Cosmetic Dentistry: What It Is, Procedures & Benefits

Cosmetic Dentistry: What It Is, Procedures & Benefits
July 11, 2023

What is cosmetic dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry focuses on improving the appearance and aesthetics of your smile and teeth.

What’s the difference between cosmetic dentistry and general dentistry?

A general dentist is a primary dental care provider. They offer preventative care, like teeth cleanings, and restorative dentistry treatments, such as dental fillings, crowns and bridges. Most dental treatments restore appearance as well as health and function. However, a cosmetic dentist focuses on beautifying your smile. They offer treatments aimed at improving the appearance of your teeth and gums.

Who benefits from cosmetic dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry might be an option if you:

  • Are unhappy with your smile
  • Do not like the look of your teeth
  • Are under-confident of smiling or talking in public
  • Have difficulty in speech or eating

Specific tooth conditions that benefit from cosmetic dentistry

  • Chipped or cracked teeth
  • Small gaps or spaces between your teeth
  • Tooth discoloration or staining
  • Misshaped teeth
  • Incorrectly positioned teeth
  • Gummy smile

Can anyone undergo cosmetic dentistry treatments?

Cosmetic dentistry can be availed by anyone. The goal is to provide a beautiful smile and pleasing facial appearance.

What are common cosmetic dental procedures?

Teeth whitening, Invisible Aligners, Ceramic Veneers and Crowns, Tooth Coloured Adhesive Fillings, Gum Reshaping and Depigmentation are some of the most commonly done.

What are the advantages of cosmetic dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry services will:

  • Make you confident in your smile
  • Enhance your smile.
  • Bring balance and symmetry to your smile
  • Provide better aesthetics for teeth and face
  • Younger look

Cosmetic dentistry will also specifically:

  • Brighten your teeth
  • Improve the shape, position of your teeth
  • Conceal chips and cracks

What are the disadvantages of cosmetic dentistry?

Cosmetic Dentistry needs a certain level of commitment to maintain your smile. Some treatments require periodic follow up and preventive care every six months.
Cosmetic dentistry can involve certain costs that aren’t usually covered by insurance.

How do I know what cosmetic procedure I would need?

We usually customize treatment plans based on your individual needs and present status.

To understand your needs better, we have a detailed consultation discussion. We also record your facial and dental photos to allow for future planning.

A trial smile is then designed immediately on a software and the expected changes are seen. Additionally, a real-time 3D trial smile can be tried in your mouth to better corelate comfort and overall visualization.

Dr. Denzil Albuquerque is a specialist in cosmetic dentistry with years of experience in the field. Dr. Denzil’s work ethic and attention to detail is the added dimension that provides the best possible cosmetic smile solutions for your teeth.

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