Cosmetic dentistry is often associated with smile correction. However, it brings a slew of other benefits, such as restoring bite strength, improving dental health, speech correction, and increasing self-confidence. If you think an aspect of your smile needs some changes, scroll down to know the six cosmetic dental treatment options and how they help improve patients’ quality of life.
1. Teeth whitening
A popular and quick treatment for a smile makeover, teeth whitening helps remove stains and discoloration by carefully applying bleaching gels to teeth. The dentist uses a UV lamp or laser after applying the gel. The ultraviolet light or magnetic radiation quickens the chemical reactions that help get rid of stains and discoloration. Though at-home teeth whitening kits are available on the market, they may not yield great results. In addition, in-clinic teeth whitening treatment under a dentist’s supervision ensures safety during the treatment. They can use higher concentrations of hydrogen peroxide without damaging the enamel. Further, teeth whitening isn’t for everyone. Consulting a dentist is the best way to know if you are the right candidate for this treatment.
2. Teeth straightening
Crooked, crowded, or protruding teeth can make your self-esteem go for a toss. You may feel self-conscious and hesitant while smiling and talking, or worse, start avoiding people. However, a lack of dental esthetics is more than a cosmetic issue. It causes misalignment between the teeth and jaw, which affects the way you talk and chew food, and also makes brushing and flossing difficult. It also makes you vulnerable to teeth grinding and temporomandibular pain. Dentists recommend braces and clear aligners to correct these orthodontic issues and improve your smile. Teeth straightening takes six months to two years, depending upon the severity of the malocclusion.
3. Tooth bonding
Tooth bonding works best to correct minor flaws such as less noticeable gaps between teeth, minor cracks on teeth, or covering up stains on selected teeth. It is a same-day treatment that involves the application of a composite resin to cover the imperfections and polish it later.
A crown is a tooth-shaped shell fixed on a treated tooth to restore its shape, alignment, strength, and appearance. The dentist takes the impression of your teeth using a silicon dental impression putty or CEREC scanner and uses it to make a customized crown to cover your newly treated teeth. Crowns are made of porcelain, ceramic, metal, or a combination of any two. The durability of a crown depends on its material. However, any dental crown easily lasts 10-15 years if maintained well.
Your dentist may recommend veneers if you have deep cracks, stains, or a significant gap between your teeth. They apply a thin layer of composite or porcelain resin on your front teeth to achieve the desired results. Veneers are also an alternative for teeth that require minimal straightening. Many people prefer porcelain veneers to enhance smile. These are customized veneers that resemble your natural teeth.
6. Tooth replacement
Dental implants, dental bridges, and hybrid dentures are great options to replace missing or badly damaged teeth. Your dentist examines your dental condition and suggests one of these accordingly.