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 Whitening
Medications, 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.
If 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.
Veneers 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 worn
- Are permanently stained
- Are poorly shaped or slightly crooked
Caps 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 filling
- Protect a weak tooth or restore a broken tooth
- Hold a dental bridge in place
- Cover a tooth that’s had a root canal treatment
- Permanent crowns can last long if proper care is taken.
5. Enamel Shaping and Contouring
Consult 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 teeth
- Chipped teeth
- Bite problems
Bridges 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 Implants
Dentists 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 crown
Other Periodontal Plastic Procedures
There are even other cosmetic procedures to improve
-An uneven gum line
-Too short or too long teeth appearance
If you are facing any of the above problems ask your dentist about your best options for correcting. Get the smile of your dreams.