Aesthetic dentistry is a specific type of customized treatment in which some dental procedures are combined to create an aesthetically and functionally beautiful smile. The procedures in aesthetic dentistry will enhance the shape of your mouth and smile and help improve the functions of the teeth in terms of their bite form and force. This type of dental work’s primary goal is to improve your teeth’s appearance, with their functionality as a secondary goal.
Aesthetic dentistry includes minor procedures such as replacing a stained or cracked filling or more complicated procedures like replacing a damaged or decaying tooth with a dental implant and natural-looking crown. Here are some of the standard aesthetic dentistry treatments:
A veneer consists of a thin porcelain shell attached to the front surface of your teeth. Veneers help rectify cracks or chips, gaps, stains and discoloration, and crooked teeth. The shape and function of your smile are restored after this procedure. The veneer process requires minimal treatment and can be completed in as little as two appointments at our office. Once in place, the veneer resists stains and can last up to 10 years with proper oral hygiene and regular visits with your dentist every six months for checkups. Veneers can improve the color and shape of teeth that have been worn down from years of chewing or grinding. They can also be used to close gaps between teeth and create symmetry for a beautiful smile. Since they resist staining, they are a great option for patients who want a whiter smile but don’t want to wear braces or undergo teeth whitening. Veneers require no special care beyond regular brushing and flossing at home. However, patients should be sure not to grind their teeth while wearing veneers in order to avoid damaging them. Patients who do grind their teeth may require a nightguard to protect both their natural teeth and their veneers.
A porcelain crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is placed over a damaged tooth to restore its shape, size, and strength. The crown covers the entire visible portion of the tooth above the gum line. Porcelain crowns can be used to replace large fillings or cover the entire tooth that has a large cavity that can’t be repaired by conventional fillings. Crowns are also used in conjunction with root canal therapy to protect the treated tooth from damage. Damaged and discolored teeth can be covered with new and beautiful porcelain crowns that look completely natural and blend seamlessly with the surrounding teeth. Dental crowns can also be used as the visible portion of a dental implant restoration. They help avert decay and are durable, too. It can be made of gold, metal alloys, porcelain, resin, or a combination of these materials. All-porcelain crowns are the best option for patients who want a natural-looking smile and for the restoration of teeth in the visible areas of the mouth. Porcelain is also the ideal material for patients with metal allergies because the allergic response will not occur with this material. Porcelain is strong and durable and closely mimics the look of a natural tooth.
A permanent solution to replace the missing tooth, a dental implant consists of a biocompatible titanium post that acts as a tooth’s root, a dental crown that functions as the visible part of the tooth, and an abutment that joins them together. The titanium post is placed surgically in your jawbone, and a healing period is allowed to enable its fusion with the surrounding bone and gum tissues. An abutment will then be attached to the implant on completion of the fusion process, then a dental crown is mounted on it to imitate a natural tooth. Implants can be used to support other artificial dental prostheses such as bridges or dentures.
Dental implants are an increasingly popular cosmetic procedure among patients who want a permanent solution for missing teeth. Dental implants look, feel, and function just like natural teeth. This is because an implant is fused with the jawbone through a process called osseointegration. This essentially fuses the dental implant with the roots of your lost teeth. Thanks to this fusion of roots and implants, patients with tooth loss regain the ability to bite down naturally and eat the important foods they need to maintain good nutrition. Additionally, dental implants restore proper oral function by restoring the patient’s ability to speak clearly. With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime.
A professional tooth bonding treatment involves the application of a tooth-colored composite resin that blends seamlessly with your natural teeth. The composite resin is bonded to your tooth using a special light to ensure a durable bond. Dental bonding is often used to improve the appearance of individual teeth that are chipped or cracked. It can also be used to close gaps between teeth or to make your teeth appear longer or wider. The procedure can also be used to correct small misalignments.
Cosmetic bonding uses a composite material to cover and fill gaps or change the color of your teeth. The resin is carefully shaped over the front of teeth and hardened with ultraviolet light. Unlike veneers, which are made in a laboratory and require a few visits to complete, the bonding material can be applied in a single visit. Other benefits of cosmetic bonding include affordability, durability over time, and no need to remove any of your natural tooth structure (unlike veneers). If you have chips, cracks, discolorations, or other minor cosmetic concerns affecting the appearance of your smile, cosmetic bonding may be the perfect option.
Do you have dental stains? Are your teeth discolored? Teeth whitening is a cosmetic treatment that can make your teeth look whiter and brighter by removing stains or discoloration from the surface of your teeth. It's also the best way to remove extrinsic stains caused by drinking coffee, tea, soda, red wine, or other dark-colored foods and drinks. Intrinsic stains are more difficult to remove but can occur as a result of certain medications or illnesses like jaundice.
Teeth whitening treatment involves the application of a solution containing hydrogen peroxide gel to the patient's teeth. Then, this is rinsed off after a specific time. This treatment offers a minimally invasive and highly effective way to restore your smile. The effects last for a long time if teeth-staining foods are avoided.
While teeth whitening can improve the appearance of your smile and help you feel more confident in social and professional settings, it is not intended to treat more serious issues like tooth decay or gum disease. The only way to treat these problems is to see your dentist regularly for exams and cleanings to prevent them.
A gum lift is an aesthetic dental service that elevates and then sculpts the gum line so that your smile doesn’t look too gummy or toothy. The procedure includes reshaping the gingival tissue and bones underneath it to create a more symmetrical smile. A gum lift involves trimming excess tissue from the gums to improve the smile's appearance. The tooth or teeth are then reshaped to appear longer, and the edges are smoothed. When that is done, the gum tissue is secured with sutures so the tissue heals properly. This can be done for one tooth at a time or for multiple teeth at once. It is generally performed when patients want to correct the appearance of their teeth because of excessive gum tissue.
Invisalign is a teeth straightening procedure that consists of transparent aligners. It offers a discreet method to straighten the teeth and is a more comfortable and painless process when compared to traditional braces. Invisalign orthodontic treatment straightens teeth using clear aligner trays. The treatment consists of a series of aligner trays which are switched out every few weeks as the patient’s teeth are gradually moved into the correct position. This treatment option is ideal for those who want a comfortable and convenient alternative to braces. It is also ideal for those with mild to moderate misalignment issues who want to straighten their teeth without wearing noticeable metal wires and brackets.
Dentures offer a solid and stable solution for missing teeth. Dentures help restore the functions of the mouth, like biting and chewing, and minimize problems like gum disease and TMD. A denture is a removable dental appliance shaped like a set of gums with artificial teeth. They are made to look just like your real teeth. Dentures can be either full dentures or partial dentures. Full dentures are used to replace all of the upper or lower teeth in the arch. Your dentist will normally recommend getting a full denture when all of your natural teeth are missing. Partial dentures are used to fill in gaps between missing teeth so that a patient can have a complete smile. Traditional partials are made from an acrylic base with metal attachments. They are held in place using clasps.
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