30 Oct Benefits of Cosmetic Dentistry
Few things are more important to your confidence and willingness to smile than healthy, beautiful teeth. Throughout life, your teeth go through a lot of wear and tear and sometimes you end up with a tooth that doesn’t look as perfect as it did when it first grew in, or worse, is missing. Unlike most cosmetic flaws, broken, discoloured, or otherwise damaged teeth are almost impossible to hide, resulting in self-consciousness and embarrassment, especially in public. Cosmetic dentistry from Quay Dental can help restore that beautiful smile, in turn restoring your feeling of self-confidence.
The least invasive of cosmetic dentistry procedures, whitening has become very popular in recent years. Over the years your teeth can become discoloured due to a variety of lifestyle factors – drinking coffee or tea, smoking, or simply aging. Whitening can restore your teeth to a bright lustre and help you to feel confident in your smile once again.
You can choose in-office teeth whitening or we can create a custom tray made just for your mouth that you can take home in order to perform treatments at your own leisure. With in-office bleaching you will be able to see significant improvement in only one visit. With at-home whitening, you will use your custom tray along with professional-strength teeth whitening gel to do your treatments over a number of weeks.
If your teeth have more extensive superficial damage than just staining, veneers can help restore your teeth’s look to like-new. Porcelain veneers are wafer-thin, custom-created tooth fronts that are specially made to fit over your teeth. They can mask a number of imperfections including stains, chips, misalignment, and worn down areas. Porcelain veneers are not porous so they resist stains very well.
Composite veneers are made of a composite resin and are moulded and bonded onto your teeth. They can cover the same kinds of unsightly problems as porcelain veneers, and while composite is not quite as stain resistant as porcelain, it doesn’t require as much reshaping work on the original tooth as porcelain does.
Prosthodontics is an area of cosmetic dentistry that involves more complex tooth restoration procedures such as implants, crowns, bridges, and full dentures. Missing teeth, or teeth that have sustained major damage like breakage or cracking, can be a source of not only physical pain, but emotional anguish as these flaws can make you want to hide your smile. Prosthodontics can restore your confident smile and bring your teeth back to full functionality.
A crown is just what it sounds like – a crown or cap made of porcelain, and custom-designed to fit over your own tooth. Whether your tooth is damaged or decayed, a crown anchored over it will look and feel just like a natural tooth.
As people get older, many either have to have a tooth pulled, or lose teeth to decay or some other oral trauma. You may not have enough teeth missing to warrant a partial or full set of dentures, and this is where a dental bridge comes in. Using the teeth on either side of the empty space new teeth are anchored in, literally “bridging” the gap and improving both the look and function of your teeth.
Implants are another option when full dentures are not needed. A screw or stud is inserted in the jawbone, and a new tooth crown custom-created for your mouth is made, then attached to the anchor. You do need sufficient jawbone mass in order to have this procedure done.
Cosmetic dentistry is an effective way to bring back your bright smile, along with your self-confidence!