Cosmetic Dentistry

Many people seek out cosmetic dentistry, because they want a way to get rid of chipped, stained, or imperfect teeth. One of the first things that people see when they look at us, is our smiles. People can suffer from a low self-esteem if they don’t have the right smile. A beautiful smile can bring confidence and light to many people.

It’s amazing how even the slightest changes in someone’s smile can make a huge difference in the lives of others. Your dentist can work with you as a patient, with regards to all of the options that you’ll have at your disposal. Some of your options are:

  • Tooth bleaching, or whitening, will brighten a smile that had become discolored or stained over a period of time. This can be performed at the dentist office, or it can be done at home.
  • Then, there is the bonding of teeth. This process fixes teeth that have become chipped, stained, broken off, or cracked. This can also fix spaces and gaps in between teeth. This takes place with a tooth-colored material that is applied to the surface of the teeth.
  • Enamel shaping fixes the teeth, but removing and or contouring enamel on the teeth. This will usually be combined with bonding. This process is fast and comfortable. The patient will see immediate results.
  • Veneers are shells that are very thin, and they are placed on the front side of the teeth. These are made out of tooth-colored material. They fix teeth with imperfections such as stains, chips, etc. They are also used to build up the size of the teeth.
  • Braces: Adults can also take advantage of braces. They can fix the teeth of anyone with crooked teeth, crowded teeth, or any teeth that aren’t lining up in the mouth properly. This will be done by an orthodontist, if your dentist feels that you need this for your teeth.

Cosmetic Procedures In Dentistry

  • Veneers
  • Tooth Whitening Treatment
  • Braces
  • Crowns
  • Bridges

Bridges

If you are missing one tooth or more, then you will notice that you speak, and you chew differently. Bridges can help you with both of these issues, and they can help you gain a new smile.

Bridges help to maintain your facial shape, and they also help take the stress off of your other teeth when you bite and chew food. Bridges are in short artificial teeth that are like a partial denture. They look great, and they will fill in the gaps of your teeth.

These can be made out of gold, porcelain, alloys, or a combination of these materials. These will usually be bonded to the surrounding teeth for support. There are removable bridges, and fixed bridges.

The fixed bridge can only be removed by your dentist. Implants are fixed bridges that are actually attached to the jaw, or to the gumline. It can be successful, but it’s also important to keep the remaining teeth healthy and strong.

Braces/ Orthodontics

Orthodontic treatment is used to treat malocclusions, or “bad bite”. These are teeth that are crooked, or crowded in. The jaws might not line the teeth up properly, and the patient will have an uneven bite.

Although these issues can be inherited, in many cases, thumb-sucking or losing teeth can make these issues come to pass. Orthodontia can give the patient a healthy smile, and also, a healthy mouth.

Crooked and crowded teeth are challenging to clean. This in turn promotes tooth decay, gum disease, or tooth loss. Also, this can interfere with speaking and chewing properly. This can also cause the enamel of the teeth to wear down, as well as jaw problems.

FAQs

What are braces made out of?

These are made from brackets and bands. The brackets are the part of the braces that actually attach to the teeth. They are usually attached to the front of the teeth, but they can be attached to the back of the teeth as well. They can be made out of metal, ceramic, plastic, or a combination of these materials. Some are clear, while some are tooth-colored. They are attached with rubber bands. They can also be made into fun shapes that children like to wear.

Do they have to be left in the mouth, or can they be removed?

There are two models; one has be be left in the mouth, and it can only be removed by the dentist. The other type can be removed. Your dentist will decide which model is best for your needs.

How old should a person be when considering treatment of this sort?

Children between the ages of six to 12 start to show signs of malocclusions. This happens as the adult teeth start to come in. So, it’s recommended that this treatment starts between the ages of eight, to 14. It’s best to start this treatment as the child is still growing. They will have a mixture of baby teeth, and adult teeth in their mouth. It’s best for the dentist to be able to forecast problems with new adult teeth coming in.

Can adults wear braces?

An adult can infact seek out treatment with braces, although these issues will take longer to correct in adults. Adults will seek this out, because they will notice improper alignment in their jaws and teeth. The teeth can still shift around in adults. Adults might have more challenges, because their bones aren’t growing anymore. But, an adult can still seek out this treatment, to realize a beautiful smile.

Who is the provider of orthodontic treatment?

While most dentist can perform minor orthodontic work, many of them will refer their patients to an orthodotist, for extensive treatment. Again, the orthodontist will treat a patient for malocclusions, corrective procedures, and for anything that aligns the teeth and the jaws properly. The orthodontist can also diagnose, and offer preventative treatment of facial and dental irregularities. You can read more about these at www.braces.org.

A patient can expect to wear their braces for one to three years, on average. After this, the patient will have to wear a retainer. This will maintain the patient’s new smile. Braces used to be very uncomfortable. While they might be a bit uncomfortable still, new advances have made wearing braces a lot more tolerable. It’s very important to practice good dental hygiene when wearing braces. This means brushing on a regular basis, as well as flossing, and scheduling regular dental visits. Also, a patient with braces should eat healthy snacks. They should avoid nuts, hard candy, chewing gum, caramel, or any other food product that could mess up the braces, or bend the wires.

Crowns

Crowns are oral implants that can help you to restore the beauty and the size of your teeth. The crown will help to strengthen your teeth, and it will make the tooth look better.

It also helps to give support to a tooth that has been drilled so extensively, that there is very little to no healthy tooth left. It will protect a lose tooth from breaking off, or it will also attach a bridge. It can also be used to cover a dental implant.

Tooth Whitening

What questions should you ask your dentist?

You should start by asking your dentist about the best tooth whitening products and procedures that would be best for you. Certain tooth discolorations will respond better to certain tooth whitening systems. But, tooth whitening might not be your best bet if you have had bonding, or tooth colored fillings in the front teeth. If this is the case, the materials used will contrast against the newly whitened teeth. So, you might want to go with other options, such as dental bonding, or porcelain veneers.

What happens with in-office bleaching?

If your dentist feels that you are a good candidate, then you might get a recommendation for bleaching at the dentist office. This is called chairside bleaching. This might require more than one dentist visit. You can expect for this procedure to take from 30 minutes, up to an hour.

When you are receiving a chairside bleaching, the dentist will apply a rubber shield, or a protective gel to your gums, to protect them from irritation. Then, lasers will shine light on your teeth to promote the bleaching action, in conjunction with the bleaching agent on the teeth.

What happens with at-home tooth bleaching systems?

Your dentist can give you something to use at home, or you can buy a bleaching system over the counter.

Bleaching solutions. These will contain peroxides that bleach the teeth, or rather, the enamel of the teeth. Usually, carbamide peroxide is used, in varying percentages.

These will come in the form of a gel, and they are placed in a mouthguard. The usage will vary from product to product. Some recommended usage twice a day for two weeks. Some will prescribe usage overnight for one to two weeks. If you get the bleaching system from the dentist, they can make you a custom fit mouth tray. Only 10 percent home use carbamide peroxide tray usage gels have the ADA approval seal.

If you develop bothersome side effects, discuss these with your dentist. You might notice increased sensitivity when you are bleaching your teeth. The sensitivity will go away when you are finished your bleaching treatments. You might also notice soft-tissue irritation. Again, talk to your dentist if you notice any of these.

How do I know which bleaching product is right for me?

Look for products with the ADA seal of approval. This means that the product that you are about to purchase is safe.

Veneers

You don’t have to live with gaps in your teeth anymore! Nor do you have to put up with stains, or badly shaped teeth. Veneers can be placed on top of your teeth to correct all of these issues.

A veneer is a very thin shell that is placed on top of the front side of your teeth. They are custom made in a dental lab, and your dentist will custom fit them for you. Once you get these, it’s permanent. This is because your tooth enamel has to be removed to place the veneer on top of your tooth.

Your dentist will recommend that you avoid food and drink that will stain your teeth. And, the veneer can chip or fracture. But the benefits outweigh the disadvantages for many people. You can simply ask your dentist for veneer information.