Oral healthcare has over the past few decades taken on the cosmetic dentistry, which seeks to correct uneven or broken teeth. Cosmetic dentistry is very different from orthodontic treatment, which helps straighten teeth through the use of devices like braces. Otherwise known as aesthetic dentistry, cosmetic dentistry generally helps individuals improve their appearance much the same a new hairstyle would.
There are many techniques applied in cosmetic dentistry to correct discolored, missing, misshapen and chipped teeth. The length of teeth can be altered, short and worn teeth can be restored, spaces between teeth can be closed, teeth can be reshaped – all these are things that cosmetic dentistry can do for you. And while cosmetic dentistry is mostly aesthetic, it can also help improve one’s oral health. Common procedures available in cosmetic dentistry include veneers, crowns, bonding, bleaching as well as reshaping and contouring.
This is one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures, which aim at whitening an individual’s teeth. People opt to bleach their teeth because they are either stained or they simply want them a shade whiter. Discoloration in the enamel can occur due to smoking, tea or coffee. Genetics can also lead to teeth discoloration and so can getting older. Many people prefer bleaching at home due to the level of convenience it offers. However, it’s best to have your teeth bleached by a professional dentist. It only takes one to three bleaching sessions by a dentist to yield results while it takes six to eight weeks to start seeing any results when bleaching at home.
Otherwise known as caps, crowns are used to restore teeth to their normal appearance and shape by covering teeth. They can be quite expensive, and this is why many people opt for them only when all other procedures have failed to prove effective. Compared to all other cosmetic restorations, crowns have the longest life expectancy. They are however time consuming.
This refers to tooth colored material that is used to change the color of teeth or fill gaps. It lasts several years and only requires one visit to a cosmetic dentist to fix. Compared to other forms of restoration, bonding is more susceptible to chipping or staining. It’s a great choice for those whose teeth are slightly decayed chipped.
These are thin pieces of plastic or porcelain that are placed change the shape or color of one’s teeth. They are ideal for correcting teeth that are crooked, unevenly spaced, oddly shaped, discolored, and chipped or with uneven surfaces. They are sometimes used as an alternative to bonding and crowns. Veneers are custom-made for each patient and a light beam is used to harden them once cemented onto teeth.
Contouring and reshaping
This is a procedure that is used to rectify crooked or irregularly shaped teeth. It also works for chipped teeth. It’s usually done in a single session, and is used to alter the position, shape and length of teeth. It’s an ideal procedure for individuals who want subtle changes to their smile.