Q. What are some examples of Cosmetic Dentistry?
A: Some common cosmetic dentistry techniques include the following:
Bleaching is a technique that brightens teeth that are discolored, stained, or have been darkened because of injury. Bleaching, a popular and convenient form of whitening, is designed so it can be done at home. This technique is known as nightguard bleaching. The dentist fabricates a custom fitted mouthguard that holds the bleaching gel. The amount of time per evening the nightguard is worn and the treatment duration may vary according to the needs of the patient and the dentist's recommendations. Although the average treatment may take a week or more, one may notice results after a few days.
Bonding is a procedure in which tooth-colored materials are applied to the surface of a tooth. Bonding covers discolorations, repairs chips, breaks and cracks and fills in gaps. Of the different cosmetic techniques, bonding material is less expensive than crowns or veneers but the life expectancy of bonding is shorter than crowns or veneers. However, it is a virtually painless procedure that is usually completed in one visit.
Veneers are a thin custom-made shell made of tooth colored porcelain that is designed to cover the front side of the tooth. Like crowns, a dental laboratory fabricates them. Veneers can make uneven teeth even, make stained teeth appear white, fill in gaps between teeth, and make broken teeth appear whole. Even though veneers are a thin covering, they are extremely strong and durable