136 Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures
In cosmetic dentistry treatments dentists focus on oral care that is based in improving the appearance of your smile, teeth, gums, and mouth. Cosmetic dentistry procedures are often considered to be elective, as opposed to essential, but some cosmetic treatments also offer restoration and stability that in turn enhances appearance.
The most common cosmetic dentistry treatments are pretty straightforward, but some can be considerably complex and can necessitate more specialized procedures and care.
Inlays and Onlays
Also called indirect fillings, inlays and onlays are made in dental labs and used in treatments when teeth have a certain amount of decay, or if there isn’t enough structure left in a tooth to support a typical filling. Usually an inlay is placed right on to the surface of the tooth. If too much of the tooth’s surface is damaged an onlay is placed over the entire surface of the tooth. These indirect fillings strengthen teeth, as well as restore shape and impede further deterioration and decay.
Bonding or composite bonding, which resembles the look of natural tooth enamel, is used in the repair of discolored, damaged, and/or decayed. In this procedure a dentist removes the tooth decay by drilling it out, and then used the composite bonding on the surface of the tooth. The dentist can then “sculpt” it into shape and cure it with a kind of high-intensity light. Bonding is one of the least costly cosmetic dentistry procedures for patients with chipped or cracked teeth, or tooth-decay.
Dental veneers, usually made from ceramic that is medical grade, are customized to resemble a patient’s natural teeth. They are very realistic in appearance and can be used in resolving various cosmetic dental issues. Veneers are applied to the front of a person’s teeth with a dental adhesive.
A common and accessible cosmetic dentistry procedure, teeth whitening or teeth bleaching can be performed at home or at your dentist’s office. Over time, teeth become stained from drinks, food, medication and other habits like smoking. To address these issues, there are a variety of trays, gels, and whitening toothpastes. Results can vary greatly depending on the quality of the treatment used, but even with over the counter whitening toothpastes, positive results can be expected.
To replace deteriorating or missing teeth, cosmetic dentists use dental implants. In this procedure a mini titanium screw is inserted into the jaw, and this screw functions as the support for the natural looking crown. Implants are very natural looking and are permanent once the bone and tissue have fused with the implant. Consistent oral hygiene is a must in general, but especially during the implant placement period to make sure the plaque and food debris do not get lodged in the area.
If you are considering any cosmetic dentistry treatment, make sure to find a dentist who offers the cosmetic treatment you are interested in. Referrals from friends and family can be helpful. Consulting with your general dentist can be helpful too. With the right dentist, cosmetic dental treatments will be restorative, supportive, and enhance your smile.