If you get self-conscious about your appearance when you smile, you should consider talking to a dentist about dental bonding. During the appointment, the dentist will be able to explore the benefits and drawbacks of dental bonding with you. This will help you make the best choice about your oral health. Teeth bonding, unlike most…
Four Smile Makeover Options From A General Dentist
Being proud of the way your smile looks allows you to feel more confident about your appearance. It is one of the first things people you interact with notice about you, and it can lead to assumptions being made. An appealing smile is often seen as youthful and attractive, while unsightly looking teeth lead to people assuming the opposite.
Popular smile makeover options performed by general dentists
General dentists spend a fair share of their time dealing with cosmetic issues, and they have a lot of experience improving how their patients' teeth look. Here are some of the popular smile makeover options that improve smiles:
1. Teeth whitening
Here is one of the most popular treatments performed by dentists to improve how teeth look. Teeth whitening treatments involve coating teeth with powerful bleaching agents that remove stains.
A customized mouth tray is often used to apply the product. The mouth tray keeps the patient's teeth immersed in the gel/solution during their treatment, and it prevents the bleaching agent from getting into soft tissues it can irritate or damage.
A single teeth whitening treatment can improve the whiteness of a patient's teeth by eight shades, and it only takes about an hour. Many patients are happy with the color of their teeth after their first treatment, but some might need follow-up whitening sessions to reach the desired shade of white. Teeth whitening treatments are extremely effective on common types of stains like those caused by foods/beverages, smoking or aging.
2. Dental bonding
This cosmetic treatment can be used to improve the color of teeth or to hide defects and deformities. The composite used is made up of plastics and glass. It can be matched with the color of the patient's teeth so repairs made are not noticeable.
Dental bonding is a non-invasive procedure that involves roughening a tooth's surface so the composite sticks better to it. The composite is applied in layers and molded as desired. It is hardened with a curing light and polished to finish the treatment. It takes about 45 minutes to restore a tooth with composite bonding.
Dental crowns are often used in cosmetic dentistry to cover up stained, deformed or damaged teeth. The installation of a crown requires the removal of enamel from the sides of the tooth being treated. An impression of the tooth is taken and sent to a dental lab that makes restorations. The process takes about two weeks to get the finished crown back to the dentist. The patient's teeth are usually protected with temporary crowns while they wait for their customized restoration.
Veneers are a lot like crowns, but they only cover the front part of a tooth. These restorations are used to hide flaws like stains, poorly shaped teeth or poor teeth alignment. Veneers are one of the most effective ways to dramatically improve how a patient's smile looks.
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