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Cosmetic dentistry for a great smile and youthful appearance

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Giving teeth ‘a makeover’ is the ultimate aim of cosmetic dentistry. It improves self-esteem and helps regain a youthful appearance by repairing damaged teeth, giving teeth the lost shine and lustre, and by restoring the ‘perfect smile’.
Dentists focus on improving dental aesthetics by improving the colour, shape, alignment. Depending on the dental condition, there are different procedures that you can choose from. Dental consultations form the basis on which the dental procedure is selected. Along with improved appearance, dental and oral health is also a crucial consideration.

Oral diseases are treated and oral health is restored through the various procedures that are available under the cosmetic surgery umbrella. In this article, we discuss some of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures across the world.

Teeth Whitening

This procedure is by far one of the commonest procedures opted by many. Making the teeth whiter and shiner can improve the smile significantly. Many are affected by the dull colour of their teeth. They lose their self-confidence when they are not sure of their smile.

Teeth whitening procedures employ many measures to clean the stains from the teeth and make it brighter. Professional teeth whitening procedure in dental clinics is the better option rather than picking up a teeth whitening product over the counter. With professional whitening, products are carefully chosen to suit the patients. The risk of allergic reactions is low and the result is also durable when compared with other procedures.

However, if you cannot go to the dental clinic for teeth whitening, you may also use whitening gels or strips, whitening trays, whitening chewing gums etc. which are available over the counter. You have to follow instructions precisely and be careful not to overdo the bleaching.

Inlays and Onlays

Teeth decay can set in due to various reasons. Eating habits, inadequate dental cleaning habits etc. can all trigger decay in the teeth. The decay needs to be cleared out and the teeth must be filled to restore health and functionality.

Inlays and onlays are indirect fillings that are bonded to the teeth. They are called indirect as the procedure is done outside in the dental lab. Decay or damage to the teeth is sometimes seen on the cusps or grooves on the teeth. Protecting this area is possible through this procedure.

Both inlays and onlays are the same except Inlays are laid within the cusps in the teeth and onlays cover the cusps of the teeth. This technique does not require drilling of the teeth like in other procedures.

The teeth are first numbed. Then an impression of the teeth is taken for making the inlay or onlay. To give a natural look, the colour of inlay and onlay is matched to that of the natural teeth.

Dental Veneers

Dental veneers help give better colour, shape and changes the appearance of the teeth. A veneer is a very thin covering that is placed on top of the teeth that requires treatment. It fits over teeth like a thin coat.

There are different types of veneers to choose from like porcelain or composite veneers. Colours that match the teeth colour can be chosen so they look completely natural. If the teeth are chipped or stained or has lost colour considerably, placing veneers on the teeth can help bring back fully restored shiny teeth.

Before placing the veneers on the teeth, a bit of scraping is done the teeth surface. Dental veneers are held in place by strong adhesives, they help to stick to the surface of the teeth. Veneers are made by using a mould from the teeth so they remain in the exact shape of the teeth that require treatment. Dental veneers are also used to close gaps between teeth. This will give an even and bright smile and restore the confidence of the person.

Dental implants

Having a complete set of natural teeth always is everyone’s dream. But age, accidents, trauma or other diseases may cause loss of teeth. Speech, nutrition, health, self–esteem all get affected due to loss of teeth.

Replacement teeth provided through dental implants are strong and durable. Implants are the closest replacement for natural teeth among currently available teeth restoration options.

There are a few preconditions for a patient to receive implants. The gums must be healthy and must be able to hold the implant. The implant is first surgically fixed to the jawbone. Once it heals, then the replacement tooth is placed on top. The colour of the tooth is chosen to match that of natural teeth. This surgery takes time as the gums need to heal after the implants are placed and then the new tooth is placed on it.

Composite Bonding

This is another popular cosmetic procedure to restore the appearance of chipped or discoloured teeth. In this procedure, a composite resin is applied to the teeth. The resin will be of the same colour as natural teeth.

Teeth are prepared by roughening it and then the cosmetic resin is applied. For the resin to stick on to the teeth, an ultra violet light is applied. Even small gaps can be treated using teeth bonding. This procedure is not complicated, does not require anaesthesia unless decay in the teeth need to be removed. Many favour this treatment as it can be completed in a single visit to the dentist and also does not cost much. Proper care must be taken as this resin is fragile and can chip off.

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