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What is Cosmetic Dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry is a popular practice and many dentists have included it in the list of dental services they offer. Despite an increase in the number of people seeking the services of a cosmetic dentist, some still do not understand what this type of dentistry is about. There are several misconceptions about it. Cosmetic dentistry is not just about the aesthetics related procedures; nowadays it is also used to improve the dental health of a patient. There are two ways to look at cosmetic dentistry in order to understand what it entails.

Dental work that is undetectable

This kind of cosmetic dentistry Barrie is more about the subtle improvements and dental work that fits in naturally leaving no mark. For example when a tooth needs filling, you will need a composite resin that closely matches the natural tooth in color. Most composite resin are also textured to the feel of a natural tooth. This makes any restoration undetectable so that it easily fits with the rest of the teeth. Aside from fillings other examples of dental work that are undetectable include the use of inlays and onlays when there is no sufficient tooth structure for fillings. There is also the use of composite bonding to replace the damaged, decayed or discolored tooth with material that resembles the color of the tooth enamel.

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Dental work that leads to dental reconstruction

This is an important aspect of cosmetic dentistry. In reconstruction the focus is not just in recreating what has been lost but also improving what is there either by changing the tooth or teeth affected or by removing them to get new artificial ones that serve the purpose better. An example in this case is the use of orthodontic procedures like braces and invisalign to straighten out teeth which are misaligned resulting in more comfort and a better smile. It may also involve moving teeth to their right positions in the dental arch. Another simpler reconstruction procedure is tooth whitening which helps achieve a better color from discolored and stained teeth.

Other dental reconstruction procedures include:

  1. Use of crowns – These are used where other restorative options cannot work. They are quite costly and take some time but they help to return the tooth to its normal shape and appearance. They also have the longest life expectancy of all cosmetic restorations.
  2. Use of veneer – These are the cheaper alternative to crowns and are made of thin pieces of porcelain or plastic. They are used to change the color and shape of the teeth making them useful in repairing crooked, discolored, chipped or oddly shaped teeth. They are custom made and offer longer life expectancy and color stability than bonding.
  3. Contouring and reshaping – This is a procedure that is used to alter the shape, length or position of your teeth. They help improve your bite, smile and deal with unconscious grinding.
  4. Dental implants – These are used to permanently cover tooth loss and even replace crooked or damaged teeth. They are indistinguishable from the natural teeth even in terms of strength.
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J Cave
J Cave
12:59 09 Jul 18
We moved to Barrie in 1997 and my family has been coming to Dr. Chapnick since then! We love the whole team and have never had a bad visit! I encourage everyone to come here .
Nikki Stephens
Nikki Stephens
21:37 06 Jun 18
I had such a relaxing experience for a tooth extraction. Super friendly staff. Now today is my son's first consult and he is having a great time in the play area. Highly recommended!
Kayla Lopez
Kayla Lopez
12:37 08 Jun 18
What a fantastic office, the staff are incredibly thoughtful and friendly ❤ And a big thank you to Monique, who was so patient and gentle with my kids, they're actually excited to go to the dentist if they know that shes going to be there. Highly recommend!
Cassandra Mckechnie
Cassandra Mckechnie
15:28 31 May 18
The staff here are always so friendly! I hadn’t been to a dentist in years before coming here. It’s a very stress free environment where you can relax while there.
Nadia Chalmers
Nadia Chalmers
19:04 30 Jan 18
Our daughter was 5 weeks old when she had a frenectomy done at Molson Park Dental and we couldn’t be happier with the experience and end results. The entire team was so friendly and did such a wonderful job keeping me at ease during the procedure. Also, our daughter started nursing 100 times better immediately after the procedure was done. We can’t thank you enough for allowing us to continue our breastfeeding journey pain free and allowing our daughter the ability to nurse efficiently :)
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