Types of cosmetic dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry may involve:

  1. Addition of a dental material to teeth or gums: bonding, porcelain veneers, crowns, gum grafts
  2. Removal of tooth structure or gums: enameloplasty, gingivectomy
  3. Teeth whitening
  4. Straightening of teeth
  • Teeth whitening. Dentist-supervised treatments remain the recommended procedures for lightening discolored teeth.
  • Tooth reshaping removes parts of the enamel to improve the appearance of the tooth. It may be used to correct a small chip, or to alter the length, shape or position of teeth
  • Veneers are custom-made porcelain laminates that are bonded directly to the teeth. They are an option for closing gaps, enhance the shape, or change the color of teeth that do not respond well to whitening procedures.
  • Dental implants are prosthetic replacements for missing teeth.
  • Gum life raises and sculpts the gum line. The procedure involves reshaping the tissue and/or underlying bones to create the appearance of longer or more symmetrical teeth.

Effects of Cosmetic Dentistry

Some patients may expect increase in tooth sensitivity after undergoing a cosmetic dentistry procedure. Although many can go back home the same day of the surgery, food restrictions are common to ensure that the surgical procedures do not get affected. Getting dental veneers is also an irreversible procedure as the natural shape of teeth has to be altered in order to fit the veneers in properly. Hence, researching and being committed is necessary before going for the treatment.

Recent Questions

Why does MTA (Mineral Trioxide Aggregate) require moisture to set, won't this be more dangerous as it gives bacteria sealed in the tooth to flourish?

MTA (Mineral Trioxide Aggregate) requires moisture to set because that is part of the chemistry of its setting reaction. MTA is derived originally from Portland cement. https://www. ncbi. nlm. nih. gov/pmc/articles/PMC5573456/However, this does not mean that the root canal should be soaking wetbefore MTA is placed. MTA is used in situations where there is inevitably moisture (blood or tissue fluid) within a part of the tooth or root canal. For example:1. Sealing perforations2. Sealing open root apices3.

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I have had two missing bottom teeth since birth, are there any non-invasive procedures to help close up the gap without drilling and implanting fake teeth?

From the images provided, the lower lateral incisors seem to be congenitally missing. There are some crucial photos that we would need in order to make a diagnosis ( i. e. a lateral cephalomogram, and tracing to arrive at a skeletal diagnosis, Profile and extra oral photos to observe the soft tissue profile.) As the above is missing, it would be difficult for us to commit to a suggested treatment option.

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Dr Gerald Tan was voted by his peers to be the youngest and longest-serving president of the Aesthetic Dentistry Society of Singapore (ADSS) from 2012-2016. ADSS also selected him to be on the Singapore Dental Association’s Ethics Committee in 2014. His past experience as a commissioned Dental Officer at the Singapore Armed Forces, National Dental Centre Singapore, SingHealth Polyclinics, and the School Dental Centre, Health Promotion Board enriched him with necessary skills to start his own private group practice in 2013 by the name of Elite Dental Group, with a vision to eliminate severe dental anxiety often associated with complex dental treatment.

Dr Jaclyn Toh graduated with honours from the Dublin Dental School and Hospital of Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. She is a member of the Singapore Dental Association, the College of General Dental Practitioners Singapore and the Aesthetic Dentistry Society of Singapore. Dr Toh has been pursuing excellence from the start. Her passion is combining restorative and cosmetic dentistry with orthodontics, for comprehensive dentistry.

Dr Shawna D’Dharan graduated from Saveetha Dental College, an institution recognised as among the leading private dental schools in India. As one of the college’s most promising graduates, Dr Shawna excelled in her clinical practice, emerging 2nd out of 100 students in her graduating class.

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Dr Kevin Ong graduated from the National University of Singapore in 1985. Upon graduating, he gained his experience working in both government and private practice in Singapore. Having spent 10 years in private practice in London, Dr Ong returned to Singapore and founded The Dentist@Orchard in 2001.

On top of general dentistry procedures, The Dentist@Orchard has developed a reputation in aesthetic dentistry. Dr Ong developed Smiledesign, a procedure to custom design smiles for his patients. Aesthetic procedures include teeth whitening, dental crowns and veneers. In his practice, Dr Ong places great importance in keeping up-to-date with the latest equipment and high-quality materials for all his treatments.

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