Dental Aesthetics is the branch of Dentistry responsible for achieving the aesthetic harmony of the oral cavity, putting solution to the following dental conditions, among others:
– Dental asymmetry.
– Color change.
– Separation between teeth (diastemas).
– Dental fractures.
In this way, to correct these types of oral problems, there are different treatments of Dental Aesthetics adapted to each case:
– Dental whitening.
– Aesthetic veneers.
– Other restorative treatments.
More and more people are looking for dental aesthetic treatments to help them improve not only their oral health, but also the appearance of their teeth.
What is teeth whitening?
This Dental Aesthetics treatment is responsible for providing a whiter and more uniform tone to the enamel by means of chemical agents.
Its main objective is to remove external stains from teeth that have appeared by tobacco use or by eating foods and beverages that can stain teeth, such as carbonated beverages or coffee. In addition, this problem usually worsens if an appropriate oral hygiene routine is not carried out.
Teeth whitening involves the use of bleaching agents, which are usually carbamide peroxide and hydrogen peroxide. These components are concentrated in the gel that is applied during treatment, causing it to penetrate through the pores of the enamel and reach the dentin.
Subsequently, they cause the decomposition of organic compounds into particles that lighten the color of the teeth.
What are dental aesthetic veneers?
Dental aesthetic veneers (or veneers) are another of the most in-demand Dental Aesthetics treatments. In this case, using certain components such as porcelain, small sheets thick between 0.8 and 1.5 millimeters are manufactured that are placed on the surface of the outer face of the teeth, camoflaging the natural tooth.
In this way, a more aesthetic aspect is provided to the oral cavity and the front of the teeth is restored to solve problems related to dental coloration, alteration in the shape or arrangement of the teeth and even close the separation of these, a condition known as diastema.
Dental veneers adhere to teeth thanks to a special adhesive cement that allows for long-lasting fixation..
In addition, porcelain or metal crowns or sleeves are often used to coat the entire tooth. As for materials, today it is also common to use zirconium,due to its durability, strength and aesthetics.
How many visits are cosmetic veneers treatment usually performed and how long do they usually last?
Now that you know what dental veneers are, it’s interesting to know that this treatment needs to be done on more than one visit to the dental practice and is not permanent. Usually, in the treatment of aesthetic veneers, during the first visit the individual case of each patient is usually reported and studied, making a diagnosis to determine the best type of treatment. Subsequently, the various shades and results are shown to the patient, so that he/she can observe what the final effect of the treatment would look like.
On the second visit the teeth are prepared to place the veneers, taking measurements, photos and molds so that they remain in the best possible way.
Finally, the veneers are placed with a resin,so that the patient does not lose the functionality of their oral cavity. Whether composite or porcelain, aesthetic veneers will be able to correct any type of defect in the color, size and shape of the tooth.
As for the duration of veneers, porcelain veneers are the most resistant, which usually last between 10 and 15 years. In the case of composite, between 5 and 10 years are maintained. In addition, durability will also depend on the quality of the dental aesthetic treatment and the subsequent care of the patient himself.