Cosmetic dentistry is a specialty area of dentistry that focuses on making the teeth, gums and smile more attractive. While the primary goal of cosmetic treatments is to improve the appearance of the smile, many cosmetic procedures also restore the teeth. An experienced dentist is skilled in assessing the entire mouth and smile to determine the best procedures and treatments to help a patient achieve their goals and feel great about the way their teeth and gums look.
Cosmetic dental procedures can include any treatment aimed at improving the way the teeth, gums, and smile appear. Popular cosmetic procedures include:
Many patients opt for multiple treatments for a complete “smile makeover.”
Yes, many cosmetic procedures do “double duty,” improving the appearance of the smile while also helping to improve oral health or prevent future issues from occurring. For instance, tooth-colored fillings look great, but they also create very strong bonds with the tooth surface to help keep decay from forming underneath the filling. Crowns and veneers cover cracks and chips to protect the tooth from decay while also providing additional strength for the tooth. And gum recontouring procedures can keep bacteria from reaching deeper portions of the tooth including the root to help prevent tooth loss due to gum disease.
Treatments like teeth whitening that are performed purely for cosmetic reasons typically are not covered by insurance. Procedures that are both cosmetic and restorative may be partially covered. Budget-friendly financing options can help make the cost of care much more affordable.