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What Are Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures?

You may not notice it, but we smile often. According to statistics, more than 30-percent of the world’s population smile at least 20 times a day. However, children average approximately 400 smiles daily.

If you think the numbers are too much, you may be more surprised to know that smiling traces back to more than 30 million years of evolution.

It is natural. It is also a universal sign of happiness and means of communication, crossing cultures and evoking the same meaning in different societies.

Smiling has “untapped powers.” In a TED talk, The Hidden Power of Smiling, speaker, and writer Ron Gutman cited various studies that revealed the significant effect of smiling in helping us live longer and lead healthier happier lives.

However, some Americans do not tap these powers due to poor oral conditions. In fact, 25-percent of Americans generally avoid smiling. 20-percent even experience anxiety because of the status of their teeth. Additionally, 25-percent of Americans find the state of their teeth embarrassing.

A perfect smile continues to be an aspiration of many individuals that leads to more than one million North Americans availing of orthodontic treatments. Over the past 20 years, the number of American teenagers under an orthodontic treatment doubled in 2015. 80-percent of teenagers receive braces or another type of orthodontic treatment.

Because of the desire to achieve a perfect smile, cosmetic dentistry landed the second spot for the largest nonsurgical beauty industry in 2015, next to the makeup and personal care industry. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry estimates that 2.75 billion US dollars is spent on cosmetic dental procedures annually.

What is Cosmetic Dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry refers to elective dental procedures and treatments focusing on improving the appearance and aesthetics of the teeth.

What are Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures?

Procedures under cosmetic dentistry include teeth whitening, veneers, dental bridges, dental implants, tooth reshaping, Invisalign, among others.

Teeth Whitening

As we age, our teeth often discolor. 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 tooth discoloration. Under this dental procedure, you have various options 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 just one visit. With this fast, effective procedure, you improve the appearance of your teeth without subjecting them to prolonged chemical exposure.

Additionally, you can choose to whiten your teeth at home through a teeth whitening system your dentist can recommend. The system includes a custom mouthpiece tray where the whitening solution is put. Through a custom-fit 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. This can range from two to four weeks or longer. This will be dependent on the strength of peroxide used and the current shade of your teeth.

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 teeth whitening with proper brushing, flossing, and rinsing with mouthwash.

Dental Veneers

A dental veneer is a wafer-thin material placed over a tooth. These can help improve the appearance of discolored, chipped, misaligned, worn down, uneven, gapped, or irregularly-shaped teeth.

Moreover, a dental veneer is stain-resistant and retains the natural appearance of the tooth. There are two types of dental veneers: porcelain and composite. Porcelain dental veneers are said to be stronger, more natural-looking, and more stain-resistant than composite dental veneers. However, composite veneers are more affordable and easier to repair and to process.

One-Day Smile Makeover With CEREC Veneer

CEREC System is a form of dental practice where a patient can visit the dentist and have his or her new false tooth designed and fitted in just a few hours.

This revolutionary system allows the dentist to fabricate, design, and fit a new veneer, crown, inlay or onlay in one dental clinic visit. This is a procedure that 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. Some of these compose of:

  • Only a single set of local anesthetic injections are necessary since the whole procedure can be done within an hour or few.
  • Everything is done 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 from the by the dentist themselves instead of in a lab.

Dental Bridge

A dental bridge, or fixed or permanent partial denture, is a dental restoration used to bridge gaps created by a missing tooth or teeth. With dental bridges, you can restore your smile. These can specifically improve the chewing and speaking function of your teeth and retain the shape of your face.

A dental bridge usually includes two or more dental crowns. There are three major types of dental bridges: traditional, cantilever, and Maryland-bonded. Each type of dental bridge features variant fabrication and a way of anchoring.

The procedure to install a dental bridge takes two visits with. The first visit involves the preparation of the area where the bridge will be put. The second visit will be for fitting the dental bridge and making the necessary adjustment to achieve the most accurate fit before finally cementing it into place.

Dental Implants

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: endosteal and subperiosteal. An endosteal dental implant is surgically implanted directly into the jawbone. However, a subperiosteal is placed above the jaw with the metal framework posts protruding through the gum.

Tooth Reshaping

A quick and painless procedure, tooth reshaping or odontoplasty, is exactly what it sounds like. It involves the removal of small amounts of the enamel to change the tooth’s length, shape, or surface. Thus, this can improve the appearance of the tooth.

The procedure is often necessary for altering a small chip or irregular tooth shape. An initial visit will involve the dentist checking for the size and location of the tooth’s pulp. The dentist will also check the sufficiency of the enamel and its distance from the surface of the tooth’s pulp.

Orthodontic Treatment

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. This might include an 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 speaking and chewing. Moreover, having crooked teeth makes cleaning difficult and increases the risk of dental problems including tooth decay and gum disease.

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