Cosmetic dentistry is an area of dentistry that seeks to create a more aesthetically pleasing smile. Cosmetic dentists can whiten teeth, replace missing teeth, and repair chipped teeth through a variety of cosmetic dentistry options, including tooth bleaching, porcelain veneers, dental implants, bonding, dental crowns, and bridges.
Cosmetic Dentistry Options
Cosmetic dentists use a variety of techniques to create a more pleasing smile. The following is a list of common cosmetic dentistry options:
Tooth Whitening – there are two methods for whitening teeth: laser teeth whitening (performed in the cosmetic dentist’s office) and at-home bleaching (involving the use of take-home bleaching kits). Click here for more information.
Porcelain veneers – a ceramic shell applied to the front of the teeth to create a whiter appearance.
Dental implants – artificial teeth used to replace missing teeth.
Bonding – the use of a tooth coloured material, that is applied to the teeth. It can then be polished and shaped to look like the rest of the teeth.
Dental crowns – a cap used to repair decayed or damaged teeth. The cap, usually made from porcelain, is shaped and coloured to look like the rest of the teeth.
Bridges – two crowns and a false tooth are used to fill in a gap where a tooth is missing. The crowns are placed on the two teeth on either side of the gap, and are connected to the false tooth that fills the empty space.
In addition to the options mentioned above, another area of cosmetic dentistry is orthodontics, which uses various methods to straighten crooked teeth and repair an irregular bite.
This is accomplished through the use of what are known corrective appliances, including braces and retainers. Orthodontic procedures are performed by an orthodontic specialist.