Cosmetic dentistry is no longer the stuff of reality TV make-over shows. It is an approach to everyday dentistry with an emphasis on aesthetically pleasing results. Cosmetic dentistry usually refers to treatments such as cosmetic crowns, veneers and tooth whitening. Not only are the technologies constantly developing to produce ever better aesthetic finishes, but these treatments are increasingly more affordable and no longer in the domain of the celebrity/rich and famous.
Dr Sacranie has developed a keen interest in cosmetic dental treatments and completed numerous postgraduate courses in this field. He has had many years of experience in smile makeovers with life-changing results for his patients. These are a brief description of the treatments offered at the Solihull Dental Centre and Implant Clinic.
In this informative guide I take a look at the most common ways to brighten your smile and show you the risks, benefits and what you can expect.
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There are a wide variety of options for cosmetic dentistry as follows:
Veneers are a dental procedure in which a covering is placed over the outside of the tooth. Veneers are usually only done to the part of the teeth that are visible when talking or smiling. The procedure can be direct or indirect:
The direct technique, usually referred to as dental bonding or immediate veneers, usually involves placing composite resin on the outside of the tooth. The indirect technique usually involves two appointments because the veneers will be fabricated at a dental laboratory. At the first appointment the teeth are prepared, impressions taken, and the teeth are given a temporary covering. In two to three weeks the veneers are back from the laboratory, the temporaries are removed and the veneers are bonded to the teeth. The laboratory fabricated veneers are usually made using porcelain or pressed ceramic, and are very aesthetic.
The advantage of veneers versus crowns is that much less tooth material is removed, and the procedure is generally less uncomfortable. Veneers are not recommended for teeth that have large fillings or little tooth structure.
Crowns are used to restore and enhance teeth that are damaged, or to take the place of missing teeth. A crown, also referred to as a cap, is used to entirely cover a damaged tooth. A crown not only strengthens a tooth, but it can dramatically improve a its appearance, shape and alignment. Crowns may be used to: