Cosmetic dental procedures are popular these days for people looking for ways to restore dental issues and improve their dental aesthetics. Since there are different types of treatment, knowing what to expect can give you an idea of what is most suitable for you. Let us tell you about the 5 most popular cosmetic dental procedures that can help you gain a bright, sparkling smile.
Dental veneers are one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures for the right reason. The treatment is used to cover chips, cracks, gaps, and discoloration of a tooth or entire teeth.
Dental veneers are thin, tooth-colored shells attached to the front surface of the teeth to improve their appearance. Depending on what you want, you can choose from porcelain, resin, and no-prep veneers.
Veneers are glued to the front teeth. It is like a cast that covers the teeth and mimics the properties of natural teeth. As a result, it is useful for changing the color, shape, length, size, and general appearance of your teeth.
You can complete dental veneer treatment in only three trips to the dentist. To prepare for the procedure, your dentist will take impressions of your mouth and teeth, reshape the tooth surface and send it to a dental laboratory that will make your veneer. After 2 – 4 weeks, the laboratory will send your veneers, and your dentist can install them with ease.
Dental crowns are used to cover, protect, and restore the shape of your teeth in situations where fillings don’t solve the problem. Like veneers, crowns are made of different materials, including porcelain, ceramics, resin, and metal.
As the name implies, dental crowns are like crowns on the teeth. Think of it as prosthetic tooth-shaped caps you can wear on the tooth to cover imperfections. We understand that teeth can get damaged for different reasons. If left alone, your teeth can lose their size and shape. The dental crown is cemented into place over your tooth to cover the visible portion of the tooth and restore your tooth’s shape, size, appearance, and strength.
A dental crown procedure is suitable for anyone that wants to protect a weak tooth from decay, breaking, and falling apart. It is also used to cover severely discolored and misshapen teeth, hold a dental bridge in place and cover a dental implant (we’ll talk about dental implants below).
There are different types of crowns used for the procedure. They include onlays, ¾ crowns, etc. When you visit your dentist, the team will determine the type of crown treatment you need. Although the treatment often requires two visits to the dental office, you can choose same-day dental crowns. Dental crowns can last up to 15 years if you manage them well.
People often think dental braces are for children. However, it is for adults as much as it is for children, and treatment can last up to 3 years.
Dental braces are devices used to straighten and align the teeth. They consist of wires and brackets attached to the teeth to improve their appearance or improve the functional relation of the teeth. Therefore, a dental brace procedure is suitable if you suffer from malocclusions or want to improve the relationship between your upper and lower teeth when you chew and swallow. Not only this, but you can consider bracing to solve teeth crowding, spacing, alignment, bite, and trauma problems.
Braces work by applying low but sustained force on your teeth, which is transmitted to the bone. You can choose between ceramic braces, traditional metal wired braces, lingual braces, clear aligners, and titanium braces.
A dental implant is a more intensive cosmetic dental procedure when compared to veneers, crowns, and teeth whitening. It involves surgery that replaces tooth roots with metal and artificial teeth to look and function like natural teeth.
A dental implant is a surgical fixture placed into the jawbone. It acts as the replacement for the root of a missing tooth and is allowed to fuse with the bone over a few months. Like an artificial root, the implant holds the replacement tooth or bridge in place.
Most dental implants, especially the ones made of titanium integrate into the bone without being recognized as a foreign object. They also stand alone and are stable. Generally, you can get dental implants if you have one or more missing teeth or are unable or unwilling to wear dentures. Not to worry, your dentist will work with you to get the best treatments and avoid risks and complications.
Teeth whitening is pretty much self-explanatory. Are you unhappy with the color of your teeth? Then teeth whitening is for you.
Teeth discoloration occurs for different reasons. It includes age, genetics, and stains from smoking, tobacco, coffee, and food. In this case, your dentist will use various methods to make your natural teeth appear whiter and brighter.
There are different teeth whitening methods. They include bleaching, sanding down, UV light therapy, etc. Therefore, you must work with your orthodontist to choose a whitening method that addresses your particular tooth stain.
Teeth whitening treatment takes between three to four weeks. Within this period, you will make two or three visits to your dentist. The effects of whitening can also last for up to 4 years if you practice good dental hygiene. But if you don’t want to come in for treatment, consider home whitening kits like strips and paint-on whiteners. As expected, the safety and efficiency of home kits won’t be the same as leaving the work to professionals.
There are many ways to improve your looks when you smile, talk, and chew. But you won’t know until you schedule an appointment with an experienced dentist. Visit Sbanati Dentistry or call us for more information about the top cosmetic dentistry procedures you can count on. We offer advanced cosmetic services and will closely work with you to achieve the smile you are proud of.