Cosmetic dentistry primarily focuses on enhancing the appearance of the smile. It provides numerous services to improve the shape, size, alignment, and color of teeth to make them look attractive and pleasing.
What are the services offered under cosmetic dentistry?
1. Cosmetic dentistry procedures for improving the color of teeth
● Professional dental cleaning
Brushing and flossing are good for your oral health, but unfortunately, they are not enough to attain optimal results. The oral cavity has vulnerable areas like pits, grooves, and inter-dental places where the toothbrush and flossing thread
fail to reach. Professional dental cleaning is performed to remove plaque and
tartar deposits from the surface of teeth and interdental areas, using special
Teeth are professionally cleaned before all cosmetic procedures because clean
teeth respond well to all treatments.
● Teeth whitening
Teeth whitening is the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedure. It is used to
treat stained and discolored teeth to render a glistening and lustrous smile. A
whitening gel is painted on the surface of teeth and a special blue light is used
to activate the oxidizing agents present in the gel. The oxidizing agents break
down stains and leave the teeth white and bright.
2. Cosmetic dentistry procedures for improving the shape, size, and color of teeth
● Dental crowns
Dental crowns are custom-designed, tooth-shaped caps that are used to cover
damaged or weak teeth to restore their shape, size, strength, and appearance.
They are permanently cemented in place and cover the entire visible portion of
the natural teeth.
● Dental fillings
Tooth fillings are dental restorations used to restore the function, appearance,
and morphology of the missing tooth structure resulting from decay or
damage. Cosmetic dentistry uses tooth-colored fillings to repair teeth with
cavities, caries, chips, cracks, and discoloration. The decay or damage is
removed, and the filling material is placed in layers inside the cavity and the
tooth is shaped and polished.
● Dental veneers
Dental veneers are very fine, custom-designed, tooth-colored porcelain jackets
that are placed over the topical surface of teeth to cover imperfections like
chips, cracks, discoloration, and gaps. 0.5 mm of tooth enamel is removed to
make room for the veneer and a dental adhesive used to permanently install it
● Enamel reshaping
Enamel reshaping is performed to remove chips and rough spots from the
surface of teeth. Special dental tools are used to re-contour the teeth by either
removing small amounts of enamel or filling gaps and holes with tooth fillings
to make the teeth look smooth and even. The procedure allows you to enjoy a
uniform and lustrous smile.
● Crown lengthening
Crown lengthening treats gummy smiles. It removes extra gum tissue that
covers the crowns of teeth and makes them look short and unsightly. Soft
tissue dental lasers shoot concentrated beams of light to eliminate the gum
tissues while sealing the exposed blood vessels and nerve endings. After the
procedure, the teeth appear long, uniform and cosmetically appealing.
3. Cosmetic dentistry procedures for replacing missing teeth
You may experience tooth loss due to advancing age, dental trauma, or decay. It is
common and can affect anybody, coming from any walk of life. Missing teeth are
hard to live with and impact your appearance negatively. They steal the beauty of
your smile and make it look non-symmetric and unsightly. If not replaced as soon as
possible, they may also rob you of your self-esteem and confidence.
Cosmetic dentistry provides various dental prosthesis or restorations to replace
missing teeth. Cosmetic dentists work closely with dental laboratories to custom
design natural-looking and aesthetically pleasing dental restorations. Teeth
replacement options available under cosmetic dentistry are:
● Dental bridges
As the name suggests, dental bridges truly bridge or span the gap created
by one or more missing teeth. A bridge consists of artificial teeth
connected to dental crowns on one or both sides. The crowns sit on the
teeth present adjacent to the gap left by missing teeth, while the artificial
teeth fill the gap and restore your smile.
● Complete dentures
Full or complete dentures are removable dental prostheses
used when a patient is missing all teeth on a dental arch. A complete
denture consists of artificial teeth connected to a gum-colored base. The
base sits comfortably on the gums and acts as a foundation, while the
artificial teeth mimic the appearance and function of natural teeth.
● Partial dentures
Partial dentures are removable dental prostheses used to replace one or
more missing teeth. Like complete dentures, they consist of a gum-colored
base that sits on the gum tissues and artificial teeth that fill the gap left by
a missing tooth or multiple teeth. The base is connected to a metal
framework that holds the partial denture in place.
● Dental implants
Dental implants are titanium screws that are surgically installed in the jaw,
below the gums. They fuse with the natural bone and act as false tooth
roots. Dental restorations like crowns, bridges or overdentures are
mounted on dental implants to restore the visible portion of missing teeth.
Implants stand strong and sturdy in their position and do not come loose.
4. Cosmetic dentistry procedures for straightening teeth
Braces use metallic wires and brackets to realign teeth and push them into their
ideal position. Square metal brackets are cemented to the topical surface of
teeth and are connected with metal wires. The metal brackets and wires
together apply calculated amounts of pressure on teeth and shift them to
their ideal position.
Invisalign uses custom-designed clear aligners to straighten teeth. It has become
popular among people seeking a cosmetic alternative for traditional metal
braces. Invisalign uses state of the art technology to design virtually
invisible aligners that apply a calculated amount of force to push teeth to
their ideal position. Invisalign aligners are removable in nature and can be
removed while eating and brushing.
At Ayoub Dental we employ the practices of modern dentistry to systematically repair damage
and enhance the appearance of your smile. We design a custom plan for each patient to meet
their individual requirements. For further doubts and queries, book an appointment with us or
visit our office today.
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