The English novelist Charles Reade once wrote, “Beauty is power; a smile is its sword.” Cosmetic dentistry is concerned with improving the appearance of your mouth, smile and teeth. In most cases, cosmetic dentistry procedures are not essential but they can sometimes also provide restorative benefits.
Our ability to smile is one of the most powerful non-verbal communication skills we humans have. Smiling helps us to have a positive influence on our personal and professional relationships. Nearly 90% of adults believe that an attractive smile is an important social and career asset.
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What is an ideal smile?
One reason our society likes white teeth for example is because healthy, disease-free teeth are likely to be free of the discoloration of decay. The same goes for a full mouth of straight teeth. They are not just attractive but a sign of fully-functioning and healthy mouth. Our cosmetic dentists carefully evaluate each patient’s situation and decide what steps are most suitable.
In the end the ability to recognize an “ideal” smile lies in the emotional experience a person has when looking in the mirror – it is both personal and individual. The goal of our dentists is to help each person to make an objective diagnosis and provide practical treatment possibilities.
A lot can be done to change the arrangement of teeth, the gum line, shape, size, and even the color teeth. Beforehand, a full periodontal evaluation of whether the bone and gum tissues are healthy should be done. This is important, because these are the foundations upon which the teeth are supported. Aesthetic problems (discolored , missing or misaligned teeth) are often an indication of underlying dental disease or an inherited problem. In addition, jaw point function and the stability of the bite relationships are also important.
What options are there for cosmetic dentistry?
There is wide array of techniques that our dentists can use. Some techniques, like whitening, bonding, veneering or enamel shaping, change the appearance and shape of the patient’s natural teeth. Other techniques like crowns, bridgework and implants provide permanent artificial replacements for abnormal or missing teeth that cannot be corrected otherwise.
Orthodontics also play an important role in improving your smile. Even though the best time for orthodontic treatment is normally just before puberty, dentists have realized a benefit even for adults of all ages. Innovations in orthodontic treatment, like clear aligners (for example Invisalign) have reduced discomfort, treatment time and improved their appearance. Some procedures involve just one visit to the dentist; others may take several months or even years to complete.