An attractive smile is an important social asset. Many surveys across the globe proves that people are often attracted to people with more appealing smile and therefore people today are more conscious about their smile to ensure that they have a great personality and appearance. With the growing awareness and demand for having a great smile, the demand for cosmetic dentistry is more popular than ever. From minor changes to major dental repairs, cosmetic dentistry provides wide range of techniques and options for those who want to enhance their smile. These techniques and treatments not just enhance the overall appearance, but also improve oral and dental problems. Let’s take a quick look at some of the options that are available in the dental market.
Bleaching / Whitening
Stained or discoloured teeth can make your smile look less appealing. It is also one of the most common problems with people around the globe as they consume foods and beverages like tea and coffee and also due to smoking habit. Bleaching also known as whitening is a common chemical process to get rid of those stains and give your teeth a whiter shade. Bleaching or teeth whitening process can be done at the clinic or at patient’s home and it takes around 2-4 weeks to get the desired shade for home bleaching process. While bleaching can help you get whiter teeth you may stain your teeth again, if you continue exposing your teeth to the same substances.
Do you have excess space between your teeth? If you have chipped, broken or cracked tooth, bonding can help you improve your smile. The dentist uses a tooth-coloured material to fill the gaps to restore the overall appearance. Bonded composite resin is the most preferred material. Bonding is also used to cover small cavities or to rectify the looks if the tooth has chipped after an accident.
Also popularly known as caps, crowns have the longest life expectancy of all cosmetic restorations, but that also makes them comparatively expensive than other methods. It is used to restore the tooth to its normal shape and appearance. It can be used to cover a broken or discoloured tooth, to protect a weak tooth, to replace a missing tooth using dental implant, or to cover a tooth that has had a root canal procedure. Crowns or caps are made from metal, porcelain fused to metal, acrylic, zirconia and resin materials.
Considered as an alternative to crowns, veneers are thin porcelain or plastic-based pieces that can be placed over the front teeth to change the colour and shape of the teeth. It is generally used to cover discoloured, broken, chipped or oddly shaped tooth. The treatment is quite simple and requires no anesthesia. The custom-made veneer is cemented directly onto the tooth and a light beam is used to harden the cement. Veneers treat the same problems as bonding, but veneers have a longer life expectancy and colour stability than bonding.
Enamel Shaping and Contouring
Enamel shaping also known as tooth reshaping and contouring treatment is used for those who have healthy teeth, but want subtle changes to their smile. The treatment is also used to rectify crooked and oddly shaped tooth. This treatment not just enhances the overall smile, but also corrects minor tooth related problems with bite. In most cases, dentists prefer to do enamel shaping and contouring along with bonding to get the best results.
Botox / Dermal Fillers
Among the latest cosmetic restoration techniques are botox or dermal fillers used to give patient’s face some volume and to eliminate the nasolabial folds, marionette lines and deep mentalis fold. Dermal fillers take less time and therefore the entire procedure takes from 5 to 15 minutes. The effect of botox or dermal fillers can last up to a year at which point the procedure needs to be repeated.
Since your smile is so important, it is also necessary to find the right cosmetic dentist with the right experience and artistry to craft your smile. Your dentist will also help you to decide which of the treatment is best suited for you based on the condition of your teeth and budget. IDA recommends that you visit your dentist regularly to maintain good oral health and for that perfect smile of yours.