Cosmetic Dentistry: Reasons to Smile
When you think of dentistry, you probably think only of what dentists do to improve your health, but what about your appearance?
Cosmetic dentistry is the general term used to describe what dentists may do to improve your appearance. But don't be misled, the improvement in your appearance often leads to improvement in your overall physical (and mental) health.
What does cosmetic dentistry involve?
Often, patients perceive that their teeth are crooked, chipped, stained, or too dark, leading to a smile that's just not right. Cosmetic dentistry aims to correct, repair or cover the imperfection improving the appearance of the patient's smile and often their self confidence.
There are countless reasons why your smile may not be as aesthetically pleasing as you would like it to be. From accidents, natural imperfections, decay, to a seemingly endless combination of reasons, your smile may not be at its full potential.
If you would like to enhance the look of your smile or simply maintain the structure and health of your mouth, Dr. Cloth can help you determine the combination of treatments that will be most effective for your needs, wants and circumstances.
Our Cosmetic Dentistry services include: Teeth Whitening, Veneers, Crowns on Front Teeth, Tooth Adjustment and teeth Bonding. Read more about our Cosmetic Dentistry services or view videos below to learn more about common cosmetic procedures we can help you with.
If your teeth have lost their pearly white healthy appearance you are not alone. Aging, diet, injuries along with many other factors cause teeth to dull and yellow. With the rise of personal appearance television programs, teeth whitening has become a popular dental procedure. Whitening is a mild bleaching process using varying concentrations of carbamide peroxide (a hydrogen peroxide derivative) that restores stained or discoloured teeth to a whiter, brighter colour. It is very safe under the supervision of a dental professional.
The results from Whitening can last for as long as a year and with touch-ups treatments (at home) every few months results can last even longer. "Touch-ups" are especially useful for patients that drink beverages that are prone to stain teeth, such as coffee, tea and red wine. Some patients may experience heightened tooth sensitivity or mild tooth or gum sensitivity during treatment, but these symptoms are only temporary and disappear within a few days after the treatment is finished.
If you are interested in bringing out the white in your teeth, Dr. Cloth will evaluate your teeth, smile and expectations with you, to determine whether whitening is the correct procedure for you.
Porcelain veneers are custom, porcelain facings that are bonded to the front surfaces of your teeth to cover any imperfections and fix your smile. The veneers are very thin, only about 1 mm thick. That same thickness is "smoothed" off the natural tooth surface so when the veneer is bonded to the tooth, the tooth feels and looks the same thickness as before. Uneven, discoloured, or even damaged teeth can be restored or repaired using this procedure.
Bonding is a technique whereby composite resin filling material is placed on your front teeth. Composites are white plastic filling materials used for restoring decayed teeth, making cosmetic improvements, and even changing the colour and shape of teeth. Often bonding is used on front teeth to close minor gaps, and cover up any stains.
Bonding has become a common procedure and can usually be completed in one short visit. Bonding will cover any natural flaws: first a thin coating of adhesive is applied on the front surface of the teeth, and then the bonding material is applied. Bonding can be sculpted, coloured and shaped to provide the look and feel that you desire.
Next time you're in the office, ask Dr. Cloth if bonding can improve your smile.
Crowns on front teeth
Sometimes, teeth are too misshapen, too discoloured or broken down and porcelain veneers cannot solve the problems. Once these esthetically unappealing teeth are prepared, a cap or crown can be cemented over top to solve larger esthetic problems.
Speak with us about cosmetic dentistry!