Cosmetic dentistry refers to a branch of dentistry that focuses on improving the appearance of a person’s teeth, gums, and overall smile. While traditional dentistry is primarily focused on oral hygiene and preventing, diagnosing, and treating dental diseases, cosmetic dentistry’s primary goal is to enhance the aesthetic appearance of a person’s smile.
Cosmetic dentistry procedures can range from simple, non-invasive treatments like teeth whitening to more complex procedures like dental implants or orthodontics. Some of the most common cosmetic dentistry procedures include:
1. Teeth whitening: This is one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments that involves the use of a special bleaching agent to remove stains and discolorations from teeth.
2. Dental veneers: These are thin, custom-made shells that are bonded to the front of the teeth to improve their appearance.
3. Dental implants: These are artificial tooth roots that are surgically implanted into the jawbone to support replacement teeth (implant crowns/bridges).
4. Traditional Braces or Clear aligners (eg. Invisalign): This is a type of clear aligner that is used to straighten teeth without the use of traditional braces.
5. Gum contouring: This is a procedure that is used to reshape the gums to improve the appearance of a person’s smile.
Cosmetic dentistry can have a significant impact on a person’s confidence and self-esteem. It is important to note that while cosmetic dentistry primarily focuses on aesthetics, it can also provide functional benefits like improved bite and speech
Porcelain veneers are thin shells of ceramic material that are custom-made to fit over the front surface of a tooth. They are a popular cosmetic dental treatment used to improve the appearance of teeth that are discolored, misshapen, chipped, or gapped.
The process of getting porcelain veneers typically involves multiple appointments with a dentist or cosmetic dentist. During the first appointment, the dentist will examine your teeth and determine if porcelain veneers are the right option for you. They may take X-rays and digital impressions (scans) of your teeth to create a model of your mouth, which will be used to design your veneers. A digital mock-up can be done to give you a preview of the final result prior to starting treatment.
The next step is to prepare your teeth for the veneers. This involves removing a thin layer of enamel from the surface of the teeth to make room for the veneers. Once your teeth are prepared, the dentist will take another set of diigital impressions to create a model of your teeth, which will be used to create the permanent veneers.
The veneers are typically made in a dental laboratory, which can take a week or two. In the meantime, your dentist may place temporary veneers to protect your teeth. An on-site digital laboratory can often produce the veneers much quicker.
When the permanent veneers are ready, your dentist will check the fit and color of the veneers before bonding them to your teeth. This process involves cleaning and etching the surface of the teeth to create a roughed surface for the veneers to adhere to. The veneers are then bonded to the teeth with a special adhesive and cured with a special light.
Porcelain veneers are a durable and long-lasting solution for improving the appearance of teeth. They can last for many years with proper care, which includes brushing and flossing regularly, avoiding chewing on hard objects, and visiting your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings
Zoom teeth whitening is a professional teeth whitening treatment that uses a special light-activated gel to whiten teeth. The treatment is performed in a dental office and typically takes around one hour to complete.
The Zoom teeth whitening process begins with a thorough cleaning of the teeth to remove any surface stains and debris. The dentist or dental hygienist will then apply a hydrogen peroxide gel to the teeth and activate it with a special Zoom light. This light helps to penetrate the gel deep into the teeth, breaking down stains and discoloration and leaving the teeth looking brighter and whiter.
After the treatment is complete, the dentist will provide instructions on how to maintain the results, such as avoiding certain foods and beverages that can cause staining, and providing tips for at-home touch-ups.
It’s important to note that Zoom teeth whitening may not be suitable for everyone, and some people may experience sensitivity or discomfort during or after the treatment. It’s always best to consult with a dental professional before undergoing any teeth whitening treatment, including over-the-counter whitening agents, to determine the best option for your individual needs
Dental restorations used to improve the appearance and function of teeth. However, there are some key differences between the two:
1. Coverage: Dental crowns cover the entire tooth, while dental veneers only cover the front surface of the tooth.
2. Material: Dental crowns are typically made of porcelain, zirconia, or a combination of the two, while dental veneers are usually made of porcelain composite.
3. Function: Dental crowns are typically used to restore severely damaged or decayed teeth, while dental veneers are used to correct cosmetic imperfections such as discoloration, chips, or gaps between teeth.
4. Preparation: Dental crowns require more preparation of the tooth than dental veneers, as more of the tooth structure needs to be removed to accommodate the crown.
5. Durability: Dental crowns are generally more durable than dental veneers and can last up to 15 years or more, while veneers typically last 5-10 years.
In summary, both dental crowns and dental veneers can improve the appearance of teeth. Dental crowns are typically used for more extensive restorations, require more preparation and are used where more support/strength is needed, while dental veneers are a more conservative option for more minor cosmetic improvements.
Vitality Dentistry offers ZOOM whitening for effective teeth whitening. A more permanent change can be made with porcelain veneers. To hear more about your options and find out what the best option is for you, book an appointment with a member of our team.
Your Smile Makeover may include a number of services from simple teeth whitening to more complex options like veneers and crowns. Call today to speak to a member of our team for more information.
Just like your natural teeth, as long as you take proper care of your new smile your Smile Makeover will last for years to come. Regular brushing and flossing are essential, as are regular visits with your hygienist or dentist. If you clench or grind your teeth at night, a nightguard will be needed to protect your crowns or veneers.
No. At Vitality Dentistry your comfort is our top priority. Modern dentistry and advanced technology means dental services are more comfortable and pain-free than ever before. If you are feeling anxious about visiting the dentist, don’t hesitate to call. We would love to discuss how we can make your dental experience a positive one.
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