What is Cosmetic Dentistry?

What is Cosmetic Dentistry?
June 26, 2014 BrightFlow Technologies

According to the American Dental Association (ADA), there are nine recognized dental specialties, yet Cosmetic Dentistry is not on their list. So what is all the fuss about Cosmetic Dentistry?

For our purposes in this article, you can consider cosmetic dentistry anything that impacts the appearance of your teeth, not necessarily the function of your teeth. Traditional dentistry focuses on the health of your teeth and gums. Cosmetic dentistry focuses on the appearance of your teeth, mouth and smile.

In an ideal world, proper dental hygiene and oral care would result in the most desirable of smiles, because this is not so, the phrase cosmetic dentistry has become quite popular. When you are seeking to brighten or enhance your smile, there are many options that may fall in the category of cosmetic dentistry.

If you’d like the perfect smile, consider these dental treatments:

  • Tooth whitening – Perhaps the most commonly recommended cosmetic dentistry procedure. Teeth are often stained from smoking, food, drink (coffee, tea or red wine) or poor oral hygiene.
  • Bonding – For chipped, broken or decayed teeth. A composite material that looks like enamel is applied onto the tooth surface then contoured and hardened with a high-intensity light. The result blends invisibly with your surrounding teeth.
  • Bridges – Once used to fill or “bridge” the gap between teeth when one or more are missing, a bridge consists of two crowns placed over the adjacent abutment teeth of the gap, which act as anchors to the false teeth.
  • Veneers – To improve a worn appearance or severe tooth discoloration. This may also be recommended for tooth gaps or when tooth whitening has not been successful. Composite or porcelain laminates are adhesively bonded to the surface of a tooth to correct and repair chips and cracks.

For a more comprehensive smile update, you should also consider orthodontic treatment, more commonly known as braces, or dental implants which may fall under the category of prosthodontics.

Not sure what is best for you? Our teams of specialty and general doctors are here to provide the experience and expertise for all of your dental health needs. Call us today to learn more about our cosmetic dentistry options.