OVERVIEW OF COSMETIC DENTISTRY - PART 3
This is part 3 of our series explaining aspects of cosmetic dentistry. If you missed them, you can find the first two posts here and here.
Teeth whitening is a process that can be conducted in your home or in the dentist's office. According to the majority of dental practitioners, in-office whitening methods are the more effective option, and will generate better results than the over-the-counter methods. In-office, Dr. El-Hayek has the ability to fix any kind of dental issues the person may be dealing with, like cavities and tooth sensitivity. He will also make certain that the patient's gums are guarded against the whitening agents.
Even though over-the-counter brightening tools are relatively inexpensive, it is preferable to speak with Dr. El-Hayek prior to buying them.
Depending on how serious the discoloration is, an in-office whitening can require 1 to 3 visits. First, Dr. El-Hayek will construct a mold of the patient’s teeth. Then a tray will be made that will hold the whitening solution. Patients will then wear the trays over their teeth for a few hours a day, and will usually see results in a couple weeks.
Enamel whitening isn't permanent, so it is crucial that the patient talks about further treatment options with Dr. El-Hayek.
Veneers are a dependable method for those who would like minor corrective treatments for problems like fractures, discolored teeth, and gap teeth. Dr. El-Hayek will begin by removing a small amount of enamel—approximately 1 millimeter— prior to fixing the veneers to your teeth. When the veneers are in place, it is practically impossible to differentiate them from your real teeth. Taking care of veneers requires nothing extraordinary. Regular flossing and brushing with non-abrasive toothpaste will keep them healthy and strong. The patient will probably be sensitive to hot and cold foods and beverages momentarily, although this will only remain for a couple of days while the patient adjusts to the changes to their teeth.
Over the course of the last three blogs, we've talked about a number of cosmetic dental options. If you'd like to set up a visit with Dr. El Hayek to discuss these services further, you can contact us here.
OVERVIEW OF COSMETIC DENTISTRY - PART 2
This is the continuation of our blog series on the topic of cosmetic dentistry. You can see our previous post here.
Dental bonding uses a resilient plastic resin material that is employed to fix issues such as exposed roots, chips or cracks, cavities, gap teeth, and any other aesthetic purposes. After the bonding material has been color-matched to the patients' teeth, a conditioning liquid will be applied onto the teeth which are being repaired. Next, the resin is attached to the teeth and constructed to achieve the desired appearance. A hardening light is used on the resin, after which it is trimmed and polished to make it flush with the patient's original tooth.
Dental bonding is a pretty basic process that ordinarily takes about a half hour to an hour to complete. Additionally, dissimilar to crowns and veneers, the bonding substance won't need to be shipped to a lab, making it a less expensive cosmetic dental method for individuals. Sadly, the bonding ingredient is not as powerful as veneers or crowns, and the patient must be careful, as the bonding component may chip and become damaged.
Onlays & Inlays
Possible alternatives to a crown are inlays and onlays, which are types of fillings. Known also as indirect fillings, inlays and onlays are created for teeth with tooth decay or damage, and they are usually made out of composite materials, porcelain, and, occasionally, gold. The American Dental Association states that gold inlays are the most durable (and pricey) type of dental filling. They can last more than twenty years with good dental hygiene.
An inlay is an indirect filling that is produced to fill the dips in the middle of the tooth. Once a numbing agent has been given to the individual, the dentist clears away the tooth decay. Similar to crowns and veneers, the dentist will then create an impression of the area and send it off to a dental lab where the inlay will be manufactured. Generally, the inlays will be made from composite resin or porcelain and will fit the shape of the patient's real teeth.
If the damage to a tooth is at the tip, an onlay can be chosen to rectify the issue. The process for a dental onlay is practically identical to that of an inlay. Dr. El-Hayek fixes the contaminated part of the tooth and makes a mold that is sent out to the laboratory. After that, the tooth is matched with a provisional onlay until the long-term one arrives.
Check back for the last part of our blog series on the topic of cosmetic dentistry. While you wait, you can schedule an appointment with Dr. El-Hayek by clicking here, and be sure to follow us on social media.