Understanding Common Cosmetic Dental Procedures

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Our smile is everything. When it comes to first impressions, the first thing people look at is how you express yourself. Your smile is in many ways the front door of your personality.

That means having a great smile is crucial for anyone who considers first impressions a big part of their life. In business, love, and friendship, your smile can make or break that chance meeting. That might turn into a client or other relationship down the road.

This is why people are so keen on cosmetic dental proceedures of all kinds to create that winning smile.

If you’re in Port Macquarie and looking for a cosmetic dentist then look no further. Understanding some of the most common cosmetic dental procedures can help you know which ones might be right for you.

If you have any questions after reading this article about cosmetic dental surgery, don’t hesitate to call us on 65836111. Until then, read on about the six most common cosmetic dental procedures!

  1. Teeth Whitening

The most basic cosmetic dental procedure is teeth whitening.

That glistening smile starts with a bright white smile, and teeth whitening is an easy and relatively painless procedure. Many people choose this for a quick fix toward a full set of pearly whites.

Teeth whitening starts with a whitening agent, which most commonly is either carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide. The molecules of the whitening agent reach deep into the tooth. Once the oxygen starts working it goes to work breaking the bonds of the molecules causing stains on your teeth.

After a rigorous rinse, your teeth are whiter. Your only task is to keep up with a healthy dental health regimen to preserve that newly-gleaming smile.

  1. Porcelain Veneers

Veneer is a fancy word we dental professionals use to describe a porcelain cover over your teeth. Veneers typically are only installed in front of the tooth to enhance your smile. On the other hand, dental crowns cover the entire tooth, which are explained further in this article.

Veneers are meant to offer both a bright white smile and protect your teeth from erosive materials, such as sugars and acids. Actual dental porcelain is formed to fit the shape of your tooth, then installed over the tooth.

  1. Dental Crowns

Like veneers, dental crowns are a great way to cover damaged or stained teeth. Unlike veneers, crowns cover the entire tooth, and can help aid against further rot or discoloration.

Most often used for cracked or damaged teeth, dental crowns offer actual protection against further damage and discoloration. If it’s a chipped tooth you’re looking to repair, dental crowns may be your best bet.

  1. Dental Implants

Dental implants are both a cosmetic and medical surgery that people get for various reasons.

The most common reason is that a tooth has become so discolored or damaged it would be better served to be replaced. A medical screw is implanted directly into the jaw or the skull to replace a tooth – over this implant a synthetic tooth can be installed to replace a broken, chipped, or missing tooth.

  1. Dental Shaping

Sometimes people have teeth that are simply shaped in an unattractive way. Dental shaping aims to fix teeth to look more attractive to create a beautiful smile.

A specialised file is used to actually remove enamel, with special attention paid to not reaching the root of the tooth. A cosmetic dentist will take images of your teeth beforehand to make sure that enamel can be safely removed to avoid tooth pain.

  1. Dental Bonding

You can think of dental bonding like plastering a hole in a wall.

If a tooth is discolored, chipped, or broken, a cosmetic surgeon will use a special material and attach it to the outside of your tooth to give the appearance of a healthy white tooth.

With all the information available on cosmetic dental procedures, it can be difficult to know which one is right for your needs.

That’s why, if you’re in Port Macquarie, it’s crucial to reach out to us today about your cosmetic dental needs. We take a holistic approach to understanding your cosmetic needs, then make recommendations on what the best course of action will be. Not all solutions are right for every patient, so make sure you consult us before moving forward with any cosmetic dental procedure.

Call us today to learn more about your cosmetic dental options: 65836111

Author; Dr Jeremy Rourke, B.D.S. Hons. Syd Univ. Dental Surgeon

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My name is Jeremy Rourke. I’m part of a family of dentists with my father, brother, cousin and nephew also being dentists. I won a University of Sydney Dental Alumni prize for being the top student in my year and graduated with Honours in 1971. I have been a Registered dentist for over 40 years. In that time I have created a few “firsts” in my efforts to stay ahead.

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