Cosmetic dentistry refers to any dental work with the purpose of improving the aesthetics of the teeth. Because it is concerned with the beauty of the teeth, it is generally not accepted as a dental specialty. However, a degree in dentistry is still required to perform cosmetic dentistry, and many of the cosmetic procedures involve the improvement of body functions, such as speech or chewing.
Following are the most common procedures offered by cosmetic dentists:
- Tooth whitening: Also known as teeth bleaching, uses a whitening product in order to lighten discolored teeth and make stained teeth whiter and more attractive.
- Tooth reshaping: This technique involves removing parts of the enamel in order to improve the looks of teeth that have been broken or chipped. In a few cases, this procedure can replace the longer and more complicated procedure of braces.
- Bonding: This technique involves using a composite material to “complete” a broken tooth. The material hardens fast and it can be sculpted and polished.
- Dental bridges: A structure that consists of an artificial tooth attached to two crowns. It is used to replace a missing tooth that has a tooth on each side.
- Veneers: Thin structures made of porcelain that are easy to apply to teeth. They’re commonly used to fill gaps or to cover unpleasant looking teeth that are still healthy.
- Gum lift: A procedure that lifts and molds the gum line in order to make teeth look longer or more symmetrical.
- Bite Reclamation: A procedure that alters the vertical dimension of the teeth, giving the patient a younger, more natural look.
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