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Cosmetic Dentistry

COSMETIC DENTISTRY


Cosmetic dentistry is generally used to refer to any dental work that I improves the appearance of a person’s teeth gum and /or bite. Its primary focus is to improve aesthetics in colour position shape size alignment and overall smile appearance.

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WHAT IS A SMILE MAKEOVER?

A smile makeover is the process of improving the appearance of the simile through one or more cosmetic, dental or facial rejuvenation procedures to improve the aesthetics of your smile. A smile makeover to one person could mean something completely different to another, as it varies with individual choice. For example, some people want the perfectly white Hollywood smile makeover, or the celebrity smile with pearly white porcelain veneers. Other individuals may prefer a simple improvement, such as the replacement of amalgam fillings with composite and teeth whitening.

SMILE DESIGN

One difference between a cosmetic dentist and a general dentist is that a cosmetic dentist, before doing any cosmetic dentistry work that involves multiple front teeth, will often perform a smile design consultation. Cosmetic dentists understand that communication with the patient over what they expect, what they want their teeth to look like, is critical to their success. Cosmetic dentistry is a process that improves a person’s self-esteem. If the result is not pleasing to the patient, the treatment is a failure. In order for you to be happy with the result, you need to have strong input into the artistic planning of your smile. Our cosmetic Dental surgeon and the team is more than capable of planning and implementing the best smile which you dream of.

TEETH WHITENING (BLEACHING)

    

We do in house teeth whitening with 40% hydrogen peroxide the material we use is FDI approved to maintain treatment we provide take home whitening. Teeth whitening (bleaching) have become very popular in all over the world. It is easy, effective, and relatively inexpensive to have done. Everyone wants whiter teeth. For a better looking smile.

TEETH COLOR

Teeth color is complex. There are colors on the surface of the tooth and colors within the tooth. The enamel itself is fairly translucent and it imparts a little color. The dentin is not as translucent and imparts more color, but it also transmits light. The surface texture of a tooth also has a strong impacton the perceived color. Shiny highlights can make a tooth appear brighter than it is.

Some of the strongest complaints we get from people who e-mail us is that their dentist didn't get the color of the tooth right. For many dentists, this is definitely a weak spot. A little about this subject is taught in dental school, but for a dentist to really understand it requires special courses, a strong desire to improve his or her esthetic skills, and a certain amount of natural aptitude. A good cosmetic dentist needs to master this subject.

The basic parameters of color are hue, saturation, and luminence. The dentist needs to add to this an expert understanding of translucency, reflectivity, and transmission. It isn't an easy subject.

TEETH STAINS

The three types of teeth stains:

  • There are superficial stains that exist only on the surface of the teeth. Ordinary toothpastes will remove most of these. If they are more tenacious, they may need to be removed by a professional cleaning or with a stain-dissolving toothpaste such as Super smile whitening toothpaste. When you see advertising claims for whitening toothpastes, these are the types of stains they remove.
  • There are embedded stains that have soaked into the teeth. The two worst kinds of these are tobacco stains and coffee stains. They can become quite pronounced. After a lifetime of smoking, your teeth can become a serious shade of brown. Toothpastes and professional cleanings won't remove these. These require a professional tooth whitening treatment. For these treatments, a peroxide gel is allowed to soak into your teeth for a period of time. The gel releases oxygen inside your tooth, which chemically bleaches the stain and eliminates it.
  • There are structural stains that are present from when the tooth was formed. All teeth have some degree of intrinsic color, and there are genetic variations of varying amounts of color that people have, the same as with skin color. So some people have teeth that are just naturally yellow or gray. In addition, there is a particularly nasty gray-brown color that is the result of taking the antibiotic tetracycline while your teeth are forming. These tetracycline stains are made a part of the structure of your tooth and are very difficult to bleach out.

Another structural stain is fluorosis teeth stain. This is caused by consuming too much fluoride, and results in white or brown spotting. This can't be treated by bleaching—the stains need to be covered with direct dental bonding or porcelain veneers.

If your teeth are genetically a little on the dark side, tooth bleaching will still whiten them. You can also bleach tetracycline stains, but since they are so intense, you will not likely reach a really white tooth by bleaching alone and will have to cover them with porcelain veneers or another type of treatment.

PORCELAIN VENEERS

In dentistry, a veneer is a thin layer of restorative material placed over a tooth surface, either to improve the aesthetics of a tooth, or to protect a damaged tooth surface. There are two main types of material used to fabricate a veneer, composite, dental porcelain and Zirconia. A composite veneer may be directly placed (built-up in the mouth), or indirectly fabricated by a dental technician in a dental laboratory, and later bonded to the tooth, typically using a resin cement.

 

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