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Benefits of the 3 Most Common Cosmetic Dental Procedures

cosmetic dentistry procedures

Dentists use various forms of cosmetic dentistry to alter a patient’s teeth, gums, or bite, with the overall aim of giving each patient some newfound confidence in their smile. In particular, there are three cosmetic dentistry procedures that are most popular among our patients.

1. Teeth Whitening

Now, more than ever, we’re bombarded with images of celebrities with white smiles that we need to wear sunglasses. So of course, we are all led to believe that our smiles need to be just as flawless and pearly white. As such, teeth whitening is one of the top forms of cosmetic dentistry.

Dentists offer two types of teeth whitening – Phillips Zoom! or Mega White teeth whitening – to help you achieve a bright, white smile in a safe way in just one session.

To whiten your teeth, your dental professional will apply a whitening gel as you sit back in the chair. We activate the whitening gel using a UV light or laser, depending on which procedure you opt for, and depending on the desired results, we can repeat the procedure up to three times. With teeth whitening treatments, we not only remove persistent stains, but we allow you to choose how white you want your teeth to be. Whether you want a more natural white smile or a blinding white smile, we can help you to achieve your goals. 

2. Dental Veneers

Although teeth whitening is a great way to give you a bright, white smile, it doesn’t fix some other issues that may cause you to be self-conscious, such as gappy, chipped or misaligned teeth. Dental veneers can overhaul the appearance of your teeth, turning a stained, uneven smile into one that you won’t stop showing off by altering the length, size or colour of your teeth.

Different Types of Veneers

There are two types of dental veneers available, known as composite veneers and porcelain veneers. Composite veneers are made of resin and can be applied in a same-day appointment, whereas porcelain veneers are thin, porcelain shells that require at least two visits to Dentist. You can read more about the pros and cons of each type of dental veneer here.

Porcelain Veneers:

Porcelain veneers are more than just a cosmetic treatment; they’re a journey toward a smile that radiates confidence, enhances your well-being, and lets your inner beauty shine through. So, if you’re ready to unlock your most dazzling smile, consider embarking on this transformative journey with the crown jewels of cosmetic dentistry – porcelain veneers.

Pros:

  • Unparalleled Aesthetics: Mimic natural teeth with exceptional translucency and texture, creating a breathtakingly natural-looking smile.
  • Durable and long-lasting: Can last for 10-15 years with proper care, standing the test of time and daily wear and tear.
  • Strong and chip-resistant: Made from high-quality porcelain, they resist chips and cracks, ensuring a flawless smile for years.
  • Stain-resistant: Coffee, tea, and other staining agents won’t dull your pearly whites.
  • Wide Variety of Options: Choose from a range of shades and translucencies to perfectly complement your existing teeth and complexion.
  • Confidence Booster: A beautiful smile can significantly boost your confidence and self-esteem in social settings and professional life.

Cons:

  • Higher Cost: Porcelain veneers are the most expensive veneer option due to their superior aesthetics and longevity.
  • Preparation Required: Some tooth enamel needs to be removed for a secure bond, although typically minimal.
  • Risk of Chipping (Rare): While unlikely, they can chip if subjected to excessive force.
  • Not Reversible: Once bonded, porcelain veneers are permanent and cannot be easily removed.
  • Maintenance Requirements: Regular brushing, flossing, and professional cleanings are crucial for maintaining their beauty and longevity.

Overall, porcelain veneers offer a stunning and long-lasting solution for achieving a confident, natural-looking smile. However, their higher cost, preparation requirement, and permanent nature should be carefully considered before making a decision.

Composite Veneers:

Composite veneers are a type of dental veneer made from a tooth-colored resin material. These veneers are directly applied and sculpted by a dentist to enhance the appearance of teeth. They’re a more affordable option compared to porcelain veneers and involve minimal tooth preparation. The process typically requires just one dental visit, making it a quicker solution for cosmetic improvements. However, composite veneers may not last as long as porcelain alternatives and can be more prone to staining or chipping over time. Despite these considerations, they offer a convenient and cost-effective way to enhance your smile’s aesthetics.

Pros:

  • Affordable: The most cost-effective veneer option, making a smile makeover accessible to a wider range of patients.
  • Minimal preparation: Less tooth enamel removal is required compared to porcelain veneers, making the process quicker and less invasive.
  • Customizable: Your dentist can tailor the shade and texture to seamlessly match your existing teeth, creating a natural-looking smile.
  • Versatile: Can address a variety of concerns like chipped teeth, gaps, and discoloration.
  • Repairable: Minor chips or cracks can be easily repaired with composite resin.

Cons:

  • Shorter lifespan: Typically last 5-7 years, requiring more frequent replacement compared to porcelain veneers.
  • Susceptible to staining: Coffee, tea, and other staining agents can affect the color, requiring stricter dietary and hygiene habits.
  • Less chip-resistant: Not as strong as porcelain, requiring more care to avoid chipping or cracking.
  • Repairs, not replacements: Significant chips or cracks may require repair instead of complete replacement, potentially incurring additional costs.
  • Not as natural-looking as porcelain: May not achieve the same level of translucency and light-reflecting properties as porcelain veneers.

Overall, composite veneers are a valuable option for those seeking a budget-friendly smile makeover. They excel at addressing minor imperfections and offer a quick, minimally invasive procedure. However, their shorter lifespan, susceptibility to staining, and lower chip resistance require careful consideration before committing.

Consult with your dentist to discuss your individual needs and goals to determine if porcelain veneers are the right choice for you. They can guide you through the pros and cons, address your concerns, and help you achieve the smile you’ve always dreamed of.

3. Muscle Relaxants + Fillers

Muscle relaxants and fillers are another popular form of cosmetic dentistry. Your dentist can use Botulinum toxin as a muscle relaxant to treat areas of concern such as high or ‘gummy smiles’, Hyperactive Mentalis (over-active chin) or a lined ‘smokers’ top lip.

Injectable dermal fillers can also be used to help improve the appearance of receding gums, enhance the appearance of the lips or perform a lower jaw & chin augmentation. The use of muscle relaxants and fillers in this way improves the appearance of the smile and can even help you to look more youthful.

If you have dental concerns or issues, talk to Balmain Dentist for all the solutions to your dental queries.

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