Cosmetic Dental procedures can be frightening for some, and a great relief for others. Thankfully, at Dublin Corners Dental, we have highly-qualified staff members who know the ins and outs of cosmetic dentistry and are willing to apply those techniques to the best of their ability.
What is Cosmetic Dentistry?
Cosmetic Dentistry is the process of correcting imperfections that are not only superficial, but sometimes can greatly improve your overall oral health. Cosmetic Dentistry as a whole is full of a wide range of treatments and procedures. These treatments and procedures can correct problems such as: misshapen teeth, discolored teeth, chipped teeth, or missing teeth. Through our cosmetic dental procedures, we’re able to correct the shape, form, mold, and overall appearance of the affected teeth efficiently and successfully. Some of our most common procedures include: crowns, bleaching, veneers, and reshaping/contouring the affected teeth.
Bleaching is a common process that is chosen by many to remove the stains of years of abuse caused by particular food consumption, not maintaining a proper oral hygiene regimen, or just simply age and hereditary factors. While home-whitening kits are very popular, they are not always effective and can sometimes cause damage due to overuse that is directly correlated to their poor performance. Whitening procedures in our dental office typically take around 45 minutes to an hour and yield nearly instant results.
Bonding provides gap filling and changing the color of teeth. Most bonding procedures can be completed within one visit and last for several years. Bonding is commonly used for masking small discolorations with minor cavities. Often times, the bonding method will be used for correcting a chipped or partially decayed tooth.
Crowns, sometimes referred to as “caps”, encapsulate the tooth to restore it to its once pristine condition. Crowns have an extremely long life-expectancy in the mouth of a patient. This longevity is attributed to the extended, initial procedure time which can be much longer than most procedures, but subsequently last much longer as well.
Veneers are comprised of thin plastic or porcelain that are applied to your discolored or misshapen teeth. This procedure assists in correcting teeth with uneven surfaces, discoloration, oddly shaped, crooked, or unevenly spaced. One of the great things about veneers is that little to no anesthesia is required. Veneers are a treatment alternative to crowns, which in turn, are more expensive than veneers. Some buffing of the tooth is necessary for the veneer to adhere properly to the affected tooth. The cement is then applied to the tooth, which will hold it securely in place while a light beam is utilized to harden it. Veneers that are composed of porcelain require more than one visit due to being produced in a laboratory. Veneers typically have a longer life and they maintain their color longer than the bonding method.
Contouring & Reshaping
Tooth reshaping and contouring corrects teeth that are overlapping, irregularly shaped, chipped, or crooked. Contouring and Reshaping may be used to correct small issues with bite. This procedure is one of the best options for individuals with healthy teeth that are relatively normal. In order for the contouring and reshaping process to be a success, the dentist will take an x-ray of your teeth to determine if there’s enough bone between the teeth to support the procedure.
Determining the Best Procedure for You
The major, determining factor in determining the best cosmetic dentistry procedure for you is determining the condition of your teeth and the end result you’d enjoy having. Some good question to ask are: “What will the procedure change?”, “What will be involved with the actual treatment itself?”, “What will the recovery process involve?”
What should you be aware of with Cosmetic Dentists?
You should definitely be able to access quality, “before & after” photos, references or testimonials, and proof of the dentist being involved with the latest and greatest techniques within the cosmetic dentistry industry. Overall, the dentist should make you feel comfortable about the procedure, while still maintaining a sense of professionalism and a greater sense of understanding when it comes to cosmetic dentistry.