What Are Cosmetic Dental Procedures?
Have you ever heard of a ‘smile makeover”? In most instances, the expression is used to describe several cosmetic dental procedures, from simple ones for discolored, stained, or misaligned teeth to cases of broken or chipped teeth or any other procedure that requires an emergency dentist. Cosmetic dental procedures are referred to as smile makeovers because they improve your smile.
In case of accidents, an emergency dentist is responsible for immediate intervention and subsequent treatment plans. There are several types of cosmetic procedures, most of which have been highlighted in this article.
Types of Cosmetic Dentistry
● Dental Veneers
Veneers are thin, custom-made from resin or porcelain and are used to cover the surface of the teeth. Dental veneers are used mostly to change the color, size, shape, or length of a tooth. Veneers are usually cemented to the front of the teeth after removing approximately half a millimeter of the surface of the tooth. The process of getting a veneer can be quite expensive, depending on where you are, which is why it helps to review your insurance coverage with the dentist beforehand.
● Teeth Whitening
Teeth whitening is currently regarded as one of the easiest cosmetic dental procedures. The process is also relatively affordable. Sometimes, you might not even need to go to a dentist to have it done. Several teeth whitening products can be obtained over the counter at pharmacies and retail stores. Some of these products come in the form of toothpaste, white strips, and rinses amongst other things. However, most people who want excellent results get the procedure done by their dentist.
● Dental Crowns
A dental crown is often used when dealing with damaged or decayed teeth. The cap may be made from resin, metal, a fusion of porcelain to metal, and even ceramic in some instances.
Generally, a dental crown helps to restore the size, shape, and appearance of the tooth. Dental crowns can also be used to hold a cracked tooth in place or prevent the breaking of a weak tooth.
● Dental Bonding
Dental bonding entails the application of a tooth-colored resin, which serves as a bonding material for the tooth. Upon application, this material is then hardened using a laser or ultraviolet light. Once dried, the dentist shapes, trims, and polishes the dried resin.
Dental bonding is carried out on a cracked, chipped, decayed tooth. It is a better cosmetic option when compared to replacement. The entire process usually takes between 30 minutes and one hour.
● Dental Filling
Dental filling (inlays and onlays) refers to the process of filling damaged or decayed teeth with composite materials, porcelain, or even gold in some instances. The material to be used in the filling is molded and bonded into place by a dentist.
When the filling covers the biting surface or includes one or more points of the tooth, it is called an “onlay.” Otherwise, it is referred to as an “inlay.”
Other Cosmetic Dental Options
Apart from the aforementioned processes, there are some other cosmetic dental processes including dental replacements, either with a denture or a permanent false tooth. Dental braces can also be used to straighten misaligned or crooked teeth, and they work by continually applying pressure to the teeth over long periods.