Root canals, tooth extractions, and other procedures for improving a person's oral well-being are what usually come to mind when dentistry is mentioned. Although oral health is a priority in dentistry, aesthetics is also important, which is the reason many people go in for cosmetic dentistry procedures. Among the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures are teeth whitening, bonding, veneers, fillings, and crowns. These procedures are done not just for aesthetic purposes but also for the restoration of damaged teeth.
Teeth Whitening and Bleaching
Teeth whitening and bleaching are two different procedures that give slightly different results. Both cosmetic dentistry procedures are used mainly for aesthetic reasons. There is no health advantage to having whiter teeth, but a set of white teeth can help boost a person's confidence.
Teeth whitening may involve the application of a whitening gel and the use of a special laser (in-office teeth whitening) or wearing whitening strips for a few hours (at-home teeth whitening). Bleaching, on the other hand, involves the application of hydrogen peroxide to whiten the teeth. With bleaching, the teeth tend to look too white to be natural, but it is the method preferred by people with very yellow or stained teeth.
A few years ago, if you wanted to have your teeth whitened, you had no other option but to go to a dentist to have the procedure done. Today, however, there are alternatives, such as using a do-it-yourself teeth whitening kit that you can buy in most pharmacies.
This versatile cosmetic dentistry procedure can be used for a wide variety of purposes. Whether you want to remove a wide gap between your teeth, reconstruct a tooth that was chipped during a hockey game, or just fill in cracks that have somehow appeared on your teeth, dental bonding can provide a solution for you. In fact, almost all aspects of cosmetic dentistry involve some kind of bonding procedure.
Just as the name suggests, a veneer is a thin layer applied onto the surface of a tooth to conceal imperfections such as cracks and stains. Veneers are usually made from a strong porcelain material that has the same color as the patient's tooth. When veneers are applied, the tooth will look flawless and completely natural at the same time.
Fillings are used to even out the surface of damaged teeth. These damages usually result from cavities and tooth decay, which in turn result in a person's failure to observe proper dental hygiene. Most dentists recommend dental fillings instead of extraction to save the teeth. However, if the teeth are damaged well beyond repair, they will have to be taken out.
The application of dental crowns is pretty much like the application of dental fillings. In fact, many people use these two terms interchangeably. Before putting in a dental crown, the decayed tooth has to be cleaned out thoroughly to eliminate all risks of infection.
All these cosmetic dentistry procedures are very effective in improving the smile of any person. Although these treatments are done in separate procedures, most patients prefer to have a combination of cosmetic dentistry procedures done in a single session.