Cosmetic dentistry is more popular than ever in the US. It makes so much sense to spend money for a perfect smile than to spend thousands of dollars on face lifts and tummy tucks! From teeth whitening and bonding to bridges and implants, there are several treatments that promise to instantly improve your face value.. :
Teeth Whitening: This is by far the most common of all cosmetic procedures. You can either opt for over the counter teeth whitening kits or contact your dentist for in-office teeth whitening. Tea, coffee, wine, certain medications, and smoking, stains the teeth. When opting for in-office treatment, the dentist creates a customized mouth tray that fits exactly and ensures that the right amount of bleaching solution reaches the affected tooth. You can also opt for the laser technique wherein the dentist activates the whitening agent using intense LED beams. This process takes up to an hour and lasts for around 6 months.
Cosmetic Bonding: This technique is used to hide wide gaps between teeth, or if the teeth are broken and chipped. Cavities caused by decay can also be filled using boning. The procedure can be completed in a single sitting where the dentist applies composite resin to the tooth surface. Proper care should be taken to protect the resin or prevent it from stain causing materials.
Crowns and Caps: cosmetic Crowns are used to hide chipped teeth or replace a broken tooth. They’re also cover a tooth that’s had a root canal procedure. The dentist begins by taking an impression of the tooth and building a crown made with bonded porcelain. Sometimes crowns can be made from metal or resin. And to ensure that the crown fits perfectly, he shapes/cuts down the old tooth. This cosmetic crown is then placed on the damaged tooth using resin cement.
Dental Bridges: Bridges help close the gaps between two teeth. The bridge could either be made of silver, gold, or porcelain. A typical bridge includes three crowns. These are cemented to either sides of the missing tooth. To ensure that the crown fits properly, the dentist has to prepare and cut the anchor teeth to shape. The success of your bridge largely depends on your dental hygiene- make sure to follow good oral habits.