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Cosmetic Dentistry - Treatment, Procedure And Side Effects

What is the treatment?

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.

How is the treatment done?

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.

Teeth Straightening –This can be done in two ways – using orthodontics or cosmetically.

  • Cosmetic teeth straightening – You will be under local anesthesia and the dentist uses a surgical equipment to remove parts of the gum with the heat from the device. The gum is reshaped to fit the new set of veneers. The teeth will be drilled to accommodate the veneers which are then bonded to the teeth. The surgery will take around 3 hours and treatment requires 3 appointments.
  • Orthodontics – This is the most common and popular treatment for teeth straightening. Tooth-coloured or metal braces are fitted over the teeth inside the whole mouth. The wired push and pull the teeth to straighten them. This treatment will take 2 – 3 years and you might also have to wear retainers afterward.

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.

Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)

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.

Who is not eligible for the treatment?

You need to consult with a dentist to know whether you are eligible for a particular cosmetic dentistry treatment or not.

Are there any side effects?

Tooth sensitivity, gum sensitivity or irritation are some of the common side-effects.

What are the post-treatment guidelines?

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.

How long does it take to recover?

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.

What is the price of the treatment in India?

Depending on the procedure the cosmetic dentistry treatments will cost between Rs. 1000 to Rs. 300000.

Are the results of the treatment permanent?

Except for the whitening, filling, and veneers, all other types of cosmetic dentistry treatments are permanent.

What are the alternatives to the treatment?

There are no alternatives.

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