Although not a separate specialty on its own, cosmetic dentistry is the area that deals with improving a person’s smile. It mainly focuses on improving the teeth’ aesthetic appearance and not necessarily the function. The improvement also extends to the gums and/or the bite.
Primarily, cosmetic dentistry enhances the color, shape, size, position, alignment, and overall appearance of the patient’s smile. While most cosmetic dentistry procedures are elective, they can sometimes be required, particularly in cases of dental injury.
The fantastic team at The White House Dental Clinic offers a huge range of procedures catering to improving your smile. Some of them are as follows –
Teeth whitening is one of the most basic treatments provided by a cosmetic dentist. It involves the removal of stains and the use of bleaching agents that make your teeth appear whiter. The dental hygienist removes any surface plaque, calculus, and stains by scaling the teeth. The use of prophylactic polishing pastes also contributes to the removal of any mild stains.
Bleaching agents consist of hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide which, when applied to the teeth, make them lighter. Your dentist could also give you take-home kits that you can use on your own at home. While these don’t deliver results in one use, they are pretty effective when used long-term.
Composite bonding involves the repair of teeth that are decayed, discolored, or damaged. A tooth-colored material (composite) is applied to the tooth’s surface after the removal of the decayed portion. The dentist then sculpts the composite into the right shape and cures it with UV light.
It is one of the least expensive procedures in cosmetic dentistry. It effectively conceals the damage experienced by the tooth, thereby enhancing its appearance.
Veneers are custom-made tooth-shaped caps placed over natural teeth. They are made from medical-grade ceramic and are applied to the fronts of teeth using an adhesive.
Veneers solve several cosmetic issues, from cracked or damaged teeth to crooked teeth to gaps between two teeth. They are also popularly known as “Hollywood Teeth”.
Dental crowns are tooth-shaped caps that fit over and replace an entire tooth above the gum line. Crowns are popular in restorative dentistry – meaning they restore the appearance, shape, size, and strength of a tooth.
Cosmetically, crowns are used to cover severely discolored or misshapen teeth. They are made from various materials such as metals, porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, resin, etc.
Along with dental crowns, dental bridges also play a great role in restorative dentistry. Bridges are used to replace missing teeth in the oral cavity. They are made of crowns that are cemented on the natural teeth present on either side of the gap.
Like crowns, dental bridges also restore the form and function of the oral cavity. The only downside of dental bridges is that they involve the cutting down of healthy teeth, thereby increasing their risk of caries.
Dental implants are considered the cornerstone of restorative and cosmetic dentistry. Most dentists would call it a “gold standard” because of its impressively high success rate and results. Implants replace missing teeth in the oral cavity by mimicking a tooth’s natural form and function.
Since they are surgically placed inside the jaw bone, they fuse with the bone through a process called osseointegration. This secures them into place almost permanently. Making them the replacement of choice in the dental world.
Additionally, implants forego the embarrassment that might be caused by using dentures. They don’t slip and slide inside your mouth and patients can enjoy eating all of their favorite foods. Aside from restoring oral health, implants also provide a heightened sense of self-esteem and improve the quality of life.
Improves Appearance and Self-Confidence
There is no denying that the fact that when we look better, we feel great. This includes having a good smile. Stained, discolored, damaged, or missing teeth hamper our smiles, negatively affecting our self-worth. The lack of self-esteem acts as a barrier, preventing people from reaching their full potential in both their professional and personal lives.
Cosmetic dentistry allows us to achieve our million-dollar smiles, greatly improving our confidence.
Correcting Dental Problems And Future Prevention
Your dentist at The White House Dental Clinic will assess your teeth and correct any issues that you might have. Cosmetic dentistry procedures that correct that position of teeth, in turn, correct issues like overcrowding, problems with the bite, and TMJ problems, etc.
Cavities are taken care of, broken or chipped teeth are repaired and reinforced, gum-shaping surgeries are performed if required.
Improvement in the position and shape of your teeth enhances their appearance. Additionally, they also make it easier to clean and keep them free from plaque deposits. This is essential for the prevention of future dental issues and prolonging dental health.
Improves Quality Of Life
When you have broken, damaged, or missing teeth, you suffer in performing basic functions such as speaking or chewing. Cosmetic dentistry aims at correcting these ailments, improving the quality of life as a result.
Most cosmetic dentistry treatments are pretty painless and have quick recovery times. A person can jump right back into regular life after their appointment. Teeth whitening procedures and veneers require little to no prior preparation. And with the right care, a patient receives a perfect smile that can last for years.
While a lot of cosmetic dentistry procedures are a large financial investment, the benefits greatly outweigh the cost. Taking care of any issue at the earliest stages prevents them from worsening and saves you a lot of money in the long run.
With developments in dental technology, dental costs have been brought down and are more accessible to people from all financial backgrounds.
The White House Dental Clinic offers an extensive range of cosmetic dentistry options. If you feel like you want a better smile, get in touch with the experts at our establishment today. Call us at (042) 975-4833 to schedule an appointment today!