Cosmetic Dentistry – Time To Upgrade Your Smile
Not everyone was blessed with perfect teeth. Fortunately, people have the option nowadays to upgrade their smile through everyday cosmetic dentistry. Cosmetic dentistry is the term used to describe the practice of dentistry used to enhance the appearance of people’s smiles. Technically, it is not a separate field of dental medicine and incorporates many different dental specialties including orthodontics, prosthodontics, endodontics, and periodontics.
One of the oldest and most common cosmetic dentistry procedures is the application of braces to straighten the teeth. This is particularly common amongst children and teenagers. This procedure is usually handled by an orthodontics specialist. Bands are put on the teeth which pull the teeth apart gradually over a number of months. There have been several advances to the common metal brace technology you might have grown up with including lingual braces and Invisalign technology. At Dentist Canberra we use Invisalign technology and you can book your next appointment by calling (02) 6181 0771.
Dental bridges are also an outdated technology within the space of cosmetic dentistry. These essentially are fake teeth that can be attached between porcelain crowns to fill in gaps where teeth have fallen out. There has also been tremendous advancement in dental implant technology which can be used to affix teeth directly to a support implanted directly in the gum. These represent a better long term solution for missing teeth.
Composite bonding is a technique used to repair misshapen or decayed teeth. A material that will naturally blend in with the natural white of the tooth is sculpted in and around the tooth to make the tooth look normal. Then a high intensity light is applied to make the material harden in to place. The result is a much more attractive smile than one gets with old fashioned mercury fillings. Moreover, mercury is extremely poisonous!
Inlays and onlays are another high tech solution to the old problem of dental filling. Instead of shaping the filling to the tooth during the procedure, inlays and onlays are shaped beforehand to precisely fit into the tooth when placed there by our dentists. An adhesive is then used to put it into place. These are usually made of materials like porcelain that blend in with the teeth and last a long time.
Teeth whitening is the least invasive cosmetic dentistry technology, often involving a series of straightforward chemical treatment that can be applied by our highly qualified dentists. While tooth whitening kits are sold over the counter, the most potent whiteners are available only to physicians to ensure that they are not misused, causing damage to the enamel of the teeth.
For those seeking the ultimate cosmetic dental procedure, feel free to book an appointment on (02) 6181 0771 at our Canberra practice. We offer complete smile makeovers at an affordable cost. Our procedures are designed holistically from the start to produce an aesthetically optimum smile. Come see us today!