Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures

Are you facing the crisis of lack of confidence and social skills just because of the poor aesthetic appearance of a smile? If yes, then cosmetic dentistry is the best option for you without any second thought. In the modern cosmetic dentistry, advanced technology is merged with fine arts, which can often produce amazing results in less time than you would have expected.

Cosmetic dentistry follows a number of procedures, which can be selected as per the requirements of the patients.  Dentists can help you understand which the best procedures are for you.

Have a look at some of the procedures used in the cosmetic dentistry, which can be helpful for increasing the aesthetic appearance of your smile.

Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is required in case of stained, dull or discolored teeth.

Procedure

In the teeth whitening process, the customized trays are filled with a gel. They are worn in the mouth for around one hour a day. Most stains from coffee drinking and tobacco are removed in approximately a week. Besides, it also whitens your yellowed teeth due to aging or the discolored teeth due to any reason.

The teeth whitening process is perfect for the bright white smile. The in-office treatment provides faster results. 

Alternatives

For some stains, you may need some other treatments apart from the teeth whitening process. The stains, which are hard to remove, can be eliminated with the help of porcelain veneers or crowns.

Bonding

When your teeth are chipped, uneven, discolored, or gapped, bonding can be the best option for you.

Procedure

Bonding with composite resin is the perfect solution for the gapped teeth. The resin is the tooth-colored material; therefore, it gives the appearance of the natural teeth. The resin is hardened into the place when it is exposed to a special ultraviolet light.

Alternatives

If you want the solution longer than bonding then veneers and crowns are the ideal options for you. However, veneers and crowns are more expensive as compared to crowns.

Veneers

Veneers are the best options for the following problems:

  • Discolored, uneven and stained teeth.
  • Chipped and gapped teeth.
  • Out-of-proportion teeth relative to mouth.
  • Crooked or worn teeth.

Procedure

In order to get the natural appearance of teeth, the customized and wafer-thin veneers are cemented into the front of teeth. It covers all type of irregularities or aesthetic concerns of the patients.

Alternatives

Despite all the benefits of the veneers, they are not the perfect choice for some patients.  If you have the problem of tooth decay, advanced periodontal disease or severe alinement, the veneers are not advisable. In such cases, the orthodontic treatments such as orthodontic treatments and porcelain crowns are the better choices.

Fillings

Fillings are the choices for the patients who have the problem of the cavity or small hole due to tooth decay

Procedure

In the filling procedure, your dentist removes all the areas of decay. Thereafter, it is replaced with filling made from composite resin. The composite resin gives the tooth-colored appearance, which is why it is widely popular among the audiences.

Alternatives

If you are facing the problem of more extensive decay, then porcelain inlays and onlays are an advisable alternative.

Inlays & Onlays

The inlays & onlays procedure is meant for tooth decay, weakened tooth structure, need for tooth restoration and reinforcement.

Procedure

The decay is removed first and thereafter, an impression of the area to be restored is taken by the dentist. This impression is further sent to a dental laboratory. The lab works to create a restorative inlay or onlay. Inlay and onlay are usually made from gold or porcelain, which is fitted perfectly onto the tooth.

Inlays are meant to cover one or more tooth surfaces. On the other hand, onlays are used for the purpose of the chewing surface of the tooth. For the durable & stable tooth restoration, the inlay or onlay is cemented into the tooth securely. Porcelain is recommended most as a restorative material. First, porcelain is a very strong material. In addition to this, it matches the color of the tooth of the patient.

Alternatives

If the tooth decay is in the advanced stage, the crown can be the only alternative.

Crowns

Crowns are the best options for the chipped, cracked, badly decayed or otherwise weakened teeth.

Procedure

They also add significant reinforcement and protection of the tooth.

When all the areas of decay are removed, the impression of the tooth is taken, which is to be crowned. Thereafter, the impression is sent to the dental laboratory for creating the crown. Porcelain or gold can be used for making the crow. Porcelain crowns look natural which is why they are virtually indistinguishable from the other teeth. No chipping is posted by the gold crowns, and they are considered as useful for the back teeth.

Alternatives

If the teeth are badly decayed, they may need extraction and bridges or implants can be the better alternatives for them.

Fixed Bridges

Patients who have the missing teeth may have difficulty in chewing and speaking. Besides, they may also have the problem of dental shifts or an undesirable sunken facial appearance. Additionally, missing teeth may lead to jaw or joint problems, which are more expensive.

Procedure

In the fixed bridges procedure, missing teeth are replaced with artificial teeth. The mold of the gap is taken by the dentist at the place where the tooth is missing, and then it is sent to a laboratory to prepare a customized bridge.

Surrounding teeth are prepared before inserting the bridge. Thereafter, the bridge is set into the placed, and the artificial teeth are added to adjacent teeth. It restores the attractive natural appearance and functionality of the lost tooth.

In case if you choose the resin-bonded bridge, a metal appliance is used to secure the artificial tooth, which is attached to the backs of adjacent teeth.

Alternatives

If you want permanent and stable alternatives to bridges, then dental implants are the better solutions. They are not dependent upon the surrounding teeth for support.