Cosmetic dentistry focuses on improving appearance and facial self-image by correcting the alignment, shape, and color of teeth. Dental professionals who offer cosmetic options can improve the appearance of stained, chipped, and misshapen teeth, and correct uneven gums and replace old fillings with nearly invisible filling materials.
Anyone who is unhappy with his or her smile is a candidate for cosmetic dentistry. The reason might be a general displeasure with the look of one’s teeth or a specific aesthetic dental concern. While the reasons for improvement vary, the most common causes are staining due to aging, tobacco use, coffee intake, fluorosis, and tetracycline use.
Minor corrections in shape and positions can be done with direct resin bonding and ceramic veneers. If the problem is related to position and is considered to be moderate to severe, it is possible to correct it through the placement of veneers, full crowns, or by orthodontic treatment.
Patients can help to keep their teeth healthy and white with good nutritional and lifestyle habits. Preventive measures to reduce or eliminate dental disease, including caries and periodontitis are essential to obtaining and maintaining an optimal dental health and aesthetic appearance.