Types of Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry primary focus is the modification of appearance of a patient's oral cavity and surrounding structures, in conjunction with the prevention and treatment of organic, structural, or functional oral disease. Through cosmetic dentistry, the appearance of the mouth can be altered to more closely match the patient's aesthetic concept of what is visually pleasing.

The most treatment options in cosmetic dentistry include:

  • Whitening, or "tooth bleaching", is the most commonly prescribed cosmetic dental procedure. Althougt many whitening options are now available, the most popular bleaching options are at-home bleaching and in-office bleaching.
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  • Enamel shaping removes parts of the contouring enamel to improve the appearance of the tooth. It may be used to correct a very small chip. The removed enamel is irreplaceable, and may sometimes expose dentin.
  • Bonding is an option for chipped or cracked teeth. It is a process in which an enamel-like dental composite material is applied to a tooth's surface, sculpted into shape, hardened, and then polished.

  • Orthodontics may be the other most popular cosmetic dentistry compares to teeth whitening. Orthodontic treatment can focus on dental displacement only, or can deal with the control and modification of facial growth. However, Orthodontic treatment can be carried out for purely aesthetic reasons—improving the general appearance of patients' teeth and face for cosmetic reasons.
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  • Teeth Veneers, ultra-thin, custom-made laminates that are bonded directly to the teeth surface, are an increasingly popular procedure. Why teeth veneers obtain more patient is they are an option for closing gaps or disguising discolored teeth that did not respond well to whitening procedures.

  • CEREC is a dental restoration product that allows a dental practitioner to produce an indirect ceramic dental restoration using a variety of computer assisted technologies including 3D photography and CAD/CAM.

  • Gum Lift, is a cosmetic dental procedure that raises and sculpts the gum line. The procedure involves reshaping the tissue and/or underlying bones to create the appearance of longer or more symmetrical teeth.

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