Aesthetic dentistry involves various techniques and skills to improve the shape, colour, appearance, size, and alignment of teeth. As opposed to cosmetic dentistry, which focuses more on perfecting the smile, aesthetic dentistry also improves oral health and general functionality. Therefore, achieving a perfect smile but also retaining a natural look and feel.
Types of Aesthetic Dentistry
Teeth whitening is a process that lightens teeth and gets rid of discolouration and stains. It is a common non-invasive aesthetic dentistry procedure that greatly improves the appearance of teeth. However, professional teeth whitening isn’t an instant procedure. It is done several times to achieve the desired results. It’s also redone to maintain a bright white colour.
Before teeth whitening, dentists treat cavities first. This is because the solutions used to whiten the teeth can seep through the decayed spots and get to the sensitive inner areas of the teeth and cause problems.
Orthodontics and Invisalign®
Traditional braces are the simplest way to straighten both children’s and adult teeth. Accurate assessment and careful treatment planning are essential for success as is the patient’s motivation and co-operation. The downside of ‘traintracks’ is that they are unsightly. This can be overcome by employing ceramic brackets and polymer wires for less obvious braces or the completely invisible Invisalign System.
Invisalign®, a patented system, utilizes CAD-CAM technology to scan a set of models of the patient’s teeth and, by means of specially-developed software, produces a series of invisible ‘aligners’ which are worn successively for two-week periods. This results in a gradual straightening of teeth over a period of several weeks until a satisfactory result is obtained, with the fundamental difference that the braces are undetectable during the treatment period.
Traditional Fixed Dental Braces
These braces are used to correct dental misalignment, but they can’t be removed for cleaning or eating as they attached to the teeth. Fixed braces options include metal braces, ceramic, and lingual braces.
These are thin porcelain used to mimic natural teeth and provide resilience and strength that can be compared to the enamel of natural teeth. Usually, they are custom made to fit the patient’s teeth and are bonded to the enamel. In comparison to braces and crowns, veneers are less intrusive.
These are metal frames that are surgically positioned into the jaw under the gums. Implants are used to mount the replacement teeth. Since they fuse to your jawbone, they provide ample support and are considered the best and most durable option for replacing missing teeth.
With these in place, the bridges and dentures mounted on the implants can’t slide in the mouth. This is especially helpful when it comes to speaking and eating. Another extremely positive aspect with implants is that they have a natural feel.
Dental crowns are caps that are shaped like teeth and placed over teeth to restore size, strength, and shape. Dental crowns are used to restore broken or worn out teeth, protect weak and decayed teeth, hold dental bridges, cover dental implants, and cover discoloured teeth.
Bonding is a dental procedure that involves the application of a composite resin to repair chipped, decayed, discoloured, or fractured teeth. The procedure can be completed in a single visit to the dentist, it is easy and the most affordable of all aesthetic dentistry procedures.
Inlays and Onlays
These are aesthetic dentistry alternatives to fillings. They help your teeth to retain their natural look. Inlays and Onlays are recommended for patients who have tooth decay. After tooth cleaning, an Inlay is placed inside the tooth, and then an Onlay (the sealant) is applied to the tooth’s surface. The two work together to reduce damage to the teeth through tooth decay and consequently keep your teeth clean and healthy.
A dental bridge is literally a bridge that links teeth over a space of missing teeth. Bridges are made up of several crowns, structured in the form of false teeth. These false teeth are usually made of porcelain, alloys, gold, or a combination of different materials.
Bridges are usually used to restore your smile, prevent teeth from drifting from their position and to maintain your facial shape.
These are artificial replacements for teeth lost through accidents or tooth decay. Although you need to get used to them, they feel more like natural teeth and they are removable.
Before settling on any aesthetic dentistry procedure, you should consult your dentist for a checkup. You should also familiarize yourself with the different treatments listed above to know which one suits your condition best.
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