If you are not happy with your smile or have undergone changes to your facial appearance due to a dental injury, then cosmetic dentistry may have the solution you are looking for. This method of professional dental care revolves around enhancing the appearance of your mouth, gums, and teeth. These procedures are elective rather than essential, which is why they are considered a separate branch from restorative dentistry.
Cosmetic dentistry has been on the rise for a while now especially due to the growing rate of success of dental equipment and procedures. They have even become part of reality TV as of late with many TV shows boasting about the benefits of cosmetic treatment and how it can transform your life.
Common procedures in cosmetic dentistry include veneers, bleaching, fillings, and dental implants. It is estimated that by 2026, the entire industry focusing around cosmetic treatments will reach $32 billion in net worth. If you or a family member are interested in learning more about cosmetic dentistry, we at Djawdan Center for Implant and Restorative Dentistry will be delighted to answer your questions and highlight optimal treatment methods for you.
Teeth whitening is one of the most common and least expensive cosmetic treatments. They can help you get rid of stains and plaque that may have accumulated over time as a result of eating, drinking, medications, or habits like smoking and tobacco chewing. Most people decide to undergo teeth whitening to make their smile bright and appealing.
During a teeth whitening procedure, a dental hygienist will clean plaque, tartar, and other debris from your teeth, before bleaching the surface for a whiter appearance. While brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day and over-the-counter products like whitestrips can help you keep your teeth white, a professional cleaning can be up to five to eight times more effective.
Aesthetic veneers are custom-made shells that go over your natural teeth to help enhance their appearance. They are typically made from medical grade ceramics like porcelain, which look exceptionally realistic and are very hard to tell from natural teeth. They are commonly used to repair damaged, crooked, or chipped teeth but can also be used as a cosmetic remedy.
While attaching the veneers, a dental care provider will remove the unwanted part of the tooth and shape it accordingly so the cap can be bonded to its front side. A medical grade dental adhesive is used to make sure the bond is strong and can last for a few years without moving.
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Inlays and Onlays
Also known as indirect fillings, inlays and onlays are a cosmetic dentistry procedure used to treat mild to moderate decay and as a supportive treatment during cavity fillings. Provided there is little to no damage to the tooth cusps, the inlay will be planted directly onto the surface of the tooth.
On the other hand, your dental care provider may choose to go with onlays if your tooth has undergone severe decay or damage. Onlays are typically used when the fillings cover multiple parts of the tooth or the entire surface. This procedure is the closest alternative to crowns which focuses on restructuring a tooth’s appearance while still strengthening the tooth after deterioration.
Dental crowns, also known as dental caps, are a common cosmetic procedure that is used to repair decaying or damaged teeth. These are custom-made caps made out of porcelain or acrylic that are placed over your entire tooth. They are used in both cosmetic and restorative dentistry as a way to repair crooked, broken, chipped, decayed teeth, and sometimes as fillers for gaps between teeth.
Patients who are looking for a less invasive procedure can opt for same-day CEREC (Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics or Ceramic Reconstruction) crowns that can be fitted in one visit. CEREC single visit technology allows dental care providers to perform full teeth restorations in a single visit.
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Dental bonding is a procedure where a dental professional applies a moldable resin to the tooth and cures it with UV (ultraviolet) light to harden it. The excess parts are then trimmed, shaped, and polished to mimic the appearance of natural teeth. Bonding is a safer alternative to fix cracks, misshapen teeth, chips, and decay.
During a dental bonding procedure, the dentist will drill out the infected or discolored part of the tooth before applying a composite bonding agent on the surface. It is among the least expensive procedures that can help patients suffering from advancing tooth decay or aesthetic disadvantages resulting from broken, chipped, or cracked teeth.
Dental implants are metal devices used to replace damaged or missing teeth. Usually made from titanium, they are surgically placed into the jawbone with the help of special equipment. They are designed to act as the root for replacement teeth and can anchor synthetic teeth such as bridges, dentures, or crowns.
The cosmetic dentist will first place the implant in your bone in an attempt to provide anchoring support to replacement teeth. Once the implant successfully fuses with the bone, your dentist will secure the replacement tooth using abutments. Overtime, the dental implant is allowed to blend in with the rest of the natural teeth. This is also a safer procedure compared to bridges or dentures, as it does not affect the bone integrity of nearby teeth.
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Cosmetic Orthodontic Treatment
Even though orthodontic dentistry primarily focuses on kids only, they can offer several benefits to adults seeking cosmetic dental procedures. People with misaligned teeth can reach out to an orthodontist for treatments that can enhance their facial appearance.
At Djawdan Center for Implant and Restorative Dentistry, we specialize in cosmetic dentistry procedures and have helped patients from all walks of life regain their bright smile. Since cosmetic procedures are not usually covered under insurance, we can help you find alternative payment options without compromising on our quality of service. If you want to learn more about our Annapolis cosmetic procedures or would like to book an appointment for one, feel free to get in touch with us at (443) 569-8764.