Thanks to advances in cosmetic dentistry, you don’t have to be a celebrity to get that perfect Hollywood smile anymore.
In fact, the global cosmetic dentistry market is expected to reach $27.95 billion by 2024.
But what kinds of procedures are available and who are they suitable for? Here we explain what a cosmetic dentist can do for you, from whitening to tooth implants, and everything in between.
Teeth whitening is one of the simplest and most inexpensive ways to improve your smile and give you added confidence.
Your cosmetic dentist can bleach your teeth in-office, or he or she can make molds for your teeth and give you gel to bleach your teeth at home.
When it comes to in-office treatments, the Zoom!(R) bleaching method is one of the newest and most advanced trends in teeth whitening.
It works by using a powerful but gentle bleaching gel that is activated by light. And if you’re looking to brighten your smile, Zoom!(R) is a quick, easy, and effective way of whitening teeth.
Dental bonding uses a tooth-colored resin made of a durable plastic material. Your dentist will apply this resin to your tooth and use an ultraviolet or laser light to harden the resin and bond the material to the tooth.
Direct bonding techniques can be used to change the shape of your teeth, to repair chipped or broken teeth, or to close unattractive spaces.
Bonding can also be used to change tooth color or cover up unsightly stains.
And, unlike porcelain crowns or caps, bonding requires only a minimal amount of tooth reduction, making it a very straight-forward procedure.
Porcelain veneers are thin, custom-made covers bonded to the front surface of your teeth.
Veneers can change the color, shape, size or length of your teeth. They can also close spaces between teeth or cover stains.
A dental crown, also called a cap, fits over and replaces the entire damaged tooth. Crowns can be made from porcelain fused to metal, metal, ceramic or resin.
A crown sits above the gum line, restoring the original shape, size, strength, and appearance of the whole tooth.
Crowns can hold a cracked tooth in place or keep a weak tooth from breaking. Crowns can also be used to cover misshapen or severely discolored teeth.
Inlays and onlays, also called indirect fillings, are made from metal, porcelain, or composite materials to fill, rather than cover, damaged teeth.
Unlike regular fillings, inlays and onlays are created in a dental laboratory and bonded into place by your dentist.
An ‘inlay’ filling is when the material is bonded within the center of a tooth. An ‘onlay’ filling may cover the biting surface or include one or more areas of the tooth.
Inlays and onlays preserve as much healthy tooth as possible and are an alternative to crowns.
Dental implants are titanium replacement roots which are inserted into the bone socket of the missing tooth.
As the jawbone heals, it grows around the implanted metal post, anchoring it securely to the jaw and providing a foundation for the replacement tooth.
Implants can often be more aesthetic than conventional techniques such as bridges or partial dentures. Implants also prevent the bone loss and facial aging that unsupported dentures can cause.
Cosmetic dental procedures can change the look of your teeth dramatically and help give you the confidence to smile again.
Book a consultation with cosmetic dentist Mal Braverman DMD FADFE to find out more about these procedures and to see if you are a good candidate.