A good smile is the first thing men and women notice about one another. Unfortunately, nature did not bless us all with shining white teeth. Earlier, dentistry was concerned only with oral hygiene; avoiding, identifying and treatment for oral diseases. But the latest cosmetic dentistry is a wide field dealing with appearance of teeth, especially on the smiles.
Cosmetic dentistry is actually very different from general dentistry. General dentists and specialists are trained to fix things. Cosmetic dentists, on the other hand, are dedicated to creating things .Doing cosmetic dentistry requires excellent communication with the patient.
Here’s a brief overview of such esthetic procedures…..
TEETH WHITENING :
Tooth reshaping, or contouring, is one of few instant treatments now available in cosmetic dentistry. Dental reshaping and contouring is a procedure to correct crooked teeth, chipped teeth, cracked teeth or even overlapping teeth in just one session. It is also a procedure of subtle changes with the help of composites(tooth coloured materials) which are more lifelike and durable than ever and have become the material of choice for most dentists. One advantage of these fillings is that they blend in with teeth, helping to recreate an aesthetic and natural appearance.
Mending the broken and chipped teeth is named as bonding. A composite element in the appearance of enamel is evenly applied on the surface and formed, shaped and polished. Bonding helps to correct the damages and gives a twinkling look… It also helps to build gaps, removes the spots of braces, crookedness, and stains.
INLAYS / ONLAYS:
This is a highly esthetic, non-metallic restoration that is bonded on the prepared tooth to restore the beauty, strength and function of the tooth
This is a procedure whereby a tooth is shaped to receive full coverage to hide fracture/discolouration or damage by decay or discoloured restorations. Teeth that have undergone Root Canal are also crowned if sufficient tooth structure is missing or if the dentist feels that the tooth will last longer by protecting it with the crown.
Porcelain veneers are custom-made porcelain wafers that the dentist places over the front of the teeth to enhance their appearance and repair damage. They are highly esthetic and lifelike. They can be used to improve a wide variety of cosmetic dental problems. They can whiten stained or discolored teeth, close gaps between teeth, "correct" a crooked smile without the need for braces, repair chips and imperfections, and create a more attractive or youthful-looking smile.
GUM RECONTOURING AND DEPIGMENTATION:
Gum depigmentation is a procedure used in cosmetic dentistry to remove black spots or patches on the gums caused by excessive melanin. The normal color of the gum tissue (gingiva) is pink, but excess deposits of melanin can create what seem to be black spots or patches on the gums, creating an aesthetic or cosmetic problem.
Apart from the above procedures you can also enhance your smile with tooth jewellery. It is a brilliant way to add sparkles to your smile and stand out of the crowd. Its a painless procedure in which the jewel is adhered to the tooth without damaging its structure. You may need a combination of procedures to achieve that special look. No matter what the problem with your smile there’s a way to make it look stunning.