Cosmetic Dentistry for the Smile of Your Dreams
Cosmetic dentistry has got great popularity nowadays for all types of it from tooth whitening to closing spaces to shaping and tooth replacement. Tools and techniques too have evolved much more than before to make your smile more and more beautiful. Dr. Mark Simeone, a highly qualified and trained dentist in Downingtown shares here his knowledge and experience for our readers.
Due to smoking, beverages like tea and coffee or certain medications, teeth become discolored over time. Your smile has a major role to play in your personality and stained or discolored teeth spoil your smile. Teeth whitening can be performed either at the dentist’s office or at home.
A custom mouthpiece is made for your teeth in order to decide the correct quantity of whitening solution. Teeth whitening done at home may be more convenient for you; but it may take a couple of weeks or even longer based on the intensity of peroxide used. In-office treatment can be done in one or more sessions, each being 1- or 2-hour long.
Remember that teeth whitening is not teeth cleaning and you have to practice dental hygiene properly. Also the substances that stained your teeth can again do the same if you keep exposing your teeth to them continuously.
Bonding corrects the excessive space between teeth or broken, stained, chipped or cracked teeth too. A bonding material is used to fill small cavities in teeth or to protect the uncovered roots of teeth.
The procedure is done during a single visit to dentist’s office. An etching solution is applied to the affected tooth and then tooth-colored materials are applied to the tooth surfaces wherever required.
Dental veneers are custom shells, normally made of porcelain or plastic are meant for covering the front surfaces of teeth to change their shape and/or color. Veneers are more durable than bonding and also look superior. Moreover they are cheaper than crowns.
Crowns are also known as caps and cover the tooth completely, giving the teeth normal shape and look. You can use a crown for:
- Covering a discolored or misshapen tooth
- Restoring a broken tooth
- Covering a tooth that has undergone a root canal procedure
- Protecting a week tooth
- Covering a dental implant
- Keeping a dental bridge in place
Crowns or caps can be made of combination of metal and porcelain, plain metal, ceramic or resin. Since they are expensive, they are mostly recommended only when there is no other alternative for a pleasing result.
Enamel Shaping and Contouring
These involve removing or contouring enamel on teeth to enhance the appearance of tooth/teeth. This procedure may be combined with bonding. Enamel shaping and contouring can change shape, length and position of teeth and can correct chipped teeth, overlapping or crooked teeth, irregular teeth and minor bite issues.
Plus there are many types in cosmetic dentistry like braces, bridges, dental implants and many more. Contact Dr. Mark Simeone, who is a leading cosmetic dentist in Coatesville PA 19320, to learn more about cosmetic dentistry.