Cosmetic Dentistry


1) What is cosmetic Dentistry?
2) What is bleaching and are there any side effects to bleaching?
3) What is composite bonding?
What are laminates?

What is cosmetic Dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry involves the treatment of dental and facial imperfections like chipped teeth, stained or malpositioned teeth and correction of facial irregularities. There are a number of procedures that can be used to improve smile and enhance self-confidence like bleaching, composite bonding, laminates, cosmetic gum contouring, orthodontic treatment and orthognathic surgery.

What is bleaching and are there any side effects to bleaching?

Bleaching is a procedure that brightens teeth that are discoloured, stained or have become darkened because of injury. It is most effective in lightening yellowing teeth. It can be used by itself or in combination with other cosmetic procedures.

There are two types of bleaching procedures. Bleaching that is done completely in the dental clinic (chair side bleaching) and dentist supervised home bleaching (night guard bleaching). Bleaching does not have any side effects, except that the teeth may be sensitive for a short period of time. Bleaching is not recommended in children.

What is composite bonding?

Bonding is done using tooth coloured materials which are applied to the surface of teeth to cover discolourations, repair chipped teeth, fill gaps and replace old silver fillings. The procedure is painless and can be completed in one visit. Composite bondings need to be changed every three to five years as they may chip or stain.

What are laminates?

Laminates are thin custom made shells made of tooth coloured materials that are used to cover the front side of teeth. Laminates are made in the laboratory of composite or porcelain. They are used to close gaps or cover teeth that are stained, poorly shaped or slightly crowded. Porcelain Laminates usually last for about five to ten years and do not stain like bonded teeth.