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Trends in Cosmetic Dentistry
Today’s custom smiles are designed to enhance the natural beauty of your smile that not only looks good to others, but also makes you feel great about yourself.
It’s About the Total Picture
Even a good picture can be made better by the frame chosen to display it. For the best results, the harmonious blending of your teeth (the picture) and the gums (the frame) as they are outlined by your lips when smiling, are essential for the best results.
The Goal of Cosmetic Dentistry
Cosmetic dentistry mimics the natural beauty of a healthy youthful smile. For the teeth that means straight, even with no spaces and no signs of wear and aging. For the gums, that means a healthy pink color that is level and completely fills any spaces between teeth. In nature, examples of the beauty of symmetry can be found everywhere; so designing a smile with symmetry is essential.
Types of Cosmetic Procedures
Making a decision on what type of procedure to use is dependent on the desired final result, the pre-existing condition of your teeth and gums, and what needs to be done to get that smile you have always wanted. It is also dependent on your feelings about the conservation of tooth structure. Each procedure has a different degree of how much tooth structure may need to be removed. Although circumstances may vary, the general order from the least to the most tooth structure removed is: Bleaching – Bonding – Re-Shaping Teeth – Veneers – Inlays – Onlays – Crowns. Cosmetic gum treatments may also be needed to optimally shape, add, or trim the gums as needed.
Cosmetic Dental Materials
Making a decision on what material to use is dependent on the desired final result, the pre-existing condition of your teeth, and how strong it needs to be. There are many types of tooth colored porcelains and plastic composites of varying durability and appearance, and although there is a general trend toward not using metals, metals do afford the most strength when used to support tooth colored porcelains.