It involves a comprehensive assessment of your smile aesthetics in order to improve its overall appearance. Typically, one or more cosmetic dentistry procedures, such as dental veneers, dental implants, gingival sculpting and teeth whitening, will be required for several teeth in both the upper and lower arches in order to achieve the look you want.
It is a brilliant way to add sparkles to your smile and stand out in a crowd. There is no drilling involved in this technique and your teeth are not harmed. Having a crystal glass design or a twinkle of diamond on your teeth is the latest fad.
Orthodontics is the specialty of dentistry that is concerned with the study and treatment of malocclusions (improper bites), which may be a result of tooth irregularity, disproportionate jaw relationships, or both. Orthodontic treatment can focus on dental displacement only, or can deal with the control and modification of facial growth. Orthodontic treatment can be carried out for purely aesthetic reasons with regards to improving the general appearance of patient’s teeth. Today’s orthodontics involves repositioning of the teeth and underlying roots, providing better support for the crown of the tooth. Orthodontic treatment is now associated with the benefits of greater esthetic appeal, increased comfort and reduced treatment time.
Braces work by the following method.
Teeth move through the use of force. The force applied by the arch wire pushes the tooth in a particular direction and a stress is created within the periodontal ligament. The modification of the periodontal blood supply determines a biological response which leads to bone remodeling.
Traditional braces are stainless steel, sometimes in combination with nickel titanium, and are the most widely used. These include conventional braces, which require ties to hold the arch wire in place, and newer self-tying (or self-ligating) brackets. Self-ligating brackets may reduce friction between the wire and the slot of the bracket, which in turn might be of therapeutic benefit.
Ceramic braces serve as a cosmetic alternative to traditional metal braces by blending in more with the natural colour of the teeth or having a less conspicuous or hidden appearance. Clear elastic ties and white metal ties are available to be used with these clear braces to help keep the appliances less conspicuous. These ceramic braces, or clear braces, have a higher component of friction and tend to be more brittle than metal braces.
Dentures are prosthetic devices constructed to replace missing teeth, and which are supported by surrounding soft and hard tissues of the oral cavity.
Types of Dentures:
Removable partial dentures: Removable partial dentures are for patients who are missing some of their teeth on a particular arch.
Fixed partial dentures: also known as “crown and bridge”, are made from crowns that are fitted on the remaining teeth to act as abutments and pontics made from materials to resemble the missing teeth.
Complete dentures: Complete dentures or full mouth dentures are worn by patients who are missing all of the teeth in a single arch (i.e. the maxillary (upper arch) or mandibular (lower arch).
This is a teeth whitening procedure which uses light energy to accelerate the process of bleaching in a dental office along with the application of oxidizing agents. The effects of bleaching can last for several months, but may vary depending on the lifestyle of the patient.
Composite or porcelain laminates that are adhesively bonded to the surface of a tooth to correct and repair chips and cracks will improve a worn appearance or severe tooth discoloration. Veneers may also be recommended if you have gaps in your teeth or if you have not had success with teeth whitening.
A crown is a type of dental restoration which completely caps or encircles a tooth or dental implant and is typically bonded to the tooth using dental cement. Crowns can be made from many materials, which are usually fabricated using indirect methods. Crowns are often used to improve the strength or appearance of teeth.
A bridge is a dental restoration used to replace a missing tooth by joining permanently to adjacent teeth or dental implants. There are different types of bridges, depending on how they are fabricated and the way they anchor to the adjacent teeth.
A Filling is a way to restore a tooth damaged by decay back to its normal function and shape. The decayed tooth material is first removed, the affected area cleaned, and then filling the cleaned out cavity with a filling material by closing off spaces where bacteria can enter. A filling also helps prevent further decay. Materials used for these white fillings are either composites or Glass Ionomers.
A Dental Implant is an artificial tooth root used in dentistry to support restorations that resemble a tooth or group of teeth. Dental implants are an ideal option for people in good general oral health who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury or some other reason. Implant supported tooth/teeth look and feel very natural, you may forget you ever lost a tooth. Under proper conditions, such as placement by an Implantologist and diligent patient maintenance, implants can last a lifetime. Dental implants are intimately connected with the gum tissues and underlying bone in the mouth.