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Cosmetic Dentistry

cosmetic dentistry

An Overview of a Cosmetic Dentist Practice

Today the practice of having teeth perfectly aligned and whitened allows the modern human to have their teeth restored to optimal levels. Today’s dental practice is also equipped with cutting-edge technology which allows unparalleled efficacy at perfecting the smile.

Before you consider having any type of work performed on your mouth it will be essential to understand what the risks involved could be and if you are eligible for the treatment necessary. You will also want to know the experience of your dental practitioner in these methods and if there will be any necessary treatments afterward.

Teeth Whitening

Teeth can lose their pearly white appeal over time and certain habits like smoking, certain medication, and the regular consumption of coffee and red wine can stain or discolor their luster. Your dentist will be able to restore a perfectly white smile by two different means selected for their efficacy. One form of teeth whitening is done in the office and the other involves a specially prepared selection of products that can be used at home.

This typically involves a special mouthpiece that contains the perfect measure of whitening agents. Many people will find that taking this procedure home is more convenient. The entire process will take about 2 to 4 weeks but this can vary on the condition of the teeth and the number of cleaning agents applied. When performed in the clinic the procedure time is greatly reduced.

Remember that as you continue to smoke, or drink beverages, you stain your teeth and they will return to their discolored state. It will be important to take extra care of your teeth by brushing faithfully and flossing every day.


Bonding can improve the aesthetics of the teeth by removing large spaces, and repairing teeth that have become chipped, stained, or cracked. Dentists can also use this to protect and expose roots and fill in cavities.

This procedure can be completed in a single session. It involves applying tooth-colored materials to a carefully prepared surface. These composite resins will be used to restore form and function to the tooth.

While this can last for many years, it is easier for these binding agents to become discolored or chip after a while.

Dental Porcelain Veneers

Veneers are custom-made shells that are produced to fit the contours of your teeth greatly by improving the form and appearance of the tooth. Made of high-quality porcelain or cost-effective plastic, these dental appliances are far superior to bonding in both appearance and performance.

Veneers are a great option for:

  1. Teeth that have spaces
  2. Chipped Teeth
  3. Permanently Stained Teeth
  4. Teeth with an Improper Shape
  5. Crooked teeth (but only slightly so)

Before you can get your veneers attached, they must be crafted in a laboratory from special imprints made of your exact teeth. The tooth will then need to be prepared for the cutting-edge bonding agents that will be used to attach the wafer-thin veneers to the surface of your teeth. This cement will be treated with a special beam of light that essentially fuses the veneer to the tooth.


Crowns, or caps as they are sometimes called, will cover a tooth completely. This allows the new tooth to take on a perfected look.

Crowns can be used for:

  • --Improving the appearance of misshapen or discolored teeth
  • --Protecting a weak or damaged tooth
  • --Covering dental implants
  • --Holding bridgework in place
  • --Cover Teeth With Large fillings
  • --Covering a root canal procedure

Crowns can be made from a variety of materials including metal, ceramic, or resin. Because crowns are not the most cost-effective solution to any of the conditions they address, they are typically used as a last resort after other attempts to address the condition have failed.

Some crowns can be created the same day and others that are ready the same day are only temporary solutions. The procedure involves preparing the tooth for the crown by taking a proper impression of the desired shape. They can then provide you with a temporary crown if a new one must be made at a specialist laboratory, this will be attached at a different time.

Permanent crowns can last a lifetime with proper care, checkups, and regular maintenance.

Enamel Shaping and Contouring

Enamel shaping and contouring means adjusting the shape of the tooth with special dental enamel, this can be combined with bonding for best results.

Use to achieve the best shape, length, contouring or position, dental contouring can be used to correct.

  • --Minor bite problems
  • --Chipped and irregular teeth
  • --Crooked or overlapping teeth

You can be eligible for this treatment if there is still plenty of bone between your normal healthy teeth.


Braces are still one of the most commonly applied methods of aligning the teeth for optimal function and better aesthetic appeal. They can also be used to address positioning of the jaw and improve jaw joint disorders.

To attach braces, your orthodontist will use special bonding agents to affix small metallic, or ceramic brackets to the teeth. These brackets will be used to hold the wiring in place which will provide the tension to the teeth that will guide them back into place.

Braces can be uncomfortable at first but this can be addressed with medication and OTC numbing agents. You will need to keep your oral hygiene especially high during this treatment period.

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