This is a recent field in dentistry that aims at improving the appearance of one’s teeth, gums and even a smile – unlike traditional dentistry that mainly focused only on improving functionality on individual teeth and gums. In cosmetic dentistry, the patients seek treatment for a specific desired appearance with the aid of the dentist themselves.
Moreover, cosmetic dentistry also provides restorative treatments that will involve filling of decayed teeth cavities. Earlier, some of the common materials used in tooth filling were gold and amalgam, but recently a lot of filling materials have been developed and patients can choose from. They include porcelains and other composites. These are more advantageous as most of them resemble the natural teeth and one would barely note the difference even after filling.
The advancement in technology has greatly aided in cosmetic dentistry, especially in preserving the natural tooth structures. The techniques used by these dentists also ensure that the basic functionality of the teeth has been conserved thereby relieving their patients’ difficulties in chewing or even biting.
Among the most popular cosmetic dentistry practices include:
Composite bonding – where chipped or broken teeth are filled with a composite of an enamel and dentin to regain the original tooth shape. High intensity light is used to harden the tooth cavity.
Teeth whitening – also a major practice and this is mainly aimed at getting rid of the stained cavities. Discoloured teeth cavities could be as a result of smoking, foods or even poor dental care. Teeth whitening is done by bleaching the teeth cavity and it enhances smiles.
Mouth reconstruction is also common and is done to improve the appearance of one’s smile. This will involve reconstructing of mouth muscles, gums and even the bone structure.
In general, cosmetic dentistry does not majorly involve treating a dental problem, but rather improving the aesthetic appearance of an individual dental structure.
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