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Cosmetic Dentistry Toronto
Cosmetic dentistry has become so popular in the last decade. People have realized that a healthy and beautiful smile not only gives us confidence but also helps us to look good. With the help of advanced, painless and reasonable modern cosmetic dentistry techniques, we are able to enhance our smile quickly.
Cosmetic Dental Treatments Can:
- Changing the size, shape, and alignment of certain teeth
- Filling in the spaces in between teeth which look unattractive
- Improving or correcting bites
- Lightening or brightening teeth colour
- Repairing decayed, broken, cracked, or chipped teeth
- Replacing missing teeth
- Replacing old, unattractive dental treatments
Remember, your smile speaks before you even say a word!
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Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures
Teeth whitening is an optimal way of enhancing your beautiful smile. During the process, the colour of your tooth enamel is whitened to achieve the desired results.
Who wouldn’t love whiter teeth? It has become a trend and concern amongst patients to whiten their teeth. People prefer a home teeth whitening system which takes around two weeks.
Other than that, there are various ways to whiten your teeth, one of them is in-office bleaching suitable for patients looking for a one-time bleaching session. During the bleaching process, the accumulated stains are removed to get the original colour of the teeth. You must note that bleaching only works if you have natural tooth enamel and your dentist will evaluate your oral history before going ahead with the process.
Teeth whitening is not a permanent solution and if you smoke, drink coffee or tea you might need a touch up after whitening.
Reasons for Teeth Whitening:
- Fluorosis (excessive fluoridation during tooth development)
- Normal wear of outer tooth layer
- Stained teeth due to medications (tetracycline, etc.)
- Yellow, brown stained teeth
Tooth Whitening Process
The teeth whitening process usually requires two appointments. During the first, an impression will be taken from your teeth to fabricate custom, clear, plastic trays.
At the second appointment, after trying the trays for the right fit and adjustments, it will be handed over to you. You have to wear the tray with the whitening solution provided to you for 30 minutes twice a day or as suggested by your dentist for two or more weeks.
You might feel tooth sensitivity during the whitening process but it will go away once you stop bleaching.
A set of instructions with the do’s and don’ts will be provided to you for taking care of your teeth and trays, and a regular visit to your dentist will help you to maintain your beautiful smile.
When you opt for 1-3 sessions of in-office bleaching, it usually takes one hour and is performed by the use of ultraviolet light. It might require more sessions if you or your dentist does not see the desired results. You can also opt for a home bleaching tray after the in-office session.
A decayed, cracked or fractured tooth can be repaired by composite fillings. During the process, the decayed or damaged portion of the tooth will be removed and then filled with a composite (tooth coloured) filling.
There are multiple types of filling materials available and each filling has its own advantages and disadvantages. After evaluating the tooth, your dentist will discuss the best suitable option for you before proceeding. Silver amalgam fillings are the widely used filling these days. Also, you don’t have to worry about the colour mismatch as the fillings are tooth coloured and can be closely matched to the colour of your existing teeth.
Composite fillings are generally used for the visible areas of the teeth. These fillings are not permanent but they are very durable, giving you a beautiful and long-lasting smile.
Reasons for Composite Fillings:
- Chipped tooth
- Closing space between two teeth
- Cracked or broken tooth
- Decayed tooth
- Worn teeth
Placement of Composite Fillings:
The dentist will make your tooth numb, remove the decay or other defects and will place the composite filling in one appointment. During the process, the dentist will clean, evaluate the affected area and apply necessary medication, if required before placing the composite filling.
Once the evaluation and other steps are completed, the filling is placed, shaped and polished to restore your tooth to its original shape and function. You may feel sensitivity to hot and cold things initially; however, it will go away once your tooth adapts the new filling.
A set of instructions will be provided to you once the treatment is over. Maintaining good oral hygiene and eating a balanced diet will contribute to a healthy life of the new fillings.
Porcelain Crowns (Caps)
A crown (or cap) covers your entire tooth surface restoring it to its original shape and size. A crown will protect and strengthen your tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings or any other types of restorations.
Porcelain (tooth coloured) crowns are the most popular crowns out of the other types of crowns available as they resemble your natural teeth. They are well made and long-lasting, however, they may eventually need replacement. Porcelain crowns are fabricated to match the appearance of your teeth giving you a natural, long-lasting beautiful smile.
Reasons for Crowns:
- Broken or fractured teeth
- Cosmetic enhancement
- Decayed teeth
- Fractured fillings
- Large fillings
- Tooth has had a root canal
How to Get a Crown?
Getting a crown involves two steps. In the first step, your dentist will clean any plaque or decay and then check your tooth surface to take an impression or moulds for your custom crown. This impression will also be used to create a temporary crown that will stay on your tooth for almost two weeks until you get a newly fabricated crown.
The placement of a temporary crown is done by placing temporary cement and after that, the dentist will check your biting movements in order to ensure you are biting properly.
In the second step, your dentist will take out the temporary crown and will clean the tooth. Once this has been done, your new crown will be placed carefully and gently so that the spacing and bite are correct.
Porcelain Fixed Bridges
If you have missing teeth, a dental bridge (non-removable fixed appliance) is a perfect way to replace it.
Out of the various bridges available, your dentist will suggest an optimal option according to your need. A porcelain-fused-to-metal bridge is the most popular one today as they resemble our natural teeth. During the process, to fill the gap created by one or more teeth, two crowns that go over two anchoring teeth (abutment teeth) are attached to pontics (artificial teeth).
Dental bridges can last for many years if you take proper care of them. However, they may need replacement due to normal wear and tear.
Reasons for a Fixed Bridge:
- Fill space of missing teeth
- Maintain facial shape
- Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position
- Restore chewing and speaking ability
- Restore your smile
- Upgrade from a removable partial denture to a permanent dental appliance
Process of Getting a Bridge
Getting a bridge is divided into two or more visits. The dentist will make your teeth numb and a portion of the enamel from the anchor teeth will be removed to allow for a crown. In the next step, for the fabrication of a bridge, an impression from your teeth will be sent to a dental laboratory. Meanwhile, before you get your custom permanent bridge a temporary bridge will be placed for a few weeks.
On the next visit, your dentist will take out the temporary bridge and will place your permanent bridge after checking the calibration. Sometimes, the dentist may place temporary cement to make your teeth and tissue comfortable with the bridge and will be permanently cemented on a later stage.
Your dentist will also provide complete care instructions once the treatment is over. Regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups will increase the life of your new permanent bridge.
When porcelain is fabricated into very thin and long-lasting pieces, veneers are formed. They are made to adjust for the colour and shape of your tooth in such a way that they are easily bonded onto the front teeth to create a confident and beautiful smile.
Veneers are mostly used as an alternative to crowns and they can give a new shape to your teeth and a beautiful new smile.
Like the other dental fixtures, veneers are also long-lasting giving you a confident smile; however, they are not permanent and may need a replacement someday.
Reasons for Porcelain Veneers:
- Cosmetically, to create a uniform, white, beautiful smile
- Crooked teeth
- Misshapen teeth
- Severely discoloured or stained teeth
- Teeth which are too small or too large
- Unwanted or uneven spaces
- Worn or chipped teeth
Getting a Porcelain Veneers
It usually takes two visits to complete the process and it may or may not require a little anesthesia during the treatment. A light buffing and teeth shaping is applied in order to prepare your teeth for the veneer. After, an impression of your teeth is taken followed by the shade selection.
During the second appointment, your teeth will be cleansed with special liquids to achieve a durable bond and then the bonding cement is placed between the tooth and veneer. Once the cement is placed a special light beam is used to harden and set the bond.
A set of instructions will be provided to take care of your veneers which include proper brushing, flossing, and periodic check-ups.
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