Cosmetic dentistry explained

Traditional dentistry focuses primarily on oral hygiene, preventing, diagnosing and treating oral diseases and address dental problems that require necessary treatment. Cosmetic dentistry focuses on improving the appearance of your teeth, mouth and smile and provides elective or desired treatments and services.

Cosmetic Dentistry Trends

Cosmetic dental treatments are more durable today than years before thanks to the technological advancements in natural looking, tooth-coloured dental materials. Cosmetic dentists are also using more conservative dentistry techniques ensuring that they preserve as much of your natural tooth structure as possible. Lasers are also used in-office to perform procedures necessary for cosmetic treatments without calling specialists. So if you want a smile makeover, it can easily be done in the cosmetic dentist’s office and you benefit through less cosmetic recovery time.

Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures

  • Teeth Whitening
    This is probably the most common cosmetic dentistry procedures amongst all the others. Your teeth get stained from smoking, food and drinks (tea, coffee or red wine) and poor oral hygiene habits. But by bleaching your teeth you can improve the appearance of your teeth.
  • Dental Veneers
    Composite or porcelain laminates are adhesively bonded to your teeth to correct and repair chips and cracks and that will improve a worn appearance or sever tooth discoloration. If you have gaps in your teeth or had undergone teeth whitening that were unsuccessful, dental veneers could also be done to correct these problems.
  • Smile Makeovers
    This entails a comprehensive assessment of your smile esthetics to improve your smile’s overall appearance. This procedure includes several cosmetic dentistry procedures like teeth whitening, dental veneers, dental implants and gingival sculpting and is performed on both the upper and lower arch of your mouth.
  • Dental Implants
    Dental implants are artificial root replacements and the procedure is performed as part of prosthetic dentistry to compensate for tooth loss. Because loss of teeth makes you look older and cause your face to collapse, dental implants will rectify that and give you a youthful appearance and improved smile.
  • Inlays/Outlays
    Inlays and outlays (also known as indirect fillings) are made from porcelain or composite materials and is a long-lasting, cosmetic way to provide tooth filling to tooth decay or structural damage. Whereas dental fillings are molded into place within the mouth when visiting the dentist; inlays and outlays are created in a dental laboratory before being fitted and adhesively bonded into place by your dentist.
  • Composite Bonding
    If your teeth are chipped, broken, discoloured or decayed you should undergo the composite bonding cosmetic dentistry procedure. A dental composite material that looks like enamel and dentin are applied into the cavity or to the surface of the tooth where it is then sculpted into shape, and contoured and hardened with a high intensity light. It blends in invisibly with your other teeth.

If you’d like to have your teeth whitened, need dental implants or want a smile makeover amongst many other cosmetic dentistry Dr Cerny. She is a dentist based in Sandton, Johannesburg and focuses on affordable and painless dentistry. Book your appointment with a specialized dentist in Johannesburg and achieve the perfect smile today!

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