Most people think of cosmetic dental care as a type of care that can only improve the appearance of one’s smile rather than the health of the teeth. The truth is, though, that many cosmetic dental procedures actually do both. Take a further look at four of the top cosmetic dentistry treatments that can enhance the look of the smile as well as improve one’s overall quality of health.
Almost every cosmetic dental procedure has the potential to turn a person’s life around, as an improved smile almost always provides a boost to self-esteem. Depending on the patient, some procedures may be more effective than others.
1. Dental crowns
Dental crowns have become standard in the field of dentistry for repairing decayed, broken or otherwise damaged teeth. A dental crown is essentially a “cap” that the dentist places over the damaged tooth to improve its strength, size or shape. Crowns can be made from porcelain, ceramic, resin or metal and, with proper care, can last up to 15 years. In addition to protecting a damaged tooth from further decay, crowns also serve to enhance the appearance of one’s smile.
2. Inlays and onlays
A cosmetic dentist may use an inlay or onlay — otherwise called an indirect filling — to fill a portion of a damaged or decayed tooth. Like traditional fillings, indirect fillings can be made from porcelain, composite or metal materials. A cosmetic dentist may use an inlay to fill a damaged section within the center of the tooth and an onlay to protect a portion of the tooth’s biting surface. Not only can inlays and onlays improve the overall appearance of a person’s smile but they may be preferable to crowns as they preserve as much of the healthy tooth structure as possible.
3. Dental bonding
It is not uncommon for dentists to use bonding as a preservation method and a cosmetic dental care procedure. Bonding involves applying a tooth-colored resin directly to the tooth and then bonding the material there via the use of laser or ultraviolet light. Bonding can hide discoloration, change the shape of the teeth and close unwanted gaps, as well as repair decayed, chipped or cracked teeth.
4. Dental implants
In the world of cosmetic dentistry, dental implants are one of the most helpful procedures a patient can undergo if said patient is missing one or more teeth. Dental implants essentially stand in for the missing tooth, from crown to root, and help to prevent further tooth loss and deterioration of the jawbone. Dental implants come with many benefits, the most notable of which include improved oral health, enhanced speaking and chewing abilities, increased comfort, reduced risk of further tooth loss and a natural appearance.
Many individuals undergo cosmetic dental procedures because they offer more than an improved appearance — many also offer improved health and a better quality of life. Patients who are interested in cosmetic dental care should discuss their smile wishes with a cosmetic dentist.
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