Cosmetic dentistry is about making your smile and teeth as bright and healthy as possible. Cosmetic dentistry is performed in order to improveand enhance the look of your smile also to harmonize the way your teeth are shaped. Others cosmetic treatments are planned to restore decayed and damaged teeth in order to bring them back to their former glory, treatments like e-max or zirconia crowns, metal free bridges, or dental implants. Dental veneers, are also considered in the cosmetic dentistry area due to the enhancement of the teeth and cosmetic results.
Whatever reason you have to improve your smile, there are many of options available for you, with cosmetic dentistry. These include:
Teeth whitening is the most popular dental treatment in the world. At least, it’s high on the list of popularity.
As we age teeth naturally start losing the natural birghtness they have. There are also many that we eat and drink that will discolor our teeth, such as tea, coffee, and red wine, not to mention smoking.
Teeth whitening works by applying a bleaching agent to the teeth to brighten the color. There are many types of bleaching agents, with different strengths. You can get teeth whitening in one of two ways:
- In-chair in a dentist’s office.
- At home with a personal whitening kit.
In-chair teeth whitening allows faster results. With careful supervision, your dentist can whiten your teeth by several shades in just 1-2 hours.
At-home whitening kits include custom-fit tooth trays and bleaching gel you apply yourself for a few minutes every day. You can achieve the same level of whitening with at-home kits as with in-chair, but it takes 7-10 days rather than 1-2 hours.
Veneers are an incredibly versatile tool that can be used as both a cosmetic and restorative device. They can be used to:
- Correct crowding
- Hide badly broken teeth
- Whiten badly stained teeth
- Reshape unsightly teeth
- Close gaps between teeth
A veneer functions is pretty much like a fake nail, with a thin layer of material being applied to the tooth to cover it up. The material is bonded to the tooth for durability and functionality.
There are two common materials used when creating veneers:
- This provides superior results in terms of stain resistance, durability, and crack resistance. It also most closely resembles natural tooth enamel. It is also more expensive, and takes two trips to the dentist — one to cast the tooth, and another to apply the veneer once it’s been made in a lab.
- Composite resin. Composite dental resin comes in the form of a paste that can be applied and hardened directly onto a tooth. It allows for immediate, same-day tooth restorations, and is ideal as a placeholder veneer, a quick fix for a special occasion, or a low-cost option for those who need it.
Crowns, Inlays and Onlays
The crown of a tooth is the part visible above the gum line. Dental crowns are artificial versions usually used as a restorative procedure with cosmetic functions. They’re effectively little helmets that sit over cracked, chipped, damaged or diseased teeth, restoring their appearance and protecting them from further damage. They can be made of a variety of materials such as metal, porcelain, composite veneers.
Inlays and onlays are similar to dental crowns, but only cover certain parts of a tooth’s crown.
- Inlays restore the areas between the peaks of your teeth.
- Onlays restore the peaks and outside of the tooth.
Like crowns and veneers, inlays and onlays can be made out of a variety of materials and help restore both the look and function of the tooth.
Bridges literally bridge gaps between teeth when one or more go missing. They’re effectively three or so dental crowns fused together; the crowns at the end of the bridge are placed over healthy teeth, and the crowns in the middle take the place of missing teeth.
Bridges can also be supported by dental implants (see below).
Dental implants are artificial teeth that replace not just the crown, but the root of the tooth as well. The implant itself is a screw which is inserted into the jaw where the root of a tooth used to be. A restoration is then attached to the top. This can be a single crown on one implant to replace one tooth, a bridge to replace several, or even an entire arch of teeth on as few as four implants.
Dental implant-supported restorations typically provide superior support and functionality over traditional methods such as standard dentures or bridges. Dental implants also allow patients to replace individual teeth without compromising healthy teeth on either side, such as can be the case with dental bridges.
Traditional fillings are silver and ver noticeable. Composite resin fillings — using the same material as the veneers mentioned above — are tooth colored and almost unnoticeable.
Composite fillings are not quite as durable as silver amalgam fillings. This might sound like a negative aspect, but it’s actually beneficial. Amalgam fillings are rigid and more likely to cause damage to your tooth over time. Because composite resin isn’t as durable, it doesn’t risk the health of the tooth. You will need to replace them more often, but it’s a much cheaper alternative to dealing with a cracked tooth.