Cosmetic dentistry, is a field in dentistry, dedicated to providing better esthetics in dentistry. There is no formal specialty as of today in this field. All General Dentists can consider themselves a cosmetic dentist, even with no type of training. At top3dentists.com we have invited only those who have had proper training at various dental institutions in this field of dentistry specifically. Not all Cosmetic Dentists are Functional Dentists either. Once again, the level of their training will dictate the complexity of cases they can treat.
Common cosmetic dental treatment options include:
- Whitening, or "tooth bleaching", is the most common cosmetic dental procedure. While many whitening options are now available, dentist-supervised treatments remain the recommended procedures for lightening discolored teeth.
- Enamel shaping removes parts of the contouring enamel to improve the appearance of the tooth. It may be used to correct a very small chip. The removed enamel is irreplaceable, and may sometimes expose dentin. It is also known as enameloplasty, odontoplasty, recontouring, reshaping, slenderizing and stripping.
- Contouring also know as Tooth reshaping, is one of few instant treatments now available in cosmetic dentistry. Dental reshaping and contouring is a procedure to correct crooked teeth, chipped teeth, cracked teeth or even overlapping teeth in just one session. The dental contouring procedure can even be a substitute for braces under certain circumstances. It is also a procedure of subtle changes. A few millimeters of reduction and a few millimeters of tooth-colored laminate can create a beautiful smile when performed by a cosmetic dentist, with no discomfort to you. Tooth reshaping, or dental contouring, is commonly used to alter the length, shape or position of your teeth.
- Bonding is a process in which an enamel-like dental composite material is applied to a tooth's surface, sculpted into shape, hardened and then polished.
- Dental Bridges are false teeth, known as a pontics, which are fused between two porcelain crowns to fill in the area left by a missing tooth. The two crowns holding it in place that are attached onto your teeth on each side of the false tooth. This is known as a fixed bridge. This procedure is used to replace one or more missing teeth. Fixed bridges cannot be taken out of your mouth as you might do with removable partial dentures. In areas of your mouth that are under less stress, such as your front teeth, a cantilever bridge may be used. Cantilever bridges are used when there are teeth on only one side of the open space. Bridges can reduce your risk of gum disease, help correct some bite issues and even improve your speech. Bridges require your commitment to serious oral hygiene, but will last as many ten years or more.
- Veneers are ultra-thin, custom-made laminates that are bonded directly to the teeth. They are an option for closing gaps or disguising discolored teeth that do not respond well to whitening procedures.
- Gum Lift is a cosmetic dental procedure that raises and sculpts the gum line. The procedure involves reshaping the tissue and/or underlying bones to create the appearance of longer or more symmetrical teeth.
- Esthetic and tooth colored back Direct (in office composite) and Indirect (lab fabricated and harder porcelain or composite) restorations.
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next Note the wider smile vs. original narrower smile (fuller smile), old fillings and patch ups removed, more youthful smile. fuller lips due to properly positioned teeth.
prev next A crooked smile with recently placed crowns and bridges. This work was done by a dentist with no training in cosmetic dentistry. Note the color, how dull it looks, the teeth do not appear straight. Afterwards, the color is much nicer, teeth are in the proper position, creating a beautiful smile, and her lips appear a lot more attractive and fuller
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