Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry is aimed at creating a positive change to your teeth and to your smile. Its main focus is on improving dental aesthetics in color, position, shape, size, alignment and overall smile appearance. Smile enhancement can have dramatic results on your overall appearance; even the smallest step can boost your confidence, self-esteem, and make you want to smile more. With modern advances in dentistry, cosmetic procedures can range from a basic color correction to replacing missing teeth, and everything in between.

There are different types of cosmetic dentistry which involves:

  1. The addition of a dental material to teeth or gums?—?examples: bonding, porcelain veneers (laminates), crowns (caps),gum grafts.
  2. The removal of tooth structure or gums?—?examples: enameloplasty, gingivectomy
  3. Neither adding nor removing dental materials, tooth structure, or gums?—?examples: teeth whitening (bleaching), laser whitening, gum depigmentation.
  4. Straightening of teeth accompanied by improvement in appearance of face- orthodontics.

Examples of it could be

  • Dental Bridges are false teeth, which are known as a pontic, these are fused between two porcelain crowns to fill in areas left by missing teeth. Two crowns hold it in place, these are attached to adjacent sides of the false tooth. This is known as a fixed bridge. This procedure is used to replace one or more missing teeth. Fixed bridges cannot be taken out in the same way that partial dentures can. In areas of the mouth that are under less stress, such as the front teeth, a cantilever bridge may be used. Cantilever bridges are used when there are teeth on only one side of the open space. Bridges require commitment to serious oral hygiene and carry risk.The average life of bridges is similar to that of crowns which is nearly ten years.
  • Veneers are ultra-thin, custom-made porcelain laminates that are bonded directly to the teeth. They are an option for closing gaps, enhance the shape, or change the color of teeth that do not respond well to whitening procedures. In the majority of the cases, some level of tooth reduction is necessary for optimal results.
  • Dental Implants are prosthetic replacements for missing teeth. There are commonly three parts to what it is described as an implant: the implant device which is predominantly made of titanium (which is inserted into the bone), the abutment, and a dental crown or a denture which are connected to the implant through the abutment.
  • Gum Lift is a cosmetic dental procedure that raises and sculpts the gum line. The procedure involves reshaping the tissue and/or underlying bones to create the appearance of longer or more symmetrical teeth.

Cosmetic dentistry offers many options for people who are unhappy with their smile.