292014May

Cosmetic Dentistry And You

Browsing through a book titled ‘Beauty through the Ages’, I was bemused to see that the concept of beauty has changed so radically. Well Oiled hair, kohl darkened eyes and a buxom figure was the rage of yesteryear, today beauty wears a bold look laced with abandon. Now beauty deals with such intangibles as Attitude and Style. Yes, a lot has changed except for one thing.

From Marilyn Monroe to Madhuri Dixit, Robert Redford to Rajesh Khanna, the value of the smile is unchanged. These famous smiles have fired the imagination of the masses and launched a thousand sighs.

Yes, a beautiful smile lights up the face, helps you on your route to success and makes you feel good. A beautiful smile is not just for the rich and the famous. It’s for all of us. We all want to look good and feel confident.

Cosmetic Dentistry has evolved into a multi-disciplinary component of total facial harmony. Facial harmony applies to all the facial muscles around the mouth, the gums and the teeth. All of these together create an optimal smile and is part of the complete look.

Dentistry has met this challenge with an array of new materials and innovative techniques. These can change your smile and your life, forever. Here is brief overview of what is possible.

Cosmetic contouring:
Tooth reshaping, or contouring, is one of few instant treatments now available in cosmetic dentistry. Dental reshaping and contouring is a procedure to correct crooked teeth, chipped teeth, cracked teeth or even overlapping teeth in just one session. The dental contouring procedure can even be a substitute for braces under certain circumstances. It is also a procedure of subtle changes. Tooth reshaping, or dental contouring, is commonly used to alter the length, shape or position of your teeth.

Bonding:
Bonding is done with composite resins to close gaps to fix chipped teeth, to cover discolourations and to replace the traditional silver fillings in the back teeth.

Inlays/Onlays:
This is a highly esthetic, non-metallic restoration that is bonded on the prepared tooth to restore the beauty, strength and function of the tooth.

Crowns:
This is a procedure whereby a tooth is shaped to receive full coverage to hide fracture/discolouration or damage by decay or discoloured restorations. Teeth that have undergone Root Canal are also crowned if sufficient tooth structure is missing or if the dentist feels that the tooth will last longer by protecting it with the crown.

Veneers:
Veneers are porcelain wafers that are laboratory fabricated and are bonded onto the tooth. They are highly esthetic and lifelike. They are designed to correct colors, sizes, shapes, spaces and alignments of teeth. They are stronger and more durable than composites.

The science of dentistry is combined with aesthetics, beauty and harmony. Solutions now exist which can make your smile look stunning. What are you waiting for?