There are cosmetic treatment options to lighten, reshape and repair teeth to improve the appearance of the teeth and enhance the overall appearance of the smile. The restorative options range from dental veneers through to all-ceramic crowns and bridges.
Fillings can also be included in the category of cosmetic dentistry when porcelain and composite resin materials are used to provide a tooth-like appearance.
The repair of chipped or broken teeth may be done via a procedure called bonding. A dental composite material that looks like enamel is applied to the surface of a tooth, where it is then sculpted into shape, contoured, and polished, making the crack or chip invisible.
Teeth whitening is perhaps the most commonly recommended cosmetic dentistry procedure. Teeth are often stained from smoking, food, drink (coffee, tea, or red wine), or poor oral hygiene. Whitening the teeth can enhance the appearance of your smile.
A veneer is a thin piece of porcelain, or composite, made to fit over the front surface of the tooth. They can make teeth straighter, longer or whiter (or all three). The tooth needs to be reduced to the right shape so that the veneers will make all the teeth line up correctly once it is fitted.
A dental implant is basically a replacement for a natural root; usually it is screw or cylinder shaped. Almost all dental implants in use today are made from titanium or titanium alloy, materials that have been shown over many years to be well tolerated by bone. Implants can either be placed to support one single crown to replace a tooth or a series of implants can be placed that will support a denture. This means the denture is permanently fixed onto the implants so avoiding the embarrassment of poorly fitted dentures that impede talking, laughing and eating.
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