Many people who are thinking of ways to improve their appearance and feel better about themselves consider some type of cosmetic dentistry. Cosmetic dentistry focuses on the appearance of your mouth, teeth and smile. Due to their basic nature, cosmetic procedures are usually elective, but there are some cases of treatment that also may provide restorative benefits. Common procedures used in cosmetic dentistry can be rather simple, but others are more complex and need specialized care.
Some of the most common cosmetic dentistry procedures include:
- Inlays and Onlays
- Dental Veneers
- Teeth Whitening
Inlays and Onlays
Also known as indirect fillings, these are usually made in a dental laboratory. They are appropriate for a tooth with mild to moderate decay where there is insufficient tooth structure to support a filling. In most cases, the inlay is placed directly onto the tooth surface. However, if the cusp of the tooth is damaged, an onlay is used to cover the tooth’s entire surface.
Dental veneers are made from medical grade ceramic material. They are are individually molded for each patient to resemble their natural teeth. Veneers look amazingly realistic and can resolve many cosmetic problems. They help correct crooked teeth and damaged enamel or even noticeable gaps between two teeth. A dentist will apply a veneer to the front of each tooth using an adhesive.
Teeth whitening is one of the most common and basic cosmetic procedures. This can be performed in one visit at your dentist’s office. The dentist will apply a protective gel to your gums. A specially made bleach for whitening is then applied to all tooth surfaces. There are many different types of special teeth whitening toothpastes your dentist can recommend. Furthermore, you may use these at home after the office procedure to keep your teeth looking white and clean for as long as possible before having another treatment.
If you lose a tooth, dental implants are a great option for replacement. The dentist inserts a titanium screw into the jaw where the tooth is missing. This will provide needed support for the crown in addition to providing comfort to the area. Afterward it is extremely important for patients to be extra diligent with their hygiene so that the implant will not become infected.
If you live in the Glenview area, or anywhere else in northern Illinois, and are considering cosmetic dentistry or any other dental procedure, please call the office of Dr. Malik at (847) 724-1771. He and his friendly staff can answer all your questions regarding any cosmetic or other dental issue.