A variety of procedures your dentist can perform to improve your appearance and give you a better smile. The procedures include dental whitening, composite bonding, veneers, crowns and bridges, tooth reshaping and contouring, dental implants. It can also refer to the surrounding soft tissues such as gums.
This is a field of dentistry completely dedicated to achieving a perfect smile. A lot of people are not happy with how their smile looks like, so they are looking for the perfect ways to improve it. With the advancements in dentistry, everything is possible. The best procedure varies from one patient to another. Some just want a brighter smile, while others are not happy with the shape of their teeth. That is why the whole treatment for some is very simple, but for others involves a full mouth reconstruction.
Tooth whitening is a procedure that provides a brighter smile. Teeth can be discolored due to intrinsic and extrinsic factors. There are two types of bleaching: in-office and at home. The in-office one is always the recommended version because it is done by a professional. It is the safest way to a white smile since the whitening agents can be damaging to the teeth and the surrounding tissues. If you decide to get your teeth whitened at home, make sure that you are following the instructions of the bleaching agent.
This procedure includes the use of composite materials to improve the appearance of the smile. It can be used for teeth with mild spacing, short teeth, chipped, cracked, broken, discolored, teeth with abnormal shapes and more. It is the more affordable version compared to getting veneers.
Veneers, Crowns, Bridges
These are all restorations that can both be used when are necessary, or as a part of cosmetic dentistry. Veneers are thin shells of material, placed on the vestibular surfaces of teeth. They provide an amazing esthetic and can last a very long time. They are more expensive compared to composite restorations but are long-lasting and better-looking than them. Also, the veneers can be done with different materials. They save a lot of tooth substance and require very little to no preparation.
Crowns and bridges are restorations that cover the whole remaining part of the tooth. Crowns are meant for only one tooth, while bridges are placed on several teeth in a row. They require special preparation of the teeth and can be made from different materials. Highly esthetic restorations, with a long survival period.
Tooth Reshaping and Contouring
This procedure involves the removal of enamel in order to achieve a better look. Some teeth have an irregular shape, so dentists can add a small touch to make them look more appealing. This is used for longer teeth, wide teeth chipped, cracked irregular and more.
Implants are meant to replace a missing tooth. They include a root-shaped part that is placed where the root of the actual tooth was inside the bone. And it is a surgical procedure that requires a longer period. On top of the implant, dentists place crowns that look exactly like the missing tooth.