Cosmetic Dental Procedures
Modern cosmetic dentistry can help you enhance your smile if your teeth are damaged, discolored, worn, chipped, cracked, misaligned, malformed, or have gaps between them. A “smile makeover” is a cosmetic dentistry operation that involves one or more cosmetic dentistry procedures to improve your smile’s look. A cosmetic dentist interacts with you to design a treatment plan.
With an increasing number of people trying to improve or restore the appearance of their smiles, cosmetic dentistry is more popular than ever.
Common Cosmetic Dental Procedures
Here are a few of the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments performed today:
Teeth whitening is the most common, least expensive, and most accessible cosmetic dental operation. Teeth whitening techniques, as the name implies, lighten the color of teeth.
Teeth are carefully cleaned before whitening to remove plaque, tartar, and food particles from the crevices of the teeth. Cosmetic dentists may also use bleaching agents for tooth whitening, depending on the amount of discoloration.
Dental veneers are thin, custom-made shells that cover the front teeth and are composed of dental porcelain or composite. These ultra-thin shells cover the visible flaws associated with the teeth’ size, color, shape, or length. With the help of cementing material, the thin veneer is secured to the tooth. Dental veneers are stain-resistant for up to 20 years and fit in flawlessly with the rest of the teeth.
Bonding is the use of a putty-like resin substance to cracked, discolored, deformed, or chipped teeth. It is designed to resemble genuine teeth. Dental bonding is a painless treatment that takes 30 to 60 minutes to accomplish but can last for 10 years with proper care.
The tooth enamel-like resin is applied to the damaged tooth, hardened with ultraviolet or laser light, and molded and polished to match the other teeth.
A dental crown is a cap-like structure that is placed over a tooth that has been damaged. Teeth that are decaying, damaged, significantly discolored, deformed, fractured, or chipped are covered by dental crowns. The size, form, strength, and look of the teeth are all restored.
Porcelain, ceramic, composite, and porcelain bonded to metal are all utilized to make dental crowns. They can endure for up to 30 years if taken care of properly.
Inlays and Onlays
Indirect fillings, which a dental laboratory manufactures, are another name for this cosmetic dentistry practice. When a tooth has mild to severe decay or insufficient tooth structure to sustain a filling, they are used.
The inlay is placed directly onto the surface of your tooth if its cusps are not damaged. Your dentist may use an onlay to cover the tooth’s entire surface if the cusp of a more substantial tooth area is damaged.
Previously, gold inlays and onlays were used. Still, they are now more typically constructed in a dental laboratory from a composite of porcelain or ceramic material and bonded to the teeth with dental cement glue. They keep teeth in good shape by strengthening them, maintaining their shape, and avoiding decay in the future.
Not all of the procedures listed above will be effective for everyone. Your dentist can assist you in determining which method will best enhance your smile. A cosmetic dentist can help you reach your goals, whether you desire a brighter, whiter smile or want to transform your appearance with veneers and bonding entirely.