Dents were previously considered as a tool of chewing. With time and trend dents importance have become parts of hygiene and appearance along with a pleasant smile. Cosmetic dentistry has made the oral health more superior in look and hygiene. Teeth whitening, shaping, filling gaps and much more has become not only trendy but also a way of keeping oral health fit for activities and for enjoying tasteful life.
A cosmetic dentist needs to have a wide array of tools and techniques to give you a pleasant look of the smile. Whether you have irregular teeth, crooked tooth, discolored teeth or gaps between teeth, a cosmetic dentist can make overall dental glitches to come to an end.
Before undergoing cosmetic procedure, ask your dentist about the benefit and risk during the process and care or special maintenances after the process. Also make sure and clear regarding the cost which will be applied. Be sure your dentist is experienced for getting perfect treatment.
As per consequences and requirement you can opt for different cosmetic treatment for your oral health.
Few are stated below.
With time and reasons our teeth lose its whiter look. Smoking, tea, tobacco, coffee or certain medicine affects adversely on our teeth. Through a chemical process, your dentist can bleach your teeth to regain its whiter look. You can opt for an in – office procedure or home procedure as per requirement.
At our edmonton dental clinic create the right amount of whitening solution in a custom mouthpiece tray. It takes 1-2 visit each of 1-2 hrs, for complete teeth whitening procedure. At home, you may find whitening of teeth more convenient, but it takes 2-4 weeks or longer for complete teeth whitening. The strength of peroxide used for whitening affects duration of home treatment.
Whatever you opt, be sure your teeth remain whiter for long. As a precaution avoids continuous exposition to the substance that stained your teeth. Remember whitening products are not meant to clean teeth. It’s still remain utmost important to maintain oral hygiene by brushing twice a day and flossing at least once a day.
Having space between teeth, chipped/ broken/stained or cracked tooth? Bonding will help you to improve the look of your teeth.
The dentist uses latest techniques like using bonding material to fill cavities. It also protects the exposed root of a tooth. The bonding process is usually a single office visit. The dentist uses tooth-colored solution/ composite resins at required area, after applying the etching solution. Bonding is a long lasting treatment if care is taken.
Bonding can be opted for the maintenances of tooth, stained tooth or just to garb pleasant look.
Veneers are shells made of porcelain/ plastic that covers the front side of the teeth. It is used to change color and/or shape of the teeth. Veneers are superior then bonding in means of appearance and durability. It is less expensive as compared to crowns.
Veneers can be opted if the teeth:
- Have spaces between them
- Have become chipped or worn
- Are permanently discolored
- Are poorly shaped
- Are marginally crooked
Initially, the dentist takes an impression of the tooth that is to be treated. Before cementing veneer in place, dentist buffs the tooth. Then the cement is hardened with a beam of light, this secures the veneer to your tooth.
As porcelain veneers are made in a laboratory, the treatment requires a second visit to the dentist to be getting inserted.
Crows also called caps, covers the tooth completely and helps to restore normal shape and appearance of the tooth.
Crowns are costly as they are made from metal, porcelain fused to metal, resin or ceramic material.
Sometimes, a dentist makes a temporary crown in office on the same day. He prepares a tooth for a crown, makes molds of tooth, takes a digital impression and sends it to a lab. He fixes you a temporary crown and replaces with permanent later. Permanent crowns can have a long life if good care of them is taken.
As they are costly, the dentist usually suggests them only when the rest option of treatment does not show pleasant result.
You can crown your tooth to:
- Cover a misshapen
- Cover a discolored tooth
- Protect a weak tooth
- Restore a broken or worn tooth
- Cover a tooth with a large filling
- Hold a dental bridge in place
- Cover a dental implant
- Cover a tooth that’s had a root canal procedure
Enamel Shaping and Contouring
If you wish to improve the appearance of your teeth, Enamel shaping and contouring can be opted. It helps in removing / contouring (curving) dental enamel, which adds perfection in your smile and look. Bonding and Enamel shaping and contouring can be combined to save time, money and gaining perfect look. Ask your dentist how?
Enamel shaping and contouring helps and corrects:
- Length, shape, position of teeth
- Crooked or overlapping teeth
- Minor bite problems
- Chipped and irregular teeth
If you have normal, healthy teeth with adequate bone between them, you can undergo this treatment merely to gain perfection.
Braces are worn to apply pressure to the teeth. It helps in repositioning the teeth, improve the look of teeth that are crooked or crowded, improve irregular bite, to correct jaw positioning and jaw joint disorders. They are worn for a few months to longer period, as per advanced case. Almost all ages of people can be benefited from the brace.
Brackets made of metal/ ceramic/ plastic are bonded by the dentist before placing braces. Placing wires trough the brackets goes the next process. These wires guide your teeth into correct position. You can opt for attaching lingual braces at the back of teeth, to hide them from view.
These attached braces are tightened by dentists during visits. Some discomfort is expected for a few days due to tightening process. Oral hygiene is utmost important while you are wearing braces.
Though risks with braces are minimal, people allergic to metal/ latex or having predominance diseases needs to consult a dentist before opting braces. They have greater risks for problems while undergoing this treatment. If teeth are moved too quickly it may lead to problem of root shortening.
Aligners or invisible braces are helpful for correcting minor spacing problems. They can be removed while eating, brushing and flossing. The dentist reshapes and replaces them in two weeks to move your teeth progressively.
The two phases of brace treatment include wearing braces and using a retainer. A retainer holds your teeth in its new position. Theses retainer can be permanent or removable. Ask dentist, he is the best to guide you to choose what’s best for you.
The missing teeth are replaced with artificial one through bridges. Bridges helps to regain pleasant look of overall face, improves speech and helps to enjoy food. Bridges can be made of gold, alloys, porcelain or a combination. They are fixed denture, anchored against surrounding real teeth. Only your dentist can remove this fixed bridge.
Durability of bridge purely depends on its foundation and oral hygiene. Be sure you maintain oral hygiene if you have a fixed bridge
Implants are long term cosmetic dentistry procedure that is expensive. It’s an alternative to bridge to replace missing teeth/ tooth. A dental surgeon implants bridge to jaw bone in the area of missing teeth. Due to periodontal disease/ lost teeth, if you have loss of bone, the surgeon will first graft bone so that the implant has something to secure to.
Steps of implant
- Complete dental examination
- X-rays and consultation
- Surgical implantation of the titanium screws
- Taking impressions of the upper and lower jaws
- Making a model for the creation of the dentures or crowns
- Placement of the crown
- Follow-up exams
- Other Periodontal Plastic Procedures
If you have
- An uneven gum line
- Teeth that look too short or too long
- Exposed roots
- Indentations in your gums or jawbone
Ask your dentist: what’s the best treatment option for you to restore your pleasant smile!
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