Oral Care

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Michael G. LongJune 20, 20186min650

Everyone wishes for a shiny set of pearly whites every time they smile. If you are unhappy with your smile for any reason, fret not, as you can turn to cosmetic dentistry to get the smile of your dreams. Cosmetic dentistry is a form of professional oral care that focuses on improving the appearance of your teeth, enhances the smile and transforms the gum and oral structure.

 

Though cosmetic dentistry procedures are elective, in some cases this treatment becomes necessary as it provides restorative benefits. Cosmetic dentistry offers you a ‘smile makeover’ that improves the appearance of your smile through appropriate procedures.

 

When Do You Need Cosmetic Dentistry?

Cosmetic Dentistry

Here are some cases when you can consider getting cosmetic dentistry. If you have,

 

–              Stained teeth

–              Cracked, crooked, chipped teeth

–              Irregular or misshapen teeth

–              Gaps between teeth

–              Broken teeth

–              Gum issues

Different types of issues are resolved by different cosmetic dentistry procedures. Let us look at six types of cosmetic dentistry procedures that fix numerous oral conditions.

 

6 Types of Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures

 

  1. Dental Veneers

 

Dental veneers are thin, tooth-colored shells that are cemented or bonded to the front of your teeth. The veneers are custom-made of composite resin or ceramic which makes them look like natural teeth. They are ideal for filling up spaces between the teeth or to cover teeth that have a poor shape or those which are stained or slightly crooked.

 

  1. Teeth Whitening

Teeth Whitening

There are several reasons why your naturally white teeth can get stained over time. Some factors include habits like drinking coffee or wine, smoking and aging. Tooth whitening is a process that can make discolored or stained teeth whiter. The bleach used by dentists is stronger than the bleach found in at-home whitening kits. Therefore, it is suggested that you go to a professional for whitening rather than DIYing it. It is important to consult which teeth whitening treatment would be right for you.

  1. Dental Bonding

 

In the process of dental bonding, a tooth-colored, putty-like resin is applied to the tooth. This resin is a durable plastic material. After being applied, it is hardened with an ultraviolet or laser light which bonds the material to the tooth. After this, the dentist would trim, shape and polish the resin. With dental bonding, it is possible to repair chipped, decayed, cracked or misshapen teeth. Moreover, it is a good cosmetic alternative to silver fillings. The whole procedure just takes about 30 to 60 minutes.

 

  1. Tooth Colored Fillings

 

The dentist uses natural-colored materials to restore teeth that have cavities. Some options include composite materials such as resin or lab-made porcelain inlays, onlays and crowns.

 

  1. Crowns and Bridges

 

If your tooth requires a dramatic change that the veneers or enamel shaping cannot provide, you can opt for crowns and bridges. The orthodontist would remove the outer part of the tooth and then place a dental crown over it. The crown is usually custom-made to fit in with your other teeth.

 

If you have to replace a missing tooth or a couple of missing teeth, a porcelain fixed dental bridge is the way to go. The dentist can sculpt the porcelain to replicate the look of the natural tooth enamel and use this durable material as a bridge. Dental bridges not only help in replacing missing teeth but also improve the original appearance of those teeth, thus creating a flawless replacement.

 

  1. Inlays and Onlays

 

Also known as the indirect fillings, inlays and onlays are made from porcelain, gold or composite materials to fill the decayed or damaged teeth. The inlays and onlays are created in a dental laboratory and bonded into place by the dentist. The filling is called an ‘inlay’ when it is bonded within the center of a tooth, whereas, it is called an ‘onlay’ when the filling includes one or more points of the tooth or covers the biting surface. You can preserve as much healthy tooth as possible using inlays and onlays, which makes it a good alternative to dental crowns.

 

If you are not happy with the way your teeth and smile look, you must consider cosmetic dentistry. Consult with your dentist regarding which treatment would be the best for you and check if they offer customized treatments or not.


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mmCollagenProApril 17, 20175min290

Most of the people may face dental issues because of the poor oral hygiene as it can lead to many dental problems, especially among the adults nowadays. People do not care about their eating habits that eventually land them into the dental issues. The junk food, sweetened beverages, sugary food, etc. lands the people into dental problems like tooth decay, bad breath, cavity, etc. This calls for proper oral care that will help in maintaining your smile and will eliminate the possibilities of any kind of dental problem. Here are some of the five oral care tips that adults should follow to ward off any kind of dental problems:

Regular Brushing of the Mouth

Most of the people brush their teeth and think that they will never face any problem related to dental hygiene. One should stress not only on the brushing of the teeth but the full mouth that includes the person gums, tongue and the roof of the mouth. It is mandatory to brush the mouth regularly twice a day that will help in keeping the bacteria away. This will maintain the health of your teeth too.

Necessity of Flossing

The brushing of the teeth or mouth alone cannot ward off the germs and bacteria until the flossing is done to maintain the oral care. Flossing helps in reaching deep inside your mouth and the parts of the teeth, where brushing or sometimes the mouthwash cannot work out in a proper manner. It is recommended by experts to do the flossing once in a day in order to maintain the oral hygiene and to safeguard your teeth.

Consumption of Vitamins and the Calcium

Calcium, Vitamins and other kinds of minerals help in averting many kinds of dental disease that can otherwise harm your dental health. One should take the calcium that is good for teeth as people can get it from the cheese, milk, yogurt and other dairy products. In addition, adults should also have the Vitamin B complex and Vitamin D for avoiding the cracking or bleeding from the gums or teeth. In order to maintain the proper oral hygiene one should also take zinc, iron, iodine, potassium, etc.

Dental Visits

The visit to the dentist is important for the adults twice in a year because they have less focus on their food habits and their work schedule remains busy. With the timely dental visits, people will be able to maintain their dental hygiene in the appropriate way. If people pay a visit twice in a year to the doctor, then they can avert the diseases like tooth decay, cancer, trauma, gum disease, etc. that cannot be cured at a later stage.

Teeth-friendly Diets

It is necessary for the people to have the teeth friendly diets that will help in maintaining the oral hygiene. One should avoid snacks or sweeteners. The diet should be quite rich in nutrition as it should include cheese, chicken, green vegetables, fruits, etc. This will help in neutralizing any kind of acid and production of more saliva.

Therefore, it is important for adults to look after their oral hygiene in order to maintain the oral care that will help in averting any kind of gum-related diseases.