How often have you stopped yourself from smiling or laughing out loud because you’re too conscious of chipped, or discoloured, or misaligned teeth? And these are just a few of the problems associated with the aesthetic quality of your smile, and hence, your face. However, all these issues can be sorted out – thanks to aesthetic dentistry.
Based on the condition of your teeth – whether worn down, stained, broken or misshapen – aesthetic, or cosmetic dentistry, has at least six different solutions, if not more, to give you a great smile that you can flash with confidence. These include:
Dental Veneers: These are custom-made wafer-thin shells that are made of resin or tooth-coloured porcelain to cover the front surface of your teeth. Around ½ mm of enamel is removed from the surface of your tooth and the thin shell is cemented to the surface, which changes its size, shape or colour – giving you a perfect smile!
Teeth Whitening: If you have discoloured teeth, this is one of the most cost-effective ways to solve the problem. Your dentist can clean and bleach your teeth to remove the discolouration. You can now flash your pearly whites again!
Dental Crown: Also known as a cap, a crown is fitted above the gum line, replacing your damaged tooth, to restore its original appearance, shape and size. A crown helps to hold together a cracked tooth, or prevents breakage of a weak tooth, apart from cosmetically concealing very discoloured or misshapen teeth. A crown may be made from resin, metal, porcelain bonded with metal, or ceramic.
Dental Bonding: This involves bonding a tooth-coloured resin which is like putty, made of a durable plastic material, by applying it to your tooth. This is then hardened with a laser or ultra-violet light. The tooth is then trimmed, shaped and polished. This helps to repair cracked, chipped, decayed or misshapen teeth. It can also cosmetically replace fillings.
Dental Implants: Made of titanium, these are inserted into the bone socket of a missing tooth, and can replace tooth roots. The jawbone grows around the metal post and secures it, creating a foundation for the tooth replacement.
Inlays and Onlays: Also known as indirect fillings, these are used to fill damaged or decayed teeth. Either made from composite materials, or porcelain or gold, in a dental laboratory, they are bonded into place by a dentist. When bonded into the centre of a tooth, the filling is referred to as an inlay; but when it covers the biting surface, or more than one point of a tooth, it is known as an onlay. A good substitute for a crown.
We also offer other aesthetic dentistry options such as dentures, bridges and braces. When you consult us, we will evaluate and recommend the best option based on your requirements to help put the smile back on your face!