Cosmetic dentistry is the most popular dental treatment and helps you improve the aesthetics of your smile. Cosmetic enhancements help you achieve natural looking teeth that are close to the celebrity smile that you have always aimed for. Cosmetic dentistry procedures not only provide aesthetic improvements but also restorative benefits. Cosmetic dentistry helps you in:
- Improving the color of your teeth.
- Closing the gaps between your teeth.
- Fixing the chips, cracks, and fractures in teeth.
- Replacing missing teeth.
- Treating a gummy smile and lengthening the crown.
- Straightening crooked teeth.
- Improving the shape and size of your teeth.
What are the procedures provided under cosmetic dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry shapes, sculpts, and makes your smile more beautiful with the following various techniques.
1. Composite Fillings
Composite fillings are made from a mixture of powdered glass and acrylic resin. They are used to fix teeth that are chipped, cracked, decayed, worn-out, fractured, discolored and for closing gaps between two teeth. The greatest advantage of composite fillings is that unlike amalgam fillings, they are tooth-colored. Being tooth-colored, composite fillings blend in really well with the surrounding teeth and look natural. As a result, they have become a popular choice among people looking for cosmetic enhancements.
People with missing teeth experience a lot of problems. They lose their confidence and self-esteem to gaps left by missing teeth, face problems while chewing and speaking and also suffer from bone loss. Dentures are used to solve these problems. Dentures consist of a gum-colored base which carries artificial teeth to cover the gaps left by missing teeth. The gum-colored acrylic base fits snugly over the gums. The base of the upper denture blankets the roof of your mouth, while a U-shaped lower denture accommodates your tongue. Dentures replace a few or all the teeth on a dental arch. They are made using impressions of your teeth and look and function like natural teeth. Also, they can be taken out and put back into your mouth at your own convenience.
3. Dental Implants
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are surgically implanted into the jawbone below the gums. These artificial roots provide a secure base for fixed or removable replacement teeth. There are two types of dental implants:
Endosteal implants are surgically positioned in the jawbone and integrate with the bone and become a part of it. A second surgery is performed to attach the abutment to the implant. The abutment connects the implant to a crown or bridge.
Subperiosteal implants connect a metal frame to the jawbone below the gum tissue. Over time, the frame becomes permanently secured in the jawbone. Titanium posts are attached to the metal frame and protrude through the gums. They are then connected to a crown or bridge.
Invisalign aligners provide an aesthetic alternative to traditional metal braces. It consists of virtually invisible clear aligners which slowly straighten crooked teeth by applying constant pressure. With Invisalign, you can undergo orthodontic treatment without cosmetic hindrances like sporting a metallic smile. Invisalign has revolutionized the way teeth were straightened in the past. Its cosmetic appeal is drawing more and more adults towards a straighter and beautiful smile.
5. Tooth Whitening
Tooth whitening is the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedure. It is used to improve the color of your teeth by removing intrinsic and extrinsic stains from their surface. A whitening gel, rich in oxidizing agents, is applied on the topical surface of teeth and left for some time. Then, a special blue light is used to release the oxidizing agents, which break down stains and leave you with a brighter and whiter smile. The procedure is performed under the supervision of a dentist to ensure safety.
6. Dental Veneers
Dental veneers are thin shells of porcelain that are bonded to the topical surface of teeth to improve their color, shape, and size. They also fix teeth with cracks, fractures, and chips. About 0.5 mm of the enamel is drilled out to make room for the dental veneer and a dental adhesive used to bond it in place. Dental veneers are tooth colored and custom-made. They easily blend in with the neighboring teeth and look natural.
7. Crown Lengthening
Crown lengthening is performed to improve a gummy smile. Certain teeth are covered with extra gum tissue, which makes the crowns look short and unsightly. For crown lengthening, your dentist will expose as much tooth as possible by removing extra gum tissue and then will reshape them. Crown lengthening is performed under a local anesthetic to avoid pain and discomfort.
8. Dental Crowns
Dental crowns are prosthetic devices that are used to cover damaged or decayed teeth to provide protection, support, and aesthetic appeal. Crowns can fix teeth with chips, cracks, fractures, discoloration, and decay. They are also connected to dental implants and teeth that have undergone a root canal treatment in order to restore their full functionality. They are custom-made using your mouth's impressions and snugly fit over teeth, mimicking their natural color, shape, and size.
At Auburn Dental Center, we use the latest technology like digital X rays and 3 D imaging to provide top-notch dental solutions to our patients. We aim to provide safe, comfortable, and painless procedures that suit one's dental needs. For further queries, book an appointment with us at (661) 327-2189 or visit us at 5603 Auburn Street Suite B Bakersfield, CA 93306.
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