Cosmetic dentistry is the art and science of improving the appearance of the smile, teeth and mouth of an individual. While typical dentistry is thought of as necessary for the health of the patient’s mouth, cosmetic dentistry is thought of as elective for the patient’s general happiness.
Cosmetic dentistry has improved by leaps and bounds over the last few decades, and it can now be performed much more quickly, safely and inexpensively than was the case in the past. The following is a guide to the most common treatments in cosmetic dentistry.
Inlays and onlays are a kind of indirect filling that is used to treat tooth decay and other structural damage of the teeth. They are considered a part of cosmic dentistry because they are made to match the color of the teeth, unlike traditional fillings.
Composite bonding is a technique to repair broken, discolored, chipped or decayed teeth. A composite substance that mimics the look of natural enamel and dentin is placed on the problem area of the tooth, and it is then molded into shape with a high intensity light. It ends up being virtually indistinguishable from the rest of the patient’s natural teeth.
Tooth whitening is the most common more of cosmetic dentistry, and is used to treat the stains that build up on teeth over time from eating, drinking, smoking and poor oral hygiene.
Dental veneers are porcelain or composite laminates that are used to treat chipped, cracked or discolored teeth. They are less commonly used to treat large gaps in the teeth. The veneers are applied to the teeth with the composite bonding process.
Dental implants are artificial teeth and roots that are used for tooth loss, to create a more youthful look, or to enhance a patient’s smile.
A smile makeover is a process when multiple cosmetic dentistry techniques are used to completely transform a patient’s smile.
The most radical form of cosmetic dentistry is full mouth reconstruction. This will involve not only a smile makeover, but surgery to repair underlying problems with the bone structure and muscles of the mouth.
Cosmetic dentistry has many tools at its disposal to completely transform not only a patient’s smile, but also their sense of worth and happiness. It is a very powerful process.