Who doesn’t want a perfect smile?
People seek cosmetic dentistry for various reasons. Some want to improve their crooked teeth, others are for health reasons, while there are also those who want to improve their self-confidence. Modern dentistry offers various treatment options for those who want to enhance their smile.
Cosmetic dentistry includes: bleaching, bonding, contouring and reshaping, dental fillings, and crowns.
Dental bleaching is a popular chemical process to whiten teeth or to remove stains on teeth. Tooth discoloration is caused by tea, coffee, cigarette, alcohol, and medication. It can also be hereditary or due to natural aging.
The bleaching procedure requires no removal, cutting or etching of the tooth’s enamel. It can be performed at home or in the office under dental supervision.
Dental bonding is a procedure where a tooth-colored resin material is used to fill in gaps or change the color of teeth for enhancement. It is a good option if you have cavities, chipped or cracked teeth, and spaces between teeth. Additionally, it can be used to improve the shape of your teeth by covering the entire outside surface, improve the discoloration, and as a cosmetic alternative to amalgam fillings.
Crowns, also known as caps, are used to cover a tooth to restore its normal shape and appearance. It is usually expensive but has the longest life among other dental cosmetics. Crowns are also used to close spaces between teeth or repair decayed teeth and chipped or cracked teeth.
Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain or plastic placed over the front teeth that function the same as crowns. They are used on uneven surfaces or chipped, crooked, discolored, oddly shaped, or unevenly spaced teeth. However, veneers are more expensive alternative to crowns. The custom-made veneer is cemented directly onto the tooth after the dentist takes an impression of your tooth. It has a longer life expectancy than bonding.
Contouring and Reshaping
This procedure is done to correct crooked teeth, chipped, overlapping or irregularly shaped teeth. Contouring teeth may also help correct some bite problems.