Cosmetic dentistry is considered by some to be an art form. This is because of the level of skill required to complete the type of work this type of dentist does. They improve the appearance of people and can make a person feel more comfortable with the way the look. A more comfortable person tends to feel more confident. A more confident person may be able to handle social situations and stressful situations better.
What exactly is cosmetic dentistry? It’s something you might be wondering. The majority of people know what dentistry is, but not everyone can distinguish the difference between general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry.
The term cosmetic dentistry is used to generally describe any type of dental work that improves the appearance of a person’s teeth, bite, gums and overall smile. The work doesn’t have to have anything to do with improving the function of the smile, mouth or teeth.
Since a lot of dentistry has to do with the visual appearance of the teeth, many dentists refer to themselves as cosmetic dentists. This is regardless of their education, training, specialty or experience in the field. While this is common, calling oneself a cosmetic dentist without going through the relevant training is considered to be unethical.
Cosmetic dentistry can be divided up into two fields or specialties: orthodontics and prosthodontics. The latter specializes in rehabilitation, diagnosis, maintenance of oral function, treatment planning, looks and basic health and the appearance of patients with missing teeth. The prosthodontics use biocompatible substitutes with maxillofacial tissues for reforming the complete jaws and dental structures.
A dentist specializing in orthodontics focuses on the aesthetic looks of a person’s teeth and is generally involved in the improving of the general appearance of a person’s teeth. Sometimes this type of dentistry is called dentofacial orthopedics. Some of these types of dentists work by improving the person’s general appearance by working on their teeth. Others reconstruct an entire face to beautify a smile.
Generally for dentistry to truly be considered cosmetic dentistry it could involve the following: the addition of dental material to the teeth and gums, the removal of tooth structure or gums, removing dental materials like the tooth structure and gums or straightening the teeth. Sometimes teeth reshaping, sculpting and bonding is included. Depending on the severity of this type of procedure, it can be done in one office visit. Some terms you might come across in cosmetic dentistry include bonding, dental bridges, bite lift and bite reclamation.
Bonding is the process of adding a hard substance permanently to the surface of the tooth and polishing it. Dental bridges are false teeth that are fused together to fill the spot of a missing tooth. A gum lift raises and sculpts the gums. Bite reclamation opens a bite and reclaims vertical dimension to the face. It’s been said to remove or reduce the appearance of wrinkles.