Top 4 Cosmetic Dental Procedures
Although it is already commonplace for people to be heading to a dentist for their routine cleaning, many people have hopped on the trend of undergoing cosmetic dental work. A cosmetic dental procedure is defined as one that is aimed towards restoring the look of one’s teeth- either for aesthetic purposes or to fix an issue (such as cracking an adult tooth on a popcorn kernel).
To find a cosmetic dentist, you don’t have to look far; there are hundreds and hundreds across the nation and all dental offices seem to be seeing the same trend these days: the au-natural look. People want more natural-looking, tooth colored materials used for their cosmetic dental work. A dental specialist will also try to save as much of or as many of your teeth as possible, whereas not too long ago the general consensus was “just yank it out!”
So here we’ve collected a short list of cosmetic dentistry treatments that are being used today and should be worth smiling about.
- Composite bonding Have a chipped, discolored, or broken tooth that needs fixing? No problem. Cosmetic dentistry services can correct the appearance using composite bonding. This procedure involves a material that looks like enamel and dentin and is inserted into the tooth cavity or spread onto the surface then hardened with UV light.
- Inlays/onlays These are made of porcelain and are meant to be long-lasting and function as a filling to teeth that have decayed or suffered other structural damage. These inlays and onlays are made in the lab and not molded within the mouth during a visit.
- Dental veneers Dental veneers are thin sheets of dental ceramic placed on the teeth to create a new-looking smile. Usually made of porcelain, they adhere to the teeth to repair chips and cracks and even severe discoloration.
- Dental implants Dental implants are typically chosen over dentures because they are permanent, and also more comfortable. These are artificial root implants that are designed to replace missing teeth. These dental prosthetics give more structure to the mouth by preventing the face from sagging.
There are always new dental technologies being proposed, marketed, and researched. If you or anyone you know has been wishing for a better smile, why not see what your options are? This list should be helpful when it comes to making the right decision.