When you think of dentistry, you probably think only of what dentists do to improve your health: but what about your appearance?
Cosmetic dentistry is the general term used to describe what dentists may do to improve your appearance. But don't be misled: the improvement in your appearance often leads to improvement in your overall physical (and mental) health.
What does cosmetic dentistry involve?
Often, patients perceive that their teeth are crooked, chipped, stained, or too dark, leading to a smile that's just not right. Cosmetic dentistry aims to correct, repair or cover the imperfection improving the appearance of the patient's smile and often their self confidence.
Some of the procedures currently used by cosmetic dentists are:
Bleaching and Whitening
Stains on the surface of teeth can usually be 'lightened' though cleaning. Stains within teeth themselves, may be removed through 'whitening' using either in-office or take-home treatments.
Bonding is a process by which a tooth-coloured resin is attached to teeth, so that the tooth colour or shape is changed. Bonding can also be used to repair fractured teeth or to 'straighten' misshaped teeth.
Orthodontics is the use of special wires, brackets, and braces to correct crooked or poorly aligned teeth that cause problems with biting.
Periodontics is the treatment of problems associated with gums and the bone that supports the gums.
Porcelain crowns, or caps, are used to protect teeth that are too damaged for a simple filing to solve. They are also used on teeth adjacent to a bridge procedure as well as after a root canal. They are matched to the shade of the natural teeth, making them both functional as well as aesthetically pleasing.
Porcelain veneers are thin porcelain shells, which, like bonding, are used to change tooth colour or shape, as well as to 'straighten' teeth.
Tooth-coloured resins are bonded to effected teeth to fill the space of a cavity. These fillings are far less visible than traditional amalgam (silver coloured) fillings and are able to withstand everyday forces associated with chewing.