Cosmetic Dentistry






Overview

Cosmetic Dentistry is dental work that focuses on improving the appearance of your teeth, gums, bite, mouth and smile. It primarily centers on improving dental aesthetics such as alignment, location, size, shape and smile appearance.

People can become self-conscious of their teeth when they are chipped, discolored, deformed, crooked or missing. They may find the need to cover their mouth every time they laugh and avoid smiling with their teeth in photos. Apart from affecting a person’s self-confidence, it can also affect a person’s oral health if chipped or missing teeth are left untreated.

Depending on the complexity and severity of the problem, referral to dental specialists may be necessary. Cosmetic dentistry can make substantial improvements to your teeth and your smile once you have achieved and are able to maintain good oral health.

Symptoms

Causes

There are ways to restore or replace chipped, discolored, deformed, crooked or missing teeth.

 

Conditions We Treated

Common tooth conditions we treat include:

Abscessed Teeth

Cracked Teeth

Dislodged Teeth

Knocked-Out Teeth

Tooth Pain

Discolored Tooth

Cosmetic dentistry describes a range of dental procedures that can restore or replace chipped, discolored, deformed, gapped, crooked or missing teeth.

Treatments / Procedures

Cosmetic dental procedures available to our patients include:

  • Teeth bleaching
  • Micro-abrasion
  • Dental bonding
  • Dentures
  • Veneers
  • Crowns
  • Bridges
  • Dental implants
  • Fillings

Bonding

The bonding process is applicable in almost every dental procedure performed today. It is accomplished in one visit to the dentist. No mold-taking, no “temporary,” no lab-fabrication. And it may take care of chips, gaps between the teeth, staining, splotches from wearing braces, crookedness or even teeth whose shapes are displeasing. Plus, it’s relatively inexpensive.

 Cosmetic – Veneers

Veneers are wafer-thin, custom-made shells that can cover the front surface of teeth or can cover more than the front surface of the tooth. Bonded to the front of the teeth, changing their color, shape, size or length, veneers are made from porcelain. Veneers offer a permanent approach to changing a tooth’s color or shape compared to crowns, but the process is not reversible. Will not change color, Can chip seldom occurs

Cosmetic – Crowns

A crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that’s placed over a weak or damaged tooth to improve its shape, size, strength, or appearance. Most crowns last five to 15 years and can be made of metal, porcelain fused to metal, or ceramic. Before a crown is seated, the existing tooth is filed down; then the crown is cemented over it, fully encasing the tooth. Onlays and three-quarter crowns cover the underlying tooth to a lesser extent. Fixed crown, when a filling cannot be used.

Cosmetic – Enamel Shaping

Enamel shaping or contouring is a quick and painless process of shaping natural teeth to improve their appearance. It is generally used to correct small imperfections such as uneven teeth or teeth that are slightly overcrowded. Results can be seen immediately. Enamel shaping is often combined with whitening, veneers, or bonding.

Teeth Whitening

Who doesn’t like a bright smile? An assortment of teeth-whitening systems is available, including toothpastes and rinses, over-the-counter gels, strips and trays, and whitening agents obtained from a dentist. But whitening isn’t for everyone. It’s ideal for people who have healthy, unrestored teeth and gums. Individuals with yellow tones to their teeth — as opposed to gray tones — respond best. Talk to your dentist to find out if whitening is right for you.

Smile Makeovers

A combination of dental techniques can be used to achieve a great smile. Here, porcelain veneers and crowns correct crooked teeth, an uneven gum line, and other chipped, worn, and discolored dentistry. While cosmetic dentists can make a dramatic difference in a person’s smile and overall oral health, the work must be carefully planned — though for many the elaborate and costly production is worth it in the end.

Benefits

Cosmetic surgery is typically done to improve one’s appearance, which is also perceived as a benefit to the procedure. Improving appearance is just one of many possible benefits cosmetic surgery can provide. If you have been considering a cosmetic surgery procedure, check out a few of the advantages you might stand to gain from your decision.

Increased Self-Confidence

When you look good, you feel good. Improvements to appearance naturally translate to increased self-confidence for most people, which means a greater willingness to try new things or open up in social situations. You may also be willing to wear certain types of clothing or participate in activities you tended to avoid before your surgery, due to your discomfort with your appearance.

Improved Physical Health

Some cosmetic surgery procedures can improve your physical health as well as your looks. For example, rhinoplasty or nose reshaping surgery may improve breathing at the same time it improves the aesthetics of the nose. Breast reduction surgery improves the body contour, but it may also relieve physical discomfort like neck mouth and jaw pain.

Enhanced Mental Health

Mental health benefits can be gained from cosmetic surgery procedures as well. Some people see a reduction in social anxiety after their surgery, due to the new feelings of self-confidence their new look inspires. It is common to feel greater control over your life, become more willing to take on new challenges, or take charge of your life in a whole new way.

 More Opportunities

Some studies suggest that people who are more attractive may enjoy more professional and personal opportunities. Some cases have found that attractive people in sales have been able to sell more when they were not perceived as being attractive. Other studies found attractive people tend to make higher salaries and get selected for promotions more often.

Questions and Answers

Cosmetic Dental Procedures

Cosmetic dentistry describes a range of dental procedures that can restore or replace chipped, discolored, deformed, gapped, crooked or missing teeth.

Cosmetic dental procedures include:

  • replacement of silver fillings with tooth-colored fillings
  • bleaching
  • micro-abrasion
  • bonding
  • dentures
  • veneers
  • crowns
  • bridges
  • dental implants

 Tooth-Colored Fillings

Silver fillings can be replaced with tooth-colored ones, particularly if the fillings are visible when you smile. The decision to replace silver fillings for improved appearance should be balanced against the risk of nerve injury and structural damage to teeth which can occur during the replacement process.

Bleaching

Darker teeth can be lightened (whitened) with special bleach which can be applied in the dental chair or at home.

Customized cosmetic trays are made to fit specifically to the shape of your teeth and act as a reservoir for the bleach. After two weeks of night application at home, you should notice a significant difference in the brightness of your teeth. This treatment may not work for some types of discoloration.

Bleaching should only be done under the guidance of a dentist with whom you can discuss risks such as tooth sensitivity.

Teeth that are discolored following root canal treatment can sometimes have their original color returned by bleaching inside the tooth. This can only be carried out by a dentist.

Micro-abrasion

Discolored enamel can be gently ground away using an acidic abrasive paste. In severe cases, the enamel may be removed entirely and the tooth covered with appropriately colored filling material. Such treatment can impact on the strength of the teeth, so it should only be conducted by a dentist or oral health professional.

Bonding

Bonding is the application of resin (cosmetic) fillings that are tooth-colored. It is most useful in repairing chipped teeth.

Dentures

Dentures (false teeth) can replace wide spaces with multiple missing teeth. Dentures can be supported by teeth, gum and, more recently, implants for stability.

Veneers

Veneers are bonded to the front of the teeth to mask discoloration. In order to apply veneers, some tooth enamel needs to be removed from the front of the teeth to ensure even thickness.

Veneers can be made of porcelain or resin. Although porcelain veneers last longer than resin veneers, they can be easily damaged by habits such as fingernail chewing.

Crowns

A crown is a cap permanently bonded over a damaged tooth. Crowns may be made of:

  • Porcelain or ceramic – these options best match the color of adjacent teeth
  • Porcelain fused to metal
  • Metal
  • Resin

Bridges

A bridge is a series of caps, supported by tooth on either side, used to replace missing teeth. This is most effective when the gap is small and the teeth on either side of the gap require crowns.

Dental Implants

Missing teeth can be replaced with dental implants. A titanium screw is fixed into the jaw, which becomes fused with bone over time. Depending on the number of missing teeth and space available, the crown of tooth/teeth is then fitted.

Orthodontic Treatment

Orthodontic treatment can straighten overcrowded or overlapping teeth. Orthodontics is a specialized branch of dentistry that corrects teeth and jaw problems using braces and plates to properly align the teeth.





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