|The goal of cosmetic dentistry is to turn an average smile into a most beautiful one. We can create a beautiful smile by solving each specific problem one after the other. Dark, stained or discolored teeth can be a source of great embarrassment to many. It can often prevent you from smiling or even talk confidently.
A gorgeous smile leaves a lasting impact on people around us. It is how we express our emotions and how others see us. You can have that winning smile by harnessing the many advances in the field of implant and cosmetic dentistry
The shape and proportion of our face is affected by the position of our teeth which provide the support for our lips and cheeks. In addition, correct alignment, angulations, shape, size and color of our teeth provide the symmetry and balance which is the essence of facial aesthetics.
Using the latest in computer technology and with strong laboratory support from our in-house technicians, we can now produce custom designed porcelain fillings, veneers and crowns within hours and complete makeovers within days.
In addition, if you have lost some of your teeth, dental implants which look, feel and function like normal teeth can give a new lease of life and confidence. They are made up of a highly biocompatible material "Titanium" which when surgically inserted into the jaw bone "bonds" with the surrounding tissue. With proper care at home and regular dental visits, dental implants placed in bone have been shown to last more than 40 years.
A pre-requite of cosmetic dentistry is the balanced understanding of esthetics of a smile, from the angles of an Art, a Science, and the Skill. In tandem, by the team of dentists, these energies can be combined to produce a masterpiece. A right mix of these will produce a dazzling smile that can ignite a room, projecting an image of self assurance and high personal esteem. It glows with embers of delight from an explosive source of pride. That magnificent smile is no longer a fantasy. Now it can be yours! Recent advances in techniques and materials offer modern practitioners of esthetic dentistry in India many alternatives in the creation of brilliant smiles like movie stars, bursting with energy and radiating enthusiasm. We have not yet discovered the magic wand, but we are getting closer. There are many exciting options
Two of the most popular options in restorative cosmetic dentistry today are Veneers and Lumineers. Both veneers and lumineers are made of thin, durable porcelain material and both can provide natural looking, long lasting results. The two most common types of materials used in dental veneers are composite resins and porcelain.
A dental technician in a dental laboratory may fabricate porcelain veneers; composite veneers are directly fabricated inside your mouth at the dental office. Dental veneers that are indirectly fabricated are bonded to the teeth with various types of resin cement.
Porcelain veneers alternatively termed "dental veneers" or "dental porcelain laminates," are wafer-thin shells of porcelain permanently bonded to teeth that are discolored, worn, chipped, or misaligned. Porcelain veneers are non-porous (they will not stain), incredibly resilient, and "kind" (non-abrasive) to opposing teeth. When a veneer is firmly bonded to a sturdy substructure (like a tooth) it becomes very strong and durable.
A traditional veneer is essentially a conservative crown. Rather than encompassing the entire tooth, a cosmetic veneer covers the visible part (facial surface) of a tooth preserving a large amount of the natural tooth structure. Veneers can straighten, lengthen and whiten teeth to provide a beautiful smile and even create a more comfortable bite position. For optimal results, each veneered tooth must be shaped. This means that a thin layer (approximately .5 mm) of the natural tooth structure is removed to allow space for veneer placement
|Lumineers are different than a traditional veneer in the way they are manufactured and placed.Lumineers is a brand of porcelain veneers. (DuraThins™ is another brand with similar properties and application.) A Lumineers restoration is as thin as a contact lens and placed over existing teeth without having to remove tooth structure. Like traditional porcelain veneers, Lumineers restorations are an excellent cosmetic solution for stained, chipped, discolored or misaligned teeth.
An ideal candidate for Lumineers must have enough remaining tooth surface on which to bond the Lumineers to ensure long-term results. Since Lumineers do not require the removal of tooth structure, they can be removed if circumstances require it
Porcelain veneers and Lumineers resist staining. A significant advantage of placing porcelain veneers and Lumineers is in the nature of their material. Since porcelain is a ceramic, and therefore glass-like, the porcelain surface of veneers and Lumineers will be extremely stain resistant
Porcelain veneers and Lumineers can be used to repair minor tooth imperfections and defects:
Teeth that have small chips or whose surface is worn or misshapen are often good candidates for porcelain veneers and Lumineers
Porcelain veneers and Lumineers can be used to cover over and conceal fillings that have become stained or discolored :
Old fillings and previous attempts at cosmetic bonding that have become discolored can be easily corrected with porcelain veneers or Lumineers
Porcelain veneers and Lumineers can be used to make color changes for teeth that have permanent stains :
Some teeth are just naturally discolored. This includes teeth that have tetracycline or fluorosis staining and those that have become darkened as a result of physical trauma or root canal treatment. In many cases these teeth are good candidates for porcelain veneers or Lumineers
In some cases porcelain veneers and Lumineers can be used as alternatives to orthodontic treatment :
Porcelain veneers and Lumineers can be used to close the space (called a "diastema") between a person's teeth. In cases where teeth are slightly crooked to extremely crooked, porcelain veneers and Lumineers can be used to create instant orthodontics
Depigmentation of Gums
Dark pigmented gum tissue comes from several causes. These causes includes physiological pigmentation, amalgam “tattoo” (discoloration from silver fillings), and poor crown and margin restorations. This dark pigmentation can be permanently removed using a surgical procedure.
The end result is a healthy smile that looks natural and radiates confidence. Depigmentation of gums is a procedure that can be performed on individuals of all ages, whether they have their natural teeth, dentures, a partial or dental implants.
Depigmentation of gums is a simple surgical procedure that can be performed in a minimal amount of time under local anesthesia. The dark pigmented areas are removed to expose the naturally pink tissue underneath. A surgical dressing is applied to assist in the healing process, which should be quick and problem free if post-surgical care instructions are followed.
The indirect composite ‘white filling’ is called Inlay/Onlay. They are similar to tooth colored fillings except that they are made in a dental laboratory. However, when it comes to strength and teeth cosmetics, the extra time and expense is well worth it! These fillings are usually placed in back teeth when esthetics is of utmost concern. In order to increase their strength and longevity, they are fabricated in the laboratory and then bonded into position in the office. This is a two visit procedure rather than the one visit required to place a composite filling. An inlay fits into the prepared space left after a cavity or old filling has been removed. An onlay sits on the tooth and builds up its shape. Inlays and onlays can be made in tooth-colored porcelain, gold or composite. Different materials are better for different parts of the mouth and teeth. They are also more conservative than crowns due to the fact that less tooth structure is removed in preparation of inlays and onlays. However, in cases of extensive decay, crowns are the only alternative.
As the first and most promising, dental bonding is a technique used to improve the cosmetic appearance of teeth. It is a widely available technique for correcting many aesthetic problems from color to shape of teeth and brings "instant" smile enhancement. It is still suitable in many circumstances to correct broken or misshapen teeth, but is neither as durable as porcelain veneers or crowns, nor as spectacular in addressing more complex cosmetic dental care concerns. Once again, prudent employment of skills yields the best and happiest endings in the quest for excellence. It is a white, tooth colored material that can be shaded to match your teeth.