- Dental cosmetic dentistry is used for various purposes for beautifying the face of the patient. It is primarily to better the facial appearance of the person concerned. It includes various procedures like teeth whitening. Teeth whitening can be done at home or in the dental clinic. The at-home procedure involves the use of whitening trays. These are manufactured at the dental laboratory after taking an impression of the teeth and gums. The trays are worn after smearing an activating gel on them for a given number of hours in a day for a given number of days. Slowly, but surely, the teeth begin to whiten. However, this process is not permanent. It can be reversed if the patient does not look after his or her oral health or hygiene. The teeth can start yellowing or stain up again. Teeth whitening in the dental clinic is done by first prepping up the teeth. They are then smeared with an activating gel over which a laser beam of a given intensity is passed over for a given time at a given intensity. The teeth get whitened by several grades or degrees. This procedure may be repeated once more for more effective results.
- Inlays and onlays work also come within the purview of cosmetic dentistry. So do procedures like composite bonding, dental veneers, and dental implants. Dental implants are one of the latest procedures to be introduced into the world of cosmetic dentistry. They help a person get teeth like they originally were. The original smile and manner of eating and talking of a person get restored with dental implants. Also, these are permanent. They can last the entire duration of the lifetime of the patient if they are cared for properly. Dental implants constitute a titanium screw which is embedded into the jaw bone. The bone grows around the implant naturally, and the screw becomes firm in its position in a matter of three to four months. A dental cap or crown is placed atop the screw to function as the tooth which the world sees. Implants should be shown to the dentist after every few months for minor adjustments to them.
- Dental veneers are very thin dental aids which can be cemented onto the surface of the teeth. They help in altering the structure, shape, size, and color of the tooth surface. Try not to bite into a food item which is very hard or sticky when one has a veneer or veneers glued onto the teeth. It can cause damage to the veneers. Composite bonding is making use of a resinous substance to provide cover to the tooth. This can be used for the purpose of increasing the length of the tooth, for filling in gaps between teeth, for fixing up broken teeth and as a solution for teeth staining. However, composite bonding is not very strong and lasts only for a few years.
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