This term has become quite popular lately. It refers to the dental procedures utilized to improve a person’s dental appearance. These procedures can be on the hard tissues (teeth and bone) and/or the soft tissues (generally the gums). In order to improve the patient’s smile, the dentist needs to have a a vast understanding of the natural teeth and gums anatomy. In addition to that, it is vital to understand the functional aspect of the mastication process. This will help to create long lasting restorations. Cosmetic without a favorable function patter is the perfect recipe for failure. That is why is important to find a dentist with the right training and experience in this field. There is no ADA recognized specialty for cosmetic dentistry. Your best bet is to visit a prosthodontist. They received a full three years of intensive training in cosmetic field.
Cosmetic Dental Procedures:
Tooth Whitening: Carbamide or hydrogen peroxide treatments to remove dental stains. Learn more about this here.
Gingivectomies: Think of this one as a gum’s plastic surgery. Whenever there is an excess of gum tissue, the teeth look unnaturally short. By carefully planning the patient’s condition, some of the tissue can be removed. This results in a more aesthetically pleasant smile. Our office uses a Sapphire Diode Laser Unit. This unit helps to perform these procedures with minimal bleeding and post-operative discomfort, less anesthesia and a faster healing time.
Inlays and Onlays: Porcelain restorations that replace large and broken down silver fillings. Learn more about them here.
Contouring: Dental contouring helps to reshape some minor irregularities on the front teeth. Not every single tooth needs to be crowned or veneered to achieve a nice appearance. Small amounts of tooth enamel are removed to change the tooth shape. Then, the enamel is polished so that it does not feel rough to your tongue or lips.
White Fillings: Commonly known as bonding, this procedure allows patients to restore small to medium sized cavities with a white dental material. You can even use this procedure to replace some aesthetically unpleasant silver fillings.
Veneers: Veneers are a very thin porcelain shells cemented on the outer surface of the teeth. They help to cover up severely stained teeth. They also help to restore worn teeth back to their normal anatomy. In addition, they can help to close some inter-dental spaces and even solve some minor teeth crowding problems. Placing custom veneers requires a high degree of technical skill as well as attention to cosmetic detail. In our practice, each case is designed individually to match and enhance the characteristics of each patient’s smile. With proper care, porcelain veneers will brighten your smile for a long time. We will ensure that your new smile is crafted from the highest quality porcelains and are cemented with the best products available.
By Bolivar Luperon