6 Explanations of Cosmetic Dental Procedures

You hear your friends, family and coworkers tossing around dental terms you’ve never heard of. What do they all mean? Here are six of the most common cosmetic dental procedures explained:

Dental bonding: This procedure fills in the gaps between teeth and also covers stains and chips in the process. You get a more uniform and bright smile. The way it’s done is by applying composite resin to the teeth, one at a time. The resin comes in various shades, so the dentist selects the shade closest to the color of your teeth. After applying resin, the dentist uses a chemical or high-intensity light to allow the resin to dry. Afterwards, you’re done! No follow-up visit is typically necessary, and you only have to pay a fraction of what other dental procedures can cost.

Tooth contouring and reshaping. Another affordable and quick procedure is tooth contouring and reshaping. This process works on overlaps, grooves, shallow pits, worn-down edges, and chips in the teeth. By using a polishing instrument, the dentist removes a tiny piece of enamel. It’s important to note that before the procedure, the dentists tests your teeth with an x-ray to see if they are strong enough to lose a small amount of enamel. After the procedure, there’s usually one follow-up visit to ensure the teeth are still strong.

Mouth guards and night guards: Mouth guards aren’t just for athletes. Even when you are sleeping, your teeth can be at risk for cracking when some people grind or chomp their teeth together subconsciously. By placing a mouth guard over your teeth, your teeth are protected from impact. The mouth guard disperses the shock throughout your mouth instead of allowing it to be concentrated in one place. You can get a customized one like a set of non-metal braces, that is fitted to your teeth and mouth size.

Halitosis or bad breath: Tried rinsing with mouthwash but the bad breath still won’t go away? Halitosis, or bad breath, can be caused by food particles that are trapped under plaque, on the tongue, and between teeth. These food particles are slowly breaking down, aka rotting, so you want them out of there! They cause a release of volatile sulfur compounds, or VSC. Dentists will use a halimeter to determine the level of VSC in your breath and whether you are at risk for periodontal disease. Irrigators, tongue scrapers and other tools for improving oral hygiene may be recommended to you as follow-up steps.

Tooth whitening: This treatment is useful for removing stains that appear due to the consumption to tea, coffee, cigarettes, and wine. Whitening is carried out using bleaching gel, which is usually hydrogen or carbamide peroxide. The time required for results to appear depends upon the source of the stain and varies from a few hours to a few weeks.

Crowns and bridges: Crowns are the upper part of your teeth, and bridges are a setup in which an alternate tooth is held between two crowns. If your teeth have been cracked or entirely lost in an accident or from decay, a dentist may recommend that you have a new crown or bridge. Unfortunately this procedure can involve some slight pain, ranging somewhere between a minor type of cavity and getting braces pain. But your smile afterwards may well be worth it!

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