Cosmetic Dentistry includes any procedure done to enhance the smile or look of the face. Some of these procedures may also be for health reasons.
Everyone wants to look their best and your smile is important to accomplishing that. It can affect the way you feel about yourself, as well as others’ attitudes towards you. It’s no surprise then that cosmetic dentistry is so popular.
With modern technology, there are more options than ever.
Tooth whitening is popular to help restore a dazzlingly white smile that may have been discolored by coffee, smoking or otherwise. Various methods of whitening (tooth bleaching) are used. Some of them can be done at home using systems available over-the-counter or prescribed by a dentist. The fastest techniques generally must be done in your dentist’s office.
Orthodontics (braces) are widely used to correct teeth that are crooked, do not meet or are over-crowded. While thought of as a procedure for kids, more and more adults are turning to braces to correct their smile. In recent years, alternatives to the traditional metal and bands braces have become popular, such as various systems using clear braces or which can be completed much faster than traditional methods.
Bonding is used to repair teeth that are stained, cracked, chipped, broken or with unsightly spaces. Tooth-colored materials are bonded to the tooth for a natural appearance.
Veneers are also tooth-colored and cover the front side of teeth. They address chipped, worn, or stained teeth as well as issues such as gaps between teeth and teeth which are somewhat crooked or badly shaped.
Enamel shaping, on the other hand, modifies teeth to enhance their appearance by removing enamel. It is often used along with bonding.