Cosmetic dentistry is a specialized field in dentistry that works with the aesthetic functions of the smile. It includes working to improve the visual aspects of teeth, gums, and the bite. Some procedures that make the mainline of cosmetic dentistry usually have to do with adding something to the teeth or having to remove something from them. All of this is done to give you that flashy celebrity smile!
Services Provided by a Cosmetic Dentist
Bonding is the easiest and the cheapest method to adjust the shape of teeth. It utilizes resin and should last a few years if properly cared for.
Veneers are wafer-thin laminates that are bonded to the front surface of teeth to conceal any size, shape, and colour disturbances of the teeth. These also last a long time if cared for properly and carefully.
Crowns are hollow, tooth-shaped caps that cover an individual tooth, particularly when they undergo root canal treatment. A crown is fixed with cement over an existing tooth and typically lasts 5-10 years.
Enamel reshaping works with the visible portion of the teeth. It fixes any irregularities in the enamel smoothness and can be combined with other methods for an ideal result.
Orthodontics includes fixing the alignment of the teeth using traditional or invisible braces. These are long procedures that take up to years of regular appointments but give lasting results.
Teeth Whitening or bleaching is also a cheap method of cosmetic dentistry. It brightens discoloured teeth and can be done with a wide range of products, from toothpaste and strips to whitening lasers.
Composite Fillings replace the traditional silver fillings. These are natural tooth tones and are preferred for filling the smaller cavities.
Implants are prosthetic replacements for a tooth when they cannot be salvaged and are lost. These require an artificial titanium root that is surgically placed in the jaw bone, on which the tooth can be mounted.
Gum Reshaping and Grafts involve fixing the gums around the teeth to provide the best visual and functional features to the teeth.