Are you unhappy with how your teeth look? Are you self-conscious about your smile? If so, you may be interested in cosmetic dentistry. Cosmetic dental treatments can improve the appearance of your teeth, giving you a more beautiful and confident smile that can last you for years. In this blog post, we will discuss the top five most common cosmetic dental treatments, as well as what they entail.
Teeth whitening is one of the most common cosmetic dental treatments, and it is a procedure that can drastically improve the appearance of your smile. Teeth whitening involves the use of a bleaching agent that is applied to the teeth in order to remove any discoloration or staining. Professional teeth whitening procedures are typically performed in a dental office. The bleaching agent is applied to the teeth, and then a light or laser is used to activate the agent and help it to penetrate the teeth. This procedure can take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour, and it is usually done in one or two sessions. During a single session, teeth can be lightened about 8-10 shades. These results tend to last about a year, depending on factors such as oral hygiene and lifestyle.
Veneers are another popular cosmetic dental treatment. Veneers are thin, porcelain or composite shells that are adhered over the front surface of the teeth. They are used to correct a variety of issues, such as cracked or chipped teeth, misshapen teeth, gaps between teeth, and stained or discolored teeth. Veneers are usually placed on the upper teeth, as they are more visible when you smile, but they can also be placed on the lower teeth. Veneers are usually placed in two appointments. During the first appointment, the dentist will remove a thin layer of enamel and take impressions of your teeth that are sent to a dental lab. The lab will use these impressions to create your veneers. In the second appointment, the veneers will be placed on your teeth and bonded into place.
Composite fillings are made of a mixture of plastic and glass, and they are used to correct cavities. They are also used to repair cracked or chipped teeth, as well as teeth that have been worn down. Composite fillings are tooth-colored, so they blend in with the natural color of your teeth. This makes them a more aesthetically pleasing option than traditional silver fillings. Composite fillings are placed in one appointment. First, the dentist will remove any decay from the tooth and then prepare it for the filling. The composite material is then placed on the tooth and shaped to fit. Once the filling is in place, it is hardened with a light.
A dental crown is a restoration that covers the entire tooth. It is used to correct a variety of issues, such as cracked or chipped teeth, misshapen teeth, severely stained or discolored teeth, and teeth that have been worn down. Dental crowns are made of porcelain, and they are matched to the color of your natural teeth. Crowns are usually placed in two appointments. During the first appointment, the dentist will remove any decay from the tooth and then take impressions of your teeth that are sent to a dental lab. The lab will use these impressions to create your crown. In the second appointment, the crown will be placed on your tooth and cemented into place.
Dental implants are a permanent solution for missing teeth. They are titanium posts that are placed in the jawbone, and they act as anchors for artificial teeth. Dental implants are usually placed in two appointments. During the first appointment, the dentist will place the implant in your jawbone. In the second appointment, the artificial tooth will be placed on top of the implant.
In this blog, we have discussed the top five most common cosmetic dental treatments. These treatments are teeth whitening, veneers, composite fillings, dental crowns, and dental implants. These are just a few of the most common cosmetic dental treatments. If you are interested in improving your smile, be sure to talk to your dentist about which treatment is right for you.
Dr. Gerald Sisko graduated from Ohio State University College of Dentistry in 1987. He is an active member of the American Dental Association, the Ohio Dental Association, and the Akron Dental Society where he is currently holding a council position. He has had the honor and distinction of being awarded “TOP DENTIST” in Akron and Cleveland as well as Northeast Ohio for the last several consecutive years.