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Are cosmetic dental procedures helpful?

August 14, 2022
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Cosmetic dental procedures are becoming increasingly popular in recent years. From simple teeth whitening to teeth reshaping and veneers, there is no limit to the range of treatments you can undergo.

What is considered cosmetic dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry is a division of dentistry that focuses on the look and appearance of the teeth. That said, it has nothing to do with the underlying teeth health. Think of it as a smile-makeover or dental “makeup” for your teeth.

Patients undergo cosmetic dentistry to enhance their smiles. Many treatments target different dental aspects. Let’s walk through them in detail.

CEREC® Restorations: Porcelain

CEREC is an acronym for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. It is a digital alternative to fitting a crown or a veneer to your damaged or worn-out teeth. With CEREC, you don’t need to worry about impression materials, the discomfort of holding them up in your mouth, or any allergies.

In CEREC® Restorations, the dentist uses a camera to scan the dental structure of your mouth. Then, using that image, the computer designs a dental prosthesis with the correct measurement. The design is manufactured in the CEREC machine. Your dental prosthesis is ready and fixed in your mouth. It’s an easy and quick treatment that takes no more than an hour.

The CEREC crowns are made of porcelain. They are strong and look like natural teeth. This makes them a great addition to cosmetic dentistry.

Inlays and Onlays

Inlays and Onlays are used when the tooth has a moderate decay and require an intermediary between crowns and dental fillings. They are made of a porcelain-like material. Inlays are used for minor damages and work on the surface. Onlays are for excessive damages and are used on the cusps. They are like crowns but only for the visibly damaged area of your single tooth.


Veneers enhance your tooth’s appearance and smile. They are a crisp, thin layer covering that shields your tooth. They bond with the enamel surface and are usually fitted on the front teeth. Likewise, they are the best alternatives for teeth discoloration, tooth chipping, and more.

Crowns and Bridges

Crowns and bridges work wonders for teeth gaps. They come in various materials like ceramic, metal, or a combination of both.

Professional Teeth whitening

In order to remove surface stains, deep teeth stains, or discolored teeth, professional teeth whitening treatment is a must. The dentist uses whitening gels combined with heat and light to whiten your teeth permanently. The results are quick and long-lasting in comparison to the traditional DIY teeth whitening methods or over-the-counter products.

Advantages of cosmetic dental procedures

Self-confidence and self-esteem

Keeping in mind your teeth are ideal-looking, you feel more confident flaunting your smile in social situations.

A long-term approach to a beautiful smile

Although they are sometimes expensive, cosmetic dentistry treatments enhance your smile in the long term. You can achieve a picture-perfect smile with the help of your cosmetic dentist.

Youthful appearance

Unkempt teeth give an unhygienic look. Plus, they give off an aged appearance. Receiving a cosmetic dentistry procedure will help make your teeth look solid, youthful, and pearly white.

Improves overall appearance

Cosmetic dentistry targets broken teeth, chipped teeth, misaligned teeth, discoloured or stained, and weak teeth. With cosmetic dentistry treatment, you get straight, shiny, and strong teeth as a result.

Eat whatever you want

Missing teeth or irregularly shaped teeth may influence your diet choices. A complete set of functioning teeth will allow you to eat the foods you love and enjoy.

Functional aspects of cosmetic dentistry

Encourages oral health

Cosmetic dentistry treatments like CEREC® Restorations improve your bite. Veneers and other dental implants support weak teeth. Teeth whitening removes plaque buildup, further preventing tooth decay. Cosmetic dentistry thus encourages oral health.

Promotes the better maintenance of oral hygiene

Many cosmetic dentistry treatments begin with teeth cleaning. The dentist also targets tooth decay and damage. This helps in maintaining oral hygiene practices at home. Once treatment is complete, naturally, you will want to preserve the appearance and overall condition of your teeth.

Improves oral function

For improper teeth structures, the bite is affected adversely. This puts unnecessary pressure on the adjacent teeth and induces pain in the gums and jaw. Cosmetic dentistry improves bite and structure, eventually improving oral function.

It prevents damage from worsening

During cosmetic dentistry treatments, the dentist also works on the root cause. For instance, before fixing inlays and onlays, the dentist will scrape off the underlying cavity. This prevents your teeth from further worsening.

Cosmetic dental treatments are proven effective for a range of dental needs. They are extremely helpful for your oral health and appearance. While many of these procedures are performed in the patient’s best interests, finding a dentist you can trust is essential. If you are bothered with any dental issues, we advise you to contact Ashraf Dentistry today.

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Lamine Diallo
Lamine Diallo
02:21 15 Jun 22
My family and I have been receiving care from Dr. Ashraf and his amazing team since we first moved to Waterloo in 2002. His assessment skills are spot on, he is gentle and is very skilled at working with anxious\nervous patients. My dental hygienist is Lin who is very knowledgeable, and passionate about her work. She is amazingly gentle yet very,very thorough when it comes to preventative dental care. She is didactic as well, taking the time to teach patients how to use certain equipment as well as addressing gingivitis in pro-active ways. We are in very capable hands.
Trisa Kapetaneas
Trisa Kapetaneas
18:12 01 Jun 22
I have been a patient here for over 2 years now and I've always enjoyed the experience. The staff are professional and have always made me feel comfortable. I recently had a cleaning done by Lynn for the first time and she was amazing! Will continue to visit for my checkups/cleanings.
Aamir Mirza
Aamir Mirza
14:54 03 May 22
Dr. Ashraf and his team is amazing. All work done under one umbrella for entire family. We all are very happy to be under the care for the last 20 plus years. Lin, dental hygienist is remarkable professional. She knows her job so well that I look forward to my cleaning every time I'm scheduled. Thank you Lin for your amazing work for my entire family!
Alena Delena
Alena Delena
14:50 02 May 22
My family loves Dr Ashraf. We've been through many dentists in many cities and he's by far our favourite one. He's always thorough and professional. His referrals are also of equal high caliber. I went to him for a root canal and a crown. I had many concerns and he addressed them all personally. He even went so far as to redo a root canal for me. Recommend.
Nicole Wood
Nicole Wood
15:31 28 Apr 22
I found Ashraf Dentistry a year ago and I absolutely love their dental clinic. Everyone is very kind and thorough. Lin is the best dental hygienist I've ever had! She takes the time to ensure I receive the care I need. Both dentists I've seen have also been very kind and wonderful at making me feel like my teeth are being taken care of. Highly recommend!
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