In the era, where beauty and glamour are overtaking every industry, who doesn't want to show off the beauty of their smile? Now more than ever, people are seeking cosmetic dental treatments. Cosmetic dentistry concentrates on improving the appearance of not only your smile but your face as well. There are many different types of cosmetic procedures available which can help enhance your smile.
Let's talk about Top 5 Most Common Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments!
1. Teeth Whitening
Being one of the most common procedures of cosmetic dentistry, teeth whitening or teeth bleaching has the best results when done in office. Whitening should only be done after receiving a professional cleaning which removes plaque, calculus and surface stains from the tooth surface. This allows the bleach to penetrate the tooth and remove the stubborn internal stains. In-office whitening can achieve a lighter shade than the original tooth color. Over the years, teeth become stained from food, drinks, medications and personal habits like smoking. In-office teeth whitening is a quick and easy way to reverse the discoloration of teeth.
2. Dental Veneers
Veneers are made from a very thin porcelain and are permanently adhered to your teeth. A small amount of natural tooth structure needs to be removed from the front of your teeth to make room for the veneer. Veneers are considered a relatively non-invasive treatment, but is still considered permanent. Veneers can help solve many cosmetic problems including chipped, crooked, or discolored teeth. They are made individually for each patient to look like one's natural teeth.
Dental implants are now the most popular way to replace missing teeth. A small titanium screw is inserted into the jaw at the site of missing tooth to serve the purpose of supporting a crown. The bone surrounding the implant fuses to it which secures it in place. Once the implant is restored, the crown is indistinguishable from the surrounding teeth. Patient needs to keep utmost care of their teeth to avoid any plaque or tartar buildup at the implant site.
4. Composite Fillings
Composite fillings refers to the treatment of decayed, damaged or discolored teeth with a composite material, which closely resembles the color of natural teeth. The dentist removes the decay and fills the remaining hole with the composite material. The composite material is then sculpted into the proper shape to restore the tooth to natural form and function. The composite material is then cured using high-intensity light to make the material hard. This process removes the damaged part of the tooth and restores it to health. This process is the least expensive treatment available to patients with tooth decay, cracked teeth, and worn-down edges.
5. Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and inlays are indirect restorations mostly used for teeth that have moderate to severe decay. The inlay is used when there is no damage to the tooth cusps, and if the cusps are damaged then onlays are preferred to cover the damaged tooth surface. After the decay is removed, an impression is taken of the tooth and the laboratory creates a composite resin or porcelain inlay or onlay which is then attached to tooth with a dental adhesive. This beautifully restores the form and function of the tooth.
If you are considering cosmetic dentistry procedures, it is important to find a dentist who offers the procedures that you are interested in and is proficient in those procedures as they are very technique sensitive.
The dentists at Signature Smile Family Dentistry are looking forward to meeting you to discuss the options available to you to enhance your smile! Contact us for a free consultation!