Common Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures
There are different cosmetic dentistry procedures that you can undergo to improve the appearance of your teeth.
Fitting of Dental Braces
Perhaps this is the most well-known procedure that is used for correcting misaligned teeth or jaws and/or adjusting crooked or crowded teeth.
Dental braces are a device that is usually associated with teenagers because this is the time when there are enough teeth to work with and uneven or crooked teeth are noticed.
Though adults may also get fitted with braces, they may have to wear them a little longer than younger people. It is because adult facial bones no longer grow, but they will still produce the same results.
Braces can be made out of metal wires, ceramic or plastic. They are designed for comfort but you may experience soreness for the first few days of treatment. Your mouth will adapt to your braces after a few days’ time. The treatment will last depending on the adjustment your teeth needs. It can take a few months to two-and-a-half years.
Dental braces are not only for aesthetic purposes. It improves the overall health of your mouth, also the way you chew, bite and speak. Although, this is a very safe procedure that has positive results, wearing braces can have some risks:
- Cavities and gum disease
- White stains on teeth due to loss of minerals of the outer enamel
- Shorter lengths of the tooth root
Applying Dental Veneers
A veneer is a fine layer of material molded to fit over the visible part of your tooth. It can improve the shape, color, and position of our teeth. Veneers can make your teeth look healthy. It can lighten a discolored tooth to match the rest of your teeth. It can make cracked teeth appear to be whole again. Veneers can also fill in the gaps between teeth when braces are unsuitable for the patient.
Depending on which type you will be getting, the teeth are prepared for the veneers by:
- Removing a small amount of shiny outer enamel from the tooth to help adhere the veneers in place. The enamel removed will be the same thickness as the veneer to ensure that it will all be in the same sizes.
- Sometimes a local anesthetic will be administered.
- Once the teeth are prepped, the dental team will take an impression or mold.
- After two visits; one for teeth preparation and one for fitting, you’re good to go.
Dental veneers can last for years, though it can chip and crack just like your natural teeth. It can be repaired easily or fitted with new ones if needed.