Cosmetic dentistry is generally used to refer to any dental work that improves the appearance of teeth, gums and/or bite. It primarily focuses on improvement dental aesthetics in color, position, shape, size, alignment and overall smile appearance.
Smile enhancement can have dramatic results on your overall appearance; even the smallest step can boost your confidence, self-esteem, and make you want to smile more. With modern advances in dentistry, cosmetic procedures can range from a basic color correction to replacing missing teeth, and everything in between.
Cosmetic dentistry may involve:
1. The addition of a dental material to teeth or gums. Procedures like bonding, porcelain veneers (laminates), crowns (caps), gum grafts
2. The removal of tooth structure or gums – Procedures like enameloplasty, gingivectomy
3. Adding or removing dental materials, tooth structure, or gums – Procedures like teeth whitening (bleaching), laser whitening, gum depigmentation
4. Straightening of teeth accompanied by improvement in appearance of face (Orthodontics)