Cosmetic dentistry is an interdisciplinary approach in dental care that focuses on improving the appearance of your teeth and your smile by lightening, reshaping, repairing or replacing teeth.
Dental procedures today are no longer just functional, they must also produce aesthetically acceptable results to the patient. People do not only want to be healthy, they also must look and feel good about themselves.
Enhancing your smile through cosmetic dental procedures is an amazing way to transform how you look and feel about yourself.
Here are some of the most sought after cosmetic dental procedures that we can do for you:
- In Office Whitening
The most popular cosmetic dental procedure in the world today is professional in-office teeth whitening. While other products claim to whiten your teeth, remember that only a dentist can make your teeth much whiter and in the safest possible way.In-office whitening is a carefully monitored process that involves the controlled application and use of a relatively high concentration of bleaching gel on your teeth. The process includes the use of intense light to activate and enhance the bleaching process. After 30 to 60 minutes, results become immediately visible.To maintain the whiteness of your smile, avoid smoking, eating and drinking colored foods and drinks. You can also maintain the whiteness of your smile by using a Take Home Teeth Whitening kit from your dentist.
- Take Home Teeth Whitening
Take Home Teeth Whitening is another way of achieving a whiter smile. The process involves the manufacture of a custom mouth tray for the bleaching solution. Unlike in-office teeth whitening, results will take time. The tray with the bleaching solution must be worn for up to 4 hours per day at home for a period of one to two weeks.Avoid smoking, eating colored foods and drinking dark liquids during and after using the Take Home Teeth Whitening to achieve and maintain desired whitening result.
- Cosmetic Bonding
Tooth bonding is an affordable and painless cosmetic procedure that can be done in one sitting. It can be used to repair and enhance the appearance of your teeth. It involves the application of tooth colored fillings cured with light to bond to your teeth.It is best suited for minor cosmetic changes and restorative purposes such as repairing decayed, chipped or cracked teeth, close gaps between teeth, lengthen size of your teeth, etc.
- Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers are wafer-thin pieces of porcelain that is esthetically designed to cover the front surface of anterior teeth. They are stain resistant and have the ability to mimic the light reflecting properties of natural teeth.Porcelain veneers are used to fix teeth that are discolored, worn down, chipped or broken, misaligned, uneven or irregularly shaped. They can also be used to close spaces between teeth.Porcelain veneers can last anywhere between 5 to 15 years depending on how it is cared for by the patient.
- Composite Veneers
Traditionally, (porcelain) veneers are made in a laboratory and are bonded directly onto the surface of a tooth. The tooth would require shaving and preparation to accommodate the veneer. This makes the process irreversible.With advances in materials and technology, we can now directly build the veneer on the surface of the tooth by layering it with high quality tooth-colored composites. This is what we call Composite and/or Direct Veneers.Compared to porcelain veneers, composite or direct veneers are cheaper, less invasive and can be easily repaired.
However, composite veneers are not a long-term solution. Typically, composite veneers will last 2-5 years before being replaced. Just like natural teeth, composite veneers are also not resistant to stains. They are also prone to discoloration and breakage.
- Dental Crowns
A dental crown is a custom-fitted dental restoration that completely covers a tooth or a dental implant. It is bonded to the tooth with dental cement.Crowns are used in many situations. It can be used to restore an extensively decayed tooth and to protect or repair weak, dead, cracked, broken and worn down teeth.In prosthodontic cases, crowns are used to hold a dental bridge in place or to cap a dental implant. Dental crowns can also be used for cosmetic modifications to cover misshaped or severely discolored teeth.Crowns are custom-fitted and usually fabricated by a dental laboratory. Crowns can be made from many materials such as stainless steel, metals, all porcelain, all ceramic, porcelain fused to metal, porcelain fused to tilite and zirconia.
- Fixed Dental Bridge
A dental bridge, on the other hand, is made up of two or more crowns and any number of false teeth or pontics in between the crowns. The crowns are used as anchors on both sides of the gap while the false teeth/pontics fills the space in between the crowns to fill the missing teeth.Dental bridges literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth. Unlike a removable denture, dental bridges are fixed in place with the crowns.With good oral hygiene and regular checkups, dental bridges can last from 5 to 15 years and even longer.
- Tooth Contouring
Tooth contouring or reshaping is a cosmetic procedure that removes small amounts of tooth enamel with the use of a laser or drill in order to change the shape, length, or surface of one or more teeth.The process is often combined with cosmetic bonding to sculpt and shape the teeth using tooth-colored composites or fillings.
- Gum Contouring
Gum contouring or reshaping can be considered a cosmetic procedure when the reduction of gum tissue is not medically necessary.Gum contouring can significantly improve the appearance of a person’s smile. It is often used to correct a “gummy” smile. A gummy smile is a condition where excessive gum tissue is covering the teeth which makes the gums look more prominent while making the teeth look much shorter.