Cosmetic dentistry is the branch of dentistry that deals mainly with smile enhancement. Cosmetic dentistry consists of many different techniques and procedures to improve the aesthetics of not only your teeth but your facial structure as well. Often the benefits of cosmetic dentistry go beyond aesthetics and have a practical benefit such as improved function like enhancing your speech, improving ability to eat, and preserving the facial structure.
Cosmetic dentistry consists of teeth whitening, veneers, orthodontics which includes: early orthodontic intervention, clear aligner such as Invisalign, braces, and smile makeover’s which is an umbrella term for the use of several different and sometimes overlapping cosmetic and restorative dental procedures to make aesthetic improvements to your smile. The impact of an improved smile can be tremendous, not only for your self-esteem and confidence, but it also can be beneficial both socially and professionally.
Many of us are familiar with teeth whitening. When you smile the shade of your teeth are the first thing people see. Discolored teeth can easily be restored to their original shade with an office treatment or take-home whitening kits. Research has shown that this is a safe procedure for patients when performed correctly and by dental practitioners. Feel free to ask us for more information and we will discuss with you the best way to achieve your ideal smile. The next step up from teeth whitening would be porcelain veneers and/or bonding or resin composites. They will not only give you a wider and brighter smile but can change the shape and the look of your smile altogether and often provide the foundation for smile makeovers.
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Luckily there is another alternative to traditional wire braces. Clear aligners provide similar results with many advantages over traditional wire braces. Unlike traditional wire braces, clear aligners rotate and tilt the teeth into their final position. Clear aligners are invisible so it is unlikely anyone will know that you are wearing braces. They are also removable, allowing you to eat the foods that you normally would as well as allow you to clean your teeth without being obstructed by wires.
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Orthodontics is a specialty field of dentistry that deals with misaligned teeth and jaws. The role of the orthodontist is to correct the problems with misaligned teeth that would otherwise cause difficulties with chewing, maintaining adequate oral hygiene, and speech defects. The added benefits of orthodontics are in the alignment of the teeth which is aesthetically pleasing.
Early orthodontic intervention can restore teeth that are diagnosed misaligned and are due for braces in the future, in some patients. This is made possible using an orthodontic plate. Orthodontic plates are a device made of hard plastic which fits around the top and/or bottom teeth. The plates have wires and springs that either hold or push the teeth into position, adjusting the position of your child’s teeth even as newer adult teeth enter your child’s mouth.
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If you’re unhappy with the shape, colour and position of your teeth, ask us how we can use bonding, composite and porcelain veneers to improve your smile the way you would like it to be. Veneers are essentially facings which are chemically bonded on to the existing structures of your teeth and often require little or no preparation.
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If early orthodontic intervention is not an option, then braces are the solution. Braces correct the position of the teeth by using force transmitted through wires that run through brackets that are placed on the individual tooth. This force intern causes the tissue supporting the tooth to stretch at the same time the bone holding the root begins to break down allowing the tooth to move into the correct alignment. Once the tooth has reached its final position, the tissue and bone begin to heal to provide permanent support for the tooth once again.
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Cracked, heavily-decayed and root canal-treated teeth often have a reduced life expectancy, however, materials like porcelain & metal allow us to restore your teeth in the strongest way possible. Crowns are sometimes better options than veneers for front teeth which are particularly weak.
Bridges are a great way to replace one or two missing teeth in the same area. They aren’t right for everyone though, so we always make sure to discuss all your options in detail.
When you are missing several teeth, plates provide a cost-effective way of replacing them whilst achieving reasonable aesthetics and function. We will help you choose a design that will suit you best.
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Any combination of these procedures will constitute a smile makeover. However, a full smile makeover will use all available resources to ensure that you have the best-looking smile possible.