There are a number of cosmetic dental services for treating teeth that are chipped, missing, discolored or crooked. A cosmetic dentist uses various methods to reshape, restore and fill gaps between teeth. Some of these common methods include dental veneers, teeth whitening, invisalign and anti wrinkle techniques.
Veneers are made of a tiny layer of material that is placed over teeth to prevent damage to the tooth surface or improve the overall aesthetics of the tooth. Most importantly, veneers can also be used to change the colour, length, shape or size of the teeth. They are recommended for gaps in teeth, crooked teeth, stained and damaged teeth. The two major types of veneers are porcelain and composite veneers. Porcelain veneers last longer and are more expensive than composite veneers. The procedure requires the dentist to make impressions of your teeth which will be used as guidance during the moulding of the veneers in the laboratory. Your teeth enamel will then be slightly trimmed off to compensate for the extra thickness added by the veneer. The veneers are then cemented to the teeth using a special light beam before final adjustments are done.
This is one of the most popular dental services performed by a cosmetic dentist. Stained teeth could be as a result of smoking, old age, poor oral health and beverages such as tea and red wine. Laser bleaching, bleaching strips, bleaching gel and swabbing are some of the popular techniques used in teeth whitening. The various bleaching methods use an oxidizing agent that penetrates the hard enamel and removes the stains deposits on the teeth. A dentist performing an in-office procedure will place a protective layer on the gums to prevent the soft tissues from chemical burns.
Invisalign involves the use of removable aligners that are almost invisible as an alternative to the conventional metal braces. They are widely popular due to the fact that they are completely transparent hence harder to detect as compared to wire braces and also have fewer side effects. They can be removed whenever you want to drink, eat or brush your teeth. Invisalign is generally used to straighten teeth. A dentist takes impressions of your teeth and sends them to Align Technology from which custom made aligners will be made.
Anti wrinkle techniques
Facial fillers and Botox are probably the two most popular anti wrinkle treatment procedures used by cosmetic dentists. Botox is administered to help cover up the wrinkles on parts of the face such the forehead and between the eyebrows. Facial fillers on the other hand are used to smooth the lines around the mouth and nose but can also be used to flesh out the lips.
These cosmetic dental services should only be carried out by a qualified cosmetic dentist due to their sensitivity.