What is Cosmetic Dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry is a branch of dentistry that aims to improve the aesthetics of the smile and the functionality of the teeth. Often, however, it also deals with restorative treatments, such as ceramic inlays useful for treating cavities and replacing defective fillings.

Thanks to modern technologies and cutting-edge materials, cosmetic dentistry professionals are able to make stained, crooked, decayed or chipped teeth natural. According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, aesthetic dentistry should go hand in hand with safeguarding oral health and general well-being.

The main cosmetic dentistry treatments are:

  • Dental prostheses: they are used in cosmetic dentistry to replace one or more missing teeth, so that the smile has a natural appearance.
  • Teeth whitening: it is a treatment that is used to restore the natural color of teeth that become stained due to the consumption of coffee, wine and smoking. Powerful whitening agents are used to whiten teeth which discolour both enamel and dentin color. The dentist monitors all phases to allow the adjustment of the whitening agent levels.
  • Dental veneers: they are ceramic shells that are placed on the front of the tooth and serve to hide stained or chipped teeth.
  • Composite restoration: used as a valid alternative to veneers. The procedure consists in cementing a resin on the tooth with a certain wavelength.
  • Crowns: they are used to cover a damaged tooth and give it a natural appearance.

To be truly effective, cosmetic dentistry may involve 2 professionals who work in synergy: the dentist and the orthodontist. But what exactly do they do?

Orthodontist

The orthodontist is the doctor who specializes in chewing problems, who is in charge of straightening the teeth and giving the arches a more pleasant shape.

Thanks to orthodontic appliances - often transparent - it can therefore improve the alignment of your teeth and shape the bone bases so that they best accommodate your teeth.

Cosmetic dentist

The cosmetic dentist is the professional who takes care of changing the shape of the teeth. Through reconstructions, aesthetic veneers or crowns it can reshape the profiles of each dental element. For example, if your teeth have lost their original whiteness, making your smile dull, she may recommend a whitening or adhesive treatment with veneers.

These 2 professionals need methods and tools to identify in detail the nature of the dental aesthetic problem. This is because if they can pinpoint the exact cause of the problem, then it becomes easier to fix it as effectively and efficiently as possible. To formulate a correct orthodontic diagnosis, prior to any aesthetic work, your dentist and your orthodontist will analyze the aesthetics of your smile.

They will take an imprint of your mouth and subject you to a series of radiographs, to check the health of your teeth and the possible presence of bone disharmonies. In this way, they can understand with certainty if the misalignment is due to a dental problem or if the bones are badly related to each other. After these exams, a cosmetic dentist will analyze them with software with which they will generate a simulation of the appearance your smile will have once your teeth are aligned.

This allows your dental team to create a correct treatment plan and for you to easily understand the solution they propose to solve the problem.

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