Unlike general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry’s primary focus is on the appearance of your teeth rather than your oral health. It is a method of professional care that often offers restorative benefits. These procedures are primarily elective, and most are relatively simple. Below, we go into more depth about the five common types of cosmetic dentistry.
Resembling the tooth’s enamel, dentists use a material that can repair decayed, damaged, or discoloured teeth. Drilling out the decay is the first step before applying the composite onto the tooth’s surface. The dentist then “sculpts” it into the proper shape and cures it with highly intense light. This procedure gives the appearance of a healthy tooth because the damage underneath is completely covered.
Bonding is the most cost-effective procedure in cosmetic dentistry. If your tooth is decaying, cracked, chipped, or has worn edges, composite bonding may be beneficial in improving your appearance.
Inlays and Onlays are other forms of cosmetic dentistry known as indirect fillings. Manufactured in a dental laboratory, Inlays and Onlays are used when a tooth has mild to moderate tooth decay. These indirect fillings are primarily used when the tooth’s structure is insufficient to support a filling. The dentist first ensures no damage to the tooth’s cusp before the Inlay is placed on top of the tooth’s surface. The dentist will use an Onlay if there is more extensive damage to cover the tooth’s entire surface.
Made of resin, porcelain, or ceramic material, the Inlays are attached to the teeth using adhesive dental cement. This gives the tooth support and strength. The Inlays also restore the tooth’s shape and prevent further decay.
Dental veneers mimic the natural tooth, made of porcelain; veneers cover the front of the tooth. They are used to restore chipped, cracked, or damaged teeth. The veneers are applied using an adhesive and can cosmetically improve the appearance of your smile.
Teeth can quickly become stained over time. Aspects such as coffee, wine, and smoking can cause your teeth to fade or turn yellow. It is the most common procedure in cosmetic dentistry. The dentist will professionally clean your teeth, relieving them of plaque or tartar before the process. The bleaching agent will then be applied to help you achieve a whiter smile.
Implants are designed to replace missing teeth. If you manage to lose a tooth, a dental implant could be the cosmetic dentistry you are looking for. A tiny screw is first inserted into the jaw bone; this screw will be the new implant’s support. Once the implant is inserted, it will seamlessly blend with your natural teeth after your gums, and the implant will heal fully. Getting dental implants is a permanent form of cosmetic dentistry. Taking care of the new implant is crucial; ensure you are diligent with oral hygiene once the procedure is complete.
Cosmetic dentistry can fix various issues; from missing to cracked teeth, there is always a solution. Once you visit the dentist, they can discuss the best procedure for you. Regehr Family Dental offers comprehensive cosmetic dentistry; call today and find out how we can help improve your smile!