Cosmetic Dental Surgery
Say cheese; cosmetic dental surgery offers a bright opportunity for people who are not content with their facial appearance and want an enhanced and more photogenic smile. Smiles are important. As Psalms indicates, even the Lord smiles: "God be merciful unto us, and bless us; and cause his face to shine upon us; That thy way may be known upon earth, thy saving health among all nations. Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee. O let the nations be glad and sing for joy: for thou shalt judge the people righteously, and govern the nations upon earth. Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee. Then shall the earth yield her increase; and God, even our own God, shall bless us. God shall bless us; and all the ends of the earth shall fear him." (Psalm 67:1-7) People living a faithful life give God reason to smile. Therefore, sing the praises of joy and adoration with a smile. Although the Lord is probably not concerned with how bright and attractive a person's smile is while they're praising Him, people certainly do care about their toothy grin. The increase in sales of teeth whiteners over the past decade is an indication of the value some people put on their teeth and smile.
In fact, teeth whitening procedures are considered by many sources to be the number one cosmetic dental surgery procedure. Perhaps there is good reason for the desire to have healthy shiny teeth. Dingy or cracked teeth don't generally make a big splash on the social scene. The smile is the first thing many people notice about another person when they're meeting for the first time. Food, smoking, coffee, tea and even wine discolor teeth and make them unpleasant to see. Poor oral hygiene also causes the teeth to look old and dingy and can result in unsightly gingivitis and halitosis. Bleaching products that whiten teeth are available in most stores. These products can go a long way toward enhancing the appearance of a person's smile. But whitening and bleaching products tend to work best on teeth that are fairly healthy to begin with. Teeth that are crooked, chipped, missing, or gapped can be unsightly and will need more costly work and care. Some cosmetic dental surgery procedures use veneers products that are made out of composite or porcelain laminates. All veneers adhesively bond to the surface of a tooth to correct flaws. Veneers are used to repair chips and cracks in teeth. They are also good for improving a worn and severely discolored tooth. However, using veneers one several or all of the teeth would be impractical because of the costs involved. According to a cosmetic dental surgery site, veneers are also good for fixing gaps in teeth. Another cosmetic procedure uses implants. Basically, implants are artificial replacements. Implants are used to compensate for tooth loss. People who have lost many teeth appear to have faces that sag. Additionally, many people who have lost teeth look older than they actually are.
Just a quick note on a couple more cosmetic dental surgery procedures: inlays and onlays. These are called indirect fillings. Both inlays and onlays are made from porcelain or composite materials. According to online sources, they are both long-lasting cosmetic fillings for decayed teeth. Inlays and onlays are also used to treat teeth with other types of structural damage, too. Traditional fillings are molded into place during a dental visit. But inlays and onlays are made in a laboratory. They are then fitted and bonded during cosmetic procedures. Discolored, broken, or chipped teeth are sometimes repaired using a technique known as composite bonding. A composite material is molded into the cavity or onto the surface of a tooth. Once sculpted into shape, the composite is hardened with a high-intensity light. The composite blends with the surrounding tooth material and the other teeth. So cosmetic surgery purportedly cannot only enhance a person's smile but make them look younger as well.
Of course, a dental make over using cosmetic dental surgery techniques is only part of the answer. Poor lifestyle choices can make the rest of the body look old and worn out. So money spent on dental work will be wasted, if the entire body isn't maintained. Unfortunately, despite what infomercials tell people, an overall healthy body and mouth don't come easily, in a bottle, or from a dental chair. Therefore, if a person is going to take time and spend a ton of money on a great smile, they should put together the complete package. That includes spiritual health, too. Keep in mind, cosmetic dental surgery differs from tradition dental procedures, which actually maintain or improve the health of the teeth. In other words, traditional dentistry is concerned with proper oral hygiene. This includes preventing, diagnosing and treating oral disease.
On the other hand, cosmetic dentistry focuses on improving the appearance of a person's teeth, mouth and smile. And cosmetic dental surgery is expensive. Since the procedures are elective, dental insurance doesn't cover the costs. One dental website explaining the benefits and costs of cosmetically enhancing a smile indicates that porcelain tooth veneers alone may cost $400 to $1,500 per single tooth! The cost may be prohibitive for some people. Also cosmetic surgery doesn't necessarily produce a finished product that will last indefinitely. Although dental technology and materials have improved considerably over the years, materials tend to wear down, crack, chip, or weaken. As a result, the same or more costly restorative procedures may need to be duplicated several years later. As an enticement, modern technology may allow a person to see what his or her teeth and smile will look like after the cosmetic procedure is completed. Once the initial assessment has been completed the dentist should be able to provide a detailed cost of the restorative work.
Cosmetic Ear SurgeryIn most cases, cosmetic ear surgery does nothing more than attempt to enhance a person's appearance, confidence and self-esteem. The elective procedure is also referred to as Otoplasty. Basically, Otoplasty is designed to do one of two things: reduce the size of a person's ears, or pin the ears back so they don't protrude so far out from the head. One medical website describes the procedure in fairly basic terms. Most cosmetic ear surgeries are completed in one to two hours. Once the patient is sedated, the surgeon makes a small incision in the back of the ear. Then the surgeon sculpts the cartilage to reshape the ear. Stitches are used to pin the ear for enhanced appearance. Generally, only a small scar remains. And that mark usually fades away. Recovery from cosmetic ear surgery is typically brief. Children may be out of school for up to a week while they recover. But adults usually return to their normal activities within a few days following Otoplasty.
Most people consider cosmetic ear surgery to be a safe procedure, but like any medical operation there are a few risks to be considered. Most are not serious, but one can be more complicated than others. Although rare, hearing could be affected. But the major risk factors are infection, bleeding, bruising, and swelling. According to an online source that specializes in helping people find plastic surgeons, the majority of cosmetic ear surgery patients are children between the ages of four and fourteen. Apparently, the ears are completely grown by age four, and performing the surgery at an early age reduces the chances of teasing and embarrassment. But adults choose Otoplasty reshape large ears and stretched earlobes. Otoplasty may be a useful technique for some people. On the other hand, the procedure may be another way to avoid teaching or learning useful ways of dealing with potential adversity, ridicule, and stressful situations.
Once again, cosmetic ear surgery is an elective procedure so the costs and fees will be paid out of pocket or through financing options. Actual costs for the Otoplasty procedure will vary from doctor to doctor. Condition of the patient, length and difficulty of the operation, and the surgeon's experience are among some of the factors that will influence cost. Typically, according to most websites, Otoplasty will cost from around $2,000 to $5,000. Operating-room fees, anesthesia, follow-up visits, and medication are additional costs. The surgery may be performed in a hospital, free-standing surgical facility, or in a surgical suite located at the doctors office. Where the procedure is performed will also influence costs. Doing the initial research may keep costs down. Christians and others should stop and pause for a moment and consider the reasons for altering their God-given appearance. Cosmetic surgeons become artists reshaping a natural image. Now, teasing and harassment of people because of the way they look is a serious issue and problem. But they are more of societal problem then a self-image issue.
People who work in the cosmetic ear surgery industry like to use words like balanced, natural, and harmony to describe the end result of their work. Generally, they are attempting to improve on God's creation. It is sort of like cursing God's work, so Christians considering this type of cosmetic procedure should keep things in perspective. Balance and harmony are found in God's natural creation and in the love of others. They are not found in an image or appearance. "Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you. Greet one another with an holy kiss. All the saints salute you. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen." (2 Corinthians 13: 11-14) True balance and harmony are found in God, Jesus Christ, and the Bible; they are not elements found at the end of a scalpel.
Since cosmetic ear surgery is an outpatient procedure, the patient will not be spending the night in the hospital. However, if complications do arise during surgery or recovery, the patient may be required to spend the night in the hospital for observation. Know the facts about Otoplasty surgery, possible complications, costs, and recovery before deciding to have the surgery. Then begin the process by consulting a cosmetic surgeon. According to medical experts, there are four important qualities to look for in a surgeon. First, ensure the physician is experienced. Experience produces positive results. Ask to see photographs of the surgeon's work. If the surgeon doesn't have hospital privileges, find out why he or she doesn't have them. Not having hospital privileges could mean the physician is not well respected or has a bad reputation in the community. Finally, the surgeon should provide courteous and personal attention. The doctor and his or her entire staff should treat the patient with respect and dignity. Don't just ask questions concerning Otoplasty surgery. Delve into the doctor's qualifications, history, and experience. Ask how many Otoplasty procedures the doctor has performed. If a child is having the surgery, make sure the doctor has performed the procedure on children. Also, verify that the surgeon is board certified to perform cosmetic ear surgery. And don't be afraid to ask any other questions that may arise during the process. Being well informed about the procedure helps a person know what questions to ask.