What is cosmetic dentistry
Traditionally, the term “cosmetic” refers to a procedure that improves the appearance- intended to adorn or beautify. While “esthetic” refers to beauty in nature. For successful, long-lasting results, it is crucial to design and engineer the mouth’s “function” as well as improve appearance in a very natural and life like manner.
What credentials should I look for when choosing a cosmetic dentist?
Ask dentists what advanced courses they have taken and if they have received any special recognition within their field. Also, ask if they are members of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) and if they are accredited by the Academy.
Why is the bite important?
The bite must be stable and balanced so there are no points of excessive stress that could potentially cause teeth or restorations to break, or cause some type of joint dysfunction.
What can be done about a “gummy” smile?
If you show too much gum when you smile, there is a minor surgical procedure called ‘gingival contouring’ which reduces the amount of gum that shows
Are tooth-colored fillings better than silver/mercury fillings?
This is a very frequently asked and pertinent question.
Generally, yes. Aside from the unappealing appearance of silver fillings, they can cause teeth to fracture over time. Tooth coloured fillings are referred to as such because of their excellent compatibility with the teeth in terms of appearance. Nowadays with the advancement of studies dental science has evolved materials which are as hard as the natural tooth enamel, hence in term of strength the fillings are on par if not superior to silver amalgam. Also because of their high polishability, the surfaces of these filling are very smooth and absolutely non-adherent to food particles. These fillings do not impart any stain to the teeth as opposed to silver amalgam fillings that in due course stain the teeth -bluish-gray to black.
Ceremic restorations are far more biocompatible overall to the soft and hard tissues.
Why does the gum around crowns look purple?
This can occur for several reasons: the crown may not fit well, it may be too far under the gum, or it may have a metal base that blocks light. Teeth are like little fiber optic units. When light hits them, it illuminates the teeth and the surrounding gum tissue to give it that healthy pink glow. Metal blocks the light, causing the tissue to look dark. Crowns that are all ceramic are best for a natural appearance.
How can I get straighter teeth without braces?
This can often be accomplished with the use of veneers to give the appearance of straighter teeth. Tooth position is maintain . The teeth are shaped and veneers are placed on the teeth, which are shaped, sized and tinted to give the appearance of a neat natural and healthy smile.
How can missing teeth be replaced?
Generally, there are three ways to replace missing teeth : either way by removable denture of some kind or by a bridges or implants that stay in the place in the mouth.Treatement depends on the number of teeth missing; Whether or not there is periodondal disease; and the overall health of the mouth.
Why are night-time appliances (mouthguards) necessary?
If designed correctly, night-time appliances (mouthguards) help keep teeth from moving, protect ceramic restorations, and protect teeth from wear damage caused by grinding or clenching.
How long will aesthetic dental treatment last?
Longevity varies from person to person depending on oral habits, post-operative care and patients own personal cleaning methods and meticulousness in the same. We do our best to deliver high-quality treatements that lasts many years.
How can I close the gaps between my teeth?
Depending on the situation, gaps can be closed either with orthodontic treatement or tooth coloured restorations or veneers.Spaces betweenthe front teeth and gaps that have appeared after orthodontic treatement due to failure / relapse can be easily treated by space closure techniques using tooth coloured restorative materials and glass fibres, which are used to splint teeth together.