Cosmetic dentistry refers to any dental work which improves the look of your teeth, bite and/or gums. It mainly focuses on enhancing dental aesthetics by improving color, structure, size, alignment, color and overall look of the teeth.
Most cosmetic dentists work with patients’ overall looks to enhance the beauty of their smile. They may use special types of toothpastes and gels to create different looks of the teeth which may be perfect, not quite perfect, or not so perfect. For example, when teeth are stained or yellow, a dentist may recommend using toothpastes to brighten the color.
Gum contouring is another form of cosmetic dentistry, which aims to improve the way the gums and gumline appear. It is done by either removing surplus gum tissue, or restoring gum tissue depending on the need. This kind of procedure will require you to have a thorough examination by a qualified professional. A cosmetic dentist or periodontist performs the gum contouring during a one visit in-office procedure.
Another type of cosmetic dentistry performed by cosmetic dentists is called teeth whitening. A dentist will use a special laser that can target the teeth which have discolored areas and whiten them. Cosmetic dentists will also be able to reshape any misshapen teeth. In this case, the dentist will use bonding techniques to create the desired look.
Although there are many types of cosmetic dentistry, it is important for you to discuss with your dentist before going ahead with any treatment. For example, some procedures may require additional procedures such as braces or veneers which may cost more than the initial cost of a cosmetic dentistry treatment.
Cosmetic dentistry can help you achieve a beautiful smile. If you are looking to improve your smile and have teeth whitening treatments done, consider asking your dentist about the possible side effects of the procedure. Always consult your dentist before undergoing any cosmetic dentistry procedures especially if you are pregnant, have an illness or have a history of heart disease. For those who are at high risk for tooth loss, always make sure to ask about any dental surgeries and procedures you may have to do prior to making an appointment.
It is important for you to always remember that cosmetic dentistry procedures are usually not covered by insurance plans and most dental plans. These plans may only cover certain procedures like dentures, crowns and root canals. If you are planning on getting implants or veneers, it is wise to find out what your plan will cover prior to making your appointment.