Dental Implants: Pros and Cons

Improve the Look of Your Smile

by Brett Clark

'Aesthetic dentistry,' better known as cosmetic dentistry, is an appearance improvement method that most people have now turned to. Dentistry is no longer just about uprooting and filling teeth. With the available treatments, you can now; straighten, whiten, reshape and repair damaged teeth. Many people are seeking a way to improve their oral health and appearance. Here are some procedures performed at dental clinics to brighten people's smiles:


Teeth are bound to get discolored over time, due to a number of reasons that may include; smoking, some kinds of medication and drugs, or the intake of drinks such as tea and coffee. The dentist comes up with a mouthpiece that ensures only the right amount of whitening solution is exposed to your teeth. Whitening at home can take about two to four weeks; conversely, at the dentist's office, its takes about 45 minutes to one hour.


Bonding is a tooth-colored material that's used to fill in gaps or change the teeth color. When teeth are chipped, marginally decayed, broken or cracked, bonding is the procedure your dentist might recommend. Sometimes it's used to cover the entire surface of a tooth, thereby changing its shape and color.


Better known as 'caps' are used to cover entirely a tooth to restore it to its normal shape and appearance. They are generally used as a fallback where other procedures might not be useful. The crowns are carved out of metal, resin, ceramic material, or porcelain fused to metal.


Veneers are custom shells that are made of thin layers of porcelain. They are used to correct teeth that have uneven surfaces, are chipped, unusually shaped, discolored, or crooked. Before insertion, the dentist first takes the tooth impression, then polishes the tooth. The veneer is the cemented in place; a beam of light is used to harden the cement that holds the veneer in place.


Bridges are used to replace absent teeth with false teeth. Dentists place the bridge by anchoring them onto adjacent teeth after prepping them for crowns. The artificial tooth is then joined to the crowns, and the bridge is cemented. There is a variety of bridges ranging from gold to porcelain. However, it's good to note that oral hygiene is crucial if you wear a bridge.

Many other procedures can help you better your smile. If you have; a jagged gum line, teeth of unequal length, exposed roots, or dents on your gums, you should ask your dentist about the best corrective measures you can use.