7 Basic Types of Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures for A Gorgeous Smile

7 Basic Types of Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures for A Gorgeous Smile

February 1, 2021

Brief Introduction to Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry is the dental terminology used to describe a dental procedure that aims to improve the overall appearance of teeth, gums, or bite.

Since its focus is on the aesthetics of your teeth, it deals with correcting teeth shape, structure, color, alignment, and more. All of this is done to enhance the way your teeth look.

Numerous procedures for cosmetic dental care also revolve around teeth health and maintenance for the longterm.

7 Types of Cosmetic Dentistry

  1. Teeth Whitening

Cosmetic teeth whitening is among the most popular dental treatments. The results from professional teeth whitening can be immediately noticed. Frequently referred to as “tooth bleaching,” this treatment treats discolored teeth so that their original luster and whiteness can shine once more.

Bleaching is not the only teeth whitening method there is. And teeth bleaching is not for every patient. Thus, be sure to consult with our Salem dentist to see if teeth whitening is suitable for you.

  1. Dental Crowns

Cosmetic dental crowns are ideal for teeth that are damaged due to decay or are chipped and cracked because of an accident. Though this is limited to a tooth injury located on the upper half of the tooth itself, it is an excellent cosmetic tooth repair option.

A dental crown is placed over the filed-down tooth like a “cap” or a crown. Local anesthesia is used so that you do not feel any pain or discomfort during the procedure.

Dental crowns take a much shorter time to complete compared to other dental procedures such as dental implants.

  1. Dental Veneers

Cosmetic dental veneers are new in the sphere of cosmetic dentistry and dental restoration as a whole. A veneer is a transparent dental “shell” that is cemented onto chipped, cracked, or badly discolored teeth.

It is a quick fix for teeth that require minor repairs. Very little enamel removal is done in such procedures. That’s less time in the dentist’s chair and little to no pain during the procedure itself.

  1. Dental Implants

In the past, dentures were the only solution for missing teeth.Cosmetic dental implants are its contemporary alternative. Dental implants or endosseous implants are essentially prosthetic devices that are screwed into the jawbone.

The materials used in fashioning each prosthetic are high in durability. The implant post, also known as the “screw,” and the abutment are made of titanium alloys or titanium. These metals have high strength-to-density ratios, and they are highly resistant to corrosion and breakage.

On the other hand, the crown is composed of resin, ceramic, porcelain, or porcelain-fused-to-metal. These materials allow implant makers to mold the crown to resemble real teeth as closely as possible. Dental crowns are durable and are made to withstand long-term usage.

  1. Tooth Bonding

Cosmetic tooth bonding is another option for teeth that necessitate minor repairs like discoloration, smalls chips, minor gaps, irregular tooth shapes, etc. Tooth-tinted composite resins are bonded to the target tooth for it to match your natural teeth’s hue.

Most cosmetic tooth bonding procedures take no more than 40 to 60 minutes. This may change according to the number of teeth you want to be repaired. But generally speaking, it is considered among the easiest and shortest procedures for minor tooth anomalies.

  1. Orthodontics

Orthodontists deal with a range of teeth irregularities, such as misaligned adjacent teeth, a misaligned bite, and tooth mispositioning. Several of them take time for results to appear. But results are definitely worth the wait.

  1. Teeth Shaping

Cosmetic teeth shaping is also referred to as “enamel shaping.” For teeth whose shapes need a bit of refining or filling because of minor gaps and chips, this approach will work best for you.

The affected tooth can be filed down (i.e., mamelons, chipped teeth) to match the rest of your teeth. This kind of dental contouring or “odontoplasty” is a simple process. It can instantaneously produce results after a few minutes of tooth reshaping by our cosmetic dentist in Salem, MA.

Contact Salem Dental Group to learn more about the cosmetic dentistry procedures we offer or to schedule a consultation with our cosmetic dentist near you.

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