What is cosmetic dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry refers to a number of procedures designed to improve your smile. These include:
- Teeth whitening:
This procedure improves the colour of the teeth, making them brighter and whiter through the use of bleach.
Bonding helps improve your smile by repairing chips, cracks, cavities and stains. Your dentist will use composite resins and other materials to repair the surface of the teeth, or to protect overexposed roots.
Veneers are usually made of porcelain and fit over the teeth to improve the shape and colour. They can be used on teeth that are severely stained, chips, worn down, crooked or that are spaced very far apart.
Crowns also fit over the tooth in order to improve the appearance. They can be used to cover discoloured teeth, repair broken teeth, or to secure bridges in place.
- Enamel shaping and contouring:
Enamel shaping and contouring can help to improve crooked, irregular or chipped teeth and can also help your dentist resolve minor bite problems.
Braces help to improve the appearance of people with crooked or overlapping teeth. They work by applying pressure to the teeth and reposition them until they are in a better position for the mouth.
Implants replace missing teeth. They are used as an alternative to bridges and dentures, and the procedure is more involved. The effect is very effective, and allows for a natural-looking and beautiful smile.
Bridges are put in place in order to replace missing teeth with false teeth. They are anchored into surrounding teeth before the artificial tooth is placed and cemented in.
- Periodontal plastic procedures:
There are a number of other periodontal plastic procedures that can be categorized as cosmetic dentistry, all designed to improve the appearance of the teeth and mouth. These include procedures to resolve an uneven gum line, uneven teeth, and exposed roots.