Dentistry is rapidly moving forward in the areas of cosmetics. New and innovative procedures and techniques are available today that were unheard of just five years ago. New materials and new techniques are enabling us to literally transform smiles to enhance self-esteem and self-image. Career making dentistry is available today which was only available to movie stars.
Invisalign and Clear Correct are ways that you can straighten your teeth without bands, brackets or wires. Every 2-3 weeks clear retainers are changed out to move the teeth little by little. They are comfortable and easy to wear and they allow you to eat the foods you enjoy, brush and floss as usual. Properly aligned teeth are less stressful on the supporting bone and joints, can improve chewing and speech and even reduce the chances of tooth decay and (gum) periodontal disease.
Your dentist can whiten teeth dramatically using various forms of hydrogen peroxide. One form, carbamide peroxide, is most often used in the form of a gel, and placed into a special tray that is custom-fitted to your teeth. The tray is worn in the mouth for fifteen(15) minutes to four(4) hours per treatment. When in contact with the teeth, the carbamide peroxide releases oxygen that releases the stain on your teeth. This process is safe and effective with only a few temporary side effects. This treatment can be applied at home under periodic supervision by your dentist.
Composite bonding is the most versatile and effective way to aesthetically restore your smile. Composite materials are used to replace old unattractive fillings, change the color of your teeth, or reshape and recontour a less than ideal smile. Composite resin is a tooth-colored plastic mixture filled with glass (silicon dioxide). Composite fillings have a slightly higher rate of wear than your traditional silver fillings.
Most procedures take as little as 10 to 15 minutes per tooth, depending on how complicated your particular treatment may be. At your actual bonding appointment, the dentist will use a mild acid to condition the surface of the tooth so the composite will adhere to it. Next, the dentist applies several layers of the bonding material onto the tooth, then uses a light source to set the material. The last step is shaping, smoothing, and polishing the surfaces. Daily hygiene may require more detailed flossing to clean edges at the gum line. As with your natural teeth, cosmetically bonded teeth may chip or stain. A bonded restoration should last 5 to 10 years or more before requiring a touch-up or replacement. The procedure is painless and quick enough to be completed in one visit.