Cosmetic procedures are on the rise as people put an increased emphasis on straightened smiles
People in today’s modern world tend to put a greater emphasis on having a straight smile. The good news is that it’s possible to correct crooked, gappy, missing or yellowed teeth with an array of cosmetic dentistry procedures.
Since cosmetic dentistry is no longer reserved for celebrities and the rich and famous, average citizens have taken advantage of it to restore optimum appearance and function to their smile. Here are the top five readily accessible cosmetic procedures.
Teeth Whitening Treatments
According to the American Dental Association, teeth whitening is possibly one of the most widely used1 and readily available aesthetic dental treatments to combat discoloured teeth, tooth whitening works by degrading tooth stains caused by certain foods and habits such as smoking, drinking coffee, tea or alcohol. While the procedure can be done at home with an inexpensive DIY home kit, the results are dramatically better and last much longer when administered professionally at the dentist using advanced bleaching techniques.
In simple terms, a porcelain veneer is like having a good-looking garage door over your tooth to cover flaws and blemishes. If you have crooked or chipped teeth, they’re your best bet. They’re an ultra-thin, custom made ceramic cover bonded directly onto an individual tooth to create a naturally beautiful look; since they reflect light and also resist staining.
Also known as tooth reshaping, this procedure corrects chipped, crooked, cracked or overlapping teeth in just one session. It is commonly used to alter the length, shape or position of teeth. You’d be surprised at the difference a few millimetres of reduction or added laminate can make.
Accelerated orthodontics (Invisalign)
If you want to go beyond veneers, crowns, bonding or traditional braces, then accelerated orthodontics may be another cosmetic option for you. You can achieve a straightened smile in as little as nine months, compared to the year or two that traditional braces require.
This procedure corrects one or more missing teeth by inserting a false tooth to fill the area. Two crowns are usually placed on each side of the false tooth to hold it in place. This is known as a fixed bridge, and unlike removable partial dentures, it is a permanent fixture that cannot be taken out of your mouth.
1 Tooth Whitening/Bleaching: Treatment Considerations for Dentists and Their Patients (p.2), American Dental Association, ADA Council of Scientific Affairs, 2010, 29 Aug. 2011 <http://www.ada.org/sections/about/pdfs/HOD_whitening_rpt.pdf >.