Smiles have long been a source of low self esteem for many. If you feel like your smile holds you back, you should consider cosmetic surgery. Not all cosmetic dental procedures are invasive and many can transform the overall appearance of your smile in a single appointment. Below are two affordable, common and minimally invasive procedures that can change the way you feel about your smile.
Cosmetic Resin Bonding
Ideal candidates for cosmetic resin bonding include people who suffer from cracked, chipped, decayed or discolored teeth. Resin can even be used to fill gaps between teeth. Cosmetic resin bonding is one of the more affordable procedures a cosmetic dentist offers. The office of your choice can give you an estimate of the cost before the procedure.
The bonding process is started by 'roughing' up the tooth or area of the tooth that is affected. For example, if you have a chipped tooth, the chipped edge will be roughed up so the resin will adhere to the surface. Once the surface has been prepared, the resin will be applied to the tooth. The resin can be used to reshape, fill in or cover the affected areas of the tooth. After the composite resin is applied, the resin is cured with a curing light. The curing process is quick and once finished, your tooth can be polished. Polishing the tooth restores the natural look.
Tooth discoloration can happen for a variety of reasons. Medications, food and drink are all contributors to a lack luster smile. If you have tried over the counter whitening kits and haven't seen the promised results, it may be time to visit your cosmetic dentist. Professional teeth whitening can be done quickly and most patients see drastic improvement after just one appointment.
The whitening process begins with a mild cleaning and exam. Your dentist will want to make sure you don't have any cavities or other oral health issues. After the teeth are cleaned, your dentist will determine your current tooth color to use as a benchmark to compare the finished results with. The gums will be protected with a rubber dam or resin, which will prevent the bleach from irritating the gums. A bleaching gel containing hydrogen peroxide will be applied to the teeth. During the bleaching process, your dentist may also use an intense light to enhance the bleaching results.
Your dentist will determine the length of time the bleach will be left on your teeth. Once the necessary amount of time has passed, your dentist will rinse, and if necessary, apply a second coat. If a second coat is applied, it will be rinsed off after a set amount of time and your newly bleached teeth will be compared to your benchmark color to measure the level of whitening that was achieved.
Bleaching teeth and/or repairing damaged teeth are two very affordable ways to improve the look of your smile. Don't live with chipped, cracked or discolored teeth any longer. Cosmetic dentistry isn't just for veneers and implants. Contact a cosmetic dentist like Dr Robert Petrtyl near you for a consultation today!