Aesthetic dentistry offers us several possibilities to make our teeth regular and appealing. Our dentist will recommend the solution which is the most suitable for us, but we should also get to know these methods beforehand.
Enamel shaping, dental bonding and updating the filling in the tooth are shorter interventions that can be done in one day.
Veneers and tooth crowns, on the other hand, require 5 working days with us, braces can produce the desired result after 1-3 years.
The desired smile is achievable to everyone if they choose the appropriate dental intervention. If we also get rid of our tooth damaging habits and we ensure appropriate oral hygiene, we can expect permanent success.
This article will answer the following questions:
- Aesthetic dental solutions:
- Enamel shaping
- Dental bonding
- Dental veneers
- Dental crown
- Getting rid of our bad habits: Habits that cause crooked teeth
Aesthetic dental solutions
This procedure is used to correct the tiny discolouring on the enamel and to remove the small but disturbing edge on the teeth. Our dentist achieves the desired effect by shaping the enamel directly.
It is important that we choose our specialist carefully, as a badly performed enamel shaping can cause permanent damage to the teeth.
It is a technique used to cover discoloured surfaces and to change the shape, length and colour of the teeth, as well as getting rid of the gap between the teeth.During the procedure, the specialist makes the surface of the tooth in question adequate for the intervention and then they apply a special bonding to the affected area which keeps the veneer in place. The procedure takes about 30-60 minutes per teeth.
Dental veneers are small, thin, composite or ceramic plates fixed to the surface of the teeth which provide a regular set of teeth. The veneers are made based on the mould taken of the teeth. After the preparation of the teeth, it is fixed to the surface of the teeth with a special bonding material.
Dental veneers are recommended for people who like permanent solutions. However, veneers cannot be applied if the tooth structure is weak.
The crown is a cap that covers the tooth completely or partially. Its roles can include strengthening of the weakened tooth, correction of the chipped tooth part and aesthetic defects, holding the bridge and covering implanted teeth. It can be a temporary or permanent solution of tooth restoration.
It can be made of different materials, such as metal or ceramics. Before placing the crown, a mould is taken of the tooth to be crowned after it is ground into form. The finished implant is usually fixed to the tooth with a cement bond.
While wearing a temporary crown, we should avoid eating sticky or hard food and, if possibly, we should only chew on the healthy side.
In case of crooked teeth, pulling the teeth into the desired direction can be the suitable solution. Wearing braces is possible from the age of 6, but it is usually applied after all the milk teeth have been replaced.
There are removable and fixed devices. Among the removable ones there are variants to be used at night or during the day. The almost invisible invisalign device belongs to the removable group and it can also used by adults.
As for the fixed, glued braces, there is a difference between those devices which are placed on the internal surface of the teeth, while other types are fixed to the external surface. The fixed part can be metal, plastic or ceramics. Tensioning of the fixed part must take place every two weeks on average and it remains on the teeth for 1-3 years. After it has been removed, it is recommended to wear a removable device for at least 6 months to conserve the condition of the teeth.
In order to choose the most appropriate solution for us, we should definitely consult our dentist about the possibilities.
Getting rid of our bad habits: Habits that cause crooked teeth
Unfortunately, we cannot change the size of our jaw, but we can get rid of our bad habits in order to have a regular set of teeth.
Lying on the stomach, the teeth are put under light but permanent pressure due to the weight of the head. This force moves the teeth to the inside, which on a long term can lead to the permanent displacement of the teeth.
Try to rest in another position, lying on your back.
When supporting the head, a light permanent pressure is put on our teeth, like when we are lying on our stomach (with our supporting hand we always push our jaw to one side).
When we study or sit in front of the monitor, we should sit in the correct posture without supporting our head.
Most children stop sucking their thumb by the time they are 3 or 4 years old. Later, the upper teeth will move forward due to the constant pressure and its correction can take years.
We should offer other possibilities for our children to calm down so that they can get rid of this bad habit more easily.