Cosmetic dentistry is a branch of oral health care that focuses primarily on enhancing the appearance of your smile. However, cosmetic dentistry may also improve functionality in some cases. For instance, those with overly crooked teeth will certainly enjoy a more attractive smile once the straightening process is complete, but they’ll also be able to chew and digest their food better. Having dental implants put in place results in a more natural and more appealing appearance, but it also prevents any remaining teeth from shifting position in the mouth and potentially causing problems. Other types of cosmetic dentistry include the following:
Whitening is the most common form of cosmetic dentistry and is popular among consumers of all demographics. For instance, those about to begin a new job search may choose to have a whitening procedure performed to brighten their smile for interviews. Those about to get married often opt for teeth whitening as well so they’ll look their best in their wedding photos.
Implants are increasingly being used instead of traditional dentures to replace missing teeth. Most patients find that implants provide a more natural appearance and better functionality than dentures.
Veneers are a natural-looking option for those with teeth that are chipped, broken, or badly stained. Veneers are applied to the front of the teeth using a dental adhesive.
Like veneers, bonds are applied to the surface of the teeth using dental adhesive, but unlike veneers, they encase the whole tooth rather than simply the front. For this reason, they’re more appropriate for teeth that are seriously damaged.
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