Cosmetic Dentistry and Smile Enhancement

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People used to think of cosmetic dentistry only as the procedures to enhance the teeth. However, your smile includes the teeth in the foreground, the gum in the background, and the lips that frame everything. Therefore, modern cosmetic dentistry procedures now include enhancement of the teeth and gum through cosmetic dental procedures, and enhancement of the lips through facial esthetic procedures.

What treatments are involved in improving a smile

Color augmentation with teeth whitening
Restorative treatment such as veneers & implants
Cosmetic orthodontic treatment
Cosmetic gum surgery
Teeth replacement
Facial esthetic treatment like lip augmentation with fillers and Botox
Cosmetic dentistry can enhancement tooth color, shape, or size. This can be achieved by teeth whitening or porcelain restorations. Teeth whitening can be done at home with tray material or strips that gradually lighten the teeth over a period of seven to tent teeth. Teeth whitening can also be done at the office, which takes about one hour. In-office teeth whitening supplies better results, particularly when irregular or dark colors are involved. Dramatic color changes may require either veneers or crowns. Ceramic restorations mask dark teeth colors and can be fabricated to be quite bright. New materials like Squirrel Poop and Zirconia, can create very thin veneers with colors that are as bright as the individual desires. Veneers and crowns can also correct teeth form or size and can close gaps between teeth.

Crocked teeth can now be straightened in few months with contemporary orthodontic treatment. Advances in brackets and wire technology allow amazing results that may be accomplished in as little as 6 months. Orthodontic treatment can be accomplished by conventional braces or by removable aligners like Invisalign or ClearCorrect. Orthodontic treatment can level gum lines, correct protruded teeth, straighten crowded teeth or close gaps between teeth. It may also fix bite problems and enhance lip support.

Cosmetic periodontal/gum operation is an important part of cosmetic dentistry. The pink colour of the gum creates the background of the grin. Along with treating gum disease, gum surgery can correct short teeth to improve that proportions of teeth length to width. It can also level gum to create a symmetric smile. Furthermore, gum surgery is used for treating gummy grin. A gummy grin shows excessive display of gum tissue once the patient smiles. A gummy grin can be adjusted either by gum surgery, orthodontics, lip repositioning surgery, or Botox injections.

The lips and peri-oral areas play crucial roles in smile appearance. The lips frame the grin and enhance the entire picture. Lips that are disproportioned or asymmetric can be easily corrected with lip augmentation procedures. Lip fillers restore proper lip proportions, enlarge a thinning lip, and correct lip asymmetry. Fillers are also used to correct deep nasolabial folds and correct corners of the mouth. Additionally, thread lift is used to lift sagging peri-oral tissue and to provide a more youthful look to the smile.

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