The only person who looks like a million bucks without teeth is a baby. However, the rest of us are always under the scanner for our looks, always. Earlier it was just the clothes or the way you carried yourself. Teeth were only an aspect of hygiene; not something that you’d probably pay attention to otherwise.
However, times have changed and so has the definition for style and beauty. Everyone is increasingly conscious of how they look and feel and rightly so. There’s nothing more comforting than feeling confident about the way you are and how you carry yourself. You’ve got to sparkle, you see.
And what better than flashing that darling smile. You can win a million hearts with that one stroke. Just flash them pearlies and spread the glow. All this is possible if you pay a little more attention to yourself, your teeth in particular. You may be thinking, you are fine the way you are, and we agree no one knows you better than you — but hey, a little scale-up wouldn’t hurt.
Innovations in medicine have revolutionized treatment and surgical options. This has also given rise to numerous niche fields that now cater to your custom needs; cosmetic dentistry being one of them. Pioneers in biomedicine research have led to the generation of high-end devices and dental practices that can rework and refurbish everything from a broken tooth to lost sheen. Furthermore, all these options can be customized as per your needs, and the procedures are safe and cost-effective.
Cosmetic dentistry covers a broad range of dental treatments. These treatments can be permanent or temporary based on the condition of your teeth. The basic treatments include teeth whitening, crowns, tooth-colored fillings, and so on. Specialized treatments include cosmetic contouring, dental implants, tooth jewelry, and so on.
Teeth whitening or dental bleaching involves restoration of normal tooth color. Owing to structural changes and mineral composition, teeth darken with age. The porosity of the enamel increases, coupled with phosphate deficiency. In addition, a lot of factors cause teeth discoloration, of which food and lifestyle habits are the major culprits. Those of you who smoke or have high caffeine intake, yellowing of teeth is a constant concern.
Teeth whitening can be of two types: at-home or in-office.
The at-home technique, as the name implies, is a DIY method in which you may use commercial lightening products or bleaching techniques that enable effective decoloration. However, it is recommended that you visit your dentist to avail better results and avoid any unwanted results or effects that may ensue. You sure don’t want your teeth to look like a light saber at any cost.
In the in-office technique, a whitening product is applied to your teeth, which is generally composed of a harmless and effective bleaching agent. Based on your requirements, these products can be used in combination with heat, light, or a laser. Furthermore, a tray comprising your teeth impression may be designed by your dentist such that you can continue the treatment at home. The treatment may last for a couple of weeks and may call for a round of visits depending on the need.
However, you do need to remember that the stain may reappear if continue to indulge in the same habits that cause discoloration. Regular oral hygiene may facilitate their maintenance.
Just as a crown adores a king’s head, dental crowns help you attain that perfect shape for your teeth. Chipped tooth, cavity, severely discolored teeth, disfigured teeth, supporting your teeth, covering a dental implant can all be treated using crowns.
Crowns can be composed of metals like stainless steel, all-porcelain or all-ceramic, porcelain-to-metal — you name it, we have it for you. Crowning involves an initial examination by the dentist to determine the health of the teeth and its surrounding jaw and estimating the risk involved (if any). Under local anesthesia, an impression of the tooth and the gum tissue is obtained of the teeth receiving the crown. Once the said crown is generated in the laboratory, the dentist will determine the shade of your teeth that closely resembles the neighboring teeth and fix it accordingly. The crown may be further supported using building material to close any gaps.
Fillings are the most preferred option for cavities. Tooth decay or minor dents may be easily fixed using fillings. Like we said earlier, cosmetic dentistry spoils you with its wide range of options. Based on your need, you can choose the filling you prefer and take your dentist’s take on what works best for you. Fillings may be temporary or permanent based on the condition of your teeth.
Despite the option you choose, always make sure you take your cue from us at the Sterling Dental Clinic for obtaining the best results. After all, a smile is all that it takes sometimes.