What Does A Cosmetic Dentist Do?

Latest technologies and advances in modern dental procedures has sprung a specialty in dentistry, the cosmetic dentist.  This dentist has gone for several years of training beyond his/her competency in regular dentistry for which examinations have been passed and proficiency has been demonstrated.

Treatments and procedures offered include:

  • Bonding

This is a method to repair chips, and cracks in existing teeth as well as addressing teeth stains and gaps between teeth. An enamel-colored composite resin is applied to the surface of a tooth and then contoured to the desired shape.

  • Whitening

This is the most popular cosmetic procedure because it is simple to perform and has a dramatic effect on one’s appearance.  There are several bleaching options but when done in a dental office can be accomplished in one visit with an upgrade of several shades by applying a bleaching agent to remove stains or discoloration and then curing it with a light source.

  • Veneers

Thin layers of porcelain are adhered to the tooth surface after the enamel has been prepared by shaving some of the enamel surface to make the thickness of the tooth natural. Advantages of veneers include strengthening of the existing teeth and repairing chips or cracks providing durability, as well as providing a whiter smile and removing any appearance of gaps.

  • Crowns

Caps for teeth that are not candidates for veneers due to extensive fillings with prior cavities can have crown placement.  The crown color can be made of composite material to match that of the surrounding natural teeth.

  • Bridges

Bridges are appliances that span a gap in the jaw line from missing teeth.  A false tooth (or teeth) are placed on the device which is attached to the adjacent natural teeth on either side

  • Dentures

Partial or complete sets of dentures are false teeth attached to a mold that is made from the palate and gum structure to maintain the facial muscles, allow for chewing and giving an aesthetic appearance.  Dentures are made when implants are not an option.

  • Tooth shaping

Although in recent times, some individuals have sought teeth shaping to mimic the fangs in their popular vampire movies and television shows, the more ethical reason for tooth shaping is to correct flaws by rounding pointed teeth or shorten long ones so that they follow the lower lip contour.

  • Gingivoplasty

This process contours the shape and length of existing gingival tissue, cutting away excess in order to lengthen crowns, and eliminate the “gummy” smile to provide an aesthetic appearance.

  • Implants

These are replacements for lost teeth and have the look and feel of natural teeth.  A titanium screw is inserted into a surgically prepared space in the jawbone and then a porcelain or composite resin tooth is placed over the screw.

  • Porcelain Fillings

Rather than the old amalgams or metal alloys, porcelain is now used in fillings to maintain a natural appearance.

The cosmetic dentist offers many options to provide aesthetic results for those dissatisfied with or embarrassed by their current smile.