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Cosmetic Dentistry Central

Cosmetic Dentistry Central is an education resource dedicated to helping you obtain the smile you've always wanted. Whether you're seeking a gleaming white, perfectly straight smile, or one with a more natural balance, Cosmetic Dentistry Central has the information to help you find what you're looking for.

Although cosmetic dentistry is not an ADA-recognized specialty, it has become an increasingly popular focus of oral health. All dentistry involves a cosmetic component. Restorative procedures to improve oral health and function are performed with esthetics in mind. Just because a dental procedure is required (versus requested) doesn't mean that it shouldn't look good. Whether it's a crown, bridge, denture, braces, dental filling, etc., facial esthetics will be one of your dentist's considerations.

That said, there are various dental treatments more commonly associated with cosmetic dentistry.

Cosmetic Dentistry Treatment Options

There are numerous cosmetic dentistry treatments available to help you enhance the appearance of your mouth and smile. Whether you're simply looking to whiten your teeth a few shades, or you are more interested in a total smile makeover, your cosmetic dentist can work with you to develop a personalized plan to achieve your goal.

Commonly performed cosmetic dentistry procedures include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Teeth whitening
  • Dental veneers (including minimal prep options such as Lumineers and Vivaneers)
  • Cosmetic bonding
  • Invisible braces (Invisalign and ClearCorrect)
  • Dental implants

Treatments may be performed individually or in combination as part of a full mouth reconstruction or smile makeover. In cases of full mouth reconstruction, your cosmetic dentist may enlist the help of one or more dental specialists. An orthodontist may be involved if teeth straightening is required; a periodontist may be involved if a dental implant is needed to replace a missing tooth; an oral surgeon may be needed if the TMJ (temporomandibular joint) must be realigned; etc. During your consultation, your dentist will discuss different scenarios and treatment options specific to your case. You also may get to view pictures of past patients to better gauge results. For example, if you are considering dental veneers, you may wish to see veneers before and after photos from other cases performed by your dentist. Considering the cost of veneers per tooth, it is important to fully evaluate all aspects of treatment. Note that dental treatment may cost more in a major metropolitan city rather than a small town. In the same way that wisdom teeth extraction in Chicago, Illinois, is more expensive than it is in Modesto, California, cosmetic dentistry treatment will likely come at a higher cost.

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(Updated on 11/02/12)
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