Smile enhancement can have dramatic effects on your overall appearance; even the smallest step can boost your confidence, self-esteem, and make you want to smile more.
With modern advances in dentistry, cosmetic procedures can range from a basic colour correction to replacing missing teeth and everything in between. Explore your options by starting with familiar procedures, then learning more about what can be offered by our use of modern technology.
One of the simplest things to do in dentistry! Most teeth can be whitened (some call it bleaching) and there are a number of ways to whiten teeth. External tooth whitening happens when vital teeth are bleached by direct contact with a safe and commonly used whitening agent, either in a dental office or at home. You can do this in the comfort of your home and at your convenience. Usually takes 30 minutes per day using custom made trays and you can get a touch up every year after your hygiene appointment.
We don’t use metal fillings to replace tooth structure, we rely on high density, state-of-the-art plastic (composite resins) and porcelain materials instead. These materials more naturally mimic the look, feel, and function of natural teeth and actually bond directly to the tooth structure. This means that new fillings preserve more of the natural tooth so less repair work is necessary immediately and in the future. These modern filling materials are also more natural in appearance.
Many adults already have existing metal fillings, which do not lend themselves well to replacement with composite resins. The choice of materials is a matter of discussion between you and your dentist to prolong the life of your teeth.
There have been modern advances in dentures, as there have been in many other areas of dental healthcare, and an overdenture retained by implants may be an option. Overdentures are a combination of traditional dentures and the newer science of dental implants to prevent bone loss that could result from dentures alone.
While dentures have been considered a tried and true method for tooth replacement for years, they come with their own set of issues. The main problem is that dentures rest on teeth and gums for stability, which can encourage bone loss, tooth decay, and periodontal disease. However, dentures can be relined every few years to compensate for bone loss and any compromised facial integrity.
Dental implants replace the roots of lost teeth. A dental implant–along with a crown built on the implant–replaces a missing tooth or teeth and helps to maintain the bone support of the adjacent teeth, extending their life span. Dental implants are considered a permanent solution and can be expected, in most cases, to last many, many years. They are the optimum choice for replacing missing teeth.
Your cosmetic dentist now has many options available, from conventional braces to “invisible braces” (clear orthodontic aligners) and reduced treatment times. Ask your cosmetic dentist about the possibilities. Each option offers its own benefits and issues and should be carefully selected to suit the situation.
Some times you need tooth movement before you do your cosmetic dentistry and the aim its to save tooth structure, so results are even better.
Tooth Bonding – Veneers
Bonding is a process where the dentist attaches or “bonds” materials directly to the tooth. Advancements in dental bonding materials, such as porcelains and composite resins, can now more accurately replicate natural tooth structure, appearance, and function. Through bonding techniques, natural tooth enamel and dentin are fused to create a strong structure that looks and reacts much like the original tooth. This procedure is an excellent solution to chipped teeth.
Veneers can be done also in ceramic or porcelain.
Porcelain is often selected for aesthetic reasons because of its remarkable property to mimic natural tooth structure. Today’s materials are lifelike and very durable.