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August 2012

Dental Procedures For A Winning Smile

Dr Pradeep Reddy
Cosmetic dentistry is more than the art of painting a new smile. It encompasses mimicking nature’s beauty by applying science and modern technologies.
Everyone desires the perfect, beautiful set of teeth and cosmetic dentistry has made that possible for those who can afford. Unless a person has the perfect set of teeth, there are absolutely no limitations on the range of options that cosmetic dentistry procedures offer.

A smile makeover comprises the comprehensive evaluation of your smile as well as your oral health, and a treatment plan that allows you to achieve the smile of your dreams. It can be a single dental procedure or a series of procedures that are combined to create a winning smile. A host of procedures go for what can be safely termed as “smile makeovers”.

Laser Teeth Whitening

It is a very effective way of lightening the natural colour of your teeth without removing any of the tooth surface or compromising the enamel or gums. By this method the stains (gained from food, drinks and smoking) and discolouration can be removed making the teeth look whiter. Laser teeth whitening is a totally safe procedure when done under expert supervision.

Porcelain Veneer
A dental porcelain veneer is a thin layer of a translucent material placed over the surface of a tooth to improve its appearance or to repair its damaged surface. Veneers are very attractive and natural looking materials used for creating a beautiful smile. A minimal - approximately 0.5mm to 1mm – of tooth is reduced during this procedure.

Invisalign Orthodontics
It is a method of orthodontic treatment where a series of nearly invisible, removable aligners move the teeth slowly week by week until the teeth straighten out in the final position prescribed by the dental practitioner. No metal brackets or wires are used in this method. These aligners have to be changed every two weeks for the next set of aligners. They are customized for each patient or client and are removable, effective, comfortable and clear.

Dental Implants
Dental implants are artificial replacement of missing teeth that are fixed directly into the jawbone instead of the natural tooth’s root. They are made of titanium alloy in the shape of screw or cylinder. These dental implants enable replacement of removable dentures by a fixed bridge and they eliminate the need of teeth grinding because of the bridge.

Tooth Coloured Fillings
Tooth coloured fillings are made up of composite resins. They are similar in colour to natural teeth and so less noticeable and far more attractive. These fillings require less of healthy tooth material to be removed during tooth preparation than metal fillings as they bond more easily to the teeth. With these fillings we can also prevent metal toxicity as seen in metallic fillings (amalgam restorations). These composite resins can be used not only for cavity fillings but also for closing the minor spaces between the teeth, especially in the front teeth, to improve the appearance of a discoloured tooth and to change the shape or colour of teeth.

Dental Bridges And Crowns
Dental bridges are used to fill the gap of a missing tooth or teeth. They protect the shape of the mouth and restore the functions of the teeth and jaw. A dental crown is used to cover a tooth when part of it has been lost by decay or injury to protect the part of the tooth that remains, and restore the tooth’s shape and function.

They are ultra thin porcelain veneers. They are so thin that they can be attached to an existing tooth without the need to remove a portion of it, unlike traditional veneers. The procedure is less invasive which makes it quick and painless.

Gum Contouring
Gum contouring is a procedure that is most commonly done for gummy smiles. A scalpel or laser is used to trim away any excessive gum overlaying the teeth. This is a quick and often painless treatment. The scalpel makes the process slightly longer while the laser also has the added bonus of being able to seal blood vessels during the procedure. This helps in limiting the amount of blood released due to the incision. Along with the use of crowns and veneers after the treatment is complete, gum contouring is a simple procedure that can easily remedy a ‘gummy smile’.

Laser Depigmentation
Gum pigmentation can be removed using laser, leaving the gums pink in colour. This procedure is performed using local anaesthesia and heals rapidly.
Dr Pradeep Reddy In-charge, Apollo Dental Centre, Apollo Health City, Hyderabad.