If your teeth are stained, discolored, worn, chipped, broken, misaligned, misshapen, or have gaps between them, modern cosmetic dentistry can give you a better smile. A “smile makeover” improves the appearance of your smile through one or more cosmetic dentistry procedures.
Beauty is perception (in the eyes of the beholder). Many people believe that beautiful people are more intelligent and trustworthy. Some studies determined more attractive people are more likely to be employed and at a better salary. As a result, many people pursue ways to create a better smile. Cosmetic dentistry in the Western world is all about lines (symmetry) and same coloring, same heights (harmony). It follows the Greek view of beauty.
Most cosmetic procedures are elective rather than essential although some cases of treatment provide restorative benefits. Insurance will usually pay for procedures that are medically necessary. Elective cases are usually not reimbursable. The most common procedures used in cosmetic dentistry are fairly simple. However, certain procedures require more complex and specialized care.
Cosmetic dentistry usually follows along the lines of symmetry and harmony. Certainly, brightening teeth is something most people desire, removing stains (coffee, cigarettes). Everyone would like to be proud of their smile and show it off, but most do not because of gaps in their teeth, yellow teeth, uneven gums, missing teeth, etc. Cosmetic dentistry could be used to fix these issues.
WHAT DOES COSMETIC DENTISTRY INVOLVE?Typically, cosmetic dentistry involves:
- The addition of a dental material to teeth or gums – bonding, porcelain veneers (laminates), crowns (caps), gum grafts.
- The removal of tooth structure or gums – enameloplasty, gingivectomy.
- Neither adding or removing dental materials, tooth structure, or gums – teeth whitening (bleaching), laser whitening, gum depigmentation.
- Straightening of teeth accompanied by improvement in the appearance of face – orthodontics.