The 5 Most Popular Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments
One of the most important investments you make today is to create a dazzling smile. Do you believe otherwise? Over the last few decades, both younger and older generations have realized that a great smile is one of the best ways to improve the way they look and feel. That’s why cosmetic dentistry today is more popular than ever before, and why so many people search for new ways to restore the appearance of their smiles.
If you’re on the path the restoring the appearance of your smile, read on to learn about the 5 most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments.
Besides having healthy teeth, one of the most important things you can do to improve your smile is having white teeth. Having white teeth projects healthy, positive oral hygiene. That’s why one of the most common cosmetic dentistry procedures available is tooth whitening.
Having your teeth whitened is easy and takes less time than most other dentistry procedures. There are no injections required, and you’ll see the results instantly after leaving the clinic. Another significant benefit of teeth whitening is the cost. In comparison to many other dental procedures, in-office tooth whitening is an attractive option for your wallet and smile.
Yes, there are plenty of home whitening kits and treatments that you can purchase at the stores and online, but the most successful results are achieved through professional tooth whitening systems available at your dentist.
Since not everyone’s teeth are the same, the degree of whitening can be varied. Generally speaking, you can lighten your teeth anywhere from two to nine shades with professional whitening.
Results can last anywhere from 3-5 years, depending on how well you avoid specific foods, drinks, and behaviors (like smoking) that can quickly stain and discolor your teeth. So, if you want to get the most out of the procedures, make sure you ask your dentist about practicing good oral hygiene.
Although teeth whitening procedures are some of the most effective ways to whiten and brighten teeth, not everyone will be able to achieve the desired results. For instance, some people have heavily stained teeth that may not respond as well to teeth whitening treatments. In cases like this and others, turning to porcelain veneers to get the desired effect may be the best option.
A porcelain veneer is a thin and durable shell fabricated to cover the front and under surfaces of teeth. Because they are custom made in a dental laboratory by dental technicians, they can be used for a wide variety of difficult dental issues such as resistant staining and other discolorations, worn out enamel, misshapen, malaligned, chipped and cracked teeth.
The dentist will firmly bond the porcelain veneers to the tooth’s surface, resulting in a fantastic new smile.
It’s important to remember that with porcelain veneers, there is a minimal amount of enamel preparation(filing down) that’s required. That’s why the application of porcelain veneers is considered a minimally invasive procedure compared to tooth whitening. For each individual, the amount of preparation that’s needed varies according to the condition.
If you’ve lost a tooth due to trauma, infection, or any other reason, tooth replacement with a dental implant offers the highest level of strength, durability, and longevity.
A dental implant consists of two parts: a titanium screw embedded into the jawbone and a top crown(cap) firmly fixed to the screw. Initially, the titanium screw is surgically placed into the jawbone and allowed to heal through a process called osseointegration. This ensures that the new tooth will be as strong and durable as your original tooth. After a few months, osseointegration will be completed, and the new crown is attached on top of the implant. Together, they form the new tooth.
An implant is almost entirely indistinguishable from original teeth. Once the implant heals into the bone, the new tooth is permanently secured into the mouth.
Compared to having minimally invasive porcelain veneers, the placement of a dental implant is a surgically invasive procedure. More healing time is required, so you need to be a little patient.
You may be looking for a cosmetic dental procedure to restore or repair chipped, cracked, misshapen, malaligned or stained teeth, but hesitate to have changes made to your original teeth. If this is the case, you’ll be happy to know there is a material that can be directly applied to the surface of your teeth, that mimics the color of tooth enamel.
Best of all, there are NO changes that need to be made to the structure of your original teeth. The procedure is minimally invasive and reversible if you don’t like the results or wish to upgrade to porcelain veneers later on.
Direct composite veneers are made of a resin material that can be directly molded onto the teeth when heated. They are prepared and artistically shaped by the dentist while you sit in the dental chair. Direct composite veneers or no preparation veneers can close small gaps, correct mishappen teeth, and give you a straighter looking, whiter smile – all in one session.
The procedure begins with the dentist cleaning your teeth and removing all tooth decay. Immediately following, the composite material will be directly injected onto the tooth surface and sculpted into the perfect form. Once completed, a high-intensity light is used to harden and dry the material.
The advancement in the technology behind direct composite veneers is the main reason this cosmetic dentistry treatment has become ever increasingly popular over recent years.
Compared to the higher cost of porcelain veneers, direct composite veneers are a significantly more cost-effective solution.
The advancement in dental technology over recent years makes it now possible to have orthodontic braces that are invisible to the eye. This is more commonly known as Invisalign.
You may have thought that braces are only for adolescents. Not any more. Adults now can choose invisible braces to correct a malaligned bite, straighten uneven teeth and improve their smile – without having a mouth full of wire.
Although there are different types of invisible braces available, the main attraction is to make them as invisible and as comfortable as possible.
Now that you’ve learned a bit more about the latest trends for restoring and improving your smile, it’s time to visit the dentist and explore which option may be best for you.
You’ll need to weigh the pros and cons of each treatment and consider the price and total treatment time as well before making a decision.
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Until next time!
Dr. Randy Simor