While traditional dentistry focuses on oral hygiene and preventing, diagnosing, and treating oral disease, cosmetic dentistry focuses on improving the appearance of a person’s teeth, mouth, and smile.
A smile can be the most eye-catching feature of a face. With cosmetic dentistry’s advances, you no longer have to settle for stained, chipped, or misshapen teeth. A beautiful smile can have numerous knock on effects in an individuals self-confidence, self-esteem and personal relationships.
Things your dentist can do to improve your smile include:
- Bleaching to make teeth whiter (Tooth whitening)
- Repairing chips or rough spots with fillings that match your teeth
- Filling cavities with tooth-colored materials
- Reshaping teeth that don’t match the others
- Closing gaps between teeth
- Covering broken teeth with porcelain crowns
Common cosmetic dental procedures include teeth whitening, veneers, crowns, white fillings, single visit restorations, orthodontics, gum reshaping and dental bridges. Many cosmetic dental practices now offer facial rejuvenation in the form of a nonsurgical facelift using a combination of Botox and dermal fillers such as restylane.
Technological advancements in cosmetic dentistry have made it possible for dentists to address a wide range of challenges. Two of the latest trends aimed at creating a more attractive appearance are smile makeovers and full mouth reconstruction.
Cosmetic dentistry offers many options for people who are unhappy with their smile.