Cosmetic / Aesthetic dentistry

Cosmetic / Aesthetic dentistry is a comprehensive field in dentistry which pays attention on improving the appearance of an individual’s teeth appearance, mouth, smile line, and facial expressions. A beautiful smile can have varied effects on an individual’s self­confidence and thereby on his social affairs.

Cosmetic Dentistry deals with the “Smile Makeover procedures” involving various systematically planned cosmetic, dental and/or facial rejuvenation procedures, enhancing the aesthetics of your smile. A smile makeover to an individual could mean something completely different to another, and is considered a very individual choice. For example, some people want the perfectly white Bollywood smile makeover, or some popular celebrity smile with bright white teeth. Other people may find contentment in a simple improvement, such as the replacement of silver fillings with tooth coloured fillings and teeth whitening.

Whatever be the reasons for your displeasure with your smile, there are various ways in which you can improve your smile under the guidance of our experienced dental cosmetic specialist.

Common Cosmetic Procedures offered:

Digital Smile Design :

20The Digital Smile Design Concept (DSD) strives to present the world a brand new face of Dentistry, with a blend of more human, emotional and artistic touch to it. It is also more efficient and precise with the use of digital technology, further elevating our skilful profession in society, because after all there aren’t many things in this life that are more significant than a natural, Healthy, confident and a wonderful SMILE.

Primary goals of the DSD Concept:
– Enhancing the Smile through a precise design process thereby transforming the patient into a co­author of his/her own new smile.

Teeth jewellery :

18With great pride we present you ‘Trendy teeth jewellery’ that lets you to flash a Billion dollar smile! Many of our patients are adapting to this style statement finding it very catchy among their social circle. Ranging from sparkling crystal glass design, or an ornament in gold with a twinkle of ruby or diamond in it, we will add zing to your smile!!

It involves complex yet simply done process of fixing jewellery within a tooth usually taking about 10 to 15 minutes. Our Dentists do offer various fun designs to choose from crystal meth to diamonds and 24 carat gold. The best thing about it is the “No drilling Policy”, so the jewel does not damage tooth and has no side effects and can easily be retained back without any damage to the tooth structure.

Further, the removed tooth jewellery can be re­fixed again at a later stage. The durability of these studs adhesion on tooth surface varies from 6 months to years.

Teeth Whitening :

Teeth whitening is a process that lightens teeth shade and thereby helps in removing stains and discoloration from tooth surface. Whitening is considered among the most sought cosmetic dental procedures because of the drastic results it brings.

When it is used ?
The outermost layer of our tooth is called ‘Enamel’ and the inner layer is called ‘Dentin’. Your genes affect the thickness and smoothness of the layer of enamel. Thinner enamel layers allow more of the colour of the dentin to be reflected. Also the smooth or rough enamel surface affects the reflection of light and thereby the colour.

Every day, a thin coating (aka pellicle) deposits on the enamel and picks up various shades of stains. The enamel also contains varying size of pores that can hold stains of different magnitude. The following are the most common reasons for teeth to get stained:
Using tobacco and its products Chronic drinking of various coloured liquids such as coffee, cola, tea and red wine Improper oral hygiene.
Aging causes consistent wear off of tooth structure thereby making teeth less bright as the enamel gets thinner and the dentin becomes darker.

It is also possible to have stains within the tooth. These are known as ‘Intrinsic stains’. For example, intrinsic stains can be seen due to excess exposure to too much fluoride during childhood while teeth are developing. Other causes include consumption of drugs such as tetracycline antibiotics. They can cause staining of a child’s teeth if taken by the mother mainly during the second half of pregnancy or by a child himself below 8 years of age when teeth are still under developmental process during these years. Trauma can also darken a tooth due to internal
injuries. Tooth whitening is found to be most effective on surface (extrinsic) stains.

How It is Done?
There are 2 main types of whitening techniques. Vital whitening is performed on teeth that are vital and has live nerves. Non­vital whitening is done on a tooth that has had a history of root­canal treatment and no longer contains a live nerve.

Vital Whitening Technique:
The most common type of vital tooth whitening makes use of a commercially available gel that is applied directly onto the tooth surface. This product has some form of hydrogen peroxide as a de­staining agent.

Tooth whitening can be done in the dentist’s office or at home based on the case selection. In­office whitening permits your dentist to use a stronger and concentrated whitening gel. A specialized light on a specific frequency activates the gel and allows the process of bleaching to happen faster.

In­office whitening usually takes about 30­90 minutes requiring 1­3 dental sittings. The number of applications will depend upon the method used, severity of your stains and the intensity of whiteness expected by the patient. Different types of stains respond in a different manner to the treatment.

For in­house whitening, your dentist will require impressions of your upper and lower teeth for fabrication of custom made mouthpieces to exclusively fit you. An ideal fit of the mouthpiece allows the whitening agent remain in contact with your teeth in a uniform manner.

At home, you are expected to fill each mouthpiece with a whitening gel provided to you by the dentist. You are required to wear the mouthpiece for prescribed amount of time for several days. Many people attain the amount of whitening they desire within a span of a week or two.
However, in some cases you may be required to pursue the treatment for four weeks or longer.

Non­Vital Whitening technique:
Vital whitening may not fetch the same results to a tooth that has had root­canal treatment as the source of stain in insidious in nature. In such a case, your dentist will adopt a different procedure that can whiten the tooth from the inside. This technique requires placing a whitening agent inside the tooth and further adding a temporary filling over it. The tooth will be left to be bleached for several days. Sometimes one application can be sufficient, or the application can be repeated until the tooth reaches the desired shade.

Associated Risks:
Whitening is unlikely to cause prominent side effects, although sensitivity can be present for a short while. Patients commonly experience mild gum irritation as well. It is highly advised for women to not undergo teeth whitening during pregnancy. The effect and influence of the whitening agents on the fetus during development is not known. Since the procedure is cosmetic and do not demands emergency, it is recommended to be postponed until after delivery. At Ankura Dental Clinic, the Cosmetic services offered are

  • Repairing chips or rough spots with fillings that match your teeth
  • Filling cavities with tooth­colored materials
  • Reshaping teeth that don’t match the others
  • Closing gaps between teeth
  • Covering broken teeth with High strength Zirconia crowns
  • Laser gum surgeries

Ankura Dental clinic uses advanced cosmetic procedure techniques to preserve the natural appearance as far as possible ranging from a basic colour correction to replacing missing teeth, and everything in between!!!!