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3 Popular Types of Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic Dentistry, to put it simply, refers to any dental procedure or work that aims to improve the appearance of teeth, gums and bites. It primarily involves improving dental aesthetics in color, position, shape, size, alignment and overall appearance of the mouth and a smile. 3 of the most popular types of cosmetic dentistry and the focus of this article are:

  1. Dental Implants
  2. Porcelain Veneers
  3. Teeth Whitening

Dental Implants

Dental implants act as replacement tooth roots.

dental implants and x ray

The implants provide removable or permanent replacement teeth with a strong foundation to match your natural teeth. Some of the many advantages of dental implants are:

  • Improved appearance due to seamless integration with natural teeth to make it look natural.
  • Improved speech. Many people with poor-fitting dentures find that the teeth can slip within the mouth which can cause mumbling or slurred speech. Dental implants overcome this as they are designed to fit perfectly with no risk of slipping teeth.
  • Improved comfort. Dental implants are designed to be permanent and become a part of you and as such they eliminate any discomfort of removable dentures.

Dental implants are also very safe with success rates of up to 98% and with proper care, the implants can last for a lifetime

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain Veneers, also known as dental veneers or dental porcelain laminates, are thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front surface of teeth to improve their appearance. These veneers are bonded to the front of the teeth which changes their color, shape, size and length.

Dental veneers are usually made from porcelain or resin composite materials. Porcelain veneers are highly resistant to stains compared to resin veneers and also mimic the light reflecting properties of natural teeth much better.

Dental veneers can be made from porcelain or from resin composite materials. Porcelain veneers resist stains better than resin veneers. They also better mimic the light-reflecting properties of natural teeth. You will need to discuss the best choice of veneer material for you with your dentist.

Teeth Whitening

Teeth Whitening is the process of using bleaching agents to lighten the color of your teeth. As the tooth are semi-permeable, it allows for the tooth whitening chemicals, namely carbamide peroxide and hydrogen peroxide to permeate into the enamel of the tooth to remove intrinsic and extrinsic stains which caused discoloration of the tooth to restore the original color of the tooth.

teeth whitening example

What should patients look out for if they want to go for these treatments?

Despite all the pros of cosmetic dentistry, one should consider their options before deciding to go for one of these treatments. The most important thing when deciding whether to go for cosmetic dentistry services is to consider the risk of potential side effects.

Another huge factor is cost, dental procedures can be quite costly especially cosmetic dental procedures. It is advisable to research the costs involved and talk to your insurance providers to see which costs can be covered and which won’t.

A good precaution is to ask your dentist about any potential hidden costs involved to save any unwanted surprises.

What are the typical costs like in Singapore?

As for the costs of cosmetic dentistry in Singapore, dental implants surgery range from $2,000 to $6,000, depending on the complexity levels of each case.

dentist and dental implant

Porcelain veneers can range anywhere from $1,000 to $2,500 and for teeth whitening can range from $400 to $1,000. Do call your dentist and enquire before making an appointment.