Cosmetic Dentistry

 

Cosmetic dentistry is generally used to refer to any dental work that improves the appearance of a person’s smile, teeth or gums. A combination of lifestyle and personal factors can result in teeth changing in appearance over the years. Changes in appearance of teeth can be caused by:

  • Staining from foods and drinks
  • Staining from smoking
  • Use of antibiotics in children which can lead to permanent colour changes in adult teeth
  • Inherited traits: a family history of gaps, crowded teeth, stains or blotchy teeth
  • Chips and cracks
  • Broken, cracked or discoloured fillings
  • Discoloured or unnatural looking porcelain crowns with black margins
  • Discoloured teeth due to metal fillings
  • Uneven tooth length due to tooth grinding
  • Overgrowth of gum tissue which leads to short teeth or a gummy smile.

 

Depending on the problem, the cosmetic solution can be very simple and inexpensive or could be more involved.
Cosmetic dentistry can involve;

  • Professional cleaning of teeth
  • Whitening of teeth
  • Amalgam removal
  • Tooth coloured fillings
  • Veneers
  • Crowns
  • Dentures
  • Bridges
  • Implants
  • A combination of some or all of the above!