Cosmetic Dentistry

Introduction

People seek cosmetic dentistry for a variety of reasons. Some people simply want to look younger, and cosmetic dentistry is like a dental facelift that can quickly "reverse" the natural aging process of the teeth. Others, the majority, have had unattractive teeth their whole lives and have always felt self-conscious because of them. They will rarely smile, which can often hide a warm side of their personality.


PORCELAIN VENEERS

Porcelain veneers are thin, egg-shell pieces of porcelain that slip over your existing teeth to give them a new look and improve your smile. The process is quick, easy, and virtually painless.

Porcelain veneers can be used for a variety of cosmetic improvements on a person's smile. They can repair a single tooth or an entire mouth full of teeth. Most people requiring cosmetic improvement require a large group of veneers. You can determine how many teeth will need veneers by counting the amount of teeth that show when you smile in a mirror. Remember, when smiling, you can think of something funny as your "funny smile," which will probably be different than a "forced smile." Porcelain veneers are used to correct tetracycline stained teeth, mal-positioned or oblique teeth, spaces, gaps, chips, worn, short, or twisted teeth.




CROWNS & CAPS

A crown is a type of dental restoration which completely caps or encircles a tooth or dental implant. Crowns are often needed when a large cavity threatens the ongoing health of a tooth.] They are typically bonded to the tooth using a dental cement. Crowns can be made from many materials, which are usually fabricated using indirect methods. Crowns are often used to improve the strength or appearance of teeth. While inarguably beneficial to dental health, the procedure and materials can be relatively expensive.

The most common method of crowning a tooth involves using a dental impression of a prepared tooth by a dentist to fabricate the crown outside of the mouth. The crown can then be inserted at a subsequent dental appointment.




WHITE FILLINGS

White fillings are dental fillings that restore and mimic the natural appearance of tooth structure. In addition to restoring teeth that have fractured or decayed, tooth colored fillings may also be used cosmetically to change the size, color and shape of teeth. This quality is particularly useful in closing gaps between teeth; repairing chipped teeth and making teeth appear to be more straight or even.

Tooth colored fillings are made from 3 general types of materials. They are: chair-side bonded resins, lab processed composite resins, and lab fabricated porcelains

Before and After: tooth colored composite resin may also be used cosmetically as it closely matches natural tooth color and appearance.




INVISIBLE BRACES

Invisalign is a series of clear, removable teeth aligners that both orthodontists and dentists use as an alternative to traditional metal dental braces.

Invisible braces are fixed orthodontic appliance placed on the inside of the teeth. It is completely invisible from the outside

The manufacturing process guarantees a remarkable flat design and as a result offers maximum comfort to the patient. With fixed orthodontic appliances you can achieve reliable results in the treatment of any kind of malocclusion

These braces can be worn by people at any age and in all walks of life, this treatment has got increasingly popular among many Bollywood stars, T.V actors, Models, Corporate, Air-Hostesses and Adult Professionals who cannot compromise on looks at their work but understand the importance of a natural healthy smile. Even teenagers have started to opt for the invisible option.





GUM CONTOURING

Many of those who are looking for a cosmetic improvement to the appearance of their teeth or smile don't have any problems with their teeth. Instead their main concern is that their gums appear too big or visible when they smile. This is a very common issue and gummy smiles are caused by an overgrowth of gum tissue which can then go on to cover your teeth. The reasons for this overgrowth range from it being an inherited condition to the use of some fairly common medications for blood pressure. An overgrowth of your gums can make your smile appear lop-sided or crooked and can make your teeth appear smaller than they actually are. Fortunately, this problem can be easily solved using a common dental procedure known as gum contouring or lifting.

A local anesthetic is applied to the gums, and a laser is used to trim away the small amounts of excess gum tissue and reshape the edges of the gums above the six front teeth that form the smile. The laser seals the blood vessels in the gums so that the tissue can heal quickly with relatively little discomfort to the patient.




COSMETIC BONDING

Dental bonding is a technique that has been used in cosmetic dentistry for many years and can transform your smile in just a single visit. The process involves the skilful/artistic use of the correct amount and colour of "dental composite", which is a mouldable material with a paste-like consistency made from acrylic resins and a variety of fillers, depending on the type used. Bonding is used for a variety of cosmetic dental procedures, including:

  • Filling dental cavities - "white fillings"
  • Replacing metal or amalgam fillings
  • Repairing broken and chipped teeth
  • Closing gaps between teeth (diastamas)
  • Reshaping teeth
  • Smile makeovers - composite veneers (although porcelain veneers are the better option for this)
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