Cosmetic dentistry is a branch of dentistry that deals with the appearance and aesthetics of teeth. Dental aesthetics means not only beautiful, white teeth, but also healthy gums and functional alignment of the upper and lower jaw rows.
Teeth have a huge impact on a person’s appearance. Beautiful, white teeth testify to health, youth and self-confidence. On the other hand, missing, damaged, discolored or defective teeth deteriorate the appearance, health and quality of life.
Dental Aesthetic Treatments
The primary goal of cosmetic dentistry is to preserve or restore the beauty and natural appearance of the teeth. Of course, this is done taking into account the functions of chewing and speech. In other words, dental aesthetics is not only about looking good in photos, but also about comfortable oral and dental health.
Aesthetic dentistry is closely related to modern implantology, maxillofacial surgery and periodontics. Many laboratories and dental technicians now specialize in cosmetic dentistry, and especially in high-quality cosmetic dentures. New materials, such as high-performance tooth-colored ceramics, and significant advances in computer-controlled prosthetic manufacturing have made having beautiful teeth easier, safer and more profitable than ever before.
So what are the most common dental aesthetic methods?
Teeth whitening is very common. Some stimulants, such as coffee, red wine or tobacco, leave a brownish-yellow coating and even stains on the teeth over time. Since a bright white smile is considered the ideal of beauty, many patients are worried about the color change.
Before the teeth whitening process begins, your dentist will perform a professional teeth cleaning. The initial tooth color is then determined using a digital color determination device and you and your dentist decide on the desired tooth color. After securing the gums, the doctor applies the whitening gel to the teeth and activates it with a special lamp, thanks to which it works. After the exposure time has elapsed, the result is checked with a color marking device and the process is repeated if necessary.
Veneers make it possible to create beautiful and flawless teeth in the anterior region. Slight misalignment of the incisors, small gaps between the teeth, strong internal discoloration as well as very small or very short teeth can be optimally corrected with these perfectly matched veneers.
Veneers are flake-thin shells made of special ceramics that are permanently attached to the teeth. They are exceptionally suitable for everyday use and turn out to be an aesthetic addition to a radiant smile. Veneers are prostheses that do not limit the functionality in any way, and at the same time look naturally beautiful.
Prosthetic teeth should be as close to the natural model as possible and should not be visible. Functionality and aesthetics play an important role.
Individual wishes are also prioritized in the fabrication of dentures, but the main focus is on smooth functionality with a natural, radiant smile.
Many aesthetic problems are related to gum disease, tooth defects or uneven tooth alignment. When it comes to achieving or maintaining natural dental aesthetics, cosmetic dentistry should start from here with individual therapy concepts and treatment methods. Healthy gums and a strong jaw are a prerequisite for aesthetically pleasing teeth.
Prevention and treatment of gingivitis and gingival recession is possible at any age. But the sooner you start, the better. There are also discolorations on the gums that are not caused by inflammation, such as scarring, discoloration, thickening or gingival recession. To compensate for optical defects, cosmetic dentistry currently has many proven and new solutions, such as laser treatments and gingival transplants.
When we talk about a dental implant, we mean an artificial tooth root made of titanium or ceramic that is surgically inserted into the jaw to heal firmly in the bone. A new dental crown is then attached with a fastener. The implant is a permanent denture which is the closest to a natural tooth in terms of function and aesthetics. For this reason, it has become one of the most preferred methods of preventing unwanted picture loss due to tooth loss today. Achieving your natural dream smile requires careful and careful planning. Close cooperation between the patient, dentist and dental technician is essential.