Cosmetic dentistry is a division of dentistry that takes care of the general appearance of your teeth, gums, and bite. A cosmetic dentist not only rectifies the teeth’s appearance but also their function. Dental treatments are considered cosmetic when they include aesthetic enhancements to your teeth.
What Cosmetic Dentistry Does
Present-day cosmetic dentistry can give you a great smile by correcting misshapen, misaligned, discolored, stained, chipped, broken, or worn-out teeth. The space between the teeth can also be concealed with cosmetic procedures. Cosmetic dentistry procedures could help you get that smile you have always wanted.
Types of Cosmetic Dental Procedures
Cosmetic dentistry requires advanced technical skills and a creative eye. Though a few cosmetic procedures need specialized care and are more complex, while most of them are relatively simple.
- Teeth whitening:One of the simplest methods to improve your smile, this procedure is where the dentist removes any plaque or tartar and then applies a whitening solution to the teeth multiple times to get the desired shade for your smile.
- Dental veneers: Composed of porcelain or resin, these customized paper-thin shells shield the surface of the teeth. They are secured to the front of the teeth after removing a small amount of enamel from the tooth. Veneers can also fix issues like crooked teeth, cracked enamel, or a gap between the teeth.
- Dental bonding:In this procedure, a tooth-colored composite resin bonding is applied to the tooth and then solidified with a special curing light. Then, it is shaped, trimmed, and polished by your dentist. Bonding can repair cracked, misshapen, chipped, or decayed teeth.
- Dental crowns:These restorative appliances — fabricated from metal, ceramic, ceramic-on-metal, porcelain-fused-to-metal, or resin — are fitted over the entire damaged or decayed tooth above the gum line. Crowns can be used to conceal severely discolored or misshapen teeth or to hold a cracked tooth together.
- Inlays and onlays: These indirect fillings — primarily composed of porcelain, composite materials, or gold — fill decayed or damaged teeth. They are manufactured in a dental lab and shaped into place by your dentist. When the filling is bonded in the center of the tooth, it is referred to as an inlay. On the other hand, when the filling includes one or more points of the tooth, it is called an onlay.
- Dental implants: In this process of replacing missing teeth, a small titanium screw will be surgically inserted into your jawbone. Once the screw has bonded and the bone has healed, it will serve as an anchor for the implant’s crown.
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