•Teeth (Tooth) Whitening– A mouth of stained or discolored teeth suggest age and wear. On the other hand white teeth represent youthfulness and innocence. It should be the goal of everyone wanting that “perfect smile” to have shinny bright white teeth. Unfortunately over the years coffee, tea, food coloring and other things we eat and drink darken them.
Keep in mind that some procedures may whiten your teeth but be harmful to your natural enamel. A good surgeon will attempt to strike a balance as well as preventing your teeth from becoming excessively white so they look unnatural.
Do you have teeth that have become darkened over the years because of certain drinks (i.e. Cola, tea and coffee) or age? Were you born with teeth that are slightly yellow? Your typical tooth whitening toothpaste you can purchase at the grocery store will not be adequate. A cosmetic dental surgeon will utilize special teeth bleaching procedures to either lighten or completely whiten your teeth.
•Porcelain Veneers – There are several situations where a person might desire veneers. First, sometimes teeth are so stained, either by genetics or because of our diet, that even teeth whitening will not be able to fix their color. Second, some people are born with broken or misshaped teeth. Third, a person might suffer an accident that will damage one or more teeth in his mouth. In these cases a doctor might prescribe porcelain veneers.
Veneers are extremely thin pieces of tooth-shaped porcelain, or plastic, that a dentist will glue over the front of your real teeth. In a nutshell they hide the tooth that you do not want anyone to see with a look-a-like that is artificial but perfect. It is not a painful procedure at all so no anesthesia is required. Many times people choose veneers as an alternative to getting crowns. A great aspect about veneers is that the dentist, in most cases, will not have to remove the original tooth itself. Do not worry about them falling off. They are not only custom-made to be extremely strong but they are very durable. The dentist will make a mold of your mouth or particular tooth and create a veneer that will perfectly mirror what your original teeth look like. Their lifespan of porcelain veneers is generally 10-15 years before you have to get them replaced.
•Dental Implants– There are a lot of similarities between dental implants and porcelain veneers. They are both artificial teeth made to replace your original ones. The major difference is that veneers are placed over an undesirable tooth and dental implants totally replace them.
Implants are much more real looking and are made to last much of your entire life. They are, however, by a wide margin more expensive than veneers.
These days dental implants are made from titanium. This substance is chosen because its lightweight, durable and bonds will with your body. These fixtures are screwed into your jaw bone. Unlike false teeth they do not need to ever be removed. In order for the surgery to be successful you need to have enough bone in the area of the tooth being replaced for the dental implant to be attached to.
You can use titanium dental implants to replace just one tooth or all of your teeth. The people who get them are usually people, who have lost a tooth, cracked a tooth or have teeth that are extremely crooked and they want them completely replaced by perfect ones. Implants replace your real teeth. They look 100% natural and once installed you will eventually forget that they were not the teeth you were born with.
•Dental Bonding – This is great for people who want their originally teeth repaired and not replaced. In this procedure special composite resin is filled into the front and back of the teeth. If a person wants to reshape, change the color or restore decayed teeth then dental bonding might be recommended by a cosmetic dental surgeon. Its far less expensive than replacing some other options.
Bonding is a great way to get rid of some annoying coffee stains you have, fill in small gaps and might even be implemented to correct crooked teeth. Many people opt for this as a way to cover slight flaws they have. Again, it involves your dental surgeon applying a thin coat of plastic material on the front and back part of your teeth and then subsequently bonding and sculpting it so that it perfectly fills in the area you want addressed. A special light will then be used to harden the plastic and lastly the surface of the tooth is polished to perfection.
•Dental Bridges – Bridges are a form of false teeth which are placed between two porcelain crowns. Its purpose is to fill in an area that remains by one or several missing teeth. It is held up by two crowns that are attached to your teeth on both sides of the false tooth. Many people refer to this as a fixed bridge. Unlike removable dentures they cannot be taken out. People who opt for a dental bridge are usually ones with a few missing teeth.
•Tooth Contouring and Reshaping – This treatment is a new one in the world of cosmetic dental surgery. It’s used to reshape and contour chipped, overlapping, crooked and cracked teeth. Many times people will choose this over braces. Countering and reshaping a tooth is more for a person who does not have major problems but only desires subtle changes in his smile. It will generally involve just a few millimeters of special teeth laminate and a little spot reduction to achieve its results. There is generally little pain involved. If you need to change the shape, alter the position or would like a different length of your teeth then you should ask your dentist if he would recommend this.
•Dentures – Dentures are the official word for “false teeth.” You might have parents or grandparents that have these. They are becoming less common because they are other procedures that are more permanent and look more natural, like veneers and dental implants. Nevertheless, those procedures can cost a lot of money and there are still some people who prefer dentures due to their ease of use and cost.
These items are a set of teeth that can be removed in and out of your mouth. They are custom fitted from a mold taken out of your mouth and manufactured from either porcelain or acrylic resin. Depending on your dentist and the quality of your dentures they can either look perfectly natural or slightly fake.
•Dental Fillings– Dental fillings are sometimes referred to as dental restoration. A dentist will use this when the tooth structure is still intact overall but its integrity and function has been compromised in some way. This will usually be cause by trauma or cavities. By adding the filling inside the tooth, or restorative material, a dentist builds the tooth back up to its normal level of function. Not only does it improve aesthetics but it brings back the physical integrity of a tooth (i.e. chewing food). Fillings can be made from gold (though not used very often anymore), nickel, cobalt, silver, porcelain and composite resin. This is a very common procedure that most people will have done in their lifetime unless they happen to have extremely good genetics and never experience any tooth problems.
•Dental Caps (Crowns)- Dental caps are also commonly referred to as crowns. Their purpose is to correct a defect found on the surface of a tooth. Some of these include a lost filling, a chipped tooth, cracked enamel or significant tooth decay. Many dentists will recommend a dental cap when most of the tooth is intact, including the root system. They are made to completely cover over the visible surface area of the bad part of the tooth, thereby making it more durable, stable and strong.