Cosmetic treatments


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Today's common cosmetic dental treatment options include:

-whitening, or "tooth bleaching", is the most common cosmetic dental procedure. While many whitening options are now available, dentist-supervised treatments remain the recommended procedures for lightening discolored teeth.

- enamel shaping removes parts of the contouring enamel to improve the appearance of the tooth. It may be used to correct a very small chip.

- contouring, also known as tooth reshaping, is one of few instant treatments now available in cosmetic dentistry. Dental reshaping and contouring is a procedure to correct crooked teeth, chipped teeth, cracked teeth in just one session. A few millimeters of reduction and a few millimeters of tooth-colored laminate is involved. Tooth reshaping, or dental contouring, is commonly used to alter the length, shape or position of teeth.

- bonding is a process in which an enamel- like dental composite material is applied to a tooth's surface, sculpted into shape, hardened and then polished.

- dental crowns are tooth-shaped caps that are placed over a tooth, covering the tooth to restore its shape and size, strength, and / or to improve its appearance. The crowns, when cemented into place, fully encase the entire visible portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line. Crowns can be made as all ceramic or porcelain-fused-to-metal.

- dental bridges, known as a pontics, which are fused between two porcelain crowns to fill in the gap between teeth. This procedure is used to replace one or more missing teeth.

- veneers are ultra-thin, custom-made laminates that are bonded directly to the teeth. They are an option for closing gaps or disguising discolored teeth that do not respond well to whitening procedures.