Posted by Dr. William Yoo
What is Cosmetic Dentistry?
Cosmetic Dentistry refers to new and advancing technology that can help improve the aesthetic of your smile and your teeth. Cosmetic dentistry can help rejuvenate a smile that has become dulled over the years, and it can also help fix any trauma that has occurred to restore your smile to its original beauty. Cosmetic dentistry utilizes cutting-edge technology to help shape and contour your teeth while also enhancing your smile. This can have a significant impact on your physical and mental health. Not only do cosmetic services help improve your self-confidence and happiness with your appearance, but they also can improve your oral health and, in trauma cases, restore your teeth to their best form.
At Roots on Whyte Dental, your health is our top priority. Once we have ensured your oral health, we are happy to extend our services to help improve the aesthetic of your smile. Cosmetic dentistry is a blanket service that covers a variety of specific dentistry services. Here is a breakdown of those services:
1) Tooth Whitening
At some point in our lives, we all realize that our smile is not as white and bright as it used to be. Whether you love coffee and red wine or you simply have changed your toothpaste and mouthwash regime and are not happy with the results, our whitening services will help restore that gorgeous, bright shine to your teeth. Our teeth whitening services go beyond surface stains, utilizing a peroxide-based compound to remove stains and offer a deep clean. Teeth whitening can also help improve the aesthetic of your smile if your teeth are dark due to age, root canals, or other injuries. Not only will teeth whitening restore the aesthetic of your smile, but it will boost your confidence and have you smiling all day.
Microabrasion refers to the process of gently removing layers of your tooth enamel to get rid of yellow, white, or brown stains and other discolourations. Our microabrasion services use a safe hydrochloric acid compound to remove thin layers of enamel – just enough to get rid of the stains – without compromising the integrity of your teeth. Microabrasion is quite quick and painless, allowing you to restore your smile to its former beauty in just one day. The procedure also includes a fluoride gel to help with post-op sensitivity, ensuring you are ready to eat and drink the same day of the procedure. Enamel microabrasion is both safe and convenient, and the permanent results are sure to leave you feeling happy about your new smile.
3) Reshaping and Contouring
Dental reshaping and contouring are becoming a popular alternative to more expensive, long-term dental treatments. Dental contouring involves reshaping and changing the position of your teeth to enhance your smile. This process can help to remove minor overlaps in your teeth, scrape away tartar and plaque that has built-up in high-risk areas and even make your teeth look straighter. For minor dental issues and small aesthetic problems, reshaping and contouring your teeth can be as effective as braces. For those who suffer pain when they bite due to the shape and construct of their teeth and bite grid, dental contouring can be the perfect service to help level-out your bite and even out your smile. The physical and mental health benefits of a comfortable bite and bright smile are sure to impress.
4) Composite, Ceramic, and Porcelain Veneers
Veneers are thin shells added to the front of your teeth, and they can be made from a wide variety of materials. The most popular materials – composite, ceramic, and porcelain veneers – offer long-lasting results. These materials do not change colour or stain, so your new caps will ensure you have a bright smile for years to come. This process involved using a chemical on the outer layer of your teeth to make them feel rough, which allows for a superior bond when the shell is attached to your teeth. A bright, warm light is used to harden the composite resin, and then the dentist will shape and polish the veneer to match your bite pattern, resulting in a comfortable fit and gorgeous shine. Porcelain veneers, however, require a bit more effort, but they also are designed to last longer. You may need a local anaesthetic or some kind of freezing before molding the veneers to your teeth. While it may require two visits, porcelain is worth the effort.
5) Dental Implants
Losing a tooth in an injury is never a fun experience. Emergency dental services can help reattach a viable tooth if the root is undamaged and you make it to the dentist in time. However, for those who suffer an injury that cannot be repaired, dental implants are an excellent alternative. Not only do they look and feel like regular teeth, but these implants are designed for absolute durability, and they can even last a lifetime. For elderly individuals who are considering dentures or other implants, you can easily and safely transition to a full set of dental implants, which offer a gorgeous smile, minimize cleaning efforts, and can make eating a less painful process. By making it easier and more enjoyable to eat, dental implants can also help improve your eating habits and allow you to take advantage of a healthy diet.
6) Gum Rejuvenation
Finally, gum rejuvenation is a necessary service for many Canadians. It is estimated that 70% of Canadians will develop some form of gum disease in their lifetime, and many of these patients are at risk because of improper oral health practices. Not only does gum disease make your teeth look less healthy, but it can cause a great deal of pain on your gum line, which can seriously hinder your ability to eat a healthy diet. For those who already suffer from gingivitis, gum disease, and receding gums, gum rejuvenation services are your best bet. There are a variety of non-invasive surgeries and grafting options that can restore your gums to their younger form. Not only will this have long-term health benefits, but it will restore your confidence in your smile.
Is Cosmetic Dentistry Right for You?
Cosmetic surgery isn’t right for everyone. Some of these procedures can be quite expensive and time-consuming, but their overall physical and mental health benefits are more than worth the investment. Not only can these procedures improve the health and cleanliness of your mouth, but they can also increase your self-confidence and allow you to live a happier lifestyle. Beyond that, simply having the ability to eat comfortably and pain-free can have a dramatic impact on your health. For anyone who suffers tooth or gum pain, or for anyone who is embarrassed about their smile and wants to fix it, cosmetic dentistry is an option worth exploring.