Beauty And Strength: Dental Treatments With Multiple Purposes

Posted on: 13 July 2023

Many people want beautiful smiles but do not understand that oral health and beautiful teeth go together. Many dental treatments also serve multiple purposes. Below are dental treatments that target both restorative and cosmetic needs. 

Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is a procedure that uses composite resin to rebuild or repair damaged teeth. For example, you may need dental bonding to repair and strengthen:

  • A cracked tooth
  • A chipped tooth
  • A worn tooth

In such cases, the bonding material builds the tooth to resist further mechanical and bacterial damage. The bonding material covers the inner or weak tooth parts that acids or bacteria would otherwise damage.

In addition to strengthening teeth, dental bonding also improves teeth's appearance. Your dentist can customize the bonding material to mimic your natural teeth color. Therefore, you can also use dental bonding to cover dental discolorations that bleaching cannot clear.

Lastly, dental bonding can also change your tooth's shape. For example, you can use the bonding material to close gaps between your teeth, round off sharp teeth corners, or build up small teeth. Such cosmetic improvements enhance your overall smile.

Dental Veneers or Lumineers

Dental veneers are thin materials that dentists can stick over a tooth's front surface to cover imperfections. For example, you can use veneers to cover up intrinsic tooth discolorations. Like dental bonding material, your dentist can customize and match veneers to your teeth color.

Your dentist may also achieve the same look with dental lumineers. The lumineers look like veneers but are thinner, requiring minimal teeth preparation.

Like dental bonding, veneers and lumineers also strengthen the teeth because they increase (albeit slightly) tooth thickness. You can also use the materials to change to repair damaged teeth. For example, veneers can cover decayed teeth surfaces to prevent further damage.

Dental Crowns

A dental crown is a cap that the dentist uses to cover a tooth. For example, you can use a dental crown to cover:

  • A weak tooth
  • A decayed tooth
  • An eroded tooth

Like other dental restorations, the crown strengthens the tooth and prevents further damage. For example, bacteria that cause tooth damage cannot attack the artificial materials of dental crowns.

Again, you can use crowns to cover imperfections and enhance your smile. For example, your dentist can match all-ceramic or porcelain crowns to your natural tooth color. That way, the intrinsic stains in your teeth won't show.  

Good oral hygiene is a good way of preventing dental problems. However, you still need regular dental visits for professional cleaning and dental interventions for restoration or treatment.

Contact a local dentist to learn more.