Cosmetic dentistry can address all of the issues which you have with your smile. From cracks to discolored teeth, cosmetic dentistry can fix all of these dental imperfections to give you a smile which you can be very much proud to wear. There are two ways that Dr. Barber can improve your dental appearance and that is through either direct or indirect restorations.
How can your dentist help to improve your smile?
There are two ways that Dr. Barber can improve on your smile, and that is either through direct and indirect restorations. Direct restorations are done with the help of composite resin material placed directly on the surface of your tooth and then sculpted immediately on your tooth. This is the same as with a dental filling procedure only that the dental filling is placed on the surface of the tooth instead of inside a cavity. On the other hand, indirect restorations require that the material to be bonded to your tooth first be fabricated or crafted by a laboratory technician prior to being attached to your tooth. While indirect restorations allow tougher material like porcelain to be used, they also take longer to be completed.
What are the different examples of direct restorations?
When it comes to cosmetic procedures, the most common direct restorations are those which come in the form of composite bonding treatments. Composite bonding treatments make use of the same principle that is used in dental filling procedures which still make use of the teeth-colored composite resin compound. This involves the roughening of the tooth surfaces which the composite resin material will then be attached to. The entire fixture can then be hardened with the help of a curing light.
What are the different examples of indirect restorations?
Indirect restorations are the most common and usually the more preferred ones in comparison to direct restorations. The reason for this is because indirect restorations often make use of porcelain, which is one of the most durable dental materials there are. Basically, anything that is made using porcelain can be classified as a indirect restorations. This includes porcelain veneers, and crowns. Veneers are thin, wafer-like shells of porcelain which are pasted on the front surfaces of your teeth. On the other hand, crowns are those which are placed over the tooth and are referred to as caps because of the way that the look like.
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