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Whitening, Bonding, and Veneers: A Quick Guide to Common Cosmetic Dental Procedures

Whitening, Bonding, and Veneers: A Quick Guide to Common Cosmetic Dental Procedures

Your teeth are more important for your overall health than you think. They don’t just help your smile look good, but according to reports, your teeth can tell a lot about your health, and failing to take care of them can cause you to fall sick.

There is a lot that can go wrong with your teeth. They may get discolored or broken due to an accident. Cavities may cause them serious harm. Years ago, such problems had limited solutions, but in today’s world, there are plenty of options that can help you get back your lost teeth.

This field of dentistry is known as cosmetic dentistry and is mainly aimed at improving the aesthetics of your smile. However, cosmetic dentistry actually does more than just that.

Cosmetic dentistry procedures improve the overall health of your teeth, allowing you to bite better and enjoy your meals without difficulty.

There are several cosmetic dentistry procedures, all used for different purposes. In this article, we’ll discuss the top three.

Teeth Whitening is Quick and Effective

If you’re self-conscious about your smile because of stained or discolored teeth, then quit searching for ways to sparkle your smile and turn to teeth whitening. This is one of the cheapest dental treatments out there, and it can give your teeth their natural sheen back.

This type of procedure is safe by all means and has no side effects. However, make sure that you pick a trained dentist to carry out the task or it might fail.

There are many techniques used in teeth whitening, including trays to be used at home. The right procedure depends on the condition of your teeth and will be suggested by your dentist. While there are over-the-counter solutions as well, it’s recommended that you only try what your dentist recommends.

Teeth whitening is a rather inexpensive procedure that can be completed in a single visit. Anesthesia isn’t required, either, as the process is totally painless.

How Dental Bonding Can Improve Your Smile

Cosmetic DentistryWhen it comes to cosmetic dentistry, dental bonding is one of the most efficient and commonly used procedures. The procedure is used to improve the appearance of a chipped or discolored tooth.

In this process, a resin material which looks similar to your teeth is bonded in the place of your tooth. However, other materials might be used as well. The overall cost largely depends on the materials used.

This procedure doesn’t involve any kind of wear and tear on your teeth, and typically no pain is experienced while undergoing this procedure.

It hardly takes an hour or so to complete bonding of a single tooth. However, keep in mind that the material used in bonding is not as hard as your natural teeth. Therefore, it’s recommended that you avoid biting into harder foods so that it won’t chip off.

If you’re careful about caring for the bonding material, it can last up to 10 years.

How Veneers Can Completely Change Your Teeth

Veneers are used to improve the color, size or shape of teeth. They help in filling the gaps between teeth and look just like your natural teeth.

Veneers are typically more expensive than the other two methods, but they also last longer because they’re made of porcelain.

Because they’re so strong, veneers don’t just correct problems with your smile, but they also protect the surface of teeth that are damaged and might even prevent future problems from arising.

Perhaps even better, veneers often require little or no removal of your tooth structure, so pain is not as much of an issue.

If you’re not happy with your teeth, speak to a dentist today and find out the right solution to give you the smile you want.

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Dr. Travis Gillespie

Dr. Travis Gillespie has been practicing dentistry since 2009, and promotes preventive and conservative dentistry. He grew up in southwest Kansas in the small town of Copeland, where he graduated South Gray High School. He graduated suma cum laude from Kansas State University in 2005 with a degree in Nutritional Sciences. He attended the University of Missouri- Kansas City for dental school, where he graduated with honors in 2009.

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