How would you like a smile makeover? If you are currently unhappy with your teeth, then cosmetic dental treatments can help. In this blog post, we will discuss 5 cosmetic dental treatments. Keep in mind that these are just some of the treatments available; your dentist may have other suggestions based on your specific needs.
Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dental treatments. It can be done in-office or at-home, and it is relatively affordable. You will see results after just one treatment, and you can expect your teeth to be several shades lighter.
Teeth whitening is a relatively simple procedure. First, your dentist will assess your teeth and decide on the best course of treatment. Then, they will apply a whitening gel to your teeth and use a laser or LED light to activate it. The gel will break down the stains on your teeth, leaving them white and sparkling.
After teeth whitening treatment, you may experience some temporary discomfort such as tooth sensitivity. You can minimize tooth sensitivity by using a desensitizing toothpaste before your treatment.
The results of teeth whitening treatment can last anywhere from 6months to 3 years, depending on your oral hygiene and personal habits. However, the effects will gradually fade over time, so you may need to touch up your teeth every so often. Your dentist may provide at-home whitening kits to help maintain your results.
Veneers are thin, custom-made shells that are designed to cover the front surface of your teeth. They are made from porcelain or composite resin, and they are an excellent option for correcting a variety of cosmetic dental issues such as stained teeth, misshapen teeth, chipped teeth, or gaps in your teeth. Veneers are a good option if you want to change multiple aspects about your teeth using a single treatment.
The process of getting veneers is relatively simple. First, your dentist will remove a thin layer of enamel and take an impression of your teeth. Then, they will send this impression to a dental lab where your veneers will be made. Once your veneers are ready, your dentist will bond them to the front surface of your teeth. The entire process takes a minimum of two dental appointments and you will be given a temporary set of veneers to wear in between appointments.
Veneers are strong and durable, and they can last for many years with proper care. Since your tooth enamel is modified to place the veneers, this is considered a permanent treatment meaning that you will need to have your veneers replaced once they wear out or become damaged. As mentioned above, veneers can be made from composite or porcelain. These materials each have their own set of pros and cons, so you will want to discuss this with your dentist before having veneers placed.
Composite fillings are made from a mixture of plastic and glass, and they are designed to match the color of your teeth. Because of this, they are also sometimes known as tooth-colored fillings, white fillings, or clear fillings. They are an excellent option for repairing small cavities or cracks in your teeth.
The process of getting composite fillings is relatively simple. First, your dentist will remove the decay from your tooth. Then, they will clean and prep the tooth before filling it with the composite material and using a special light to harden it in place. Once the composite is in place, your dentist will shape and polish it so that it blends in with your natural teeth. The entire process is relatively quick and can easily be completed in a single dental appointment.
Composite fillings are durable and can last for many years with proper care. However, they are not indestructible and can still crack or chip if you bite down on something hard. If this happens, you will need to have the filling replaced.
Dental crowns are made from porcelain, metal, or composite resin, and they are designed to cover the entire surface of a tooth. Nowadays, most dentists opt to use porcelain or ceramic because of its natural appearance and strength. Crowns are an excellent option for repairing large cavities, cracks, or chips in your teeth. They are also commonly used to restore teeth that have undergone root canal therapy.
The process of getting a dental crown is relatively simple. First, your dentist will prepare the tooth by removing any decayed tissue and reshaping the remaining structure to accommodate a crown. Then, they will take an impression of your tooth. Then, they will send this impression to a dental lab where your crown will be made. Once your crown is ready, your dentist will bond it to the surface of your teeth. The entire process takes a minimum of two dental appointments and you will be given a temporary crown to wear in between appointments.
Dental crowns are strong and durable, and they can last for many years with proper care. However, they are not indestructible and can still crack or chip if you bite down on something hard. If this happens, you will need to have the crown replaced. Like veneers, crowns are considered a permanent restoration due to the enamel modifications made to the tooth.
Dental implants are made from titanium, and they are designed to replace the roots of your teeth. They are an excellent option for replacing missing teeth or stabilizing loose dentures.
The process of getting dental implants is relatively simple, but it does require a minor oral surgery. First, your dentist will place the implant in your jawbone. Then, they will attach an abutment to the implant. Once the abutment is in place, your dentist will place a crown, bridge, or denture on top of it.
Dental implants are the longest-lasting tooth replacement option out there, and they have been found to last 20 or more years. Although the attached restoration may eventually need to be replaced, the implant itself rarely requires replacement once it has healed.
In this blog, we have discussed five cosmetic dental treatments: teeth whitening, veneers, composite fillings, dental crowns, and dental implants. All of these treatments are excellent options for improving the appearance of your smile. However, it is important to remember that each treatment has its own set of pros and cons. While this blog provides a brief overview of each treatment, be sure to discuss all of your options with your dentist before making a decision. Thanks for reading!