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What Cosmetic Dentistry Is All About

People with discolored, chipped, broken or missing teeth are very self conscious about their appearance and often look for ways to hide their teeth. Cosmetic dentistry seeks to reverse and correct this problem by making the relevant changes. The end goal is to change one’s dental appearance so that they can regain their bright smile and get a sense of improved self-esteem. There are various processes that can be performed depending on your particular situation.

Teeth whitening/beaching
This is the most sought-after cosmetic dental procedure. It involves applying bleaching paste to clear away the yellow coloration on the teeth. The procedure can be conducted by a dentist in under an hour and repeated again if need be. Discoloration happens to everyone and can be caused due to diet or neglect dental hygiene.

Contouring involves reshaping of teeth where some are not positioned properly. This happens where teeth are facing the wrong direction or are placed on the inside or outside of the gums. It can also be used to alter the size of the teeth.

Dental veneers
Dental veneers involve fitting a thin porcelain material infront of the teeth to cover chipped, discolored or broken teeth. Veneers are recommended where the outer surface of the teeth is affected. The veneers have to be modeled in the shape of the teeth and the tooth in question may have to be buffed to make the impressed veneer look natural.

Dental implants
Dental implants are false porcelain teeth that are screwed onto the jawbone to replace missing teeth. An entire artificial tooth gets implanted onto the gum and is usually molded to fit the missing tooth for an even fitting look.

Crowns are similar to veneers only that they are placed over the tooth to cover up for teeth that have experienced lots of wear and lost their natural shape.

Bonding is almost just as filling only that the material used is close to the tooth enamel and therefore covers up any signs of cosmetic work done. Bonding is used for chipped teeth, fillings and gaps between teeth.

The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry is a great site to explore further.

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