Written by Danica Lacson on September 28, 2018
What is Cosmetic Dentistry?
Cosmetic Dentistry refers to elective dental procedures and treatments which focus on improving the appearance and aesthetic of the teeth, mouth, and a person’s overall smile.
What are the different Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures?
Procedures under cosmetic dentistry include teeth whitening, veneers, dental bridges, dental implants, tooth reshaping, Invisalign, among others.
As we age, our teeth will become discolored. Our eating habits and lifestyle choices can also stain our teeth, causing them to divert from their natural color and look unpleasing.
But thanks to teeth whitening, you can now address teeth discoloration. Under this dental procedure, you have various options you can elect to improve the color of your teeth and lighten it by several shades.
You can opt for a professional in-office teeth whitening. At Hawaii Family Dental, our dentists can help you lighten your teeth in an hour, in one visit. With the fast and effective procedure, you improve the appearance of your teeth without subjecting them to prolonged exposure to harmful chemicals.
Additionally, you can choose to whiten your teeth at home through a teeth whitening system your dentist can recommend. The system will include a custom mouthpiece tray where the whitening solution is put. Through a custom-fitted tray, you can ensure that the right amount of the solution reaches the teeth. However, compared to in-office teeth whitening, the result of at-home teeth whitening takes longer to be noticed, ranging from two to four weeks or longer as it will be dependent on the strength of peroxide used.
Be reminded that for a teeth whitening procedure to be more effective, make sure to limit your intake of foods that can stain your teeth. It is best to partner the teeth whitening with proper brushing, flossing, and rinsing with mouthwash.
A dental veneer is a wafer-thin material placed over a tooth as an added protection or as a means to improve the appearance of discolored, chipped, misaligned, worn down, uneven, or irregularly shaped teeth, as well as, to cover teeth gaps.
Moreover, a dental veneer is stain-resistant and retains the natural appearance of the tooth. There are two types of dental veneers such as porcelain and composite. The porcelain dental veneers are said to be stronger, more natural-looking, and more stain-resistant than composite dental veneers which are cheaper, easier to repair and to process.
One-Day Smile Makeover With CEREC Veneer
CEREC System is a form of dental practice wherein a patient can visit the dentist and have his or her new false tooth designed and fitted in just a matter of few hours and in one dental clinic visit.
In the same way, it is known as a revolutionary system which allows the dentist to fabricate, design, and fit a new veneer, crown, inlay or onlay in one dental clinic visit. This is the procedure which would usually take at least two weeks or more.
The Benefits of CEREC System
There are numerous benefits to having treatment with this technology over traditional and laboratory-made restorations and some of these compose of:
Only a single set of local anesthetic injections are required since the whole procedure can be performed within the hour.
Everything is executed in one dental visit. This conveys that you only have to visit the clinic once, making one day sufficient for the whole procedure to be completed.
The dentist is in full control of the final outcome primarily because the veneer or crown is made and designed from the beginning to end by the dentist who is aware of your condition.
A dental bridge, otherwise known as a fixed or permanent partial denture, is a dental restoration used to bridge gaps created by a missing tooth or missing teeth. Through the use of dental bridges, you can restore your smile, improve the chewing and speaking function of your teeth, and retain the shape of your face.
A dental bridge is typically made of two or more dental crowns. There are three major types of dental bridges — traditional, cantilever, and Maryland-bonded. Each type of dental bridge is characterized based on its fabrication and way of anchoring.
The procedure to install a dental bridge takes two visits with the first visit dedicated to the preparation of the area where the bridge will be put, while the second visit will be fitting the dental bridge and making the necessary adjustment to achieve the most accurate fit before finally cementing it into place.
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root fused with the bone to serve as a strong foundation for a dental crown.
It comes in two types namely endosteal and subperiosteal. An endosteal dental implant is surgically implanted directly into the jawbone, while a subperiosteal is placed above the jaw with the metal framework posts protruding through the gum.
A quick and painless procedure, tooth reshaping or odontoplasty involves the removal of small amounts of the enamel to change the tooth’s length, shape, or surface to improve the appearance of the tooth.
The procedure is often recommended for altering a small chip or irregular tooth shape. An initial visit will have the dentist check for the size and location of the tooth’s pulp, as well as, the sufficiency of the enamel and its distance from the surface of the tooth’s pulp.
Although orthodontic treatments are more known for improving the teeth through straightening, orthodontic treatments are more than just that.
Why do I need an Orthodontic Treatment?
You may need an orthodontic treatment if you are suffering from malocclusions such as overbite, underbite, crossbite, open bite, or misplaced midline, spacing, and crowding problems.
It is necessary to correct malocclusion as it can cause strains to the jaw and affect the speaking and chewing functions of the mouth.
Moreover, having crooked teeth makes cleaning difficult and increases the risk of dental problems including tooth decay and gum disease.
Disclaimer: The oral health information published on this web page is solely intended for educational purposes. Hawaii Family Dental strongly recommends to always consult licensed dentists or other qualified health care professionals for any questions concerning your oral health.