Are your teeth discolored, chipped, broken, misaligned, or have gaps? Well, cosmetic dentistry can give you the perfect smile. Cosmetic dentistry is often called the smile makeover – it improves the appearance of your smile through one or more cosmetic dentistry procedures. In this article, you will find some information that can help you learn more about the various types of cosmetic dental procedures available we have here at Smile360 dental clinic in Lagos and Abuja.
Types of Cosmetic Dentistry
Teeth whitening is one of the simplest and more cost-effective to improve your smile. Teeth can be whitened or ‘bleached’ at your dental clinic using various products as well as laser whitening procedures. Although not as effective, you can also buy take-home kits or gels to bleach your teeth. Certain brands also sell whitestrips, whitening toothpaste, etc but as mentioned for your best results, it is best done at the dental practice.
Veneers are often called the “Hollywood Smile treatment” because they are often used by celebrities of all types. Dental veneers are thin, custom-made shells of porcelain or resin that cover the front surface of the teeth. After removing about a tiny portion of the enamel from the tooth surface, the shells are bonded to the front of the teeth. These changes change their color, size, shape, or length.
Bonding is the process of applying composite resin to the surface of the tooth to repair it. It’s a simple cosmetic procedure that is usually completed in one visit. Bonding is most often used to repair a decayed, discolored, or chipped tooth. It can also be used to close spaces between teeth to make the teeth appear longer.
A dental crown fits over and replaces the entire decayed or damaged tooth. This restores the tooths strength, shape, and appearance. Crowns keep a weak tooth from breaking or hold a cracked tooth together. They can also be used to cover severely discolored teeth. Crowns can be made from ceramic, metal, porcelain-fused-to-metal, or resin.
Onlays and Inlays
Onlays and inlays are often regarded as “indirect fillings” – they are placed as a solid piece that fits the particular shape and size of the cavity. They are mostly on a damaged tooth where a simple filling will not do, however, it is not damaged enough to need a crown.
The difference between them is the amount and part of the tooth they cover. Onlays are used on a damaged or deteriorated tooth as well as your biting surface. Inlays are fitted in the chewing area of your damaged tooth. Both are made from porcelain or ceramic.
Here are more benefits:
●Durable – with proper care, they will offer much more durability and longevity
● Protection – they offer more protection against further tooth decay.
● Color Match – the inlays and Onlays are made to match your teeth.
A dental implant is an artificial titanium tooth root that’s placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth. Dental implants may be an option for people who have lost one or more teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason and who prefer not to wear dentures.
What are the other benefits of implants?
● Better appearance and enhanced self-esteem. Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth. Implants can give you back your smile and help you feel better about yourself.
● Durability. Implants are very durable and can last over 15 years. With good oral hygiene, many implants last a lifetime.
● Convenience and comfort. Unlike removable implants eliminate the embarrassment of removing dentures and they look natural so they give you better comfort.
At Smile360 dental clinic in Abuja and Lagos, we offer other treatments that are considered cosmetic procedures such as:
● A bridge is made of crowns for the teeth on either side of a gap with replacement teeth in between.
● A denture is a removable appliance for missing teeth.
● Braces can straighten crooked or misaligned teeth. They work by applying continuous pressure over time to slowly move teeth in a specific direction.
Cost of Cosmetic Dentistry in Lagos and Abuja
As you can see from the above, there are many treatments for cosmetic dentistry. The cost of the procedures depend on the complexity of each case. Normally in most healthcare procedures, you come in for an appointment and the dentist will determine which of the procedures works best for you based on your teeth and if you have other underlying challenges.
To book your appointment today, call us on 08181360000 for Lagos and 08181360023 for Abuja.