Cosmetic or aesthetic dentistry refers to any dental work that improves the appearance (but not necessarily the function) of a person’s teeth or oral condition.
Cosmetic dentistry may involve:
These are very thin natural looking slices of porcelain which are fitted over the palatal surface (visible when smiling) of the front teeth.
They are used to improve the aesthetics of discolored or misshaped teeth.
White Fillings (composite fillings). This is a newer, aesthetically more improved filling material that is tooth-colored and can be matched with the patient’s tooth, therefore greatly improving the appearance of the tooth itself. Once the tooth is filled with this material, the filling will blend in with the natural tooth and it won’t be able to distinguish.
A crown is a dental restoration that is fitted over the remaining part of a prepared tooth and will completely cap it, making it strong and giving it the shape of a natural tooth. A crown is more commonly known as a ‘cap’.