What is cosmetic dentistry? – It is a modern dentistry method that focuses on improving the appearance of your smile, mouth, and teeth, through many techniques and options. This is performed by oral care professionals (dentists) to treat your discolored, missing, or chipped teeth.
Cosmetic dentistry offers a wide range of services from bleaching, crowns, bonding, reshaping, contouring, lumineers, to veneers.
· Tooth whitening or bleaching
It is the most common and popular cosmetic dental procedure to whiten teeth. People usually get the teeth bleached either to disappear the stains on the teeth or just for whiter brighter looking smile. Things that can stain your teeth include medication, tea, coffee, and cigarettes. Other reasons for teeth discoloration can be hereditary or aging.
Tooth whitening procedure is performed by your dentist in the clinic or at home, under dental supervision.
· Enamel reshaping
Enamel reshaping involves correction of your irregularly shaped, crooked, or chipped teeth or even overlapping teeth in a single session. This procedure removes parts of the contouring enamel to enhance the shape and appearance of the tooth.
Contouring is commonly used to change the length, position, or shape of your teeth. This procedure not only improves the appearance of teeth, but it also corrects small problems with bite. Under some circumstances, dental contouring procedure can be substituted with braces.
It is a process in which an enamel-looking material is used on a tooth’s surface to seal the gaps or change the color of teeth. First, this tooth-colored material is applied on the surface of a tooth and then molded into shape, hardened and last polished.
Also known as caps, crowns cover a tooth to repair it to its normal shape and appearance. Due to their high cost, this procedure is used only in cases where other procedures fail. They ensure the longest life expectancy than all other cosmetic restorations, but these are highly time-consuming.
Otherwise known as porcelain veneers or dental porcelain laminates, dental veneers are wafer-thin materials designed to be placed on the broken surfaces of the teeth to fix them. These shells are placed over the front of the teeth improving their shape, color, length, or size.
These are similar to veneers that are used to improve the appearance of a smile. The difference is that they do not need the reduction of teeth length or shape, unlike veneers.