Cosmetic DentistryThe increase in the popularity of cosmetic dentistry over the years has led to more advancement in dental procedures. People are looking for a dentist who can carry out procedures with their appearance in mind.

The focus of most dental processes is on how the patient will look after the procedure. Not all dentists can perform all cosmetic procedures, and it is important to have first-hand information on the dental process you want.

Types of Cosmetic Dental Procedures Available

There are many types of cosmetic dental procedure that can transform your smile. The procedure you need will depend on your oral health, and your dental aesthetic goals. Be sure to talk with your cosmetic dentist about your dental aesthetic goals and they will be able to advise you on what procedure is best for you.

Dental Implants

Dental Implants are artificial tooth roots made of titanium. Implants can replace an extracted natural tooth. They play an essential role in keeping your facial structures intact by stimulating the bone regrowth and keeping the surrounding teeth from drifting into the gap.

Implants can support crowns, bridges, and dentures to give you more natural looking restoration that blends into your smile.

Veneers

Veneers are custom-made shells that go over the front of a tooth. They can strengthen teeth that have been broken or chipped and improve the tooth’s appearance. This includes teeth that have been deeply stained. Dental veneers can also close small gaps between teeth.

An impression of your teeth is taken before the procedure begins. The impression aids in making a custom veneer that will fit your teeth. A thin layer of your teeth enamel is removed to accommodate the veneer which will replace the scraped layer.

Teeth Whitening

Teeth staining is evident for different reasons. Medication, poor lifestyle habits, some foods, and drinks are some of the leading factors to teeth discoloration. Your dentist will correct your stained tooth by using an intense concentration of a bleaching agent. The procedure is usually done in the dental office.

Sometimes if the discoloration isn’t severe, the dentist will give you a take-home kit that consists of a tray shaped to your teeth. You’ll be putting a concentration of bleach in the tray before wearing it, and this may take longer than the in-office teeth whitening.

The at-home whitening kit uses lesser concentration than the in-office since the dentist will protect your gum and other oral areas from the bleach. The at-home kit has less concentration which is mild on your gums in case you spill the bleach on them by accident.

Braces

Braces come in different designs and shapes, but their sole function is the same, to correct misalignment of teeth. If you have teeth misalignment issues and you don’t feel confident to interact and have fun with friends and family, then braces will give you the smile you so wished to have.

Though all braces perform the same task, they work differently and the period of treatment varies. Some take years for your teeth to align properly, and others take less than a year. It is best to consult with your dentist or orthodontist on what will provide the best results.

Bonding

It corrects spacing, cracks, breakage, chipping, and stains on teeth. It is an in-office procedure where the dentist will roughen the tooth surface by use of an etching material before the application of bonding material. Etching is done to ensure the bonding material adheres to the tooth surface.

Benefits of Cosmetic Dentistry

Strengthens Teeth

Some cosmetic dental procedures protect your teeth from harmful effects of decay or corrosive drinks and foods that can destroy your teeth. Ensures that your teeth remain strong and healthy for as long as possible.

Improve Your Smile

Teeth whitening gives your teeth an appealing and attractive look that everyone will admire. A white tooth has that bright luster that looks pearly, and that is what many people like. Discolored teeth give a negative impression of you and people might misjudge you by the color of your teeth.

Saves You Money

When you protect your teeth from tooth decay and further damage you are keeping yourself from spending money on high priced dental treatments that you could have avoided. When you get your teeth aligned it means you have prevented an occurrence of dental cavities caused by trapped food particles between your misaligned teeth.

Restores Self-esteem

When you are aware of your dental flaws, you tend to withdraw from others because you feel embarrassed. When cosmetic dentistry addresses your concerns (corrects the misalignment or discolored teeth), your confidence becomes alive, and you are no longer embarrassed to interact with others.