The aesthetics of a person’s smile is just as important as oral health. We, as dentists, give equal
prominence to both these aspects, which is why an entire branch of dentistry is dedicated to improving the
appearance of the smile. Cosmetic dentistry involves several restorative and non-evasive procedures that
at improving the aesthetics of the smile.
What is the significance of cosmetic dentistry?
- Cosmetic dentistry makes your smile look more appealing to the people you interact with. This
subconsciously increases your self-confidence and you’d feel more comfortable while interacting with
- Certain cosmetic dental procedures not only beautify the smile but also improve the functionality of
- Procedures such as dental implants and bridges prevent a change in the facial shape as they replace
Bridges and crowns
Dental crowns and bridges are one of the most common cosmetic appliances. Bridges are replacement
prosthetic teeth that are used to restore extracted teeth. They not only restore the appearance of a smile
but also prevent the drifting of the remaining teeth from their positions. Crowns are cap-like ceramic
appliances that entirely cover the surface of a worn-out, chipped, misshapen, cracked or weak tooth.
Veneers are thin ceramic shells that only cover the frontal surface of the teeth. They are used to treat
teeth that are badly discolored, cracked, spaced too far from each other, or misshapen. Since they are
wafer-thin, they do not add a lot of volume to the existing tooth and also save the natural tooth tissues.
Bonding involves the application of composite resin on the surface of a damaged/misshapen tooth. Issues
such as excessive spacing, chipping, misshapen teeth, etc. can be treated using this procedure.
Sometimes, the gums can go out of shape due to receding, overgrowth, undergrowth. In such cases, the gum
tissues may have to be removed, disinfected or grafted from a different region of the mouth. This improves
both the oral health and appearance of the smile.