What is Cosmetic Dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry is a branch of dentistry that is focused on aesthetic aspects of dentistry such as having white teeth, having perfect smile, etc. It’s very popular among professional actors and speakers who need to maintain an image of looking their best at all times. It’s not really a formal area of dental specialty, the same as aesthetic clinics. But they are widespread because the demand for the services is really high.
The two main fields that are involved in Cosmetic Dentistry are:
Typical Forms of Cosmetic Dentistry:
- Adding dental material to teeth and gums
- Removing tooth structure or gums
- Altering the look of teeth or gums
- Straightening or other corrective procedure with regards to teeth and face
Examples of Cosmetic Dentistry Prodecures
- Teeth whitening: Teeth whitening is the most common cosmetic procedure. The demand is so high that there have been so many over the counter products developed capitalise. However, dentist supervised teeth whitening is always recommended for safety reasons. Also known as “tooth bleaching”.
- Laser Whitening: Laser whitening is teeth whitening but done with an argon laser. The laser activates a bleaching chemical that is applied to the teeth beforehand. The gums are covered with rubber for protection. Laser whitening is said to be 6 times more effective than laser whitening.
- Tooth Reshaping: Involves removing some of the enamel in teeth change and improve the appearance of the tooth. This is done when the shape of the teeth are irregular and to get them to appear straighter and more orderly. The enamel removed from this procedure is permanently lost, and there’s a chance that it might also expose some dentin. Other names for this are: enameloplasty, odontoplasty, contouring, recontouring, slenderizing, and stripping The main appeal of this method is that it produces faster results than braces in some cases.
- Bonding: Bonding is when a dental composite not unlike the tooth enamel is added to the surface of the tooth, shaped, hardened, and polished.
- Dental Bridges: Bridges are made to replace one or more missing teeth by filling the gap between two existing teeth hence creating a “bridge” between the two. The existing teeth are called abutments, while the false teeth are called pontics. This can be done to replace one or two missing teeth and is cemented in, and therefore is more permanent in nature compared to dentures. Bridges require a strict commitment to dental hygiene to avoid complications. Dental bridges can last for up to 10 years.
- Veneers: These are ultra-thin porcelain laminates that are bonded directly to the surface of the teeth. They are usually custom made, and are used to close gaps, enhance the shape, or change the colour of teeth if the teeth do not respond to conventional teeth whitening techniques. Sometimes tooth reduction is necessary to get the best results.
- Dental Implants: Implants are usually made of titanium “root”, abutment, and the dental crown or denture which is connected to the abutment. Dental implants are prosthetic replacements for missing teeth.
- Gum lift: Gum lift raises and sculpts the gum line to give the appearance of longer or more symmetric teeth. This often involves reshaping the tissue or underlying bone.
- Invisalign Treament: Used as an alternative to metal braces, this treatment has been around for over a decade. Invisalign helps treat spacing, crowding, and overlapping teeth to create the smile patients want. Clear aligners are comfortable, invisible, and easy to clean.
Cosmetic dentistry has grown rapidly into one of the most in demand fields in dentistry, and for good reason. Investing in a perfect smile pays of huge dividends in terms of self confidence and professional image. Come to our clinic to learn more about our services.