Cosmetic dentistry strives to improve teeth and smiles to a level reflecting beauty, harmony and natural symmetry. It is the art of designing a tooth or smile to mimic nature.
Success in cosmetic dentistry is achieved not only by modifying the white aesthetics, (i.e. the teeth), but sometimes also the pink aesthetics (i.e. the gums).
Cosmetic dentistry sometimes may mean a co-ordinated dance between dental specialties in reconstruction cases.
Orthodontics or braces are often needed to move teeth to better positions for more predictable aesthetics and function before veneers, crowns or bridges are added to the mix.
The key to smile design lies in the understanding of the patient's personality and desires.
It is in fact possible to produce a smile in a patient that seems to not belong there at all. Therefore it is correct in saying that Cosmetic dentistry requires artistic perception to successfully emulate nature.
Dental veneers are ultra-thin shells that look exactly like natural teeth because they have the same colour and texture resulting in a natural looking smile. The ultra-thin shells are attached to the front surface of the teeth to improve conditions such as:
- Crooked teeth
- Teeth stains or discolourations
- Cracked or chipped teeth
- Unsightly spaces or gaps between teeth