Cosmetic dentistry is a method in professional oral care which focuses on improving the overall appearance of your mouth, teeth, and smile. Though cosmetic dentistry procedures are usually elective, still in some cases these treatments also have restorative benefits.

Some cosmetic dentistry procedures are fairly simple, whereas some of them are more complex and need special care. Read on to discover more about them!


1. Inlays and Onlays

Inlays are also known as indirect fillings, which are made in a dental laboratory, and are used when a tooth has mild to moderate decay or there is not enough tooth structure to support the filling. In this process, there is no damage to the tooth cusps, and the inlay is placed directly on the tooth surface. When the cusp or a greater portion of the tooth is damaged, then an onlay is used in order to cover the entire surface of the tooth.

Inlays and onlays are prepared in a dental laboratory from a composite resin material and then attached to the teeth with an adhesive dental cement. They provide support to the teeth and help in strengthening and restoring their shape in order to avoid any further decay or deterioration.


2. Composite Bonding

Composite bonding is all about the repair of decayed, damaged or discolored teeth using materials similar to the color of your tooth enamel. Your dentist drills out all the tooth decay and applies the composite on your tooth’s surface, and then “sculpts” it in the right shape. It is also referred to as “bonding,” and it effectively covers the damage to the tooth and gives it an appearance of a healthy tooth. Bonding is one of the cheapest and the most affordable cosmetic dentistry procedures available to patients suffering from tooth decay, chipped or cracked teeth and worn-down edges.


3. Dental Veneers

Dental veneers are usually manufactured from medical-grade ceramic. They are also made exclusively for every patient in order to resemble one’s natural teeth. They look exceptionally realistic and can resolve a number of cosmetic problems, like crooked teeth, cracked or damaged enamel to clear gaps between two teeth. The dentist applies veneer in the front of every tooth using a dental adhesive.


4. Teeth Whitening

This is one of the most basic cosmetic dentistry procedures, which can be performed in your dentist’s office. Whitening is done after plaque, tartar and other debris are cleaned from the surface of every tooth. It also restores their natural appearance. Your teeth can also be bleached in order to achieve an even lighter shade than their original color. With aging, your teeth become stained and worn due to food, drinks, medication, and lifestyle habits like smoking. Whitening coats your teeth and makes them look shiny and clean.


5. Dental Implants

Dental implants are used to replace teeth after tooth loss. The dentist inserts a small titanium screw in your jaw at the site of the missing tooth, and it serves as the support for your crown. These implants are almost indistinguishable and once the bone and supporting tissue fuse to the implant, they are permanently secured in the given place. Patients need to practice diligent oral hygiene during the implant placement period in order to clean plaque and food debris from the concerned area.


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