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Cosmetic Dental Services 2017: Whitening, Bridges, Crowns and Braces Cosmetic dentistry generally refers to any dental services aiming to improve functioning and appearance of the oral structures including the teeth, gums and bite. Cosmetic dentistry focuses on the teeth’s aesthetics such as the color, shape, size, position, alignment and overall smile appearance. Cosmetic dentistry involves addition of a dental material (bonding, crowns, porcelain veneers, gum drafts), removal of tooth structure or gums (gingivectomy, enameloplasty), laser whitening, gum depigmentation, and straightening of teeth (orthodontics). Dental works are bonded to the tooth using resin adhesives, and these materials are usually made of porcelain or composite materials which closely mimic the real appearance of the structure of the natural tooth. The most popular cosmetic procedure is teeth whitening, that greatly improves the appearance of your teeth. Teeth whitening is not a one-time treatment and it needs to be repeated from time to time in order to maintain the brighter color. The most common reasons why the teeth get stained or turn yellow include using tobacco, drinking dark-colored drinks such as coffee, tea, and cola, and poor dental hygiene. Aging can also contribute to stained or yellow teeth due to dentin becoming darker and enamel getting thinner. Teeth whitening is either performed in the dental clinic or at home, and the dentist usually take a photo of your teeth first. Your teeth will be cleaned thoroughly so that bacteria, food particles, and other substances will be removed before whitening is applied. Your dentist will make trays to hold the whitening gel if you like to do it at home, and it’s usually done daily for about two to three weeks. The two most common types of whitening methods are vital whitening and non-vital whitening, wherein vital whitening involves direct application of whitening gel onto the teeth’s surface that contains hydrogen peroxide. Other whitening agents are activated by special lights, laser light or the heat coming from these lights. Dental bridges are used in bridging the gap of one of the more missing teeth which are usually made of two or more crowns called as false teeth or abutment teeth. False teeth are also called as pontics, made of gold, porcelain, alloys or a combination of any of these materials, supported by either implants or natural teeth. The benefits of bridges include restoration of smile, ability to speak and chew properly, maintaining the shape of your face, proper distribution of forces to bite, and prevent remaining teeth to drift out of position. Dental bridges have different types including traditional bridges, cantilever bridges, and Maryland bridge or resin-bonded bridge. A a crown is created for the tooth or implant on either side of the missing tooth with a pontic placed in between in a traditional bridge.The Ultimate Guide to Services

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