A winning smile is indeed a confidence booster but not everyone is lucky to have a set of well-aligned pearls, isn’t it? The desire for a stunning smile led to the creation of cosmetic dentistry. This branch of dentistry has gained immense popularity in the recent years especially influenced by the need for perfection.
Cosmetic dentistry focuses on improving or restoring a person’s dental appearance by working on the alignment, color, shape and size of the gums, etc. This procedure can help in reshaping teeth, altering its shape, closing gaps and in restoring worn out teeth. Most of the processes involved are basic such as bonding, bleaching, contouring, and veneers. Although most of the people seek out cosmetic dentistry for aesthetic benefits, this technique can also offer non-aesthetic benefits such as improving the bite. From performing subtle repairs to drastically improving the appearance, cosmetic dentistry has a lot to offer.
Before you decide on a dentist always check the person’s experience and the before and after pictures.
There are different treatments involved in cosmetic dentistry and here are six of them explained –
Teeth Whitening –The dentist will apply a protective substance on the gums then he/she applies a whitening gel containing hydrogen peroxide on the surface of the tooth. A powerful laser light is then shone on your teeth to activate the gel and to quicken the bleaching process. The entire procedure will take around 30 to 90 minutes. The number of sittings for this process will depend on the extent of staining on your teeth but usually, it takes 1 to 3 sittings.
Veneers – These are used to resolve the issue of teeth crowding. Veneers can slice of porcelain that dentists use to change the dimension of the tooth. The veneers are colored and shaped to suit your existing teeth and then these are attached to your tooth surface using a bonding agent. Drilling may be used to shape the veneer.Two separate settings will be needed for this treatment. If proper care is taken, these will last as long as 15-20 years.
Crowns –This treatment is done to replace the broken tooth. An impression of your tooth will be taken to make a crown either from metal or porcelain. A part of the original tooth will be cut out and the crown will be bonded to the remaining part of the tooth. The crowns are permanent and the procedure takes two hours and a couple of follow-ups.
Bridges –Bridges are used for closing gaps. A bridge is made out of porcelain and it is then cemented to the tooth on either side of the gap. The bridge is attached to the two teeth by drilling holes on them. The crown in the middle will mimic a tooth and will blend with the remaining teeth.
White fillings – These are done for teeth that have smaller gaps between them. The filling is made of glass particles and resin which is cemented into the tooth using a bonding agent. If taken proper care, these fillings will last for almost 15 years.
Almost everyone is eligible for the treatment. Those who have misaligned, broken or discolored teeth can immensely benefit from cosmetic dentistry. People who have trouble chewing or speaking will also find this treatment helpful.
You need to consult with a dentist to know whether you are eligible for a particular cosmetic dentistry treatment or not.
Tooth sensitivity, gum sensitivity or irritation are some of the common side-effects.
The patient is required to keep good oral hygiene and follow all the instruction provided by the dentist. The post-treatments guidelines always depend on the type of treatment.
Cosmetic dentistry treatments have very less recovery time. You can go home on the same day. But depending on the kind of treatment you might have food restrictions for a few days.
Depending on the procedure the cosmetic dentistry treatments will cost between Rs. 1000 to Rs. 300000.
Except for the whitening, filling, and veneers, all other types of cosmetic dentistry treatments are permanent.
There are no alternatives.
Cosmetic dentistry primarily involves improving a person's smile and facial appearance. It could involve the teeth, gums, cheeks, lips, or the bite of the patient. Accordingly, a change can be produced in the color, position, size or shape of the teeth, alignment of the teeth, contouring of the smile, etc. The end result is always a better facial appearance and improved confidence level of the patient.
Some common examples of cosmetic dentistry include:
With a number of corrections possible, cosmetic dentistry is here to stay - just as the drive to look good.
Tooth reshaping removes parts of the enamel to improve the appearance of the tooth. It may be used to correct a small chip, or to alter the length, shape or position of teeth, as well as when there is tooth size discrepancy;. it can be used to correct crooked or excessively long teeth. The removed enamel is irreplaceable, and may sometimes expose dentin. It is also known as enameloplasty, odontoplasty, contouring, recontouring, slenderizing, stripping. This procedure offers fast results and can even be a substitute for braces under certain circumstances.
RESOLVE TO HAVE AN IMPACTFUL SMILE THIS NEW YEAR! Crooked, chipped, stained, gapped or missing teeth can make you feel self-conscious or even depressed, but luckily you don’t have to be stuck with this sticky situation. It’s probably time to schedule an appointment with a Cosmetic Dentist to help you reach your smile goals with minimally invasive cosmetic procedures to dramatically improve your confidence and quality of life.
GAME for a QUICK FIX to several cosmetic flaws in your smile- PORCELAIN VENEERS! E-max veneers are thin, lightweight shells of dental ceramic that almost resemble a fingernail or lens capable of altering shape, size, length and color of teeth. They cover the front surfaces of your teeth after minimal tooth preparation for a complete smile transformation. The best advantage of Porcelain Veneers is that they are slightly translucent and realistically blend with adjacent natural tooth’s color. They are long lasting and are stain-resistant.
Convenient Teeth Straightening
Has a crooked smile always kept you from giving a genuine hearty smile in photos? If Straightening your teeth has always been something on your to-do list, but the thought of braces turned you off, opt for Clear Aligners. Here are some of the benefits you would experience with this straightening technique:
TEETH WHITENING resonates with: Confidence Booster, Better Oral Hygiene Practices and Youthful Appearance. Unfortunately, teeth discolor with age despite diligently taking care of them. The quest for a brighter smile can be safely satiated by in-office and at-home professional teeth whitening with Pola Office Plus and Zoom Whitening. While you may be tempted to try one of those over-the-counter whitening kits, for best results you should only trust your oral health to a cosmetic dentist. Each treatment is customized to fit your whitening goals using the safest products and cost-effective methods.
Missing teeth are extremely common owing to gum disease, tooth decay and injury and pose a functional and esthetic hazard. Having a gap in your mouth can make you self-conscious and hesitant to smile. The adjacent teeth will also start shifting towards the empty space impairing the bite on the affected side. Implants (biocompatible titanium screws) are the best alternatives to replace natural teeth as the neighboring teeth remain unaffected. Unlike dentures or bridgework, dental implants can last a lifetime with proper care. Under local anesthesia, the dentist will surgically insert a titanium post into your jawbone below the gum line as a substitution for the tooth root. The crown over it may be placed immediately or after 3-6 months to enable the fusion of implant to surround bone.
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COSMETIC DENTISTRY:- The aims of cosmetic dentistry is to create a beautiful and natural look.
Cosmetic bonding or composite veneers-If the gap between the two teeth is very small, closing the gap with composite bonding provides a quick solution to the problem. Bonding or veneers provides a minimally invasive solution to closing the gap.
Gaps due to missing teeth-If the gap is due to a missing tooth, veneers or orthodontic treatment would be inappropriate. The missing tooth needs to be replaced, both for aesthetic and functional reasons – a restoration would prevent the teeth on either side of the gap from “shifting” towards the gap. Solutions to replace a gap due to missing teeth could be a partial denture, a dental bridge or a dental implant.
Dental veneers (sometimes called porcelain veneers or dental porcelain laminates) are wafer-thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front surface of teeth to improve your appearance. These shells are bonded to the front of the teeth changing their color, shape, size, or length.
Porcelain veneers resist stains better than resin veneers and better mimic the light reflecting properties of natural teeth. Resin veneers are thinner and require removal of less of the tooth surface before placement. You will need to discuss the best choice of veneer material for you with your dentist.
What Types of Problems Do Dental Veneers Fix?
Veneers are routinely used to fix:
While there are people who care too much for their hair and skin, they do not realize that the most important aspect of beauty lies elsewhere. Ask any artist and the most beautiful thing, according to most of them, would be a good, warm, heartfelt smile. It connects two people as nothing else can.
And if anybody has had a bad time, a warm, genuine smile is the best curve that sets a lot of things straight.
Given its artistic, emotional, and cosmetic value, there are people who have defined how the perfect smile should be and how to achieve that. Some of the aspects leading to a good smile are:
Not all of these can be modified, but there are small changes, which can be made, thereby improving your smile significantly.
Dentists and dental lab technicians who create and form artificial teeth realized this. One such person, Mr. Christian Coachman, a ceramician, developed this concept of digitally designing a smile to ensure it produces the best results. He was involved in making ceramic crowns and chanced upon this idea. It involves the following:
This multidisciplinary team approach produces very good results and the benefits include the following:
Given its major impact on both the beauty and the psychological aspects, DSD is gaining more popularity and is being sought by patients, who feel they can smile right!!