Having a perfect smile seems to be a requirement in this very image conscious and obsessed society. Yes, basing your self-esteem and self-worth on something as skin deep as physical beauty is never the way to go. However, the fact still remains that individuals who are more secure with their smiles end up having more self-esteem. Luckily, cosmetic dentistry in Winnebago, IL has made it so much easier for individuals to have the smile they have always wanted. Below are some of the sought after cosmetic procedures and their indications:

Teeth Whitening

The basis of any teeth whitening procedure is the interaction of hydrogen peroxide to the dental enamel of the patient’s teeth. As a chemical, hydrogen peroxide is abrasive and can remove the stains by scratching them out. While there are at-home dental whitening kits, it’s always safer for individuals to opt for in-office dental whitening procedures because the entire treatment is overseen by a trained professional. While in-office whitening procedures can deliver the whitening results in just under an hour, there are limitations to this procedure. For instance, intrinsic stains or stains which come from the inner layers of the tooth may not be removed using this procedure although there is generally no problem with removing external stains.

Veneers and Crowns

Dental veneers and crowns are dental restorations which are pasted on the front surface of the tooth as well as over the tooth, respectively. A dental veneer looks like a thin shell that is bonded to the front-facing side of the tooth, concealing any imperfection such as chips, intrinsic stains and even fractures. On the other hand, crowns are caps which are fitted over the tooth so that the entire dental structure can be preserved. Crowns are good for treating teeth with worn out enamels as well as those which may have developed cracks on the biting surface that run the risk of running all the way to the bottom of the tooth.

Composite Bonding

This procedure involves the attachment of the composite resin material to the surface of the tooth and then molding the material right into place so that the original form if not a much improved form of the tooth can be captured. This is done directly on the surface of the tooth which makes composite bonding procedures less time consuming and effects can be seen right after just one visit to the dentist.

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