As cosmetic dentistry procedures grow in popularity in the ever-growing society, more of the community are curious about what cosmetic dentistry is, and how it can be implemented for them personally. It is possible with cosmetic dentistry that patients approach this from a position of self-consciousness or low self-esteem due to an awareness of misalignment or staining.
Others may pursue cosmetic dentistry from a position of enjoyment. Just as make up, tattoos and fashion can be an outward expression of personal preferences, so can the pursuit of a more aesthetic smile. Similarly to the enjoyment that some find from searching out the latest fashion trends or adding to their collection of body art, so too enjoyment may be found in journeying towards a smile a patient has been striving for.
Others still may wish to utilise a treatment such as veneers Gordon to correct a chipped tooth without necessarily adapting anything else about their smile. Whether it is a practical solution for a chipped tooth which is sought, a brightening up of the current smile, or a total refresh and evening out of the teeth then read on for more details!
What are the differences between porcelain and composite veneers in Gordon?
Porcelain coatings are thin, custom-made shells of tooth-coloured material that are designed to cover the front surface of teeth to improve their appearance. They are used to mask discolourations, to brighten teeth that have become dull or yellowed over time, and to improve the overall appearance of teeth that are misshapen or misaligned. They are also used to close gaps between teeth and to repair chips or cracks in teeth. The shells are bonded to the front of the teeth using a special dental cement. They are a popular cosmetic dentistry option.
Composite coverings are a type of dental coating made from a tooth-coloured composite resin material. They can be applied directly to the surface of the tooth and are used to improve the appearance of discoloured, stained, chipped, or misaligned teeth. They do not require removal of much tooth structure as the dentist moulds and shapes the composite material directly onto the tooth to create a custom-fitted covering. The material is then cured using a dental light and polished to match the surrounding teeth.
Is it possible to have a visual idea of what they will look like?
Yes, mock ups are a great way of providing the patient with a visual idea of what to expect. This is a temporary set of coverings which allows patients to trial run a new smile before having the long term shells fitted. Digital Smile Design technology can be utilised to analyse the proportions of the teeth, and from this the temporary mock up is made. A trial run affords patients the opportunity to not only become accustomed to their new smile, but also to raise any questions or identify changes they may wish to make. Once satisfied, the permanent coatings will be made ready for fitting.
It is often advisable to ask a dentist or hygienist for advice on how to achieve successful outcomes when cleaning teeth. Where additional dental fixtures are in place, certain methods or tools may be more appropriate to use than others.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.