Cosmetic Dentistry is a term that is used a lot these days, but not many people actually understand what this speciality actually entails. Dental service providers will usually throw this term around, but I think it is important for everyone to know exactly what Cosmetic Dentistry is.
Any dental work that improves the appearance of a person’s teeth, gums and/or bite is generally referred to as cosmetic dentistry. This type of work does not necessarily have to improve the function of a person’s teeth, gums or bite but a cosmetic dentistry procedure could help with that as well.
The types of procedures that many dental service providers would consider as cosmetic dentistry, include:
- Whitening of Teeth
- Porcelain Veneers
- Bonding: reduce gaps or spaces
- Dental Implants: placed to improve teeth spacing and smile gaps
- Orthodontics: completed specifically for “smile correction’ instead of ‘bite correction”
- Crowns: placed to improve smile appearance
Patients that receive cosmetic surgery tend to be those that are unhappy with the appearance of their smile. Any of the procedures listed above can certainly help the patient achieve these goals. While money can be an issue for many patients, cosmetic dentistry can surprisingly be affordable and it is something that will completely change your life. Cosmetic Dentistry provides patients with an amazing smile that they can be proud of – it improves their confidence and makes them look and feel younger.
Dr. Cotham has great experience in something called “smile design”. Smile design is a method of preliminary operation, in which the patient describes what cosmetic changes he or she desires, and essentially sees a preview of the smile before and actual operation is begun. Describing what you want can be difficult enough in everyday life, but verbally expressing what you want changed with regards to your oral appearance could be quite daunting. That is what makes Smile Design so helpful for patients, it takes the guess work out of what your appearance will look like with cosmetic dentistry.