The great Phyllis Diller once said that “A smile is a curve that sets everything straight”, surely a smile has a great impact on people.

A good smile often becomes people’s signatures! Some are born with pleasing natural smiles while others crave for it. A majority of people around the world feel that an attractive smile is an asset, whereas an unappealing smile may become a hindrance in ones career growth. Although this is debatable, one has to agree that a good smile enhances personality and self confidence. Now, what do you do if you are not happy with your smile? Don’t be disheartened, modern cosmetic dentistry can perform wonders. Simple cosmetic dentistry offers numerous solutions, right from tooth whitening to repairing crooked / damaged teeth. All of this would help you achieving the smile you wish for, restore your self confidence and enhance your magnetism.

What is Cosmetic Dentistry ?

Cosmetic dentistry refers to all the dental procedures that are carried out for improving the appearance of teeth, gums and bite. There are two specialties in cosmetic dentistry, Orthodontics and Prosthodontics. Dentists practicing them are known as Orthodontists and Prosthodontists respectively. Prosthodonics refers to diagnosis and treatments associated with deficient or missing teeth and oral or maxillofacial tissues. Orthodontics involves the treatment of improper bites. Treatments that are involved in cosmetic dentistry include Porcelain Veneers, Lumineers, Tooth Colored Fillings, Porcelain Inlays/Onlays, Tooth Whitening and All-Porcelain Crowns.

The Basic Processes Involved in Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry has many processes involved they can be broadly classified as follows :

  • Addition of dental material to teeth (bonding, porcelain veneers (laminates), crowns (caps)
  • Vertical – when it pushes other teeth and erupts vertically
  • Simple teeth whitening (bleaching)
  • Straightening of teeth accompanied by improvement in appearance of face (Orthodontics)
  • Reducing gums (gingivectomy) or tooth structure (enameloplasty) Formerly, dental filling materials were usually made from amalgam, gold and such materials which were veneered with porcelain. Today, most of the dental work is done entirely with porcelain and such composite materials which closely resemble the natural appearance of the teeth.