Cosmetic dentistry is an umbrella term to talk about a bunch of dental procedures. They all have one thing in common: they seek to improve the appearance of your teeth. This aspect is what unites all of these procedures, and certain procedures that are sometimes noted in different categories but that also have a positive effect on the appearance of your teeth will also be mentioned. Below is a list of all of the procedures that can be understood as cosmetic dentistry.
Hygiene sessions can be thought of as the basic unit of any dental intervention, and this includes cosmetic dentistry as well. Removing the plaque and the tartar will improve the appearance of your teeth, will reduce the swelling of gums, and will make a less gummy smile, and the teeth will appear nicer.
Tooth whitening sessions are one of those procedures that are only in the realm of cosmetic dentistry. It is a procedure in which the stains are removed from the teeth, and the smile is made a few shades whiter using tooth whitening gels and lasers. The gel has carbamides in it, which is a safe but effective stain remover.
Tooth fillings and dental crowns and bridges are all dental restorations. They serve the purpose of bringing an existing tooth back to health so that it can fulfill its functions in eating, chewing, biting, and speech or, in the case of dental crowns and bridges, can replace a lost tooth. These serve a very real aesthetic purpose as well: a tooth gap can be a reason to be self-conscious when you smile, and a dental crown or bridge can give you the confidence to smile again. A tooth that is visibly decayed or damaged can look right again with the help of a tooth filling.
Orthodontics is the science of aligning teeth. This has many medical applications of course, but it also has aesthetic ones. A straight, well-aligned smile is much more pleasant and prettier to look at. This is why sometimes, in order to beautify your smile, orthodontics is needed.
Dental veneers are the other kind of dental procedure that has absolutely no applications outside of the realm of cosmetic dentistry. Dental veneers are tiny slivers of porcelain that are placed on the teeth. This means that you place the appearance of teeth on your existing teeth, meaning they can change any aspect of your smile. Please be aware that getting dental veneers is a final decision that cannot be reversed, and once you get them, you will have to wear them for the rest of your life.