Oral health plays a significant role in your overall wellbeing, but dental diseases are not the only threat. When one or more cosmetic blemishes affect your smile, it can diminish your self-esteem as a whole. Cosmetic dentistry is the art of addressing visible blemishes and allowing the health and beauty of your smile to shine through. Your general dentist will offer a variety of cosmetic procedures that can be tailored to your specific needs.
For instance, tooth whitening is a form of cosmetic dentistry designed to specifically address staining—the most common type of cosmetic concern. Yet many patients exhibit more than just teeth stains, and might benefit from other cosmetic options like porcelain veneers, porcelain dental crowns, and more.
Because cosmetic dentistry focuses mainly on the esthetic aspects of your smile, it may not be appropriate in instances when your smile is affected by serious dental health concerns. Excessively worn down or damaged tooth surfaces, internal tooth infection that causes changes in your tooth structure, or crooked or missing teeth can cause more severe problems than a lack of confidence. If necessary, your dentist may recommend one or more restorative treatments and/or prosthetic treatments to completely restore your smile.