental and prosthodontic board examinations.
Rather than focus on typical dental work like fixing cavities and applying braces, prosthodontists specialize in areas like dentures, fixed bridges, crowns, dental implants and facial replacement prosthetics. While there are around 195,000 general dentists in the country, there are just under 3,400 prosthodontists in the United States. Our office is just one of a handful in Springfield, Missouri alone!
Cosmetic teeth whitening removes discoloration and staining from your teeth. It is also known as teeth bleaching. While it can be done at home with products you buy from the store, the best results come from cosmetic teeth whitening procedures performed by a dental professional.
To get the most out of cosmetic teeth whitening, be careful with certain drinks and foods after your procedure. Coffee, tea and soda are major offenders when it comes to staining teeth. Use a straw as often as possible. If your drink is difficult to consume with a straw, like hot coffee is, then try to limit how much you drink during the day. Foods like marinara sauce and berries discolor your teeth as well. Exercise caution by chewing and swallowing them quickly. Drinking water to fight the staining helps also!