What is Cosmetic Dentistry?
Many of us can feel self-conscious about our teeth, whether that’s due to their colour, shape or size. Luckily, cosmetic dentistry can address these issues and build your confidence back up. In this article, we’ll go over some of the treatments they offer and what they can do for your smile.
Teeth whitening is one of the most sought-after cosmetic dental procedures and offers often immediate and painless results. Teeth whitening is performed to lighten teeth by removing dark stains and discolouration that can be caused by poor dental hygiene, genetics, smoking and consuming sugary food and drinks.
While teeth whitening can be done at home using over-the-counter products, the treatments performed by dentists work better as they are allowed to use a higher percentage of peroxide. Dentists will typically either perform in-chair whitening for immediate results or give you a take-home kit that you will be instructed to use over several weeks. It’s important to remember that even after teeth whitening, you must still maintain good oral hygiene and put in the work to keep your teeth shining bright.
Veneers are custom-made shells that are attached to the front of the teeth to improve the appearance of the colour, shape and size of your teeth. Veneers can be applied with only a few visits to your dentist and do not require any invasive procedures or surgeries.
Either composite resin or porcelain veneers are available, with porcelain veneers lasting much longer and requiring minimal maintenance once they are bonded to your teeth. However, they also require a larger financial commitment which may not be an option for some customers.
Dental crowns are caps that are permanently placed over a tooth either for cosmetic or protective reasons. Crowns can be attached to as few or as many teeth as possible, and can generally be applied within two sessions with your dentist.
Crowns are often used over teeth that are chipped, cracked, worn down or discoloured. Crowns are available in various types, including metal, porcelain-fused-to-metal, resin and ceramic. The right choice for you will depend on your tooth, and your dentist will help you to make the appropriate decision. Crowns can last between 5 and 15 years and should be treated and maintained like regular teeth.
A dental bridge is a device that’s used to fill a gap caused by missing teeth. They are supported by the teeth on either side of the one that’s missing and are used to create a full and natural-looking smile using a crown. The teeth supporting the crown must be strong so that they can properly support the bridge for the years to come.
Bridges can last over 10 years with the right care and consistent checkups with your dentist. They do an excellent job of restoring smiles and also making it easier to chew and speak.
Composite bonding involves the use of resin that is smoothed and manipulated to match the surrounding teeth. It is commonly used on teeth that are chipped, crooked or stained and is a quick and easy solution for minor problems.
The resin is applied to your teeth and then hardened using an ultraviolet light once it’s been moulded correctly. While it won’t be an appropriate option for those with severe dental problems, it offers many people an affordable and non-invasive alternative to the other procedures we’ve discussed in this article. It can last from 3 to 10 years and should only take around 60 minutes per tooth to complete.
Cosmetic dentistry is a great way to boost your confidence and get a long-term solution to your dental problems. The right procedure will depend on the condition of your teeth and your dental history, but with the help of your dentist, you should be able to find an appropriate procedure that will completely transform your smile.