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Whether your teeth have been damaged in an accident or you simply want to boost your overall appearance, cosmetic dentistry can completely restore and improve the look of your smile. There are many different types of treatments that can meet varying comfort levels and aesthetic needs.
Each of these treatments has its strengths, drawbacks, and purpose in the world of cosmetic dentistry. . Here are some of the most commonly performed treatments.
Porcelain or ceramic veneers can create a dramatic difference in the appearance of your teeth in a relatively short amount of time. Veneers are often made of porcelain and are highly resistant to staining. These customized coatings are directly applied to your natural teeth and can last up to 20 years with proper care. Patients with severe stains or misshapen teeth can get these attractive coatings and achieve a sparkling white smile that looks just like natural teeth.
The main drawback is that veneers are more expensive compared to other treatments like whitening and dental bonding. It may require several visits to complete based on the extent of your needs. However, their longevity and ultra-natural results are worth the investment, and they have the ability to conceal significant imperfections. Some of the most dramatic changes in cosmetic dentistry come from a new set of veneers.
2. Dental Bonding
For minor shape and aesthetic issues like gaps and chips, dental bonding is an affordable and quick choice. Since it uses resin and not porcelain, it’s not as durable as veneers. Therefore, it is more prone to breakage and stains. However, dental bonding does provide an affordable solution to minor problems like gaps and chipped teeth.
3. In-Office Whitening
This is a procedure that takes can produce “instant” results. Instead of spending months (and hundreds of dollars) on take-home whitening kits, professional whitening at the dental office offers a one-and-done experience. Dentists can use stronger peroxide compared to what you can find over the counter, which allows the teeth to whiten faster and in many cases better than less concentrated agents. This is an excellent option for patients who have moderate to mild discolorations on their teeth. For more severe stains, veneers is often a better option.
4. Crowns and Caps
These are mainly done for functional or tooth strengthening purposes. However as the crown covers the entire tooth any discolouration, stains or chips can be covered up and the tooth can look like “new”. Porcelain crowns and caps cover imperfections on your molars with a natural tooth-like colour and texture. The results are can be so significant that it’s often difficult to tell the natural tooth from the crown.
5. Dental Inlays or Onlays
This is a potential alternative to crowns and other filling materials. Inlays are essentially a custom made and fitted filling, much like a puzzle piece fits into a puzzle. Inlays are typically made of porcelain or composite material, and they can also be made of gold, however not everyone feels gold is an esthetic alternative. If you have metal fillings, these are a wonderful replacement that can restore the look of your teeth and eliminate the unsightly look of traditional fillings. Onlays are very similar however they cover more of the tooth in areas where the tooth needs to be supported to prevent future fracture. Not only will you get a beautiful tooth as a result, but your tooth will also be stronger.
To determine which type is right for your teeth, ask your dentist.
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