While the dentist’s primary goal is always the overall dental and oral health of the patient, aesthetic appeal makes a big difference in a person’s daily dental life. The natural course of aging often causes teeth to wear down, lose their color, or sometimes break entirely. These can deprive patients of a healthy, engaging smile.
Cosmetic dentistry seeks to provide exactly that service. Using advanced technology and time-honored techniques, a cosmetic dentist can help restore the look and feel of your smile.
What is Cosmetic Dentistry?
Though the American Dental Association doesn't recognize cosmetic dentistry as a unique specialization, it nonetheless differs from standard dentistry in that it focuses primarily on the visual aspects of a patient’s teeth.
Dentists have a variety of cosmetic procedures and treatments in their arsenal which they can use to improve the aesthetics of your teeth and smile. In using the most advanced methods, a cosmetic dentist repairs or eliminates unsightly features and can improve or replace the exterior of a patient’s teeth. Effective cosmetic treatments include:
- Teeth Whitening Treatment – this method, which can also be performed from home, removes stain pigments from the tooth enamel through the use of bleach.
- Dental Laminates and Veneers – these thin, shell-like layers of porcelain bond directly to the tooth surface, allowing the dentist to improve and reinvent a patient’s smile.
- Inlays or Onlays – these special, indirect fillings, which are used to replace areas damaged by tooth decay, are not only durable but also long-lasting.
- Composite Bonding – fills in chipped or broken teeth using a special composite that fits in perfectly with your natural tooth enamel.
- Orthodontic Procedures - methods used to straighten and evenly spaced teeth, as well as fix misaligned bites.
Different issues require different treatments. Consult with your dentist to determine which treatments you qualify for and which treatments will be most effective for your case.