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Top 7 Cosmetic Dental Procedures for a Perfect Smile

by Sam B. Project Manager

Unfortunately, not everyone is blessed to have the perfect natural smile. 

Fortunately, there are cosmetic dental procedures that can grant you just that. The cosmetic dentist will make sure you have the smile of your dreams, and explain to you how they are going to achieve it. If you are thinking about making an appointment with your dentist, here is a preview of what they are going to offer you. In the end, it is always beneficial to do a little bit of research about the possibilities before hearing your doctor out. Namely, here are the seven most popular cosmetic dental procedures for your benefit. 

1. Tooth Whitening

Of course, a white pearly smile is everyone’s first thought of a perfect smile. This procedure is recommended for people who already have a solid positioning of the teeth as it doesn’t do anything to change their shape. What it does is makes them brighter and whiter, and the teeth get an additional shine. The procedure can be done at the doctor’s office or home with over-the-counter products. However, it is best to seek the dentist’s opinion about what product to use as not all whitening products sold at the chemist’s have a real effect. 

2. Dental Veneers

When the enamel of the tooth is worn down, the dentin is exposed, and due to the dentin’s yellow/brownish colour, the teeth seem dirty. Or, when the tooth’s pulp stops functioning, the colour of the tooth turns into blue. When such cases happen, the best solution is a dental veneer, which is a thin porcelain shell that is placed on the facial surface of the tooth. 

The procedure involves filing down the whole of the enamel, and then an impression of the tooth is taken. This impression is sent to the dental lab, where it serves as a pointer for a custom made veneer. Until the permanent veneers are made, your dentist will place temporary veneers on the teeth.

This procedure is the best solution for people who have stained teeth and can’t solve the problem with a regular whitening of the teeth. Also, in cases of chipped or fractured front teeth, dental veneers can be the real deal. 

3. Enamel Bonding

Another procedure for people with significantly stained or chipped teeth is enamel bonding. The dentist uses a composite bonding material and adds it to the place where bonding is necessary. This bonding material is the same that is used for dental fillings. However, this procedure is considered as the shorter-lasting option than the dental veneers simply because the life-span of the enamel bonding is much shorter than the dental veneers. While dental veneers may last from 12 to 25 years, the enamel bonding may last up to 10 years. 

4. Enamel Abrasion

This is a procedure that helps get rid of the discoloration of the teeth. It is done with fine pumice in a micro-abrasion machine used to remove surface stains. Usually, people with stains on the teeth from wine, soda, tobacco, and coffee go for this procedure. This means that enamel abrasion suits only people that have stains coming from food and drinks and not from an intrinsic tooth problem. 

5. Invisalign Braces

Have you been wondering why more and more adults are wearing braces? Well, because it is not a trend, but a fantastic new dental appliance which helps get the teeth in a position for a beautiful smile. This dental appliance is called Invisalign braces, and they can correct the misalignment, which in some cases, it might cause pain and chronic headaches. This might be a bit more expensive option, but the effects are guaranteed. 

6. Gingival Contouring

Some people show a little bit more gum than they want to. Their natural smile might consist of the perfectly aligned white teeth but with an excessive amount of gum tissue exposed as well. This is called excessive gingival display or gummy smile. Fortunately, it can be treated with several different treatments, including laser treatment, orthodontics, surgical lip repositioning, maxillofacial surgery, and gingival sculpting. Periodontists and orthodontists can do this procedure and, in some cases, an oral surgeon. 

7. Porcelain crowns

If the teeth are severely damaged, then porcelain crowns are the best way to preserve the functionality of the tooth. Because of its nature, this procedure in on the line between being restorative and cosmetic. Crowns can be made from different materials, including gold, porcelain, all-ceramic porcelain, and so on, and all of them have different prices. These might last from 1- to 15 years. 

The bottom line

Cosmetic dental procedures are helping the person who needs them to increase their self-confidence, become happier with their physical appearance, and smile more often. The most common of all is the teeth whitening with can be done at home with the help of over-the-counter products; for example, the Opalescence tooth whitening systems or a professional can do the procedure at the doctor’s office. The other dental procedures are also popular. However, they are usually done when there is a need to take care of a dental problem. 


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About Sam B. Freshman   Project Manager

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