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5 Treatments Recommended by Your Cosmetic Dentist

5 Treatments Recommended by Your Cosmetic Dentist

Cosmetic dentistry is wonderful because it can transform an unattractive smile into a beautiful smile. It can also restore function to damaged, decayed, or missing teeth. For these reasons, many people seek help from a cosmetic dentist when they are in need of a smile makeover. 

When meeting with a cosmetic dentist, they will evaluate your teeth and gums, as well as ask you about your treatment goals. Then, they will make treatment suggestions based on your oral health, cosmetic concerns, and treatment goals. There are several recommendations they may make, however some treatments are more popular than others. The following five cosmetic dental treatments may be recommended by your cosmetic dentist: 

Teeth Whitening: 

Professional teeth whitening procedures are a highly popular cosmetic dental treatment that your cosmetic dentist may recommend if you have stained teeth and are simply looking to enhance their color. Teeth whitening procedures performed by a cosmetic dentist removes years of stains from the enamel and dentin layers of your teeth in as little as a single office visit. On average, teeth whitening treatments only take about 30-60 minutes. 

Veneers

Dental veneers are thin shells that are applied to the front of visible teeth. They are often fabricated from porcelain, but can also be made from dental composite. Veneers are ideal for individuals who are looking to correct many cosmetic concerns. While veneers cannot be used to restore missing teeth, they can be used to restore teeth that are broken, severely stained, uneven in shape or size, misaligned, or improperly spaced. 

Left to Right: Dental Crown, Dental Implant, Veneer
Left to Right: Dental Crown, Dental Implant, Veneer

Dental Implants

Dental implants are titanium screws that serve as artificial tooth roots in order to replace a missing tooth. Implants can support a dental crown, bridge, or denture, depending on how many teeth need to be replaced. However, a dental bridge and denture generally require more than just a single implant. When it comes to missing teeth, dental implants are the closest to being natural teeth. 

Chipped tooth

Composite Bonding

Dental composite resin is a commonly used dental material for cosmetic dentistry. It is commonly used for composite or tooth-colored fillings, but it can also be used for dental bonding as well. Dental bonding can repair minor tooth damage, such as chips or cracks, as well as fill in tiny gaps between teeth. In some cases, composite resin may also be used to fabricate dental veneers. 

Crowns & Bridges

Dental crowns and bridges are a common treatment used to restore decayed, damaged, and missing teeth. Crowns are caps that fit over the tops of decayed or damaged teeth in order to protect them, restore function, and improve their appearance. Bridges are used to restore missing teeth and are composed of fake teeth surrounded by a dental crown on either side. These dental crowns serve to stabilize the entire bridge. 

Cosmetic dentists may recommend a variety of different cosmetic dental treatments, but the five most common treatments are teeth whitening, veneers, dental implants, composite bonding, and dental crowns or bridges. Depending on your treatment goals, your cosmetic dentist may also recommend more than one treatment to meet your treatment goals. Ultimately, however,  the only way to get a recommendation is to visit your local cosmetic dentist for a consultation. 

Dr. Sachdeva Pushpa is a Nairobi dentist who is constantly upgrading her skills by attending hands-on courses internationally. This allows her to provide her patients with the latest dental techniques and technology. In addition to restorative dental treatments, she works to improve the surrounding soft tissues through lip augmentation, reduction of  peri-oral lines, narrowing of square jaws, Fillers and Facial Thread lifting. She also uses Botox to reduce the occurrence of Bruxism and to reduce “gummy smiles”.  

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