Aesthetic dental procedures

A smile has always been considered important social asset influencing various fields of social life. According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry survey, the vast majority thinks that unattractive smile is associated with fewer possibilities in career success and romantic relationships. Since shiny and healthy smile is valued so much the demand for aesthetic dental procedures is growing tremendously.

Teeth whitening

Teeth whiteningThere are many factors including food, drugs, tobacco and genetics that may cause changes in teeth colour. Teeth whitening procedure helps to regain the previous look of your teeth and to achieve lighter and brighter smile. There are several types of teeth whitening but professional teeth whitening performed by a dentist is the most preferable.

How is it performed? First of all, the desired appearance of teeth is discussed with a dentist. Then, the dentist cleans and polishes the teeth in order to remove plaque. Once this is done, the doctor applies the teeth with the whitening solution. Usually, only the front eight teeth are covered. A curing light or laser is used in order to activate the whitening substance. When the teeth get to the desired shade, the dentist removes the whitening solution and rinses the teeth. A special fluoride gel may be applied on the teeth in order to reduce sensitivity that may occur after teeth whitening.

The result. Your teeth can become up to 10 shades lighter in a single visit that takes about an hour. The result of stunning smile may last for one year, depending on how well you take care of your teeth.

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Dental veneers placement

Dental veneer is a very thin piece of tooth colour material. It is used to cover the front surface of the chipped, spaced, misshapen or discoloured teeth in order to improve their appearance.

How is it performed?

Firstly, a dentist prepares the tooth by removing some of the enamel. Then the dentist applies the tooth with a special dental resin which attaches the veneer. After the doctor puts the veneer into the right place, a special curing light is applied to harden the resin and affix the veneer. Usually three dental visits are necessary to achieve the desired result.

The result. The average longevity of dental veneers is from five to 12 years. However, in a combination with good oral hygiene and regular dental visits the results may last for 20 years or even more.

Dental crowns placement

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that is put on a partially damaged tooth in order to restore its normal appearance. This procedure is a great option for those whose teeth are cracked, damaged by decay or discoloured by dental filling. Also, dental crowns are used to attach a dental bridge or to cover a dental implant.

How is it performed?

Firstly, a doctor makes the tooth. The surrounding tissues are numb. The doctor grinds the tooth in order to make room for a crown. Once this is done, the doctor takes teeth impressions which are necessary for a proper form of the crown which is made in a dental lab. Finally, the crown is cemented in its place. Usually, at least two visits are necessary for dental crown placement.

Result. Dental crowns are made of dental porcelain, zirconium or metal-free ceramics and perfectly match natural tooth appearance and function. Although there are many factors influencing the longevity of dental crowns, they usually last for five to 10 years or even more.

Dental bridge placement

A dental bridge is an artificial tooth that is anchored to the teeth on either side of the missing one (or ones). The bridge essentially consists of two dental crowns and prosthetic tooth (or couple of them) in-between.

How is it performed?

First of all, a doctor prepares abutment teeth that will fix the bridge in the right place. The abutment teeth are reshaped by removing a portion of enamel. Later, a crown will be placed on each of these teeth. Then, the doctor takes teeth impressions that are necessary for manufacturing of a proper dental bridge. Once the dental bridge is done and perfectly fits in a mouth, the doctor cements onto the abutment teeth. Most commonly the desired result is achieved during two visits to a dentist.

The result. The prosthetic tooth is made from dental porcelain and looks very natural so it perfectly substitutes the missing one. Usually, dental bridge lasts for about 10 years but it may last for 5 to 15 years or even longer depending on your oral hygiene.

Dental bonding

This procedure helps to change the shape of the tooth by using special composite materials. These materials (dental composite resins and dental porcelains) mimic the look, the feel and function of natural teeth perfectly. They are also very beneficial in repairing decayed or chipped teeth, making teeth look longer or filling the spaces between them.

This procedure helps to change the shape of the tooth by using special composite materials. These materials (dental composite resins and dental porcelains) mimic the look, the feel and function of natural teeth perfectly. They are also very beneficial in repairing decayed or chipped teeth, making teeth look longer or filling the spaces between them.

How is it performed?

There are two types of dental bonding – direct composite bonding and adhesive bonding.

  • Direct composite bonding –a doctor applies the composite material directly on the problematic tooth or in the gap between them. Firstly, the dentist selects a colour of the composite that best matches your own teeth colour. Then the doctor puts the filler where it is necessary. After that, ultraviolet curing light is used in order to harden the composite material. Usually, one dental visit is enough to complete tooth restoration. Finally, the doctor polishes the corrected area in order to make it shiny and glossy as the rest of the tooth.
  • Adhesive bonding – it is chosen when a very large or complex dental restoration is necessary. This type of dental bonding also includes attaching a restoration to a tooth. This method is typically used for aesthetic crowns, porcelain veneers, dental bridges and inlays/onlays.

The result. Generally the result lasts for seven to 10 years. Naturally, the longevity of the repaired tooth depends on the size and location of the bonded filling.

Gum lift

This procedure is used in the treatment of gum disease and is relatively new in aesthetic dentistry. The goal of the gum lift procedure is to sculpt the gum tissue in order to create the look of longer or symmetrical teeth. Most commonly, this procedure is required by people who have what is commonly known as a ‘gummy smile’.

How is it performed?

First of all, a dentist will numb the area of correction in order to ensure that you will feel no pain. Then he or she will accurately measure the line of the incision and start cutting. Scalpel or laser both may be used to remove the excessive gum tissue.

Result. Since the gum lift requires surgical incisions, a certain recovery period is necessary before you see a real result. However, if you take proper oral care, your gums will heal quite fast and you will be able to enjoy a more presentable and balanced smile.

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