Cosmetic Dentistry is all about refining the appearance of your mouth, teeth, gums, and overall smile. Cosmetic dentistry is different from restorative dentistry as its main function is to enhance your smile and, as a consequence, boost your self-confidence. A smile is the first thing that draws the attention of others towards you. It goes a long way in raising your confidence and self-esteem. A lot of us do not want to go through the embarrassment of getting noticed with a cracked or discolored tooth. But unfortunately, there are plenty of people who cannot afford to laugh openly for fear of getting noticed for their imperfect teeth and smile. Cosmetic dentistry provides the perfect solution for such a category of people. With a cosmetic dentist's help, one can have their teeth improved and fixed to look exactly the way they desire to look.
What does a Cosmetic Dentist do?
A cosmetic dentist can conduct a variety of procedures to improve the condition of your teeth. If you are discontented with your smile, cosmetic dentists have a few cosmetic procedures on offer.
It is one of the simplest and least expensive ways to improve your smile. The teeth can be bleached with in-office products at a dental clinic, or you can buy mold and gels from your dentist and bleach your teeth at home. Some whitening products are available at retail stores, such as whitening tubes of toothpaste, rinses, and white-strips, which can be used at home to whiten your teeth. The at-home whitening strips may not be as effective as those done at the clinics.
It is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures to hide cracked, broken, or stained teeth. The procedure is effortless and cost-effective. It entails the removal of 0.5mm of enamel from the tooth's surface. Thin, customized tooth-colored shells called the veneers are bonded to the surface of the teeth. The veneers are usually used for the front teeth and are matched to the color shape and size of the surrounding teeth.
They can help repair decayed, chipped, or misshapen teeth and is a good cosmetic alternative for dental fillings. In dental bonding, tooth-colored putty-like resin is applied to the tooth's surface and hardened with laser light to bond the tooth's material.
They help keep a weak tooth from breaking or are used to conceal misshapen or severely discolored teeth. The crowns are usually made from metal, porcelain fused to metal, resin, ceramic, and strong and durable.
They are also called indirect fillings and are fabricated from gold, porcelain, or composite materials and fill decayed or damaged teeth. In inlays, the material is bonded within the center of a tooth, and in onlays, the fillings include one or more points of the tooth or cover the biting surface. In this type of cosmetic procedure, care is taken to preserve as many healthy teeth as possible and is a good alternative to crowns.
- Other Cosmetic Treatments
A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth. The bridges are a series of crowns held together with metal brackets and cover the teeth' missing gap. Dental braces help straighten crooked or misaligned teeth by applying continuous pressure over a period of time to shift the teeth to the desired location.