- by Manipal Hospitals
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- Feb 09 2017
Cosmetic Dental Treatment: Smile with Confidence!
A confident smile can radiate one’s personality. Cosmetic dental treatments can help you perfect a beautiful smile.
With the advancement in medical technology, today, there are a vast variety of treatments available under cosmetic dentistry to choose from. This includes teeth whitening, dental implants, bonding, veneers, crowns, braces, bridges, enamel shaping and contouring among the many.
Teeth whitening is one of the most commonly performed cosmetic dental treatment. The discolored teeth are bleached to bring back its natural look. The discoloration of teeth can occur through smoking, chewing tobacco, intake of certain medication, or over consumption of beverages like coffee and tea. The process of teeth whitening can take place in one or more 1- to 2-hour visits.
Dental implants are artificial teeth replacements that are attached directly into thejaw to replace missing teeth. Dental implants are long-term solution which involves a surgical implantation of titanium screws into the jawbone, crowns or caps are then paced on top of the titanium screws.
Bonding is done to improve the appearance of the teeth by using a composite resin which appears like natural teeth. The composite resin fills in the excess space as well as fixes chipped, stained, cracked or broken teeth. Bonding materials also protects the exposed root of a tooth from further damage.
Veneers are composite or porcelain shells that covers the front part of the teeth that are chipped, damaged, severely decolored or permanently stained. Veneers are also used if the teeth have space between them. These are long lasting, lasts longer than bonding.
Crowns or caps are used to reinstate damaged teeth and thus improves your appearance. Crowns completely covers misshapen, discolored, weak or a broken tooth to give natural look. Crowns are also used to cover teeth with larger fillings, to hold dental bridge in place, tooth that has undergone root canal treatment, as well as to cover a dental implant.
Enamel Shaping & Contouring is removing and contouring dental enamel to alter the length, position and shape of the teeth. This procedure can correct crooked, chipped, irregular and overlapping teeth and improve the appearance. Enamel shaping and contouring is often combined with bonding.
Braces are one of the most used procedure to reposition crooked and crowded teeth. Braces can also correct an irregular bite, improve jaw positioning as well as jaw joint disorders. The procedure may last several months to one or two years depending on the cases.
Bridges or partial dentures are artificial teeth made of porcelain, alloys or gold to replace missing teeth. The procedure involves anchoring the bridges onto the adjacent teeth, crowning and finally cementing them.
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