Cosmetic dentistry focuses on improving the appearance of a person’s teeth, mouth and smile.
Traditionally considered part of general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry may also provide restorative benefits. For example, dental fillings may fall into the category of cosmetic dentistry, because you can select fillings made of composite material or porcelain that very closely matches the color of your teeth. This maintains the natural appearance of your teeth and smile. Some patients may choose to have older fillings replaced with modern, tooth-colored fillings to enhance their appearance.
Here is a partial list of the more common cosmetic procedures:
- Bonding: Broken, chipped, discolored or teeth with decay may be repaired or have their appearance enhanced using a procedure called composite bonding. A special composite material with the look of enamel is applied into the cavity or onto the surface of a tooth, where it is then sculpted into shape, contoured and hardened with a high-intensity light. This results in a restoration that blends, almost seamlessly with the surrounding teeth to provide a beautiful smile.
- Teeth Whitening: This is the most common cosmetic procedure. Often times teeth may become discolored by smoking, drinking coffee, etc. This procedure will bleach the teeth, and can enhance the appearance of your smile.
- Dental Veneers: Composite or porcelain laminates that are bonded to the surface of a tooth to correct and repair chips and cracks or improve a worn appearance or serious tooth discoloration. Sometimes veneers are recommended if you have gaps in your teeth or if tooth whitening was not as successful as you hoped.
- Dental Implants: Dental implants are artificial tooth root replacements that are used as a part of artificial replacement dentistry in order to compensate for tooth loss. In addition to an enhanced smile, you may also have a more youthful appearance, since missing teeth sometimes cause you to look older, due to facial collapse.
Modern dentistry offers many options for people who are unhappy with their smile.
If you have questions about these procedures and whether they are right for you, please call us or email.