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Teeth whitening and cosmetic dentistry



With the advanced technology these days, more and more people are turning to teeth whitening and cosmetic dentistry to achieve that bright, white and perfect million-dollar smile. Not only are these methods effective, but they can also boost your self-esteem and give you the confidence to smile at everyone you meet.

If you are thinking of having teeth whitening and cosmetic dentistry work done, there are several options. It is important to work with your dentist and tell him/her exactly what you hope to get out of the procedure, so that the best option can be chosen to best transform your smile. Teeth whitening is one of the more popular choices, and involves the use of the active ingredient peroxide, to brighten and whiten your teeth as a result of discoloration and or staining. This can be done at a dental surgery or at home. You can use teeth whitening trays and gels, teeth whitening strips as well as teeth whitening toothpastes. Other teeth whitening products include, whitening chewing gum, dental floss and mouthwashes, but there needs to be more research done on these.

Other services available from the cosmetic dentistry industry include veneers, implants, crowns, shaping and orthodontic treatment. Veneers are basically thin shells made of porcelain. They are customised to suit the patient and are cemented to the front and side of the tooth. Implants permanently replace missing teeth and are usually made out of titanium, which is surgically implanted into the jawbone. Crowns or caps are designed to fit over the entire tooth and is custom made for each patient. They are usually made out of acrylic or porcelain, which is then fused to metal in order to withstand the pressure of biting. Crowns can be used in cosmetic dentistry to treat teeth that are poorly shaped, badly decayed, broken or chipped, have had large fillings and to cover spaces in between teeth.

Shaping is basically a procedure where the dentist reshapes the tooth by filling or removing some of the enamel. Bonding is used to repair or improve the appearance of a tooth that has been badly stained, broken or chipped. It involves the bonding of materials to the tooth. The materials in this case are the same colour as the tooth itself. With the advent of cosmetic dentistry, orthodontic treatment is becoming more and more popular. These procedures are designed to correct crooked teeth or buck teeth.

The cost of treatment will depend on the procedure you want to have done, the clinic at which you have it done, the materials used, as well as any post-procedural care. If you are considering teeth whitening and cosmetic dentistry to enhance your smile, make sure that you consult with a reputable cosmetic dentist.




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