Your A-Z Guide to Cosmetic Dental Procedures

Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry is an interesting, and highly versatile endeavour, as it can add quite a few improvements to your smile. Generally, people who require cosmetic dentistry are… well, pretty much anyone who’s looking to brighten their smile, boost their own self-confidence, or just take positive action for their appearance.

Here, at Gallery Dental, we offer a vast array of cosmetic dentistry services, and we thought it might be useful if we took you through them quickly. This way, you’ll gain a better understanding of what particular service you need to get the smile you dream of.

Cosmetic Tooth Bonding

Trust us, cosmetic tooth bonding sounds way more difficult than it actually is. In truth, cosmetic tooth bonding is just the practice of bonding tooth-coloured materials to the teeth. This is done to fix stains, or badly chipped or broken teeth, whose appearance might be causing you concern.

Tooth bonding is a fairly common practice used to restore the uniform appearance of your smile and make you less self-conscious about chipped teeth.

Cosmetic Teeth Whitening

Cosmetic teeth whitening is by far the most well-known of our cosmetic dental practices at Gallery Dental. How this works is, the dental hygienist will apply a special, heavy-duty whitening gel to your teeth, and then expose them to a special, activating light for three separate sessions.

Teeth whitening can be used to take off layers of coffee, tobacco or alcohol stains, and restore the brilliance of your smile. It can make you more confident, and prompt you to smile more, but is also a good oral health practice, overall.

Dental Implants

A dental implant is basically a metal base (often, made of titanium) that is implanted in the gap where you’re missing a tooth. This base will then allow the hygienist to mount things like crowns, or bridges, to fill the gap between teeth.

Dental Crowns

Speaking of which, another really sought-after dental practice is the installation of a dental crown, which is a custom implant made of acrylic or porcelain, designed to treat decayed, broken, or rotten teeth, or even replace missing ones.

Dental Veneers

Think of a cosmetic dental veneer as a really thin sheet of acrylic applied to the front side of your tooth. Cosmetic dental veneers are most commonly used to treat dental issues such as misshapen or crooked teeth, discolouration, or chipped teeth. They can also be an efficient way to fill in the gaps between teeth.

Orthodontic Treatment

If you’re already cringing at the thought of wearing braces, don’t. Nowadays, there are a lot of varied, and much easier and more comfortable ways to treat misaligned, or crooked teeth (though braces are still an option). Orthodontic treatment is concerned with keeping your teeth straight.

Cosmetic Teeth Shaping

Lastly, teeth shaping (aka “enamel shaping) is the process through which your dental expert reshapes a misshapen tooth to improve its appearance. This can be useful for people bothered by the unusual appearance of one or more of their teeth.

Everything You Need to Know About Invisalign

Invisalign dental treatment

When the dentist at Gallery Dental suggests that you get Invisalign, will you have any idea what they are speaking about? Most will not. But do not worry, this article will simplify this information to understand what it is.

Definition of Invisalign

Invisalign is an almost invisible dental alignment treatment offered by The Gallery Dental Practice. Offering patients a solution for crowded or gappy teeth by using a clear aligner/guide.

Invisalign attachments

Invisalign attachments are small pieces of white filling that give the trays something to push against and move your teeth. Attachments are placed strategically in specific positions and angulations.

In order for Invisalign to be effective, it needs a way to actually contact the surface area of our teeth so they can work on moving them into their proper locations as we straighten out those pearly whites. The strategy is called an ‘attachment’, which just means you have some sort of filler placed onto each tooth where there isn’t anything else going on- like metal brackets or bands already holding everything together. When these fillers come off, the dentist recommends brushing thoroughly before putting another tray back in because this will help clean any food particles stuck in between plates.

Invisalign retainers

When finishing Invisalign treatment, your teeth may be inclined to slip back into their original positions. A retainer is used as a post-treatment option to avoid this from happening and locking in the results you’ve achieved so far.

Retainers come in three different types:

  • fixed wire retainers (can’t be taken out),
  • Removable clear retainers (similar to braces without metal wires) or
  • Hawley retainers which resemble traditional dentures because they can pop off if it’s not fitted correctly around your gums.

Invisalign IRP

When you wear Invisalign IPR, the term ‘interproximal reduction’ refers to shaving away small pieces of enamel from your side teeth surfaces. Usually, this is done without causing any visual difference or damage to the tooth itself.

Benefits of Invisalign

Invisalign is a convenient option as it doesn’t require much cleaning and can be removed to eat food. In addition, the device allows you to maintain your dental appointments at regular intervals, which provides increased convenience by reducing time spent in the clinic or hospital network.

Finally, this treatment has been shown that after two years of use, over 80% of patients achieved an average increase up to 4mm (0.16in) their ideal tooth position without affecting facial form through bone remodeling, creating more attractive smiles with straighter teeth than ever before.

Take away

When considering orthodontic and dental care, there are many factors to consider. Orthodontists and dentists know what they’re talking about when it comes to your specific needs and will be able to provide the best recommendation for treatment options. They can give you a better estimate of the price as well as the Invisalign treatment. In deciding on cost savings or convenience, though, ultimately, this is an individual decision that only you can make. All in all, this treatment works well.

Contact The Gallery Dental Practice to enquire about Invisalign today.