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You want your smile to look the best it possibly can. But since you use your teeth every day, damage and discoloration can occur. Teeth may be misshapen or misaligned, and there may be teeth that just don’t enhance the overall look of your smile. When that happens, cosmetic dentistry can be used to correct these problems so you can have the beautiful smile you want.

What is Cosmetic Dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry refers to procedures in dentistry not necessary for dental health. However, these procedures are beneficial to improve the overall look of your smile, which can make you feel more confident. Some reasons you may seek cosmetic dentistry include teeth that are:
  • chipped or damaged
  • misshapen
  • gaps between teeth
  • discoloration
  • misaligned teeth
In some cases, procedures considered cosmetic dentistry may be highly recommended by a cosmetic dentist in order to prevent further damage to your teeth, such as in the case of a broken or otherwise damaged tooth. However, the procedures that fall under the category of cosmetic dentistry focus specifically on the overall appearance of the tooth or smile to improve it or to make the teeth look more similar in shape and color.

Types of Cosmetic Dentistry

There are a number of types of cosmetic dentistry available that address different needs. Teeth whitening: Teeth whitening is one of the most well-known types of cosmetic dentistry. Teeth can become dull or discolored easily, even with proper dental hygiene. The foods you eat can have an impact on your teeth, and if you have food or drinks that stain your teeth, they can lose their brilliant whiteness. Teeth whitening restores the luster of your teeth and removes staining. To protect the health of your teeth and for the best results, it is a good idea to speak with your dentist and have your teeth whitened professionally in the office. Cosmetic implants: A dental implant is a metal screw put into your jaw when a tooth is replaced by a false tooth. The implant holds the tooth in place. This is a permanent solution to replace a missing tooth. Though it may not be necessary, depending on the location of the missing tooth, it can greatly improve the look of your smile to replace the tooth with a cosmetic dental implant. Veneers: Veneers are a thin shell that goes over your teeth to give a more uniform look to your teeth. The veneers are bonded to your teeth, such as with a special cement, after a small amount of enamel is removed from the tooth. Veneers may be a good option for slightly crooked teeth, chipped teeth, discolored teeth, or to mask gaps between teeth. Dental crowns: A dental crown fits over a damaged tooth above the gum line to restore the shape of the tooth. It can also be used to hold a cracked or damaged tooth together to keep it from becoming more damaged. Crowns can be made from a number of materials depending on the need and location of the tooth. Tooth bonding: Tooth bonding is similar to veneers. This is the process of adhering material to the tooth. This process is frequently used to repair a severely discolored tooth or one that has been chipped or broken to restore the overall look of your smile. Tooth bonding is used for veneers. Cosmetic tooth shaping: Tooth shaping is used to reshape a misshapen tooth. This is done by either filing down or removing some of the enamel of the tooth. This can give a more even look to your teeth and improve the overall look of your smile. Inlays and onlays: Also called indirect fillings, onlays and inlays are used to fill damaged or decayed teeth. These are different from fillings because they are created in a dental laboratory and then bonded in place by your cosmetic dentist. Inlays and onlays can be used as alternatives to dental crowns and preserve as much of the healthy tooth as possible. Also called indirect fillings, onlays and inlays are used to fill damaged or decayed teeth. These are different from fillings because they are created in a dental laboratory and then bonded in place by your cosmetic dentist. Inlays and onlays can be used as alternatives to dental crowns and preserve as much of the healthy tooth as possible. Also called indirect fillings, onlays and inlays are used to fill damaged or decayed teeth. These are different from fillings because they are created in a dental laboratory and then bonded in place by your cosmetic dentist. Inlays and onlays can be used as alternatives to dental crowns and preserve as much of the healthy tooth as possible.

Frequently Asked Cosmetic Dentistry Questions

A. Sometimes, yes. While some cosmetic dentistry is to improve the look of your teeth, there are some procedures, like repairing broken or cracked teeth, that may be necessary to prevent further damage.
A. People turn to cosmetic dentistry for a number of reasons. They may want procedures to improve their smiles or they may have damage or problems that they need or want corrected.
A. The time needed will depend on what needs to be done. Minor procedures, such as tooth whitening, take less time compared to more complex procedures, like crowns or veneers.

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