The general purpose of Cosmetic Dentistry is to improve the esthetic appearance of a patient’s teeth and smile. While some procedures are strictly elective and are for esthetic purposes, many cosmetic procedures have restorative functions as well.
Composite fillings, crowns and bridgework all fall under the category of cosmetic dentistry but have very important restorative functions. Composite fillings replace decayed areas of a tooth with tooth colored material, crowns strengthen cracked teeth while preserving their function and bridges replace missing teeth. All of these procedures, while considered to be cosmetic, are restoring vital function to your teeth.
Other procedures such as teeth whitening, bonding and veneers are strictly elective for improving the appearance of a patient’s smile. Teeth whitening can brighten your smile, bonding can hide surface chips giving the tooth a smooth appearance, and veneers can give the appearance of perfectly straight teeth while covering imperfections.
Cosmetic dentistry can offer you a variety of options for preserving or enhancing your smile. Call our office today to discover how cosmetic dentistry can benefit your.