Cosmetic Dentistry from Your Family Dentist

Howdy, all.  It’s been awhile since my last blog, and I’ve received a lot of requests and questions from patients concerning the topic of cosmetic dentistry.  This is a very broad topic and general term that describes a variety of dental treatments.  In addition, cosmetic dentistry itself is perceived in various ways by different dental patients and dentists.  Regardless, proper understanding of the use of cosmetic dentistry can aid in improving dental standards, oral health, and even patient self-esteem.

When most patients consider cosmetic dentistry, they think of whitening or veneers.  Cosmetic dentistry as described by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentists is dentistry aimed at creating a positive change to your teeth and to your smile.  To me, the key component of this definition is realizing that it is a positive change to your teeth AND your smile.  This means not only improving dental esthetics, but also dental function.  The goal of any cosmetic dental procedure should not only produce visually appealing results, but results that are consistent with overall oral health.

In today’s dentistry, more than ever dental treatment aimed at improving oral health already focuses on improved esthetics.  With the evolution of advanced dental materials and dental techniques, basic dental fillings and crowns are more realistic and unnoticeable.  Composite fillings come in multiple shades and can be combined to match the differing tones observed in even a single tooth.  Non-metal crowns made of porcelain, zirconia, or specialty materials like EMAX, Empress, or LAVA can be shaded, as well, to match adjacent teeth.  Veneers or lumineers are also lifelike restorations that can improve your smile.  Even dentures and partial dentures are designed to match gums and teeth so that they can be worn discreetly.

Cosmetic procedures like tooth colored fillings, crowns, veneers and dentures are procedures that can be accomplished by most general dentists.  As cosmetic dental procedures increase in complexity, like multiple veneers, implant hybrid dentures, or full mouth restorations, it is important to ensure that your dentist has received advanced training to complete such cosmetic dental procedures.  Dentists who have completed an advanced dental residency or completed continuing education courses directed at cosmetic dental procedures are capable of providing proper treatment.  Dental specialists known as prosthodontists have completed a residency geared toward complex cosmetic dental treatment and are available for such procedures.  The comfort level at which cosmetic dental procedures are completed vary from dentist to dentist, so make it a point to consult with your dentist about any cosmetic dental procedure you may be seeking.

When it comes to cosmetic dentistry, the best approach comes down to the basics: frequent and consistent brushing, flossing, and regular dental appointments.  Good oral health is reflected in an appealing and pleasant smile.  As a dentist, I not only value the oral health of a smile, but the story behind it.  I make it my goal to ensure with every happy moment, your smile is bright and beautiful!

Happy smiling!

Dr. Matt

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