If your teeth are stained, discolored, worn, chipped, broken, misaligned, or misshapen, you are no longer required to hide your smile. Now, you have the option of cosmetic dentistry, which is a method of professional oral care for improving the appearance of your mouth, teeth, and smile.

The cosmetic dentistry is supposed to be optional and not essential, but the patients also get restorative benefits in some cases.

A number of procedures are used in cosmetic dentistry among which you can choose, which are best suitable according to your requirements. Here are some of the best and most common cosmetic dentistry procedures, among which you can select the one.

1. Inlays and Onlays
These procedures are known as indirect fillings. They are made in a dental laboratory and are used at the time of different problems such as:
• When a tooth has mild for moderating decay.
• There is not sufficient tooth structure for supporting a filling.

The inlay is placed directly onto the tooth surface when there is no damage to the tooth cusp. On the other hand, an onlay is used for covering the tooth’s entire surface when a cusp or a greater portion of the tooth is damaged.

Inlays and onlays are prepared in a dental lab from the composite resin material. They are attached to the teeth along with adhesive dental cement. The inlays and onlays provide perfect support for strengthening teeth, restoring their shape and avoiding any further decay or deterioration.

2. Composite Dental Bonding
In the composite dental bonding, a tooth-colored, putty-like resin, which is a durable plastic material, is applied to the tooth. It is then hardened with an ultraviolet or laser light, bonding the material to tooth or teeth. Thereafter, it is trimmed, shaped and polished by your dentist or a dental professional.

Bonding procedure can be used to repair chipped, decayed, cracked or misshapen teeth. It is also supposed to be a good cosmetic alternative to amalgam or silver fillings.

3. Dental Veneers
The dental veneers are typically manufactured from medical-grade ceramic. According to Bruce Widerman, DDS, they are prepared individually for each patient to resemble one’s natural teeth.

An excellent aspect of these veneers is that they look realistic. Moreover, they can resolve a number of cosmetic problems, which range for crooked teeth, to cracked or damaged enamel to noticeable gaps between two teeth. The veneers are applied by the dentist or dental professional in the front of each tooth, and a dental adhesive is used for this purpose.

4. Teeth Whitening or Teeth Bleaching
Teeth whitening or teeth bleaching – it is one of the most basic cosmetic dentistry procedure. It can be performed at the office of the dentist. Whitening procedures should be accomplished after cleaning of plaque, tartar or other debris from the surface of every tooth, which restores their natural appearance.

According to Mouth Healthy site of American Dental Association (ADA), teeth can also be bleached for achieving an even lighter shade as compared to the original shade.

5. Dental Implants
If you need to replace teeth after tooth loss, then dental implants are the options. A small titanium screw is inserted by the dentist into the jaw at the site of the missing tooth. It serves as a support for the crown. The implants almost seem indistinguishable from the surrounding natural teeth.

The implants are permanently secured into place, once the supporting tissue and the bone are fused to them. Patients are required to practice oral hygiene during the implant placement for clearing plaque and food debris from the area.

To Sum Up
These are the cosmetic dentistry procedures among which you can consider any. Dental health services require special attention and so it is highly recommended that you consult your dentist before adopting any of the procedure. If you have considered the procedure that is best suitable according to your requirement then you must visit a cosmetic dentist for getting your desired smile.

Author's Bio: 

Sandra is a medical student. She aspires to become a dentist.