With the advent of modern technology, cosmetic dentistry has become more popular than ever. Thanks to a wide array of tools, dentists are now able to improve your smile, using various techniques at their disposal.
From creating subtle changes to major repairs, your dentist is able to perform a number of procedures which will result in the improvement of your smile. Cosmetic dentistry is aimed at reshaping teeth, closing gaps, restoring worn or short teeth and altering the length of teeth, treating discoloured, chipped or missing teeth, as well as correcting gum tissue.
Generally, cosmetic dental procedures include bleaching, bonding, crowns, veneers, reshaping, contouring and bridges. However, these procedures are not only for cosmetic purposes, but may also improve oral problems that you may have, such as your bite.
The variety of procedures involved in cosmetic dentistry includes the following:
Dental bonding is the easiest and cheapest cosmetic dental procedure. It is used to repair cracked and chipped teeth, while also closing gaps and changing the shape of teeth. Bonding involves a tooth coloured resin that gets applied to the tooth and hardened with a special light.
A crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that gets placed over a weak or damaged tooth to improve its shape, size, strength, or appearance.
Enamel shaping corrects small imperfections such as overcrowded or uneven teeth, by shaping the natural teeth to improve their appearance. Enamel shaping is quick and painless, and results are immediate.
Braces can improve the health and appearance of anyone’s smile, by applying steady pressure to the teeth and slowly moving teeth into alignment. Braces help to correct crooked or misaligned teeth. There are many types of braces, such as: metal braces, tooth or multi-coloured brackets, and “invisible” braces.
Dental veneers are thin custom-made shells designed to cover the front surface of the teeth, improving your appearance and enhancing your smile by altering the colour, shape, size and length of your teeth. Dental veneers can be made from porcelain or resin composite material.
Teeth whitening procedures can give you a whiter brighter smile. However, if you had previous dental work done –like veneers – whitening agents will not work for you.
Gum reshaping improves the appearance of excess gum tissue with gives you a “gummy” smile, as well as reshaping the gum when the gum line appears uneven.
Composite fillings are tooth coloured fillings used to fill a tooth that is chipping or cracking.
Dental implants can be seen as the first choice for replacing teeth which were damaged and had been removed. Dental implants can be used for a single tooth or multiple teeth, which provides people with a full restoration of their mouths.
There are two types of dentures: complete and partial. Both are removable replacements for missing teeth and surrounding tissue, but complete dentures are used when all teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some of the natural teeth are still in place.
Bridges refer to the covering of a gap left by a missing tooth or teeth by placing crowns on the teeth one either side of the gap. The bridge is then cemented into place.
When a tooth root is exposed it can be sensitive to hot and cold food or liquids, while also putting you at a greater risk of cavities resulting in tooth loss. Soft tissue grafts, which moves healthy gums from one part of the mouth to the other, can stop gum recession and decrease the risk of bone or tooth loss.
A smile makeover is a combination of cosmetic dental techniques that can be used to achieve a great smile.
While cosmetic dentists can make a dramatic change in your smile and overall oral health, these procedures need to be carefully planned. It is recommended that you start your planning by finding the right dentist who makes you feel at ease about these procedures. Contact us for a Dentist in Cape Town.
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