Veneers are ultra-thin, custom-made porcelain facings that the dentist affixes to your teeth. Veneers can help brighten front teeth that have permanent stains or discoloration and can not be whitened. Veneers can also be used to treat slightly chipped teeth, mildly crooked tooth and to close small gaps between teeth. Veneers normally require a slight reduction of enamel and are bonded over the tooth. If you have healthy teeth and gums, but are unhappy with the way your smile looks, porcelain veneers might be right option for you.
Teeth jewellery is a brilliant way to add sparkles to your smile and stand out of the crowd. Teeth jewellery (Skyce) is made & certified in the EU, and is available in two colors: "crystal" and "sapphire blue". By a painless procedure, a dentist fixes a jewel on the tooth surface. The jewel does not damage tooth tissues and has no side effects - except for the increased charm of your smile! Call it an oral fashion statement to stand out among ordinary mortals or simply an effort to blend in with the bold and the beautiful. The trend is catching up with boys & girls, especially those heading towards foreign destinations for study or leisure as many patients are visiting my clinic and enquiring about tooth jewellery.
Skyce is putting an extra sparkle into more and more smiles. Skyce jewels are applied to the front surfaces of upper front teeth. It can be easily removed without any side effects on the dental tooth structure as the procedure is non-destructive and also the same tooth jewellery can be fixed again at a later stage.
Inlays are indirect fillings applied in back teeth (premolars, molars). After removal of the old, defective filling or caries, an impression is made of the cavity. A filling is then made in the laboratory from gold or ceramic, which fits the cavity with the utmost precision and restores the original form of the tooth. In the second session, the inlay is cemented into place. As of now, use of gold inlays has declined because of cosmetic & aesthetic awareness in people.
Ceramic inlays have no metal core and are therefore, translucent. They are bonded to the tooth using a special adhesive method, leaving no marginal gaps. A chemical bond is created between tooth and ceramic, restoring weakened teeth to their original strength. The high translucency yields an exceptional aesthetic quality. Ceramic is exceedingly biocompatible & allergies to the same are relatively unknown. Ceramic inlays are long-lasting. Can all teeth be fitted with ceramic inlays?
All back teeth (Molars and Premolars) can be fitted with porcelain inlays. Front teeth (Incisors and Canines), on the other hand, are treated with Composites. In cases, where the decay or filling reaches deep under the gum, or where the remaining tooth substance is weak and brittle e.g. root canal treated tooth, a Crown the better and lasting alternative.
An onlay is the same as an inlay, except that it extends to replace a cusp. Large inlays which cover the cusps are thus referred to as onlays. When decay or fracture extends to areas of a tooth that makes existing fillings weak to make it prone to cuspal fracture or remaining tooth structure that undermines perimeter walls of a tooth, an "onlay" is indicated. Similar to an inlay, an onlay is an indirect restoration which incorporates a cusp or cusps by covering or onlaying the missing cusps. All of the benefits of an inlay are present in the onlay restoration. The onlay allows for conservation of tooth structure when the only other alternative is to totally eliminate cusps and perimeter walls for restoration with a crown. Just as inlays, onlays are fabricated outside of the mouth and are typically made out of gold or porcelain.
Cosmetic Fillings are Modern tooth-shaded filling resins also known as "composites", made from an acrylic base with inorganic fillers are of a high-quality standard. Above all, these composite fillings are the best choice for front teeth (incisors, canines) as well as back teeth fillings. The adhesive bond between acrylic and enamel is achieved through etching and application of primer to the tooths surface. In this way, even fragile teeth are strengthened. For every tooth shade, there is a similarly shaded composite available, almost always allowing perfect aesthetic adaptation of the filling. The life span of such extensive fillings is limited to around five to seven years vis-a-vis dependent on the patients oral hygiene.
Dental bonding on the front teeth is an excellent method for filling gaps between the teeth called diastemas.
In composite bonding, a composite resin material is applied to the tooth and then sculpted and shaped to cover or to fill the gaps. This material comes in several shades so it can be matched to the natural color of your tooth. Bonding usually requires only one visit, so it is less time-consuming and less expensive than other tooth restoration methods. The length of the visit will depend on the condition of your teeth and on how much repair work you are having done.
Porcelain veneers can often be used to close spaces between teeth. Veneers are especially appropriate if, in addition to being spaced, the teeth are discoloured or poorly shaped. Cases involving large gap closures require significant dental expertise in order to close the spaces without making the teeth look abnormally wide. They provide a more permanent solution in diastema (Gaps in teeth) cases as they do not stain that easily.
Orthodontics can also be used to close the midline diastema with great effect.
Various options are available these days and they include