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Cosmetic dentistry focuses on improving the appearance and aesthetics of your smile. Common cosmetic dental procedures include teeth whitening, dental bonding and veneers.
One popular dental cosmetic restoration option is teeth whitening, which effectively removes stains and discoloration, resulting in a brighter, more radiant smile. For patients with more significant tooth damage or imperfections, treatments such as dental bonding or veneers can be utilized. Dental bonding involves applying a tooth-colored resin to repair chips, fill gaps, or reshape teeth, while veneers are thin shells that are custom-made and permanently bonded to the front surface of teeth to improve their appearance.
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I a good candidate for teeth whitening?
Patients who experience the most benefit from having their teeth whitened:
- Are in good dental health
- Maintain good dental health (i.e. brush three times a day, floss, receive regular dental checkups every six months, etc.)
- May suffer from slightly discolored, or yellow, teeth
- Wish to improve the look of their smile for aesthetic purposes
- Are in good physical health
What treatment options are available for common dental cosmetic issues?
Treatment for dental cosmetic enhancement is very much driven by the diagnosis. There are 4 areas which impact on dental cosmetics:
- Missing teeth Replacement options include using dentures, dental implants or crown and bridges
- Shape of teeth Reshaping teeth using veneers, crowns or composite resin
- Alignment of teeth Braces are often used to straighten teeth but veneers can also be used instead
- Colour of teeth Whitening teeth with bleach gels in special trays, are safe and non-invasive for tooth colour change
Why do I need to get my gums seen to first?
Healthy gums are essential for the long term stability of our teeth. Before we do any cosmetic work we first need to ensure the gums are healthy so they will stay in a stable position once the finished results are fitted. Inflamed unhealthy gums will bleed during fitting procedures which can severely compromise the long term result. If these gums are subsequently treated after the work has been fitted the inflammation will go and the gums will settle back down to health but will have shrunk away from the margins of the veneers, fillings or crowns revealing tooth that may not match the surrounding work.