Cosmetic dentistry is more popular than ever in the US. One's smile is often the first impression that is made...it is one's calling card. According to Dr. Ryne Johnson, prosthodontist and director of Newton Wellesley Dental Partners, considered by many as Boston's Best Prosthodontist feels that, "It makes much more sense to spend money for a perfect smile than to spend thousands of dollars on face lifts and tummy tucks!" From teeth whitening and bonding to bridges and implants, there are several treatments that promise to instantly improve your smile and self-confidence. Here are some common cosmetic dentistry procedures:
This is by far the most common of all cosmetic procedures. You can either opt for over the counter teeth whitening kits or contact your dentist for in-office teeth whitening. Tea, coffee, wine, certain medications, age, and smoking stain the teeth over time. When opting for in-office treatment, the dentist creates a customized mouth tray that fits exactly and ensures that the right amount of bleaching solution reaches the front and back of your teeth.
This technique is used to hide wide gaps between teeth, or if the teeth are broken and chipped. Cavities caused by decay can also be filled using boning. The procedure can be completed in a single sitting where the dentist applies composite resin to the tooth surface. Proper care should be taken to protect the resin or prevent it from stain causing materials.
Thin ceramic pieces are applied to the front surfaces of teeth to improve the shape, color or overall smile. Generally, two visits are required for dental veneers. The result is influenced by the skill of the dentist and the experience of the laboratory ceramist.
Crowns and Caps:
Crowns are used to hide chipped teeth or replace a broken tooth. They’re also cover a tooth that’s had a root canal procedure. The dentist begins by taking an impression of the tooth and building a crown made with bonded porcelain. Sometimes crowns can be made from metal or resin. And to ensure that the crown fits perfectly, he shapes/cuts down the old tooth. This crown is then placed on the damaged tooth using resin cement.
Bridges help close the gaps between two teeth. The bridge could either be made of silver, gold, or porcelain. A typical bridge includes three crowns. These are cemented to either sides of the missing tooth. To ensure that the crown fits properly, the dentist has to prepare and cut the anchor teeth to shape. The success of your bridge largely depends on your dental hygiene- make sure to follow good oral habits.
Dental Implants are expensive, but they’re certainly better than bridges because unlike bridges, the adjacent teeth need not be touched.
For more information on the right cosmetic dentistry procedure to improve your smile in the coming year, contact Newton Wellesley Dental Partners.