Cosmetic dentistry goes beyond the traditional scope of dental procedures, which primarily involved fillings and extractions. In contemporary times, an increasing number of individuals opt for cosmetic dentistry, also referred to as ‘aesthetic dentistry,’ to enhance their visual appeal. This approach parallels the way people might consider cosmetic surgery or a new hairstyle to improve their appearance. Cosmetic dental treatments encompass a range of procedures aimed at aligning, brightening, reshaping, and restoring teeth.
Some of these treatments involve veneers, crowns, bridges, tooth-colored fillings, dental implants, and tooth whitening.
- Teeth Whitening: Among the most commonly recommended cosmetic dentistry procedures, teeth whitening effectively combats stains caused by factors like smoking, food, beverages (coffee, tea, or red wine), and suboptimal oral hygiene. Whitening enhances your smile’s appearance.
- Dental Veneers: These are composite or porcelain laminates securely bonded to a tooth’s surface to rectify chips, cracks, and significant discoloration. Veneers can also be an option for addressing tooth gaps or when traditional teeth whitening methods have not yielded desired results. Evaluating the cost of porcelain veneers and potential dental insurance coverage is advisable.
- Dental Implants: Dental implants serve as artificial tooth root replacements and are a vital part of prosthetic dentistry, particularly for tooth loss compensation. The results not only enhance your smile but also contribute to a more youthful appearance, as missing teeth can lead to facial sagging, making you look older.
- Smile Makeover: A smile makeover encompasses a comprehensive assessment of your smile’s aesthetics to enhance its overall appearance. Typically, this involves one or more cosmetic procedures such as dental veneers, dental implants, gingival sculpting, and teeth whitening. These procedures may be performed on multiple teeth in both upper and lower arches to achieve the desired look.
- Full Mouth Reconstruction: During discussions about a smile makeover, if your dentist identifies functional issues with your bite, muscles, teeth, or bone structure, full mouth reconstruction may be recommended. Advancements in dental materials enable dentists to provide durable, functional, and natural-looking treatments that also address these functional problems.