When you think of dentistry, you probably only think about what dentists can do to improve your oral health: but what about your appearance?
Cosmetic dentistry is a general term used to describe what dentists may do to improve your smile.
What does cosmetic dentistry involve?
Often, patients notice their teeth are crooked, chipped, stained, or discoloured. Cosmetic dentistry aims to correct, repair, or cover the imperfection which improves the appearance of the teeth, smile and self-confidence.
Some of the procedures currently used by cosmetic dentists are:
Stains on the surface of teeth can usually be ‘lightened’ though cleaning. Stains within the teeth may be removed through ‘whitening’ with in-office or take-home treatments.
Bonding is a process by which tooth-coloured filling material is glued to the teeth. This can alter the shape, colour and size. Bonding can also be used to repair fractured teeth.
Orthodontics is the use of wires, brackets or clear aligners to correct crooked or poorly aligned teeth.
Periodontics is the treatment of problems associated with the gums and the bone that supports the teeth.
Porcelain crowns, or caps are used to protect teeth that are damaged, have extremely large fillings or have had root canal. They are matched to the shade of your natural teeth, making them both functional as well as aesthetically pleasing.
Porcelain veneers are thin porcelain coverings, similar to bonding that is used to change tooth colour, shape, and alignment. Veneers are more permanent than bonding.
Tooth-coloured fillings are used for cavities. These fillings are far less visible than the old amalgam (silver coloured) fillings. With the tooth coloured/white fillings, it is almost impossible to see them in your mouth.
If you are looking for that perfect smile, or even a slight improvement, please discuss your smile with us. We would love to help!