Cosmetic dentistry is the area of dentistry that specializes in improving the appearance of your smile. It can include many different treatments and procedures, including:
gum grafts for “toothy” smiles
crown lengthening for “gummy” smiles
replacement of missing teeth with implants or bridges
veneers and crowns
While some cosmetic procedures solely address cosmetic issues, others also help improve the function of your mouth or your oral health as well.
Gum grafting is a procedure that uses small amounts of gum tissue harvested elsewhere in your mouth to augment your existing gum tissue. It's commonly used to cover teeth that have become exposed due to gum recession that occurs as a result of gum disease, and it can also be used in men and women with “toothy” smiles, where an unusual amount of tooth surface is exposed when you smile. Gum disease not only improves the appearance of your smile, but it also helps protect tooth roots that may become exposed by gum recession, helping to prevent gum disease and eventual tooth loss.
Veneers are very thin covers that are applied to the front surface of your teeth to help improve aesthetics. They're often used to hide deep staining and small defects like chips or cracks, and they can also be used to close gaps between teeth and to help crooked teeth appear straighter.
Tooth-colored fillings are fillings that are made of a hard composite resin material and tinted to match your teeth. They use a special bonding process that creates a strong barrier to additional decay. Many patients opt to have dark metal fillings removed to improve the way their smiles look and to eliminate any potential risks associated with the mercury content of metal fillings.