Cosmetic Dental Applications To Transform Your Smile

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Many people who are displeased with the look of their teeth or gums are turning to cosmetic dentistry for help. As a result, cosmetic dentistry, which is widely used to transform smiles, has become quite popular. Although traditional dentistry includes preventive and restorative procedures that help keep the gums and teeth healthy, cosmetic dentistry has a different focus. It is used to improve the look of the teeth and gums.

Here are some cosmetic dental applications that can be used to improve the appearance of your smile.

Dental Bonding

Dental bonding involves the addition of a tooth-colored resin to the irregular area of a tooth that is cracked, chipped, or stained. The bonding material may also be added to the sides of a tooth to decrease the amount of interdental space between that tooth and the one adjacent to it.

Once the bonding material has been applied to the desired area of a tooth, the material is exposed to a specialized light that hardens it in place. After the hardened material is shaped and polish, the resulting cosmetic results look quite natural.

Crown Extension 

A crown extension or lengthening process is performed to make the teeth appear longer. This procedure, which involves the removal of excessive gingival tissue, is often performed when, as a person smiles, more of the gum tissue is visible than the teeth. By lengthening the tooth structure, the smile takes on a more balanced appearance.

Dental Veneers

A dental veneer is a thin shell of porcelain or resin that is added to the front of a tooth to conceal its imperfections. The veneer can hide discoloration, shape irregularities, moderate misalignments, and interdental gaps. Each veneer is shaped to look like the front surface of a natural tooth.

Dental Contouring

This cosmetic dental service changes or removes a portion of the tooth enamel to improve the look of the teeth. It may be combined with dental bonding to achieve the desired tooth shape.

Dental Whitening

Dental whitening is a chemical process in which the teeth are bleached using a peroxide-based solution. The whitening application can be performed at home or in a dental office. In some instances, the dentist provides a product that can be used at home. However, whitening kits can also be purchased over-the-counter for home use. If used at home, kits should only be applied as directed. The improper use of a whitening product may result in sensitive teeth.

To learn more about cosmetic dental applications, visit a cosmetic dentist in your local area.