Cosmetic dentistry is any dental work that improves the appearance of an individual’s teeth, gums, or bite.
Advances in natural looking dental materials make today’s cosmetic dental treatments more attractive, durable, and predictable than in years past. Additionally, dentists are now utilizing new cosmetic dentistry techniques to preserve as much of an individual’s natural tooth structure as possible, depending upon his or her specific clinical situation.
Here are just a few of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures.
Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures
Teeth whitening is the process of bleaching the teeth (that are often stained from smoking, poor oral hygiene, food etc) so that they are whiter-in-appearance.
Dentist supervised treatments last longer and have better initial results than over the counter treatments. Teeth whitening is the most common cosmetic dental procedure.
Veneers are ultra-thin, custom-made composite or porcelain laminates that are adhesively bonded to a tooth’s surface to correct & repair cracks and chips thus improving a worn appearance or severe tooth discoloration. They are the perfect option for closing gaps or disguising discolored teeth that fail to respond well to whitening procedures. Depending on the procedure, tooth reduction may be necessary.
Dentures are prosthetic devices constructed to replace missing teeth. They are bolstered by the surrounding soft & hard tissues of an individual’s oral cavity. Removable partial dentures are for patients missing some of their teeth in a specific arch whereas complete dentures are worn by patients entirely edentulous (missing all of the teeth) in a single arch i.e. the mandibular (lower) arch or maxillary (upper) arch. Dentures can help patients through pronunciation, mastication, aesthetics and self esteem.
A crown is a type of dental-restoration that completely encircles or caps a dental implant or a tooth. Crowns are often required when a large cavity threatens the ongoing health of an individual’s health. They’re bonded on the tooth utilizing dental cement and can be made from a variety of materials, which are often fabricated using indirect methods.
The most common approach of crowning-a-tooth entails utilizing a dental-impression of a prepared tooth by a pertinent dentist to fabricate crown outside of the mouth. The crown can then be inserted at a subsequent-dental-appointment.
Cosmetic dentistry includes numerous options for individuals unhappy with their smile. Unlike conventional dentistry that focuses on oral hygiene & preventing, diagnosing & curbing oral diseases, dental cosmetic procedures focus on improving appearance of an individual’s teeth, mouth and smile.
This post contributed courtesy of Mark J Andrews DDS who specializes in cosmetic dentistry and is located in Cary, North Carolina.