Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures That Enhance Your Smile
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Cosmetic dentistry is more popular than ever, from whitening and shaping to closing spaces and replacing teeth. And dentists have a large selection of tools and techniques for improving the look of your smile.
Before deciding to undergo any cosmetic procedure, it’s important to know the benefits and risks and what you can expect during the process. Make sure you’re clear about what it will cost, how much experience your dentist has with the procedure, and whether any special maintenance will be needed afterward.
Over time, teeth can become stained or discolored, especially after smoking, taking certain medications, or consuming foods and beverages such as coffee and tea. Using a chemical process, your dentist can bleach your teeth in one of two ways. They can do an in-office procedure, or provide you with a system to use at home.
Your dentist can create a custom mouthpiece tray that ensures the right amount of whitening solution reaches your teeth. You may find whitening at home more convenient. But it can take 2 to 4 weeks or longer depending on the strength of peroxide used. In-office whitening can take place in one or more 1- to 2-hour visits.
Keep in mind, your teeth can become stained again if you continue exposing them to the same substances that originally stained them. Because whitening products are not meant to clean teeth, it is still important to continue practicing daily oral hygiene by brushing twice a day, flossing at least once a day, and rinsing with an antiseptic mouthwash daily.
Bonding may improve how your teeth look if they have excess space between them, or if they are chipped, broken, stained, or cracked.
Dentists also use bonding materials to fill small cavities or to protect the exposed root of a tooth.
The dentist can usually do this procedure in a single office visit by applying an etching solution followed by tooth-colored materials — sometimes composite resins — directly to the tooth’s surface where needed.
Although bonding can last for several years, it is more likely than other types of restorations to chip or become stained or just wear down.
Before You Start Treatment
Before you start any cosmetic dental procedures, it is important to see a dentist to check your whole mouth thoroughly. This is to:
- Treat any disease first. Your health is the priority.
- Find out what is causing the unsatisfactory appearance of your teeth.
- Talk about the range of treatment options.
- Work out a realistic plan that suits you.
- What you like and don’t like about the appearance of your teeth.
- Any symptoms you may have, such as pain or difficulty eating.
- Treatment you have had in the past and whether you were happy with it or not.
- What you would like to change. Bring a photo if it helps; for example, how your teeth used to look before they were chipped.
- How much time and money you would be prepared to invest. If you have private health insurance, check what sort of dental treatment is covered.
- How much effort you would be prepared to put into looking after your teeth at home in the future. Most cosmetic dental treatment requires extra care at home to prevent tooth decay, gum disease or other problems. Cleaning the area well and having a healthy diet is essential.
It may be useful to write your thoughts down.
During your appointment with the dentist, talk about your concerns, using the list above as a starting point. Your dentist may take some x-rays and do some other tests. Ask your dentist about:
- What options are available – the pros and the cons.
- What results can be reasonably expected.
- Costs – time and money, and payment options.
- Possible side effects or complications.
If it is a simple procedure, it may be done on the day. If it is a complex procedure, you may need to time to think about your options, or see specialists over multiple visits. Together, you and your dentist can come up with a plan that suits you.
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