Cosmetic dentistry

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Cosmetic dentistry is used to describe any dental work that improves the appearance of teeth, gums, and bite. Cosmetic dentistry see has a primary focus on the improvement of dental aesthetics in color, position, shape, size, alignment and overall smile appearance. Most of the dentists refer themselves as “cosmetic dentists” regardless of their specific education, specialty, training, and experience in this field. This is unethical as it has the predominant objective of marketing to patients.

Dr. Jack Kammer and Dr. Jeff Morley are the founders of The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. A small group of dentists developed a standard for cosmetic dentistry and established an organization dedicated to responsible esthetics in 1984. Over thirty years, the AACD has matured into the world’s largest and the most trusted organization for cosmetic dentistry. Today, there are more than 6,000 dental professionals, laboratory technicians, educators, and researchers in AACD from all over the world. This helps AACD gather information from the international field of cosmetic dentistry.

Cosmetic dentistry has an aim of creating a positive change in teeth and smile of patients. Cosmetic dentistry is way much more than tooth whitening or porcelain veneers. An experienced cosmetic dentist can improve your appearance, your smile, even your self-esteem, and confidence. Today, cosmetic dentistry has evolved to an extent where cosmetic dentists can address functional and aesthetic concerns of patients.

Prosthodontics and Orthodontics are the two main specialties that predominantly focus on dental esthetics.  Endodontics and periodontics are also included in cosmetic dentistry.

Cosmetic dentistry basically involves four procedures:

  1. Addition of a dental material to teeth or gums like bonding, porcelain veneers (laminates), crowns (caps), gum grafts.
  2. Removal of tooth structure or gums like enameloplasty and gingivectomy.
  3. Neither addition nor removal of dental materials, tooth structure, or gums, like teeth whitening (bleaching), laser whitening, gum depigmentation.
  4. Straightening of teeth along with improvement in the appearance of the face. For instance orthodontics.

In dental bonding, a tooth-colored resin is applied and hardened with a special light, ultimately “bonding” the material to the tooth to improve a person’s smile. In cosmetic dentistry dental bonding is easy and least expensive. Dental bonding can repair chipped or cracked teeth, close gaps, change the shape of teeth, or be used as a cosmetic alternative to silver amalgam fillings.

Wafer-thin, custom-made shells that cover the front surface of teeth are known as Veneers. Veneers are bonded to the front of the teeth thus resulting in a change of color, shape, size or length. Veneers can be made from porcelain or resin composite. The process of Veneers is irreversible but it offers a conservative approach to changing a tooth’s color or shape compared to crowns.

A tooth-shaped “cap” that’s placed over a weak or damaged tooth is called crown. Crown improves the shape, size, strength, or appearance of the tooth. Most of the crowns are made up of metal, porcelain fused to metal, resin, or ceramic and usually last for a time period of 15 years. Before a crown is seated, the existing tooth is filed down; then the crown is cemented over it, fully encasing the tooth. To a lesser extent onlays and three-quarter crowns are used to cover the underlying tooth.

One of the quick and painless processes of shaping natural teeth to improve their appearance is enamel shaping or contouring is a. It is generally used to correct small imperfections such as uneven teeth or teeth that are slightly overcrowded. Enamel shaping is often combined with whitening, veneers, or bonding. Enamel shaping or contouring gives immediate results.

In cosmetic dentistry many adults, as well as some teenagers, are opting for clear orthodontic aligners, instead of metal braces, to straighten their teeth. Aligners are an alternative system to traditional braces consisting of a series of clear, removable trays each made of clear almost invisible plastic which completely covers the teeth. These aligners when worn for 20 hours a day for two weeks before going on to the next set in the series, will move the teeth into an improved position.

Teeth whitening is the most commonly recommended cosmetic dentistry procedure. Teeth are often stained from smoking, food, drink or poor oral hygiene and bleaching the teeth can enhance the appearance of the smile. Whitening is done after cleaning plaque, tartar and other debris from the surface of each tooth, thus restoring their natural appearance.

Those days are gone when the filling has to be obvious and unsightly. In cosmetic dentistry, silver amalgam fillings are replaced with natural, tooth-colored composites. Tooth-colored composites are better and safer than silver amalgam fillings because they contain mercury. Composite fillings tend to wear out sooner than silver fillings in larger cavities but hold up in small cavities.

Cosmetic dentistry can improve the gummy smile in which teeth appear too short, or where the gum line appears uneven through gum reshaping. In gum reshaping a small amount of gum tissue and excess bone tissue if necessary is removed and contoured to expose more of the teeth. This procedure can be done to one tooth to even the gum line, or to several teeth to expose a natural, broad smile.

Inlays or onlays are also known as indirect fillings, which are made by a dental laboratory from a composite resin material and attached to the teeth with adhesive dental cement. These are used when a tooth has mild to moderate decay. They can also be used when there is not enough tooth structure to support a filling. The inlay is placed directly onto the tooth surface when there is no damage to tooth cups. Onlay is used to cover the tooth’s entire surface when greater tooth portion is damaged. They strengthen teeth, restore their shape and avoid any further decay or deterioration.

A denture is a removable replacement for completely or partially missing teeth and surrounding tissue.

Smile makeovers involve a comprehensive assessment of smile to improve its overall appearance. Cosmetic dentists can make a dramatic difference in a person’s smile and overall oral health by carefully planned work.

The reasons for which one must choose personalized cosmetic treatment are

Cosmetic dentistry can correct numerous aesthetic flaws and make you look younger. Cosmetic treatment can enhance your career and boost your self-confidence. Some procedures can help prevent future dental damage.