Types of Cosmetic Dentistry
Thanks to the growing availability of inexpensive cosmetic dentistry, more people than ever are deciding to go ahead and have their teeth altered, so they look great and have a fantastic smile. You end up with teeth that are no longer crooked but all straight, all the same length, while cracks and chips disappear, and unsightly gaps between teeth are filled in. Your teeth are also shining white, giving you that celebrity smile you’ve always dreamed of that will make your friends envious.
But there’s more than just one type of cosmetic dentistry — in fact, there are several options available. So how do you know which type is right for you? Let’s have a look.
Having your teeth whitened is the most basic form of cosmetic dentistry. It’s simple and easy to do; plus, it’s the most affordable cosmetic dentistry you can have. You may have seen all kinds of teeth whitening kits — even at the supermarket. But because these kits use a solution that can be damaging to the teeth and gums if not handled properly, it’s strongly recommended you go to your dentist and get a professional teeth whitening kit.
Your dentist will make a mold of your teeth, and you’ll use this at home for around two weeks to whiten your teeth by putting a solution your dentist also provides into the mold and wearing it for a short while. The result is teeth that are noticeably whiter — an effect that lasts for many months.
Another form of inexpensive cosmetic dentistry is dental bonding. This involves using a resin to fix minor chips and cracks in teeth as well as filling in gaps between them. The dentist prepares the surface of the tooth or teeth and then places the resin in the required area and manipulates it into the desired shape. It’s then hardened with a special light. The color will be the same as your teeth, so it doesn’t look out of place. Dental bonding can be completed in just one appointment, and it’s a quick and painless procedure. This makes it an ideal cosmetic dentistry option for people who want small amounts of damage repaired.
One cosmetic dentistry option that’s become available in recent years is clear or even invisible braces. Invisible or clear braces do the same job as the traditional metal braces. They are placed over the front of the teeth that make many teenagers feel extremely self-conscious, denting their confidence. They slowly move teeth together, so they’re better aligned and no longer crooked, and they also help to improve the bite. Clear braces are worn over an entire set of teeth, upper or lower, like a mold, while invisible braces are placed over the back, or inside, of the teeth, so no one at all will know you’re having your teeth fixed.
Crowns and Veneers
Now we come to the shimmering crown of cosmetic dentistry — crowns and veneers. These are pieces of porcelain placed over teeth, making them all uniform in length and closing up any gaps. You’ll also no longer have crooked teeth, and they’ll be so white you’ll have a great, new beaming smile.
Crowns are placed over the entire tooth, while veneers are only put on the front part. Both require a degree of filing of the tooth so that there’s enough space to fit the crown or veneer. Crowns require more filling than veneers. Inexpensive cosmetic dentistry means you can have crowns and veneers made and fitted in just a day. This because of the use of new technology. With proper oral care, you can expect them to last for years.
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