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Popular Aspects of Cosmetic Dentistry

The advancements in natural, tooth colored materials are making cosmetic dentistry extremely popular. Cosmetic dentistry refers to elective dentistry to improve the appearance of a person’s smile. Cosmetic dentistry can provide restorative benefits as well. For example, if a patient has old, amalgam fillings, they can now choose to have them replaced with composite (tooth colored) fillings.

Teeth Whitening

One of the most popular choices in cosmetic dentistry is a take home whitening kit. The patient makes an appointment for impressions of his upper and lower teeth. These molds are used to make a soft, flexible, transparent, mouth guards. It is an exact fit their teeth. The hygienist will instruct the patient on how to use the whitening kit. Included with the kit is a shade guide. The hygienist and patient will use this to judge their tooth whitening progress.

Dental Veneers

A composite or porcelain laminate is bonded to cover the front side of a tooth that is chipped, discolored or to fill in gaps between teeth. A veneer is usually fabricated and permanently inserted in one dental office visit. Veneers solve a multitude of cosmetic dental issues. A veneer also takes away minimal tooth structure.

Inlays / Onlays

These are dental restorations used by a select number of dentists. They are a conservative alternative to a full coverage crown made from porcelain composite materials. These procedures require a dental lab to fabricate the inlay or onlay, which the dentist will permanently bond to the patient’s tooth.

Consult your dentist if you are interested in a cosmetic procedure. There are many options available. If you have dental insurance, have your dental office submit a pre-treatment estimate for you to determine if your insurance policy covers your cosmetic dental treatment.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Hye Park



Choosing Between Composite and Porcelain Materials for Your Veneers and Crowns

Cosmetic dental procedures have come a long way. Many of the materials that are now used by your Alexandria cosmetic dentists can be so closely matched to your tooth enamel that they characteristics are not very distinguishable. That being said, there are still some types of dental materials that are better for certain types of treatment than others may be. Two of the primary materials used in fabricating dental crowns or veneers are composite resin and porcelain. What separates these two from one another, and how do you select which type of material to use when you’re investing in dental care?

Porcelain material creates some of the most natural looking dental restorations possible. The translucent qualities of porcelain make it appear similar in coloration to tooth enamel. Due to this reason, porcelain is ideal for placing several crowns or veneers on the front teeth that will be seen on a regular basis by other people. Unfortunately, porcelain is more fragile than some other types of materials, which contraindicates its use on the back molar teeth.

Composite resin is more durable than porcelain. This makes it an ideal material to use for posterior crowns such as those on molars, because it can bear a heavier load without chipping like porcelain. However, composite isn’t always the best choice for anterior restorations (especially if there are several of them), unless they are small and few in number, because resin doesn’t quite recreate your anatomical qualities such as translucency very well.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Hye Park



Cosmetic Dentistry Does Not Necessarily Imply Vanity

Most people assume that someone who has cosmetic dentistry is doing so for vanity reasons. She wants to look her best for a photo shoot. He wants to make a great impression with his new company. She just wants a different smile. While many people do choose cosmetic dentistry procedures for esthetic reasons, there are many other people who choose cosmetic dentistry for health reasons.

There are many specific areas of dentistry. While “cosmetic dentistry” is generally used refer to any dental work that improves the appearance of a person’s teeth, there are dentists who specialize in particular areas. Prosthodontists are dentists that treat patients with missing or deficient teeth. While one outcome of prosthodontics is usually improved esthetics, the specified goal is to obtain the best oral health for patients.

People who suffer from missing or deficient teeth commonly suffer from other health issues. Exposed gaps in a person’s gum line can lead to infections and diseases in the mouth. These infections can damage the tissue and infect the bloodstream, which can lead to major overall health problems.

The specific area of cosmetic dentistry known as Prosthodontics works to close exposed gaps in a person’s mouth in order to prevent infections. Gums are a living tissue, and a simple cut can pose a threat to a person’s health. Therefore, Alexandria cosmetic dentists use dental implants, dentures, crowns, and bridges to replace missing or deficient teeth and close unwanted gaps in the mouth. Prosthodontists can improve the oral function, comfort, appearance, and overall health of a patient.

Cosmetic dentistry is not just for the elite or those wanting to improve their appearance. Specialized areas of cosmetic dentistry are specifically related to improving oral function and overall health. From your weight to your general health – so much starts in your mouth. Cosmetic dentistry can help you achieve your wellness goals.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Hye Park


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