Articles on cosmetic dentistry

Cosmetic Dentistry - For The WOW Smile!

Dr. Shail Jaggi, Dentist
Smile!A simple 5 letter word but just the  sound of this word can light up our eyes ,make us feel light and happy and suddenly this world is a much better place ! I'm writing this today for some of us who are reading this and don't like something about their Smile or Teeth. It could be simple dark tooth ,broken teeth,decayed teeth or just badly shaped teeth ,too much gum while smiling ! The list could go on and on! But read on the good news is there are simple solutions to the most complex looking problems!10 Quick Simple Steps To A Great Smile!1. Evaluate your smile: Cosmetic Dentistry has come a long way from the simple drilling to filling days ! Look at your smile in the mirror and identify what you don't like .2. Review and Pick A Cosmetic Dentist: Most dentists today offer Cosmetic Dentistry in their office which is great, so make an appointment with a dentist you trust or go online and pick a dentist with some great reviews as a starting point.3. Cosmetic Dentistry Needs Advanced Training :Most cosmetic procedures can be completely non invasive and painless...your consulting Cosmetic Dentist should be able to give you multiple options with a range of techniques and costing for your procedures .4. Insist on Non-Invasive Dentistry:Remember the most complex treatment plan for the most complicated dental work can also be simple ,non invasive and painless .5. Teeth need to be Beautiful and Functional : Just great looking teeth is not enough!You should be able to eat with your teeth too! Make sure the dental office is adequately equipped for advanced and precise Cosmetic dental work.Remember its your teeth that are meant to last you a life time work should strengthen your teeth,not damage them further .6. Dental Damage is Irreversible: If your proposed treatment plan involves plenty of crowns and root canals take a second opinion .Today any well trained Cosmetic Dentist dentist can make you look amazing with Veneers and Bonded Dentistry!7. Ask for Documented cosmetic Work: Ask your dentist for documented cosmetic work done by the team and look at the results to see if you like them! Your dental work will be similar! If you like what you see go ahead !8. The Trial Smile :Always ask for a' Trial Smile' before you start any dental work .This can easily be done in your mouth or on dental models! It gives you an idea as to what the final look is going to be! Making it easier to decide .9. Good Tools Guarantee Great Dental Work: A dental office doing Cosmetic Dentistry should be well equipped with good cameras, cosmetic Imaging software, great tools for non invasive work and the communication with a very good lab for super cosmetic results!10. Patience and Communication: And last ...remember for that Fantastic Smile ...your dentist needs precision and perfection. Be patient and work with your dentist .Communication is the key--If you do not like something during the trial smile communicate with your dentist .So go ahead and make your choice to smile confidently ! Happy Smiling !

Choosing the Right Cosmetic Dentist

Dr. Rainy Surana, Dentist
In the clinic the other day, I happened to read this incredible book by Dr. Ronald Goldstein – ” Change Your Smile ” Such a beauty, this book! Concise, detailed knowlege on all cosmetic procedures imparted through simple use of language. This book is a must-read for not only patients but all those in the dental field.Most of us have thought about improving our smile, but dont know where to start! Here are  some tips on choosing the right Cosmetic Dentist.THE FAMILY DENTIST:Your own dentist may be the best person to see for your cosmetic dental treatment. If your happy with the preventive treatment your general dentist has provided, ask about his or her experience and qualifications in the area of cosmetic dentistry.LOCATION:For the sake of convenience, most people choose to visit a neighborhood dentist for their routine dental treatment. When seeking a cosmetic dentist, however, don’t let location alone be a deciding factor. Do some research to find the very best- you’ll be glad you did!HOW TO SELECT A GOOD COSMETIC DENTIST:Contact professionals in appearance related fields. These include plastic surgeons, cosmetologists, hair stylists, and modeling or theatrical agencies.Contact local dental specialists. These include orthodontists, oral surgeons, endodontists, prosthodontists, periodontists, and dental technitians. These specislists, who are familiar with the dentists in their communities, often can provide recommendations.Contact the Indian Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (IACD)or other similar national academies for cosmetic dentists in your area.Ask friends and business associates.Use the internet to research specific areas your interested in, but use caution (most internet sites are not governed or overseen by state board)Do your Homework! Don’t rely on advertisements and magazines.HOW TO EVALUATE A COSMETIC DENTIST:Once you have several referrals, evaluate each dentists website. Compare credentials, treatment photos, educational background, and any professional teaching positions. Beware of Hype!Ask for a consultation. Expect to pay a fee for the dentist’s time, as well as for any x-rays, computer imaging, intra-oral exams, models, photographs and other records.Outline your expectations in a wish-list before your first meeting with the dentist.Bring photographs of yourself showing what u used to look like (if you want to have your teeth restored to a previous condition) or pictures of others who have the look you want to achieve.Ask to see photographs of patients the dentist has treated with similar conditions.Don’t shop for bargains. Instead, look for a dentist who will spend the time it takes to give you what you want. Otherwise, you may end up spending twice the money and time fixing mistakes.Get a wax-up. In this procedure, your dentist applies a special wax either to a cast made from your teeth or directly to your mouth to give you an idea how the final result may look.Consider a trial smile, Removable “snap in” teeth made of acrylic or composite resin allow you to actually ‘wear your new smile before any treatment is done.Ask if the dentist is able to obtain digital images of various treatment alternatives using computer imaging.Be aware of your problems and their potential treatment alternatives before seeing the dentist by performing the smile analysis.Arrive at your appointment early. You will need time to complete your forms and communicate your desires unhurriedly and in a relaxed atmosphere.Bring any x rays or study models you have made.Be upfront about budget restrictions. Also, bring your dental insurance information to the appointment. Although typically insurance does not pay for cosmetic treatment, the restorative portions of the treatment, such as crowns and bridges, may be at least partially covered.Be willing to invest in second or third opinion.WHAT ABOUT THE FEES?Time and expense are two factors that you must consider when seeking cosmetic dental treatment. Although it may be tempting to opt for shortcuts and bargains, remember the old saying-‘ you get what you pay for’The best esthetic dentistry requires a highly personalized artistic approach and thus typically is neither offered at discount prices nor covered by insurance.WHEN ASSESSING FEES FOR COSMETIC DENTISTRY:Take into account Dentist’s artistic skill and experience.Ask to see photos of patients who have undergone treatment similar to what your considering.Find how much time the dentist is willing to spend on your treatment. Make sure the fee reflects an adequate amount of time to satisfy your needs.Keep in mind that cosmetic dentistry is a team effort. The skill of the dentists support staff- available dental specialists, the dental hygienist, the dental assistant, and especially the laboratory technician who fabricates your restorations- is critical.Don’t base your decision solely on price. Instead, match your need for a believably natural result with what your willing to pay.Make sure you aren’t rushed during your consultation- see the fees as a long term investment. The most important goal of any consultation is to have the entire dental team thoroughly understand your vision of the esthetic result you seek.QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR COSMETIC DENTIST:What are my cosmetic options?What compromises may I have to accept?What will the final result look like?Can I see before and after photographs of patients you’ve treated with similar problems?How long will my restorations last?How well will the restorations stand up to wear?What type of maintenance is required?How closely will the restorations match my natural teeth?Will I have to change my eating habits?What guarantees or warrantees do I have?What are my payment options?TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS:Trust is a major factor in choosing a cosmetic dentist. Your esthetic restorations may initially appear beautiful, and your expectations may be met esthetically, but will their beauty stand the test of time? Were they designed to fit precisely and thereby not irritate the soft tissue? Because its almost impossible for you, as the patient, to make these determinations, it is essential to find a dentist who has the training, experience, and willingness to dedicate the time needed to get exceptional , long lasting results. In short, the dentist must earn your trust.

Perk Up With Cosmetic Dentistry

Dr. Amit Berani, Dentist
Dentistry is no longer just filling or tooth extraction; rather it has become more than just that. Broken, crooked or missing tooth;  discoloured or decayed tooth and more troubles us nowadays. Where a simple sweet smile is something that everyone desires; cosmetic dentistry often comes to rescue. Here is a brief information about how cosmetic dentistry can improve your appearance.1. Teeth WhiteningMedications, consuming foods and beverages like tea, coffee, etc. or smoking can cause tooth discolouration. Many dentists in Mumbai employ in-office procedure, or provide you with whitening system to use at home.In-office whitening takes just 1-2 visits and teeth whitening under professional guidance is always good. However, it can take two to four weeks or more to get results from whitening products used at home.2. BondingIf your teeth have excess space between them, or if they are chipped, broken, stained, or cracked; dental bonding can improve the appearance of your teeth. Dentists also use bonding materials to fill small cavities or to protect the exposed root of a tooth. Bonding can last for several years, but it is more likely to chip or become stained.3. VeneersVeneers are made of porcelain or plastic to cover the front sides of the teeth. Veneers last longer than bonding. They are mostly done to change the colour or shape and provide a superior appearance. Veneers are used if:Have spaces or are chipped or wornAre permanently stainedAre poorly shaped or slightly crooked4. CrownsCaps or crowns completely cover a tooth to restore the normal shape and appearance. Dentists suggest crowns if you have to:Cover a misshapen/ discoloured tooth/ dental implant /large fillingProtect a weak tooth or restore a broken toothHold a dental bridge in placeCover a tooth that’s had a root canal treatmentPermanent crowns can last long if proper care is taken.5. Enamel Shaping and ContouringConsult a dentist for advise on enamel shaping and contouring to  enhance the appearance of your teeth. It involves removing or contouring dental enamel. It is used to correct:Misaligned/overlapping teethChipped teethBite problems6. BracesBraces improve the look of teeth and can improve an irregular bite and correct jaw positioning and jaw joint disorders. It is usually worn to reposition the teeth.7. BridgesBridges are used to replace missing teeth with artificial teeth. But the success of your bridge depends upon its foundation. Hence a healthy tooth is very important if you wear a bridge.8. Dental ImplantsDentists recommend implants as they are a long-term solution for missing teeth. They are an alternative to bridges. Having implants requires several steps, including:-A complete test X-rays, and consultation-Surgical implantation of the titanium screws-Taking impressions of both jaws-Making a model-Placement of the crownOther Periodontal Plastic ProceduresThere are even other cosmetic procedures to improve-An uneven gum line-Too short or too long teeth appearance-Exposed roots-IndentationsIf you are facing any of the above problems ask your dentist about your best options for correcting. Get the smile of your dreams. 

What Cosmetic Dentistry Offers

Dr. Amit Anand, Dentist
Today’s common cosmetic dental treatment options include:Whitening, or “tooth bleaching“, is the most common cosmetic dental procedure. While many whitening options are now available, dentist-supervised treatments remain the recommended procedures for lightening discolored teeth.Enamel shaping removes parts of the contouring enamel to improve the appearance of the tooth. It may be used to correct a very small chip. The removed enamel is irreplaceable, and may sometimes expose dentin. It is also known asenameloplasty, odontoplasty, recontouring, reshaping, slenderizing and stripping.Contouring, also known as tooth reshaping, is one of few instant treatments now available in cosmetic dentistry. Dental reshaping and contouring is a procedure to correct crooked teeth, chipped teeth, cracked teeth or even overlapping teeth in just one session. The dental contouring procedure can even be a substitute for braces under certain circumstances. It is also a procedure of subtle changes. A few millimeters of reduction and a few millimeters of tooth-colored laminate is involved. Tooth reshaping, or dental contouring, is commonly used to alter the length, shape or position of teeth.Bonding is a process in which an enamel-like dental composite material is applied to a tooth’s surface, sculpted into shape, hardened and then polished.Dental bridges are false teeth, known as a pontic, which are fused between two porcelain crowns to fill in the area left by a missing tooth. The two crowns holding it in place that are attached onto your teeth on each side of the false tooth. This is known as a fixed bridge. This procedure is used to replace one or more missing teeth. Fixed bridges cannot be taken out of your mouth as you might do with removable partial dentures. In areas of your mouth that are under less stress, such as your front teeth, a cantilever bridge may be used. Cantilever bridges are used when there are teeth on only one side of the open space. Bridges can reduce your risk of gum disease, help correct some bite issues and even improve your speech. Bridges require your commitment to serious oral hygiene, but will last as many as ten years or more.Veneers are ultra-thin, custom-made porcelain laminates that are bonded directly to the teeth. They are an option for closing gaps or disguising discolored teeth that do not respond well to whitening procedures.Lumineers, similar to veneers are thin porcelain shields that are bonded to the front of the teeth to improve the appearance of a smile. Lumineers do not require the reduction of teeth structure, unlike veneers.Gum lift is a cosmetic dental procedure that raises and sculpts the gum line. The procedure involves reshaping the tissue and/or underlying bones to create the appearance of longer or more symmetrical teeth.

Cosmetic and Plastic Surgeries

Dr. Parthasarathi Dutta Roy, Dermatologist
Being beautiful and charming is very important in every stage of today’s life. Most of people become upset for not receiving attractive physical structure, nose alignment, slim physic and many more. But medical science creates revolution for establishing two significant surgeries named cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery. These are very helpful for treating any kinds of physical disorders.Effectiveness of Cosmetic and Plastic SurgeryThrough cosmetic surgery anybody can change their facial or body structure which is not desired. Plus from ageing lines to wrinkles can be reduced through method of cosmetic surgery.Plastic Surgery is basically used for reconstructing the facial or body features. Any kinds of birth defects, injury imperfection and disease feature can beautifully be repaired by plastic surgery.Features of Cosmetic SurgeryTwo types of cosmetic surgery are categorized in medical science- addition and deletion. Through cosmetic surgery with collagen injection something can be added for giving proper shape and size of the body parts if one is not satisfied with their parts, size and shape of the body. Breast augmentation and lips plumping are the best examples. Alternatively excess mass on some parts looks ugly; the cosmetic surgery helps to delete the volume to give the perfect shape.Procedures of Plastic Surgery:Many procedures can be performed through plastic surgery. But here are some most popular procedures which is remarkable possible to treat are described below.Breast Augmentation: The women having small breast can get beautiful and attractive big breast through breast augmentation procedure of plastic surgery.Rhinoplasty: Defect of nose can be treated through rhinoplasty.Blepharoplasty: To give redesign and shape of the eye lids, blepharoplasty is just incomparable plastic surgery.Liposuction: Excess fat is cut down through this liposuction procedure for giving attractive body structure.

Invisible Clear Aligners - Your Smart Tooth Care

Dr. Divyashree Rajendra, Dentist
INVISIBLE CLEAR ALIGNERS Clear Aligners are a series of clear, removable teeth aligners that provide a hygienic, convenient and a aesthetic solution for the correction of malocclusion without having to wear brackets and wires.Advantages The most obvious advantage of the treatment is cosmetic: the aligners are completely transparent, therefore far more difficult to detect than traditional wire and bracket braces. This makes the method particularly popular among adults who want to straighten their teeth without the look of traditional metal braces, which are commonly worn by children and adolescents.In addition, the aligners are more comfortable than braces. Due to the removable nature of the device, food can be consumed without the encumbrance of metallic braces.Clinically, aligners avoid many of the side effects of traditional fixed appliances, for example the effects on the gums and supporting tissues. Patients “graduate” to a new set of aligners in their treatment series approximately every two weeks. The aligners give less force per week and less pain than do fixed appliances (traditional metal braces). Fixed appliances are adjusted approximately every six weeks and apply greater forces.Aligners should be removed to eat, drink, to clean the teeth, or to have them checked by the clinician. Because patients are able to remove the aligners, there are no restrictions on foods that could damage the appliances.Disadvantages Like traditional fixed braces, they are largely dependent on a patient’s habits and their co-operation. The success of the aligners is based on a patient’s commitment to wear the aligners for a minimum of 20–22 hours per day, only removing them when they are eating, drinking, or brushing their teeth. The system is more expensive than traditional wire and bracket systems. The aligners must be removed before eating, an advantage and disadvantage depending upon the person. They and the teeth should be cleaned before re-inserting them afterwards.Because the aligners are removed for eating, they could be lost. Certain teeth are slightly problematic for Invisalign aligners to rotate. Some lower premolars with their rounded shape can be difficult for the aligners to grasp and apply a rotational force to.Unlike traditional braces, if a patient grinds or clenches her or his teeth during the day or while sleeping, the aligners can become damaged, however this protects the teeth from damage which would otherwise occur. In practice, however, this problem is very rare and a new aligner can be ordered. Also, similar to traditional metal braces, aligners may cause a slight lisp at the beginning of treatment. This usually disappears as the patient becomes used to the treatment.The aligners are constructed of medical grade plastics, and though extremely rare, there may be cases of allergic and toxic sensitivity reactions to aligners. Should the treatment go off track, or patients fail to keep the aligners in for the required length of time, then the next aligner in the series will not fit, and a new set of impressions and aligners will be necessary, adding to the cost.Treatment Procedure Our orthodontist begins by taking dental impressions, x-rays and photographs of the patient’s teeth and sends them to the internationally certified Laboratory. The manufacturing of the CADCAM based aligners takes about 3-4 weeks after which they are sent back to the clinic.Once the aligners are received, the Orthodontist delivers it to you with instructions on wear and care. Attachments, also called buttons are sometimes bonded to teeth that need to be rotated or moved more than other teeth. Elastic wear (rubber bands) are also used to move the teeth forward or back relative to the jaw, thus accomplishing anterior or posterior corrections. Reproximation, (also called Interproximal Reduction or IPR is sometimes used at the contacts between teeth to allow for a better fit.Average treatment time varies, again depending on the complexity of the treatment. Simple treatments (minor crowding, minor spacing) may be as short as twenty weeks. Although the aligners are removable, they must be worn at least 20 to 22 hours per day to avoid delaying the treatment process. If they are not worn consistently, treatment time will increase.After the regular aligner or braces treatment is complete, retainers composed of a similar plastic material are usually required to be worn, at least at night. loss

Dentistry 101

Dr. Vishal Jain, Dentist
Almost everyone has a dental problem now a days, it may be related to cavity in tooth ,mobile tooth, gum problem, malaligned teeth, bad smell, etc. Dentistry is a branch of medicine that is involved in the study, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases, disorders and conditions of the oral cavity, commonly in the dentition but also the oral mucosa, and of adjacent and related structures and tissues, particularly in the maxillofacial (jaw and facial) area. 1. Oral Medicine and Radiology - This branch deals with diagnosis of various oral diseases and its radiographs like IOPA, OPG and CBCT.2. Oral and Maxillofacial surgery - This branch deals with tooth extraction, surgeries of oral cavity, oral fracture reduction, oral cancer excision, oral abscess and cyst enucleation.3. Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics - This branch deals with filling of the carious tooth with various restorative agents & Root Canal Treatment.4. Orthodontics - This branch deals with mal-alignment of tooth. Braces and tooth movement from one place to other is possible in this branch.5. Pedodontics - This is a separate branch for the dentistry in kids. Child till the age of 14 years are treated by this branch.6. Periodontics - This branch deals with the diseases of the gums like bleeding from the gums, bad smell from the mouth, gum surgeries etc7. Prosthodontics - This branch deals in prosthesis means replacement of missing tooth either by removable method or by fixed method. Removable like dentures, partial dentures which need to be removed daily. Fixed means patient will not be able to remove it like dental bridges, dental crowns etc.8. Public health dentistry - This branch works at a community level like dental camps organization, dental awareness program, health talks, tie-ups among different NGO so that community at large can get the benefit.9. Oral Pathology - This branch deals in diagnosis of the various pathologies of the oral cavity. biopsy of the tissue is sent to this branch and after studying under microscope, they give the diagnosis, and then the treatment has to start.At undergraduate level, students are trained in all the departments and at the post-graduation level, student has to spend 3 years in one branch only

All You Need to Know About Teeth Whitening (Bleaching)

Dr. Akshay Rathod, Dentist
COLOUR OF NATURAL HEALTHY TEETHTeeth are composed of a surface enamel layer, which is whiter and semitransparent, and an underlying dentin layer, which is darker and less transparent.The colour of teeth varies among the gum, tip and central areas according to the thickness, reflectance of different colours and translucency in enamel and dentin.The colour of healthy teeth is primarily determined by the dentin and is modified by:           1. The colour of the enamel           2. The translucency of the enamel           3. The thickness of the enamel.TOOTH STAINSStained teethTooth stains are one of the most common problems. People of various ages may be affected, and it can occur in both primary (milk) and secondary (permanent) teeth.The cause of tooth stains is due to various factors, & different parts of the tooth can take up different types of stains.TYPES OF STAINSThere are two types of stains: extrinsic or intrinsic.Extrinsic- occurs when an external agent stains or damages the enamel surface of teeth. Can be easily removed by prophylaxis (tooth cleaning).Intrinsic- occurs when internal tooth structure is penetrated by a discoloring agent. These stains cannot be removed by prophylaxis, some of them can be removed by bleaching.CAUSES OF TOOTH STAINSExtrinsic stainsPlaqueCalculus (tartar)BacteriaSmokingTobacco and tobacco productsBetel nut (supari)Mouthwashes, e.g. chlorhexidine,Beverages (tea, coffee, red wine, cola)Foods (curry, cooking oils and fried foods, foods with colorings, berries, beetroot)Dietary precipitateAntibiotics (erythromycin, amoxicillins)Iron supplementsIntrinsic stains Disease:        - Haematological diseases        - Liver diseases        - Diseases of enamel and dentinMedication:        - Tetracycline stains        - Other antibiotics useTraumaPrimary and secondary decayDental restorative materialsAgeingChemicalsFluorosisBLEACHING TECHNIQUESHome bleachingIn-Office bleachingHOME BLEACHING TECHNIQUEHome bleaching involves getting a set of bleaching trays made for your teeth from your dentist, and then applying bleach into those trays to whiten your teeth.Home bleach trayADVANTAGESSimple method and easy to use for patientLess time in dental clinicCost effectiveDISADVANTAGESDepends on patient complianceColor change depends on amount of time the tray is worn by patientExcessive wearing of tray may lead to sensitivityResults may be unpredictableDay time use can enable the patient to replenish the solution after every 1-2 hrsIt takes a long time before achieving satisfactory resultsSIDE EFFECTSGum irritation: either due to leakage of bleaching material from the margins of the tray or excessive wearing or applying too much bleach on the trayMetallic taste after removing the traySensitive teethIN-OFFICE BLEACHINGIn-office bleach involves application of bleaching material and careful monitoring by the dentist in the clinic. Sometimes the bleaching can be accelerated by external photo-activated method like LED’s, lasers, mercury halide lamps, plasma arc, quartz halogen or ultraviolet units. Incorporation of light-activated technology has reduced the treatment time.In-office bleachLight activated in-office bleachADVANTAGESEasy for dentists to monitor as the whole process is done in clinicColor change is uniform and predictableFaster and visible resultsResults are long lasting as compared to home bleach techniqueDISADVANTAGESMore time in dental clinicNot as cost effective as home bleach technique

Painless Dentistry! Fact or Fiction?

Dr. Diksha Tahilramani Batra, Dentist
What is Painless dentistry and how can it not be fiction?Can you imagine walking out of your dentist’s chair smiling after having watched your favourite show? Can you imagine dentistry without the dreaded dental drill and those painful injections? Or even a root canal without pain?Well these scenarios are no longer fiction but now an accepted  fact. The age old image of the dentist torturer with his horrifying tools has been replaced with that of a caring professional using sleek gadgets to not only heal you but even completely transform your face, smile and thereby even your personality.Dentistry contrary to popular misconceptions has evolved into a luxurious indulgent experience that more patients are now opting for.Global technology now available in MumbaiDental research has successfully limited or eliminated the use of all patient discomfort devices associated with dentistry -the drill, the blade and the injectionEliminating the drill: ask your dentist for the drill replacing laser machines for fillings,root canals & surgery.Eliminating the blade: The painless clean way to all surgical treatments with a diode laserEliminating the injection:Computer Controlled dosage and microfine needles that eliminate the pain of regular injectionsPainless dentistry is possible and technology paves the way for it by removing the things that could possibly cause you any pain.Changing face of dentistry –from pain to gainModern dental practices are now dedicated and modelled around providing painless dentistry solutions to the dental patient. All aspects of our practices are customised -ranging from modelling our interiors to elevate your mood and put you at ease, to specially trained staff to allay your fear and caring professionals to conduct treatments using equipment and techniques that make you wonder when your treatment experience ended. Comfort and beauty are at the fore front as multidisciplinary dentistry eliminates pain through specialisation and efficiency.Painlessly relieving painContemporary dentists aspire to make your dental experience a memorable one so you can choose to opt for dental treatment even when relieving pain is not your only motivation.Future trends A path breaking latest research from King’s college, London proves that tooth decay might repair itself by using electric currents to reverse decay by re-mineralization (Electrically accelerated & enhanced re-mineralization, EAER) with calcium and phosphorus naturally present in the tooth thus further eliminating the need for a drill.The rapidly changing perception of dentistry makes for more happy patients walking out of the healing haven of the new age dental office experiencing dentistry the painless way!Let us know how you feel about painless dentistry and if you think its a myth or not? What has your dentist done for you?

Cosmetic Dentistry - Treatments and Trends

Dr. Abhilash Pasare, Dentist
While traditional dentistry focuses on oral hygiene and preventing, diagnosing and treating oral disease, cosmetic dentistry focuses on improving the appearance of a person’s teeth, mouth and smile. In other words restorative, general and/or family dental practices address dental problems that require necessary treatment, whereas cosmetic dentistry provides elective or desired treatments or services.Cosmetic dentistry may also provide restorative benefits. For example, dental fillings are a common procedure used to treat decayed teeth. Previously, most dental fillings were composed primarily of gold, amalgam and other materials that left visible dark spots on the teeth. Today, dental fillings may fall into the category of cosmetic dentistry, because you can select fillings made of porcelain or composite materials that closely match the color of your teeth, thus maintaining the natural appearance of your teeth and smile. Many people may choose to have their older fillings replaced with newer, tooth-colored fillings to enhance their oral appearance.Cosmetic Dentistry TrendsTechnological advancements in natural-looking, tooth-colored dental materials make today’s cosmetic dental treatments more durable and predictable than in years past. Additionally, dentists are now using more conservative cosmetic dentistry techniques to preserve as much of your natural tooth structure as possible, depending upon your specific clinical situation.Cosmetic dentists may also use such technologies as lasers in order to perform some procedures necessary for cosmetic treatments in their own offices – without the need for referrals to specialists. This makes cosmetic dental procedures such as smile makeovers more comfortable and convenient for patients, as well as helps to reduce recovery time.Cosmetic Dentistry TreatmentsCosmetic dentistry treatments currently in use include:Inlays/Onlays: Also known as indirect fillings, inlays and onlays made from porcelain or composite materials are a long-lasting yet cosmetic way to provide a “filling” to teeth with tooth decay or similar structural damage. Whereas dental fillings are molded into place within the mouth during a dental visit, inlays and onlays are created in a dental laboratory before being fitted and adhesively bonded into place by your dentist.Composite Bonding: Chipped, broken, discolored or decayed teeth may be repaired or have their appearance corrected using a procedure called composite bonding. A dental composite material with the look of enamel and dentin is applied into the cavity or onto the surface of a tooth, where it is then sculpted into shape, contoured and hardened with a high-intensity light. The result is a restoration that blends invisibly with the remainder of the surrounding tooth structure and the rest of your natural teeth to create a healthy, bright smile.Teeth Whitening: Teeth whitening is perhaps the most commonly recommended cosmetic dentistry procedure. Teeth are often stained from smoking, food, drink (coffee, tea or red wine) or poor oral hygiene. Bleaching the teeth can enhance the appearance of your smile.Dental Veneers: Composite or porcelain laminates that are adhesively bonded to the surface of a tooth to correct and repair chips and cracks will improve a worn appearance or severe tooth discoloration. Veneers may also be recommended if you have gaps in your teeth or if you have not had success with teeth whitening. Evaluate porcelain veneers cost and determine whether dental insurance may offset the cost.Dental Implants: Dental implants are artificial tooth root replacements that are used as a part of prosthetic (artificial replacement) dentistry in order to compensate for tooth loss. Often the result is not only an enhanced smile, but also a more youthful appearance, since missing teeth cause the face to collapse, making you look older.Smile Makeover: Smile makeovers involve a comprehensive assessment of your smile esthetics in order to improve its overall appearance. Typically one or more cosmetic dentistry procedures, such as dental veneers, dental implants, gingival sculpting and teeth whitening, will be required for several teeth in both the upper and lower arches in order to achieve the look you want.Full mouth reconstruction: While consulting with you about a smile makeover to primarily improve the esthetic appearance of your smile, your dentist may discover that there is a need to provide necessary treatment to correct functional problems with your bite, muscles, teeth and bone structure. If you need full mouth reconstruction, the materials available today make it possible for your dentist to provide you with durable, functional and clinically sound treatments that also look natural.