Cosmetic Dentistry is the term dentists use to describe dental procedures that can improve the appearance (but not necessarily the health) of your teeth. Simply put, most cosmetic dental procedures are non-essential, but they can offer a wide range of benefits, including making regular cleaning easier, improving a patient’s confidence and even reducing bruxism (grinding).
If your teeth are stained, discoloured, worn, chipped, broken, misaligned, misshapen, or have gaps between them, modern cosmetic dentistry can give you a better smile. Cosmetic dentists work with you to develop a treatment plan. Below you’ll find some information that can help you learn more about the various types of cosmetic dental procedures available.
Bridges fill space between large gaps and missing teeth and are not exclusively cosmetic. As a more affordable, less evasive procedure to implants and orthodontics, they help to improve the appearance of teeth without replacing or straightening. Similarly, Crowns help to cap and repair chipped or cracked teeth, restoring them to their normal shape.
Veneers are exactly how they sound, thin porcelain shells that are bonded to the front of a tooth, often times in cases where a single tooth or a group of teeth has been discoloured more than others, or as an alternative to orthodontics. Veneers have improved over time and our dentists are able to match veneers to your real teeth so no one will ever notice.
Cosmetic Dental Implants
A dental implant is a metal device designed to replace missing teeth. The device is usually made out of titanium and is surgically placed into the jawbone where the tooth is missing. A dental implant is designed to act as the tooth root and can anchor artificial teeth such as a crown, bridge, or denture.
Crowns, also referred to as caps, and are custom made to fit over your whole tooth after the cosmetic dentist has prepared it. They are generally made out of acrylic or porcelain that has been fused to metal to withstand biting pressure. Crowns can be used in cosmetic dentistry to treat teeth that are poorly shaped, badly decayed, broken, chipped, or have had large fillings, or to cover spaces in between teeth.
Cosmetic Teeth Shaping: Also referred to as “enamel shaping,” the dentist can reshape the tooth by filing or removing some of the enamel. This process is generally not painful and can produce immediate effects.