Cosmetic dentistry is dentistry that aims to bring about positive change to the patient’s teeth and smile. Surprisingly Cosmetic Dentistry is not a recognized dental specialty. Thereby any dentist, regardless of his training, experience or skill can claim to be a Cosmetic Dentist.
Top 10 Cosmetic Dentistry Options
Tooth whitening or Bleaching
It is the most popular cosmetic dental procedure. Several over the counter kits are available to perform the process at home. One has to keep in mind these packages are generically formulated, they do not take into account health of your teeth and gums. Often resulting in, sensitive teeth and damaged gums. A chairside procedure aka. Dentist-supervised treatment is a safer option. Your dentist takes into account the current status of your teeth and gums and your teeth whitening goals. Based on this he/she formulates a treatment plan that is safe for your oral cavity.
2. Laser whitening
Similar to chairside bleaching, this procedure uses a laser beam to accelerate the bleaching process and is said to be six times more efficient compared to other bleaching procedures.
3. Tooth Colored Fillings
Thankfully, gone are the times when you had to live with unsightly dental fillings to replace tooth structure loss due to loss and decay. Advanced filling material such as composite resin and porcelain can mimic the look and feel of your natural tooth. These bond directly to the remaining enamel and dentin, thus protecting the natural tooth.
Ultra-thin porcelain laminates that are custom made to match your natural teeth. They are bonded directly to the teeth. Used to close gaps and enhance the shape and appearance of teeth.
5. Dental Implants
Dental implants are metal posts/ frames, surgically place in the jawbone to acts as a stable anchor for your replacement tooth. They are bio-compatible and integrate with the surrounding bone over time. They are the most preferred of all tooth replacement options and also have higher success rates (95-98%).
6. Periodontal(Gum) Surgery
It involves reshaping the gum tissue, surrounding bone and gum ligament that has undergone damage due to Periodontal diseases or other factors. The restored structural support increases the utility and life expectancy of teeth. It can restore healthy appearance or enhance the appearance of gums and teeth.
7. Inlays and Onlays
These are used to repair decayed or damaged teeth in cases where the damage is too extensive for a tooth filling to cover and where a crown would be excessive. An Inlay is placed on the inside of the cavity of the tooth. Onlays as the name suggests, are bonded on on top of the tooth along with placement of filling, inside the dental cavity.
8. Bite Correction/Reclamation
A patient can have poor bite due to naturally misaligned teeth, or the teeth have worn down due to teeth grinding or acid reflux. A qualified professional dentist can help restore your bite to the position best suited to your oral cavity. In case of misaligned teeth, the dentist may use braces conventional, tooth colored or invisible. As for worn down teeth that have lost vertical dimension, he would decide on a treatment plan to open up the bite to reclaim vertical dimension.
9. Repairing chipped teeth
An accidental fall or sports injury can result in chipped teeth. Teeth can also chip due to teeth grinding or clenching. Tooth bonding is the preferred form of treatment for repairing cracked teeth. The bonding material (composite resin or porcelain) can be designed to perfectly match surrounding tooth structure the repair blends in and is invisible to the naked eye.
10: Smile Design
A person’s smile creates the first impression on other. Studies show it can charm people and make people perceive you as more likable. It is a valuable asset.
Sadly not all of us are blessed with a beautiful beaming smile. Various imperfections such as misaligned/asymmetrical teeth, bite irregularities and discolorations as well as teeth that are too big or too small in comparison to the overall facial features, etc. can make a person’s smile look bad. To the point that the person doesn’t smile at all or is conscious of his/her smile. A skilled cosmetic dentist can help you achieve the smile of your dreams.
“When people think of cosmetic dentistry they think Teeth whitening and veneers. What they overlook is that a skilled Cosmetic Dentist can deliver way more than just a pretty smile. He/She can help boost your self-esteem and confidence along with improving your appearance” says Dr. Chris Vinson, a well known Tulsa Dentist.