Cosmetic Dentistry

Inlays and Onlays

It is also known as indirect fillings, which are developed in a dental laboratory, and used when a tooth has moderate decay, or there is not enough tooth formation to support the filling. Also provided when there is no damage to the tooth cusps, the inlay that is placed directly onto the tooth surface. When a greater portion of the tooth is damaged, an onlay is used rather than covering the tooth’s entire surface. Inlays and Onlays are developed in a dental laboratory from a composite resin material and then attached to the teeth with adhesive dental cement used.

Inlays and Onlays

Composite Bonding

It refers to the repair of damaged, discolored, or decayed teeth using a material similar to the color of tooth enamel. Your dentist will drill out the tooth decay and then apply the composite on the tooth’s surface, the dentist then “sculpts” it into the right shape before healing it with a high-intensity light.  It is also referred to “bonding,” as per the Consumer Guide to Dentistry, it effectively covers the damaged part of the tooth and gives the look of a healthy tooth in its place. It is the least expensive cosmetic dentistry procedures available to patients suffering tooth decay, chipped or cracked teeth and worn-down edges.

Dental Veneers

It is usually manufactured from medical-grade ceramic; they are made individually for each patient that is similar to one’s natural teeth. They look realistic and resolves numerous cosmetic problems, ranging from crooked teeth to damaged or cracked enamel to visible gaps between two teeth. The dentist uses a dental adhesive and applies the veneer to the front of each tooth.

Teeth Whitening

It is the most common cosmetic dentistry procedures, teeth bleaching or teeth whitening can be performed at your dentist’s office rather than in the clinic. Whitening happens after tartar, plaque, and other debris are cleaned from the surface of each tooth and restores their natural appearance. The teeth can also be bleached to get an even lighter shade than its original color. Over the years, teeth got stained and worn from drinks, food, medication and other personal habits such as smoking. Whitening covers the teeth, and this procedure can be done in the dental office or at home.

Implants

These are used to replace teeth after tooth loss. The dentist will insert a small titanium screw into the jaw at the place of the missing tooth, which then serves as the support for a crown. These implants are almost identical from the surrounding natural teeth. Once the supporting tissue and bone fuse into the implant, they are permanently secured into that particular site. Patients should practice diligent oral hygiene during the implant placement period so that they can have a clean plaque and food debris from the area.