Cosmetic Dentistry is a treatment that can be used to improve the appearance of teeth, which may have been altered by tooth decay, wear and tear or other dental problems. There are many cosmetic dentistry treatments available today from veneers to Invisalign braces. The following are the most popular types of cosmetic dentistry treatments.
Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and Onlays are used to improve the appearance of teeth with dental caries or damage while providing strength and durability. This treatment can be used for large restorations in situations where the more traditional types of fillings may not be suitable, such as when there is too little tooth structure remaining.
First, an impression of the area is made, after which an inlay (onlay) is created using this impression. This dental restoration fits within the confines of the cavity and matches the natural shade of your teeth. It is sturdier than a filling because it adheres to the walls of the cavity.
Inlays and Onlays can be made from a variety of materials including porcelain, gold alloys, or metal alloys. These restorations require at least two dental appointments to place the restoration and adjust it so it fits properly.
This cosmetic dentistry treatment is used to restore chipped, decayed or broken teeth. Composite bonding uses tooth-colored composites that are applied to the tooth in layers and then sculpted into shape by the dentist. The process of restoring a tooth with composite bonding is relatively easy and painless and can be completed in one dental visit.
Although more expensive than other types of cosmetic dentistry treatments, composite bonding usually lasts for many years before requiring replacement. Composite bonding is not suitable to use on front teeth since they tend to show any imperfections or discoloration.
Dental Crowns and Veneers
A dental crown can be used to restore a decayed or damaged tooth, cover an orthodontic bracket, protect a cracked tooth or replace a missing tooth. Dental crowns are made from metal alloys, porcelain, gold alloy, or ceramic materials that match the shade and shape of your teeth and they can be permanently cemented or temporary. Crowns can be made from these materials because tooth-colored materials are used that closely mimic the appearance of natural teeth.
Dental veneers are a type of cosmetic dentistry treatment that is used to improve the appearance of stained, chipped, crooked or misaligned teeth. Dental veneers are thin slivers of tooth-colored material, usually porcelain or resin composite, that are bonded to the front surface of a tooth. These restorations require only one dental appointment and can dramatically improve the appearance of teeth with little discomfort.
Teeth whitening is a cosmetic dentistry treatment that uses powerful bleaches to remove stains from teeth. Teeth can become discolored as a result of smoking, drinking coffee, tea, or red wine, taking certain medications, and aging.
There are many over-the-counter teeth whitening products available today that you can use at home. However, it is important to note that these treatments are not as effective as professional whitening carried out by a dentist. Dentists use strong hydrogen peroxide bleaching agents for teeth whitening. This creates more dramatic results than what can be achieved at home and this treatment does not damage the teeth or gums.
Dental implants are an alternative to dentures for replacing missing teeth. Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are placed in the jawbone beneath your gums. An implant can be made from metal alloys, titanium, or biocompatible materials. The implant is surgically inserted into the socket of your jawbone, where it binds with the bone and forms a strong foundation for porcelain crowns. Implant restorations require only one dental appointment and artificial teeth can be attached to this implant after sufficient healing time has passed.
Why go to the dentist for cosmetic treatments
When it comes to cosmetic dentistry treatments, many people assume that they can save some money by having these services done outside of a dentist’s office. However, this is not the case. The quality of materials and techniques used for cosmetic dentistry treatments like veneers and teeth whitening are more professional and superior than those offered at discount clinics.
In addition to this, dental treatments performed in a dentist’s office are covered by insurance and you can often get discounts for multiple services performed during one visit. Cosmetic dentistry procedures carried out outside of the dentist’s office may not be covered by insurance and usually cost more than what they would if performed under a dentist’s supervision.
Also, dental clinics that offer cosmetic dentistry services often require multiple visits for treatment completion, whereas a visit to the dentist will result in your treatment being finished at one time.
Risks and Side Effects of Cosmetic dentistry treatments.
Cosmetic dentistry procedures are not as invasive as regular dental treatments and do not pose any serious risks of complications.
However, there are some side effects associated with cosmetic dentistry treatments that you should be aware of before you commit to having these services. For example, teeth whitening can result in temporary tooth sensitivity and some patients experience mild pain and irritation while the dental veneers are being bonded to the teeth.
Dental veneers can cause minor discomfort for a few days after treatment because they require your gum tissue and underlying bone to be shaved down in order to accommodate them. It will take several weeks for your gums and teeth to heal completely after receiving a dental veneer.
For dental implants, there is a risk of rejection caused by your body’s natural healing process. It can take up to six months for implant restorations to fuse with the jawbone underneath your gums and several years before these become stable enough for you to enjoy eating them without worrying about them breaking off.
Why do people choose Cosmetic Dentistry?
Aesthetic improvements are the main reason why people choose to have cosmetic dentistry treatments done. Most of these procedures do not offer any therapeutic benefits, but they can improve your overall appearance and self-esteem. Cosmetic dentistry services are expensive compared to regular dental treatments, so it is important to consider whether the results you get from having these procedures done will be worth the cost.
It is also important to know that cosmetic dentistry treatments will not last forever. Your teeth can get stained, chipped or broken over time and you will need ongoing treatment to keep them looking their best.
The most important thing to remember about cosmetic dentistry is that it should not be used as a substitute for regular dental treatment. If you have any issues with your teeth or gums, deal with these problems first before having other treatments done. Cosmetic treatments are only meant to enhance the appearance of your teeth and do not offer any therapeutic benefits.
A dentist should be listed as one of your primary healthcare professionals, so you should try to schedule regular checkups. The dentist can help diagnose dental problems early on, which will allow for an opportunity to take care of them before they become more severe or costly. Your dentist also provides oral hygiene services, which are important for good dental health.
At Guelph Royal Dental Centre, we are committed to providing comprehensive dental care for the entire family. We offer a wide range of services, including periodontal surgeries and treatment, as well as dental implants. Offering most procedures in-house means patients can receive treatment as promptly as possible.
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