Having a nice smile is important for everyone. It gives us confidence and self-esteem. It can also make us more attractive to others. However, not everyone is naturally blessed with a beautiful smile. Sometimes, we need a helping hand to bring out the best in us in terms of our smile and teeth. This is where cosmetic dentistry can help. Some procedures are simple while others are more complex and needs special care and attention. Here are six kinds of cosmetic dentistry to help you look and feel your best.
This is probably the most common cosmetic procedure. Our teeth can lose their natural whiteness over time from food and drink. Medication can also cause teeth to lose its colour, as can personal habits such as smoking. While there are ways to help to whiten teeth using over-the-counter products or even natural remedies, going to the dentist for this procedure is the best and most recommended way. It’s safe and also relatively fast.
Sometimes, we can lose teeth from an accident or disease or perhaps from the aging process. Dental implants can replace lost teeth and help restore its function and also your appearance. The dentist inserts a titanium screw into the jaw where your tooth is missing. This will support the crown. It will look natural and nobody can tell any difference. The procedure will allow the bone and surrounding tissue to fuse to the implant and it’s now permanent. The patient will still need to practice proper oral hygiene to keep the area clean and free from plaque and food particles.
3. Inlays & Onlays
When a tooth has mild to moderate decay or damage, inlays and onlays are used. They are sometimes known as indirect fillings. These are actually made in a dental laboratory from tough materials and then attached to the tooth using dental cement. They are quite durable and can last for about 30 years. If a filling is too small to repair the tooth, this method is used, since a crown can be too extreme a solution. A local anaesthetic is used and the old filling is removed. A tooth impression is taken and at the next appointment, it is firmly cemented and blends well to have a natural and uniform look and feel.
4. Dental Bonding
In this procedure, an enamel-like material is applied to the surface of the tooth and then sculpted into the right shape. The dental composite used looks just like the colour of tooth enamel. Once it’s sculpted into shape, it’s then ‘cured’ using a high-intensity blue light. This leads to the material bonding to the tooth and it looks like a healthy tooth. In dentistry, bonding is arguably the least expensive of the cosmetic procedures for tooth decay and teeth that are cracked, chipped or worn.
5. Dental Veneers
Dental veneers are usually made from medical-grade porcelain or ceramic and it’s very personalized so it resembles the patient’s own teeth. They are bonded directly to the teeth to give a very natural look and feel. This cosmetic procedure can be used for cracked or crooked teeth, damaged or chipped enamel, gaps between teeth and for covering stains. Sometimes, teeth may not respond well to whitening procedures, in which case, dental veneers can help achieve better results.
6. Dental Crown
A dental crown is a procedure of placing a tooth-shaped cap over a tooth. This not only improves the appearance, but it also restores the size and shape. With the use of dental cement, it’s cemented firmly into place. This procedure normally takes a couple of visits. The first visit will take an impression and place a temporary crown. The next visit will cement the crown into place. Crowns can also cover a misshapen tooth or keep a weakened tooth from breaking.
A cosmetic dentist will work with you to give you the best treatment plan. Whatever problem you have, it can be easily solved professionally and with stunning effect. It will give you a great smile and renewed confidence and you never have to cover your mouth again when you laugh.