Did you know that cosmetic dentistry is not just helpful for aesthetic reasons? It also offers fantastic restorative and dental health benefits to improve appearance and overall wellbeing. While some cosmetic dental procedures are more complex, requiring specialized equipment, you may be surprised to learn that some are relatively quick and simple. Here are four types of cosmetic dentistry that can help improve your oral health and the appearance of your teeth.
Inlays and onlays
Inlays and onlays are also called indirect fillings, but you may not be familiar with these unless you’ve needed one. The typical use for an inlay is in cases of mild to moderate tooth decay, or if not enough of a tooth remains to support a full filling. What differentiates inlays and onlays from other treatments for fillings? While other treatments take place fully in your dentist’s office, indirect fillings are made of a composite resin material manufactured in dental laboratories.
In cases where there is no damage to the tooth cusps, an inlay is placed directly on the surface of the tooth. However, should the cusps or a substantial portion of the tooth have damage, an onlay will need to be placed over the entire surface of the tooth. Inlays and onlays prevent further tooth decay and restore teeth shape.
Veneers are typically constructed from medical-grade ceramic and applied to the front of each tooth using a dental adhesive. When made by a skilled professional, they are indistinguishable from a person’s real teeth. Therefore, dental veneers are created for individual patients to ensure they match the rest of the patient’s natural teeth. You may need dental veneers for any number of cosmic problems, including crooked teeth, gaps between teeth and damaged or cracked enamel.
One of the simplest and most widely known types of cosmetic dentistry procedure is teeth whitening. This procedure is often recommended by dental professionals when a patient’s teeth become so stained and worn that they no longer shine a healthy shade of white. Common causes of teeth staining includes certain drinks, foods, medications and tobacco use. Professional teeth whitening takes place in your dentist’s office, but only after plaque, tarter and other debris have been removed. Choose the shade of white you want, sit back, then go home with a new smile on your face!
The purpose of dental implants is to replace natural teeth that have been lost due to tooth extraction, an accident or a host of other dental issues. Unlike veneers, which fit to the front of existing teeth, implants require that a small titanium screw be placed into the jaw where the missing tooth used to be. This procedure is done by your dentist in the office. To be able to support a crown, and to fit it perfectly with your natural teeth, the screw must be securely bonded to the bone. Your jawbone and supporting tissue soon fuse to the implant to secure it permanently into place.
Contact the experienced team at Modern Smiles Family Dentistry to learn more about cosmetic dentistry.
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