Dental Bridges and Veneers

When a person smiles, he lightens his own mood and also passes the happiness around to other people prompting them to smile back. However, not everyone is confident about their smile and usually just avoid doing it walking down the street wearing a frown on their face.

When we start to notice imperfections in our teeth, we lose confidence in our smile which is why many people are looking for ways to make their teeth and smiles look better. Most have found the solution in cosmetic dentistry, the area of dentistry that is aimed at making people’s teeth look better through different dental treatments.

There are a number of different dental treatments or procedures performed by cosmetic dentists on patients to address their concerns regarding the appearance of their teeth. But today, we aren’t going to go through all those procedures. Instead, we will focus our attention to two common procedures, namely dental veneers and dental bridges.

veneers

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First off, let’s start by talking about dental veneers. A veneer is like a very thin shell that is made of porcelain or other strong materials which is bonded onto the front area of the tooth. People who get dental veneers usually do so to cover up damages on the tooth as well as cover any stain and discoloration on the tooth surface. Getting a veneer can also help cover up a tooth that is irregular in shape or has wide spaces in between the teeth. Basically veneers function like a cover up but also acts like a protective layer on the front on the tooth.

Take note that a cosmetic dentist will have to custom make your dental veneers should you need to get one as there is no standard size or shape for dental veneers. To make sure that the veneer fits perfectly and doesn’t stick out when attached to your tooth, it will have to be custom made to look just like your other teeth including its color. The great thing about wearing a veneer is that is can set flush against your other teeth so you won’t feel any rough edges due to how thin it is and the fact that part of your tooth is shaved off before attaching it.

Now that we know about dental veneers, let’s talk about dental bridges. Similar to dental implants, dental bridges are a dental treatment used replace the missing teeth of a person. Dental implants work better when replacing a single tooth where as dental bridges are great for replacing multiple teeth. A dental bridge is also known as a fixed partial denture.

To stabilize the dental bridge and keep it attached into the person’s mouth, the cosmetic dentist will have to shape down adjacent teeth using a process similar to that of dental crowns. The bridge itself is cemented using bonding material onto those teeth and the artificial teeth are attached on the bridge in the areas where there are empty tooth spaces. Although it isn’t as stable as a dental implant, it isn’t as expensive and doesn’t require surgery.