Cosmetic dentistry is all about making your smile perfect. Naturally, not everyone is born with that Hollywood smile, so having some work done is more than normal. Now, some kinds of work are simply done to improve the aesthetics of a smile while others are done in order to protect the teeth. Due to this, understanding what kinds of treatments are available and what each is going to do is very important.
This is probably the most commonly used form of cosmetic dentistry out there. It is incredibly simple and does not take much time or work. It is a different form than the at-home whitening services though. Each provides a slightly different process and the teeth whitening at the dentist office gives a better all-around color change.
Veneers are often used for a tooth that is crooked, discolored, chipped or there is a large space in between two different teeth and investing in expensive braces is not desirable. With veneers, it is a thin, porcelain shell constructed out of composite material. It is then fitted to the front of the tooth to improve the appearance.
An implant is exactly what the name suggests. It is a replacement tooth that is inserted into the gums and looks just like a real tooth. It is possible to have a single implant, a row of implants or an entire mouth of implanted teeth. Depending on the tooth and the placement, there is a screw that runs down through the gums and it may be fixed to the jaw bone in order to avoid any sort of movement of the implant. The implant can be used to replace missing teeth or, if a tooth needs to be removed, this option is available as well. Now, it is important to not confuse an implant with a bridge. With a bridge, there is a replacement tooth placed in between two healthy teeth. A bridge is fixed to the two connecting teeth in order to stabilize and prevent the tooth from moving. A bridge is less expensive than an implant and there really is no healing time required, but it is far easier to be knocked free from biting down on something hard or a sudden impact. This needs to be weighed out when deciding on whether an implant or a bridge is most desired.
A crown is basically like a cap for a tooth. Unlike a veneer, which is just a strip placed in front of one side of a tooth, a crown is a cap that slides directly over the tooth. If the tooth still has a healthy root system but the tooth itself has decayed or has been broken (or have had large fillings in the past that have worn away), the crown is used. Typically, the current tooth is filed down to a smaller size, which gives enough room for the crown to be placed over the top of the tooth and fixed into the new position.