Yes, everyone loves that white and bright smile. And not having the same is still considered a deal-breaking aspect.
Why avoid dental care treatment? Why face potentially hurtful comments for something so fixable? Here’s a look at six procedures that result in cosmetically perfect teeth.
Dental bonding is the first preference for correcting unwanted spaces, chipped or cracked teeth, or dark stains. It’s ideal if minor cosmetic changes are required to correct imperfections.
The procedure is simple. The affected teeth are examined, and their surfaces are roughened. Then, a conditioning solution is applied on surfaces. After a few minutes, dentists apply resin material on teeth. Yes, the material is safe and biocompatible. It is smoothed and molded to ensure every tooth appears the same in length.
You can expect the teeth bonding process to complete in a single sitting unless there’s a cavity filling required.
Bonding benefits last for five years or more if you follow proper oral hygiene habits.
Mayim Bialik does not need much of an introduction. But did you ever notice her teeth were misaligned? Bialik underwent orthodontic treatment. She had to wear headgear and retainers at night due to a lack of invisible options back then. Thankfully, these days dental alignment and orthodontic issues are fixed without metal braces.
Invisalign or invisible aligners work as unobtrusive appliances for both children and adult patients. Clear aligners offer the best opportunity to fix overcrowding without wearing metal. Custom-made trays are almost invisible, and you can wear them at all times. No one will notice their existence.
Custom-made aligners are designed to fit the patient’s mouth. Therefore, there’s no question of discomfort. In addition, you can remove them while eating or drinking something other than water. You need to change aligners every month as your teeth start shifting. Your dentist will provide multiple sets of trays.
The Invisalign-based procedure takes time to show the result. The treatment time frame depends on the type and amount of gaps between multiple teeth.
Are metal braces entirely out of the equation these days? Well, orthodontists recommend lingual, self-ligating, ceramic, or metal braces only in complicated cases.
Professional teeth whitening (bleaching)
Routine brushing and rinsing with mouthwash hardly help manage unwanted stains left by certain foods. Slowly, your teeth start turning yellow. Discoloration due to stains left by tobacco or antibiotics may worsen the case. You surely need something more than whitening toothpaste, mouthwash, or DIY teeth whitening kits. And this is when professional whitening services or bleaching enter the picture.
Dentists can restore that great smile and confidence within an hour. However, it’s crucial to note that some patients require dental scaling and filling in case of damaged teeth.
Administering anesthesia is not necessary for most patients. Your dental care professional will examine your mouth to ensure your teeth are in perfect condition. Then, take digital x-rays for creating custom trays. You have to wear these mouthpieces for at least thirty minutes daily throughout one week.
Custom trays are filled with bleaching materials like hydrogen peroxide, carbamide, etc. They will also prescribe stain-removing toothpaste for daily use. The treatment does not work if teeth are permanently damaged or highly stained.
Veneers are thin shell-like covers that fit perfectly on the front surface of teeth. In addition, they are tooth-colored, so they can perfectly cover up cracks, as well as fractured or chipped teeth.
Dentists recommend veneers when teeth whitening does not help get rid of dark stains.
Dental care professionals may administer anesthesia if there’s a need to file down portions of dental enamel.
Dental veneers are custom-made. Initially, dentists fit temporary veneers on teeth until the laboratory delivers permanent ones.
Inlays and onlays
Some people feel a dental crown or cap can ruin their smile. No wonder. After all, traditional fillings and crowns often mismatch with teeth color. And this is where inlays and onlays prove better.
Inlays and onlays are porcelain (ceramic) fillings customized to fit cusps and grooves on your teeth.
If the deterioration is limited to the tooth cusps, the dentist will create and fix an onlay like a crown. On the other hand, inlays fit in small chewing areas damaged due to decay. Dentists may reshape some parts of your infected tooth.
Inlays and onlays cover dental cavities and decay. But without ugliness. Both blend well with the natural color of your teeth. Most importantly, they help in preserving the natural structure of your mouth.
Inlays last longer than usual fillings and offer better protection from bacteria. In fact, onlays and inlays offer better-chewing force as well. Patients can clean their teeth in their usual way. Plus, there’s no need to worry about experiencing metal-like taste post-filling gaps.
Yes, inlays and onlays cost more than crown or cap. But, the price is small in exchange for the aesthetically pleasing results they provide.
ICON Infiltration treatment for white spots
Individuals undergoing orthodontic treatment do not need an introduction to white spot lesions.
Those cariogenic white spots on front teeth can turn into trouble for your teeth very quickly. After a specific time, they start appearing aesthetically unpleasing. But, it’s not just an aesthetics issue. The cavity-causing acids spread the decay and destroy the tooth structure slowly.
Dentists use the ICON syringes system to reach the tooth’s damaged area and fill it with a highly fluid resin. It not only stops decay but balances discoloration and preserves natural teeth.
Thankfully, the ICON Infiltration technique can help eliminate white spot lesions without any invasive process. Yes, hard-to-reach areas inside the dental enamel turn white without a drill.
Thanks to advancements in dentistry, restoring chewing ability and aesthetics has become easier than before.
Do you wish to improve your dental health and smile but don’t know which procedure to choose? Book an appointment with TruCare Dentistry today. Let us evaluate your oral health and suggest ways to make your smile celeb-worthy.