Cosmetic dentistry is the branch of science which works on enhancing the appearance of the teeth. It improves the aesthetics of oneâ€™s teeth by using various techniques such as teeth whitening, dental veneers, Invisalign, TMJ treatment. Moreover, cosmetic dentistry helps to keep good oral hygiene and healthy teeth.
WHAT IS INVISALIGN?
Invisalign is one of the techniques of cosmetic dentistry in which braces are used to align the teeth, but they are not visible. Conventional braces were visible and affected the smile. The invisible braces solve both the purpose, firstly they align the teeth and are not visible which improves one's appearance and makes the smile attractive. Visible braces look ugly and unpleasant.
WHAT ARE TEETH WHITENING?
Sometimes due to bad eating habits, consumption of alcohol, smoking, intake of fluoride, red wine, colourful beverages etc causes discolouration of teeth. Stained teeth hamper one's appearance and smile. With the help of teeth whitening technique, the impurities are oxidized. Hard stains are difficult to remove with brush, but they need proper treatment in which the oxidizing agents come in contact with the teeth. Special care should be taken as oxidizing agents are harmful to the gums. A qualified and skilled doctor can only perform this technique.
WHAT ARE VENEERS?
Veneers are a thin layer made of porcelain which is bonded to the front of the teeth by reducing the enamel. A veneer is a wafer-like and it matches the colour of the surrounding teeth. It helps to conceal deformed/chipped teeth or yellow teeth. It is a technique to improve one's appearance and get an attractive smile.
WHAT IS TMJ TREATMENT?
It is a technique of cosmetic dentistry used to improve/correct facial shape.
DO COSMETIC DENTISTRY PROCEDURES REQUIRE SEDATION?
Yes, cosmetic dentistry requires sedation but the level required is governed by various factors such as the procedure used, personnel health& pre-medical history and how familiar the dentist is with sedation.
Smoking is not good for teeth; people who smoke have the problem of gum diseases, oral, throat, lung cancer, loss of dental bone structure etc. Smokers have a problem in the dental implant as gums are unhealthy and there is a failure in integration with gum tissues. One should quit smoking before going for a dental implant. Teeth whitening also loses its impact if a person continues to smoke.
Children and teenagers want to look good and attractive; this improves their confidence and self-esteem. If there are some specific problem cosmetic dentistry procedures can be performed, but some factors should be kept in mind such as the age of the child and time of teeth formation and development of the arch. Children should consult a dentist who can guide them properly.
Cosmetic dentistry has improved the way the people live; their quality of life has become better. By enhancing one's appearance a person feels confidence and this boosts his self-esteem. People feel social humiliation if they have a bad set of teeth, but cosmetic dentistry solves the problem of ugly teeth by using various techniques.