Everyone wants to have a smile that could launch a thousand ships and that is why people have become so intrigued with cosmetic dentistry, ever since this new branch of the dental world was first introduced. But before you start of asking Dr. Martin to do whatever random cosmetic dental procedure on you, try to find out first what a specific procedure can do for you and your smile.
This procedure is one of the staples of cosmetic dentistry because it’s easy to perform and is very affordable. In dental bonding procedures, a tooth-colored resin is applied to the surface of one’s tooth and then exposed to a special light so that the material could adhere much better to the patient’s tooth. Bonding is the quickest and simplest way to correct chipped and cracked teeth, as well as bridge gaps and generally change the appearance of teeth. Dental bonding can also be used to fill in cavities in lieu of conspicuous silver amalgam fillings.
These shells which are wafer-thin are attached in front of your teeth. After being bonded to the front surface of your teeth, these veneers instantly transform your teeth’s color, shape and size, and are perfect for individuals who need a smile makeover in the shortest time possible. Dental veneers are made of either porcelain or resin composite. While veneers can easily change the appearance of one’s smile, the procedure is irreversible.
A crown is a sort of “cap” which is placed over an entire tooth in order to improve its shape or modify its size and overall appearance. Crowns have the longest lifespan of the different cosmetic procedures and they can last anywhere from five to 15 years. Dental crowns are composed of metal porcelain which is attached to a ceramic, metal or resin.
Before a crown could be installed, the tooth which it will be placed over should be filed down in order for the crown to fit snugly. The crown is then cemented into the tooth so that the existing tooth is fiully encased inside it. Not all crowns cover the entire tooth with onlays and three-quarter crowns becoming available for use.
Also known as enamel shaping, this procedure is a quick and painless method of shaping teeth to correct any uneven tooth or slightly overcrowded teeth. The best thing about this procedure is that you can see the effects just after one session. Contouring is often done alongside bonding, veneers and whitening.
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