Cosmetic dentistry procedures have made great strides since their inception, causing more people to visit dentists of this specialty. There are several types of cosmetic dentistry commonly used today to enhance smiles and make patients feel more confident.
The most common utilization of this field today is teeth whitening procedures. Quick, painless, and affordable teeth whitening options are available in two primary forms: in office or take home. In office whitening is quickly performed using bleaching material and UV lighting, providing instant results. For a slower procedure, trays are custom fitted for the patient’s mouth and they are provided whitening gel to use with the trays at their convenience.
For those whose teeth have become too stained for whitening to be effective, porcelain veneers may be recommended. Dental veneers are more commonly used to close teeth gaps or to repair chips and imperfections, making patient’s teeth appear perfect. A ceramic specialist makes the veneers by using dental impressions taken by the dentist. Once they are prepared, a dental professional adheres them to the patient’s existing teeth. Veneers appear completely natural and can last up to ten years without replacement. Another added benefit of veneers is that they are extremely resistant to staining.
Another form of cosmetic dentistry involves replacing missing teeth with dental implants. This procedure is more involved than most others are, and require several months to achieve completion. Implants require the placement of a titanium post to be surgically placed into the gum line where the gap exists. This post serves as a replacement ‘root’ for the patient’s prosthetic tooth and this is how the implant is attached to the jawbone. The post must fuse with the jawbone to become fully secured, causing this long period. Once fusing has occurred, a newly designed tooth is placed atop the post, and it is completely undetectable by others.
Cosmetic dentistry is not only used to beautify teeth. Some dental issues such as cracked, broken, or missing teeth cause discomfort and ultimately can lead to health issues. Cosmetic dentistry offers patients options to regain proper dental functioning and help maintain overall health simultaneously.