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Cosmetic Dentistry

What is Cosmetic Dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry is generally used to refer to any dental work that improves the appearance or the method of professional oral care, which focuses on improving the appearance of your mouth, teeth, gums, and overall smile. It primarily focuses on improvement in dental aesthetics in color, position, shape, size, alignment and overall smile appearance.

Types of Cosmetic Procedures
Esthetic dental treatments are commonly referred to as “smile makeovers.” In particular, there are a few cosmetic procedures to choose from based on individual needs:

1. Teeth Whitening:
Tooth whitening or tooth bleaching is the process of lightening the color of human teeth. Whitening is often desirable when teeth become yellowed over time for a number of reasons, and can be achieved by changing the intrinsic or extrinsic color of the tooth enamel. Smoking, taking certain medications, consuming food, beverages such as coffee and tea are responsible for making teeth stained.

What are Side Effects of Teeth Whitening?
Some people may experience tooth sensitivity during use of teeth whiteners. Tooth sensitivity could cause due to ingredients in the whitener gets through the enamel to the soft layer of dentin and irritates the nerve of tooth. In most of the cases sensitivity is temporary. You can delay treatment, then try again.

Overuse of whiteners can also damage the tooth enamel or gums, so be sure to follow directions and talk to your dentist.

2. Enamel Bonding:
Bonding may improve how your teeth look if they have excess space between them, or if they are chipped, broken, stained, or cracked. Dentists also use bonding materials to fill small cavities or to protect the exposed root of a tooth.

The dentist can usually do this procedure in a single office visit by applying an etching solution followed by tooth-colored materials — sometimes composite resins — directly to the tooth’s surface where needed.

Although bonding can last for several years, it is more likely than other types of restorations to chip or become stained or just wear down.

3. Dental Veneers:
These are custom shells, which are typically made of porcelain (sometimes plastic), cover the front sides of the teeth to change their color and/or shape. Dental Veneers are more efficient and last longer as comparer to bonding and provide a superior appearance. Dental Veneers can improve teeth that:

1. Teeths have spaces between them
2. Chipped or worn teeth
3. Teeths badly stained
4. Poorly shaped teeth
5. Are slightly crooked

Dental veneers cost depends upon case to case. In procedure for dental veneers / before inserting veneers, the dentist first takes an impression of tooth, then buffs the tooth before cementing the veneer in place. A beam of light is used to harden the cement, which secures, stable and fix dental veneer to your tooth.

Procedure for dental veneers could be completed in two sittings as these porcelain veneers are made in laboratory, so in first visit measurement is taken and in second visit needed to have them inserted.

4. Invisalign Braces:
Most people have notion that braces are only for kids, but now a days more and more adults are getting braces to get the smile they’ve always wanted. To achieve good and flawless smile Invisalign braces are a great option for adults, because no one can tell you’re wearing them as they are transparent.

Now a days invisalign Braces are not only for aesthetics. Use of invisalign Braces for teeth in cosmetic dentistry can correct misalignment causing pain, like chronic headaches. The benefits definitely make this procedure worth the investment. The invisalign Braces cost depends upon dental procedures carried out individually.

Some prons and cons of Invisalign Braces:

Prons of Invisalign Braces:
1. Comfort
2. More attractive
3. Convenience
4. Can be Removed easily
5. Minimal Maintenance.

Cons of Invisalign Braces:
1. Expensive
2. Attachments
3. Required to Wear them 22 hours per day
4. Tooth Discomfort
5. Incovenience