Cosmetic dentistry is widely used to describe any type of dental work which improves the look of gums, teeth and / or bite. It primarily deals with improvement in oral aesthetics in terms of color, size, shape, position and overall smile look. The term cosmetic dentistry has various other applications like correction of tooth malocclusion, reshaping of gum, cosmetic tooth reparation, enhancement of gums through root canal treatment, whitening of teeth and so on. Any type of dental procedure done by a cosmetic dentist has two related practices known as dental esthetics and dental aesthetics. The aim of dental esthetics is making the patient’s smile as similar to the patient’s ideal smile; while dental aesthetics focuses more on aesthetic appreciation of the existing smile.
Apart, from these normal practices, a cosmetic dentist may also create a personalized smile by creating a crown for each patient. These are typically custom made crowns which are made after the completion of an impression of the tooth. A dental crown is designed as a replica of the tooth, it is supposed to cover. Although, it can be designed taking into consideration the patient’s specific tooth characteristics like length and color, the shape of the tooth, the gum contour and the crown material usually made of porcelain or ceramic. The most common types of crowns that a cosmetic dentist creates are: dental bridge, dental crown, porcelain veneers, custom made composite, ceramic crowns, amalgam crowns and porcelain inlays.
Braces are the modern day ‘in’ thing when it comes to cosmetic dentistry. These days, there is hardly anyone who does not know what braces are and what they actually do. However, you should understand that braces are a very temporary procedure that is only done on healthy teeth. On the contrary, teeth whitening procedures are often times referred to as cosmetic dentistry because they are used to treat or correct problems with the health of the teeth.