Dentistry is now going beyond just oral hygiene and treating mouth and gum diseases, nowadays, dentistry also aims to improve how a person looks by improving the teeth, the mouth and a person’s smile, this is what we now call as cosmetic dentistry.

What is Cosmetic Dentistry?

Traditional dentistry is often focused on the necessary treatment needed by a person or a family, cosmetic dentistry on the other hand focuses on the treatment the person wants or desires, these are what we call “elective treatments or services”.

Not only that, cosmetic dentistry can also provide restorative treatments. Dental filling, for example, is a very common procedure used to treat tooth decay. Dental fillings often use gold or amalgam to fill in the dark spot on the teeth,  and traditionally, people only have a few choices for fillings, so they are left with the problem of their teeth looking unnatural. With cosmetic dentistry, patients are now given the choice of selecting materials such as porcelain, to naturally match the color or appearance of their teeth, which of course enhances one’s oral appearance.

In other words, cosmetic dentistry not only focuses on the treatment you need, it also pays attention to how this treatment would make you look better, at least orally.

Trends in Cosmetic Dentistry

Making one’s teeth look natural and healthy wouldn’t be possible with advances in technology. Technologies such as laser make procedures safe, comfortable and less invasive for patients. Here are some of the latest trends and technological advancements used in cosmetic dentistry.

  • Composite Bonding – if you’re teeth are discolored, broken or decayed, a repair is still possible through composite bonding. Here a composite material that looks like an enamel or a dentin is applied into the surface of a tooth or to a cavity, it is contoured and hardened with the aid of a high intensity light. The result is a composite material that blends with the remaining surrounding structures.

  • Inlays/Onlays – These are known as indirect fillers and are made of porcelain or other composite material that resembles the teeth. These are  used as fillers to areas that suffer decay or damage. Inlays or onlays are different from dental fillings because they have to be molded in  a dental laboratory first before being fitted and placed into the patient’s oral cavity. Dental fillings are usually molded by the dentist on site.

  • Dental Veneers –   these are porcelain laminates that can be bonded to the tooth surface in order to correct chips or cracks. Dental veneers can also be applied to improve the tooth’s worn appearance or severe discoloration. Veneers are mostly recommended for those with gaps in the teeth.

  • Smile makeovers – cosmetic dentistry introduces the concept of smile esthetics, which focuses on improving a person’s smile through dental procedures such as implants, gingival sculpting, dental veneers and teeth whitening.

The author of this article on cosmetic dentistry is May Adams. May writes numerous articles concerned on oral health and dentistry. For more information on cosmetic dentistry and the different procedures that can improve your smile and oral health visit

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