What is Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry is the branch of restorative dentistry that strives to improve teeth and smiles to a level reflecting beauty, harmony and natural symmetry. It is the art of designing a tooth or smile to mimic nature.

The sine qua non of cosmetic dentistry is to produce restorations not noticed by the eye. Success in cosmetic dentistry is achieved not only by modifying the white aesthetics (i.e. the teeth), but sometimes also the pink aesthetics (i.e. the gums).

Cosmetic dentistry sometimes conducts the coordinated dance between dental specialties in the reconstruction of a case. Often, bone grafting and gum grafting are prescribed in conjunction with implants to replace a missing tooth.

Orthodontics or braces are often needed to move teeth to better positions for more predictable aesthetics and function before veneers, crowns or bridges are added to the mix. The key to smile design lies in the understanding of the patient’s personality and desires. It is possible to produce a smile in a patient that seems to not belong there at all. Cosmetic dentistry therefore requires artistic perception to successfully emulate nature. The difference between cosmetic dentistry and aesthetic dentistry is simple.

Cosmetic dentistry strives to improve the appearance of teeth and smiles. Aesthetic dentistry represents the final subjective result: a smile that looks good. What looks good to one may not look good to another. However, what is certain, is that aesthetic success is often attained if nature is reproduced.


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