Cosmetic dentistry usually refers to the improvement of the appearance of your smile (teeth, gums, bite, etc.). There are many factors that are involved, for example; colour, alignment and shape.
There are a large variety of procedures that cover cosmetic dentistry. Some of the common procedures include:
Teeth whitening is one of the most basic procedures that people undergo. As years pass, your teeth become stained from food, drinks and mutual personal habits such as smoking. Whitening provides a coating on the tooth to give it a natural, healthy appearance.
A dental implant is a surgical fixture that borders with the bone of the jaw or skull to support a dental prosthetic used to compensate for missing teeth. Dental implants require very special care. Your hygienist will provide you with specific instructions to follow when cleansing your implants, considering that a variety of acids are used to clean the implants. If not treated properly, harmful bacteria could inflame the tissue surrounding the implant.
Bonding is the application of a tooth-coloured compound material to repair a decayed, chipped, fractured or discoloured tooth, The compound material used can be shaped and polished to resemble surrounding teeth. Bonding is used to improve appearance of teeth as well as to close spaces between teeth, whether to make it longer or to change the shape.
A veneer is a thin layer of material that is placed over the tooth used either to improve the appearance or to protect it from damage. A Laboratory technician formulates the veneer out of porcelain, and then stains and glazes the porcelain for a natural looking appearance.
Dental bridges eliminate gaps by joining the space between missing teeth. Majority of dental bridges are made of a false tooth that is held together by two crowns. The bridge is then joined to the teeth on either side of the gap
Inlays and Onlays
Inlays are often used instead of fillings to replace small pieces of a tooth that has decayed. The bonding process is used to strengthen the tooth and helps seal the inlay into the tooth.
Onlays, like inlays, fit inside the tooth but extend to chewing surface of one of the back teeth to replace one or more cusps. An onlay fits within the grooves covering more of the tooth's surface. An onlay is used when the damage is more extensive and the restoration covers the entire chewing surface.
All of these procedures are geared towards primary improving the aesthetic of your smile, but they drastically improving the function of the oral structures as well - helping you smile, chew, bite and talk more comfortably, and with confidence.
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