A variety of options are currently available to suit most conditions. Some of the commonly used cosmetic options available include :
- Bleaching :
As the name implies, teeth bleaching – or teeth whitening, as it is often called – is a process of lightening the colour of teeth. It is used to erase stains that come from coffee, tea, red wine, cigarette smoke and chewing tobacco. Bleaching will also lighten teeth that have darkened because of age or are naturally yellow or dark. The effects generally last for many years depending on personal habits. The process is simple, effective and produces few side effects.A word of cautrion : Avoid use of readymade, over-the-counter bleaching systems available.
Consult your Dentist for more information.
- Bonding :
Over time, little things can conspire to damage your smile – a chip, a crack, discoloration, noticeable fillings in your front teeth, small gaps between teeth, teeth that are uneven or fractured teeth. Fortunately, there is a simple, pain free, long lasting and cost effective dental procedure that can restore the beauty of your smile. Bonding is a direct, chairside procedure involving tooth coloured composite material.Indications for Bonding :
- Close small gaps between front teeth.
- Repair chips and cracks.
- Conceal discoloration.
- Protect exposed roots caused by gum recession.
- Restore decaying teeth (the tooth-coloured bonding material is an excellent and undetectable filling)
- Seal and protect children’s teeth from cavities.
So, if there are any minor imperfections in your smile, ask your Dentist about tooth bonding. Most procedures can be completed in a single sitting.
- Crown :
Crowns or caps are coverings that fit over your teeth and restore each tooth to its normal shape and size, while both strengthening and improving its appearance. A crown could be made of natural looking porcelain/ceramic, metals, acrylic or composite resins or a combination of any of these.Indications for placing crowns :
- To restore fractured teeth.
- To protect weak teeth from fracturing.
- To support a large filling when there isn’t enough tooth remaining.
- To conceal badly shaped or discoloured teeth.
- To strengthen teeth following a root canal (teeth tend to become brittle and are more prone to fracture).
- To disguise extensive damage caused by decay.
- To attach a bridge.
- To cover a dental implant.
- Veneers :
Veneers are wafer-thin shells of porcelain which are bonded onto the front side of teeth and can be an excellent cosmetic solution for crooked, chipped discoloured or worn teeth. And what they enhance, is your smile.Indications for placing veneers :
- Repair damaged teeth.
- Correct gaps.
- Conceal discoloration.
- Change the shape and size of your mouth.
They are highly resistant to permanent staining from coffee, tea, red wine, cigarette smoke, and even chewing tobacco. What’s more, with the regular care and maintenance of a normal tooth, porcelain veneers can last for well over a decade. Plus, they look completely natural.