Teeth go through a lot of punishment; eating and drinking may not seem like difficult work, but exposure to different substances can stain, chip, and damage teeth. Worse, cavities and tooth decay may take root and ruin them. Those who’ve had the bad luck of losing or damaging teeth should visit a skilled Philadelphia dentist like Dr. Thomas De Finnis of Wynnewood Dental Arts to return their smile to perfection.
A visit to a cosmetic dentist in Philadelphia can be intimidating for many, though. The idea of painful drilling and restrictive braces could turn off potential patients. However, some discomfort—as opposed to pain—at the start of a dental or orthodontic procedure can’t be helped, according to articles published in the British Orthodontic Society and Dentistry iQ Network sites.
Discomfort is the tangible proof that something is transforming in the teeth, for the better. What’s more important is that the minor discomfort is not permanent, and it’s well worth the results once you see your teeth turn from ruin to perfection. Here are a few cosmetic dental procedures that may bring slight discomfort at first but which produce amazing outcomes.
First, there is teeth whitening for those with stained or discolored teeth. It will involve suffering through several hours of having a bleaching solution applied to your teeth via a mouthpiece tray. Several sessions of this lasting for a quarter of an hour can have your teeth looking brand-new.
Second, if teeth are chipped, broken, or cracked, there are several procedures to repair them. Bonding is one of them. Dentists do this by applying bonding materials; an etching solution is first placed on the tooth then followed by tooth-colored materials like composite resins. Bonding will last for several years, although there are better options.
Third, one of these better options are the use of veneers. These are porcelain or plastic shells that can cover teeth. To have them installed, a dentist takes an impression of your tooth then buffs it. Next, the veneer is cemented in place, with a light beam quickly hardening the cement.
Fourth, crowns are used to repair teeth that have been severely damaged. This is done by cutting out the top of the tooth and placing a metal or porcelain replacement over it. Crowns are used to restore broken teeth, those with large fillings, or protect a weak tooth, among others.