The Benefits of Cosmetic Dentistry

The purpose of cosmetic dentistry is to improve the appearance of a person’s teeth. A person’s teeth have a significant impact on his/her appearance. The color, size and shape are the three primary areas where if cosmetic changes can be done, it will play a role in improving the appearance of a person. Typically, cosmetic dentistry is elective treatments. Most are not covered by dental insurance. So, it can be expensive to get some of these procedures done. However, there is a growing trend of people interested in having cosmetic procedures. According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (2008), $2.75 billion is spent on cosmetic procedures. In the past, some people are embarrassed to smile due to personal issues regarding their teeth. With advertising the different cosmetic procedures available, people are interested in creating the same look that is being advertised. The goal is to get improved self-confidence in their appearance.

Some examples of cosmetic procedures include:

  • Veneers – Thin customized shells that will cover worn tooth enamel, uneven tooth alignment or spacing and chips or cracks.
  • Bonding – Improves the appearance of teeth that are chipped, broken, cracked, stained or have spaces between them.
  • Enamel shaping – Modifying teeth to improve the appearance by removing or contouring enamel. Teeth may change shape and size over a period of time. Often, the cause is tooth wear out due to the grinding of teeth.
  • Tooth whitening – Brighten discolored/stained teeth. As people age, the teeth often darkens. Reasons may be the results of environmental factors like a person being a coffee or tea drinker. Over a period of time, the teeth may stain as a result.

In addition to the procedures listed above, certain general dentistry procedures incorporate cosmetic dentistry in the plan of care for the patient. An example is dental fillings. Dental fillings are now offered to closely match the color of a patient’s teeth in an effort for a person to have a natural appearance in their mouth.

With the latest dentistry technology, patients no longer have to deal with chipped teeth, or teeth that are not appealing to a person.
In the past, some people are embarrassed to smile due to personal issues regarding their teeth. Today, new cosmetic procedures are available to address this issue resulting in a person with improved confidence in his/her smile.