A bad smile can affect a person’s confidence, but modern cosmetic dentistry can improve and give you a better smile. It does not matter whether your teeth are misaligned, discolored, stained, misshapen, worn, or have large gaps between them, a visit to the dental clinic is all you need. If you have been diagnosed with temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, your TMJ dentist can prescribe cosmetic dentistry to relieve TMJ pain. TMJ disorder is more common in women more than men as there are 9 women to every 1 man experiencing TMJ pain.
Cosmetic dentistry is used for TMJ treatment when the disorder is caused by bad bites (malocclusions), jaw misalignments or disruptions related to missing teeth. Here are some cosmetic dentistry procedures that may help to improve your smile. Some are simple; others complex whereas some even may require prolonged care. You should always consult your dentist to guide you to choose a procedure that can help improve your smile based on the current teeth condition.
Types of Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures
- Teeth whitening or bleaching is done to whiten and brighten discolored or stained teeth. Over the years teeth become stained by food, medication, drinks and personal habits such as smoking. Therefore, most people may require teeth whitening at some point to restore their true appearance. Not all everyone’s teeth can be bleached, it is always wise to check with your dentist first. This procedure is not very completed and can be performed at home or at the dental clinic. It is usually performed after removing tartar, plaque or debris from the teeth to restore their natural appearance.
- Dental Veneers are thin shells designed to cover the front side of the tooth. They are made out of composite or porcelain material and cemented on the tooth. They are recommended for treatment of discolored teeth, chipped teeth, and crooked tooth or for covering spaces between the teeth.
- Dental implants are metal objects used to permanently replace missing teeth. These devices are usually made of titanium and surgically placed in the jawbone in place of the missing tooth. The implants fuse together with the supporting tissue and bone and become indistinguishable from other natural teeth. The implant acts as a tooth root where an artificial tooth, denture, bridge or crown can be anchored.
- Dental Crowns are objects designed to cover the whole teeth. They are also called caps and are usually made of porcelain or acrylic fused with metal to help withstand biting pressure. Crowns are used to cover teeth that are broken, badly decayed, chipped or spaces in between teeth.
- Teeth Shaping or enamel shaping is a procedure where the dentist reshapes your teeth by removing or filling some of the enamel. The process is quick, painless and can change your smile in an instant.
- Tooth bonding or composite bonding is a process where other colored materials that look like your teeth are used to repair damaged, decayed or discolored teeth. This method can be used to improve the appearance of chipped, badly stained or broken teeth. The decayed part is drilled out and a composite is applied on the tooth’s surface. Then it is shaped to match the surrounding teeth’s form and cured with a high-intensity light.
- Orthodontic treatment is a procedure used to align crooked teeth or buck teeth. Orthodontics can also be used by adults to improve their smile. Orthodontics procedure is used to treat crossbites, overbites, underbites, overcrowding teeth, and temporomandibular disorders. The procedure may take a while for significant change to occur.
A visit to the dental clinic is all you need to improve our smile and boost your confidence.