The goal of cosmetic dentistry is to perform dental procedures that enhance the overall aesthetic appearance of your smile. An important by-product of cosmetic dentistry is that it can also improve your oral health in the process. Unfortunately, many people are too self-conscious to completely show off their smiles in photographs or when they laugh. This is especially true of people who may have some tooth discolouration, cracked, crooked or missing teeth. Luckily, there are a multitude of cosmetic dentistry procedures that can correct these issues and give you the beautiful dazzling white smile you’ve always wanted or used to have.
Keep reading to learn all about some of the most common and affordable cosmetic dentistry procedures.
Professional and At-Home Teeth Whitening
As far as cosmetic dental care treatments go, professional and at-home teeth whitening is definitely up there on the list of one of the most requested by patients. Getting your teeth whitened on a regular basis is a great way to help improve the appearance of your smile and give you a big confidence boost. Whether your teeth are discoloured from coffee, tea, the foods you eat, or natural causes, teeth whitening every four to six months can refresh your smile and even slow down the development of new stains.
Some dentists might recommend over-the-counter at-home teeth whitening kits to help patients maintain the beautiful appearance of their smiles. Teeth whitening typically involves applying a dental-grade bleach to remove years of stubborn stains on the surface and inner-layers of your teeth.
Dental Veneer Treatment
Dental veneers are a realistic and natural looking affordable solution to cover up cracked misshaped or mildly discoloured teeth. Dentists typically recommend this treatment to correct a number of superficial dental issues that can negatively impact the health of your teeth. This treatment involves creating a mould of your teeth using a medical-grade ceramic or porcelain material. These materials are then coloured in to match the exact shade of your surrounding teeth to create symmetry. The veneers are then carefully bonded directly to your surrounding teeth.
Veneers are easy to care for and can be brushed and flossed just like your real teeth. The best part is that they’re so inconspicuous that no one will ever be able to tell that you’ve had dental work done.
If you have one or more teeth that are decayed or damaged, then your dentist might recommend a cosmetic treatment known as composite bonding. Composite bonding doesn’t repair the damaged tooth. Instead, your dentist will clean up the damaged tooth by removing all decay and cracks with a dental drill. Then the composite material is applied directly on top of the tooth with a dental-grade bonding agent.
Your dentist will use a colour chart when selecting the shade of the composite bonding material to ensure that it matches the shade of your surrounding teeth for a more natural look. After applying the composite, your dentist will then reshape it a little so it resembles the shape of your natural teeth. Lastly, your dentist will use a high-intensity dental-grade laser or light therapy to cure the composite bond and firmly secure it in place.
Composite bonding is an affordable and simple cosmetic dental treatment that can greatly improve the look of your smile, cover up dental damages, and close wide gaps between your teeth.
Dental implants are designed to replace missing teeth. In the event that you have to have a tooth pulled out due to excessive decay or infection your dentist may recommend a dental implant procedure to replace the tooth. First, your dentist will thoroughly clean up the area by removing the tooth and any infection present.
Next, after healing, the titanium screw, called the implant, will be inserted into the jawbone in approximately the same location as the missing tooth. This implant has to now integrate with your bone over the next 3 months. Once fully healed a crown can be attached to the implant to replace the missing tooth and match it to the surrounding teeth in terms of shape, size and colour. Some of these steps may require a specialist to complete but they would work in conjunction with your general dentist.
Plus, gaps in your teeth can lead to a variety of dental issues such as massive tooth decay or even shifting teeth. Dental implants can prevent this from happening while restoring your smile to its natural beauty. And, you can treat dental implants just like real teeth while brushing and flossing.
Inlays and Onlays Procedures
Also known as indirect fillings, inlays and onlays are typically used in situations where there is mild to moderate tooth decay but the tooth doesn’t need to be completely removed. Inlays and onlays are placed on the interior and exterior of the affected tooth to enhance its structural stability, prevent further infection, relieve pain and discomfort, and prevent further damages.
Inlays and onlays are typically used for teeth that have a weakened structure that can’t be supported by direct fillings. With proper dental care and maintenance, they can last a lot longer. As long as the tooth cusps are still intact, the inlays can be placed directly on top of the tooth surface. If the tooth cusps are damaged or decayed, however, an onlay is placed on top of the entire tooth. Inlays and onlays are made of composite resin, gold, or porcelain in a dental laboratory and are attached to the tooth with dental cement. This helps restore the structural integrity and appearance of the tooth while also preventing further decay and damages.
Dental Crown Treatments
Composed of ceramic, porcelain, a metal-porcelain composite or other types of composite materials, dental crowns are custom-made to replicate the exact shape and colour of the affected tooth. Dental crowns don’t repair the damage to your teeth but they do restore the appearance of your smile by covering up severely damaged, discoloured or misshapen teeth that are beyond the point of repair.
Get a Variety of Cosmetic Dental Treatments at Princeview Dental Group
Princeview Dental Group provides a wide range of affordable and effective cosmetic dental care treatments for patients all across Toronto and the GTA. We do everything from teeth whitening to composite bonding, dental crown treatment and more. Whatever your specific needs are, we can help you restore the beautiful look of your teeth and give you the ability to smile with confidence once again. Contact us today to book a consultation!