Having a great smile with pearly whites may be given all its thanks to cosmetic dentistry and the new procedures it’s constantly introducing. Here’s what you need to know about cosmetic dentistry and what procedures actually fall under this part the industry.
It might seem like dentistry is just one big field, but there are a few sub-categories that fall within the overarching industry – one of those being cosmetic dentistry. There’s a bit of a grey area when it comes to defining what is considered cosmetic dentistry and what is considered general dentistry. This slight confusion exists because sometimes the only way for a patient to end his or her pain or to overcome a particular mouth issue is to have a cosmetic-type procedure.

However, there is a long list of procedures performed for mere aesthetics and to improve self-esteem and overall appearance.

Here are the main FIVE procedures that fall under Cosmetic Dentistry:

  • Dental Veneers

A dental veneer, in most cases, is used to enhance the look of the patient’s smile because it covers the tooth with its perfect-looking front. There are a number of reasons why you would need dental veneers (some for general dentistry purposes), but mainly it’s to ensure the look of a full set of teeth or to build on smaller teeth that don’t fit the picture.

  • Whitening

Whitening involves re-colouring your teeth over the yellow or brown-looking stains to make your set of teeth look more youthful. This is entirely cosmetically-motivated, and is best recommended to be performed in the chair by a dental professional.

  • Implants

Some patients require implants due to damaged or rotten teeth, which require a root canal treatment, among other procedures. However, many patients want to have a beautiful and youthful-looking set of teeth, which in this case requires the removal of all the old, crooked, or yellow teeth and replacing them with implanted teeth.

  • Crowns

For some patients, not all their teeth need a makeover. There are certain teeth that may need a crown, which is a sort of lid or cover, usually over the molars. It is not to be confused with a filling. This is a shell used for cosmetic reasons to help improve the look and even shape of the original tooth.

  • Braces

 For the most part, braces are used to straighten crooked teeth so that they appear straight and are therefore more appealing to the eye. While braces are sometimes used for structural purposes; they generally fall under cosmetic dentistry.

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