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What you should know about Cosmetic Dentistry

White, evenly shaped teeth enhance the beauty of your face. Cosmetic dentistry offers many treatment options for people who want to improve their teeth. The methods can be as simple as teeth whitening or as complex as bracing and bridging.

How do teeth whitening work?
Teeth whitening products uses materials consisting of peroxide to give the teeth a white and clean appearance. You can either visit the cosmetic dentist or use a home-based whitening system. Home-based systems use 20% peroxide but is a longer process, lasting for two weeks. Cosmetic dentists will start the process by removing all the cavities from the teeth and ensuring the gums are healthy. Then a dental system for protection of the gum is applied. Gels are then added on the teeth. At times, high intensity lights along with 35% peroxide can be used to start the whitening process. The light will oxidize the stains on the teeth, resulting in activation of peroxide. You will notice the stains fade after an hour, thus making your teeth appear lighter.

What is tooth-shaping?
Tooth-shaping is the most basic procedure and is an half an hour process. It reshapes the unwanted shape of the teeth. The cosmetic dentist can completely alter the shape of your teeth or the shape of the upper ones to match the lower ones. Even the removal of small amount of tooth enamel will not cause any damage in the long and short run.

What are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers, also called veneers, are porcelain slices that improve the appearance of the front of the teeth. They also cover any damage caused to the teeth. They have the same effects as dentures or artificial teeth. A cosmetic dentist would be able to provide the pros and cons of this treatment.

What is Resin?
Resins are kept on the teeth for a short time to improve their appearance. It is used to treat chips and cavities. The chips and cavities are filled with white fillings. The disadvantage is that these resins may lose their color after some time, thus losing their natural look.

What is Bonded-Bridge?
Bonded-bridge is a porcelain or resin tooth with metal or resin wings on both the sides. It fills the gap left by the missing tooth. The cosmetic dentist removes a small amount of enamel from teeth on both the sides of the hole and then the bonded-bridge is clipped on the teeth to fill the hole.

What is Gum-lift?
Gum-lifting, or gingivectomy, involves removing some part of the gums to even them out and make the teeth appear longer. It cures gummy smiles. A cosmetic dentist would be able complete the process in one or two sittings.

What are Braces?
Braces or orthodontics rectifies the gaps between the teeth, giving them an even appearance. It is a two-year process to help children and young adults. A cosmetic dentist would add the braces in one session.

About the Author:

Dr. Zazzaro was inducted as a Fellow of the International College of Dentists at its 74th Annual Convention in San Francisco on October 24’th, 2004. This honorary organization for the recognition of outstanding and meritorious service, presented Dr. Zazzaro a membership plaque and gold key symbolic of this Fellowship for conspicuous service rendered to the art and science of dentistry. The college, with representation in more than 80 countries, has approximately 10,000 members, including over 5,800 in the U.S. Dr Zazzaro has been busy servicing the community as well. He has been the president of the City Of Waterbury Board of Health. As well as, the president of Staywell Health Center board, (which supplies medical and dental care to those in need in the Waterbury area.) He also initiated the “Give Kids a Smile” program in Waterbury, and has also served as President of the University School of Dental Medicine Alumni Board. Dr. Z. is currently active on board of directors of the Southbury Business Association and the Greater Waterbury Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the Southbury Economic Development Commission. Dr. Zazzaro is an associate professor at the UCONN Dental School and a host in the mentoring program for its students. He was recently quoted in an edition of the Voices Newspaper concerning the positive effect of good oral health. “It’s very rewarding work. We are changing people’s lives one smile at a time.”