Jul 21

What Is Cosmetic Dentistry?

by Bruno Lemay, D.M.D.
Tagged with: Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistryCosmetic dentistry can make your teeth look whiter, straighter, and more beautiful. At Desert Dental Alternatives in Cathedral City, CA, Dr. Bruno Lemay offers a wide range of cosmetic dentistry procedures to enhance the beauty of our patients’ smiles. Dr. Lemay’s extensive experience, combined with the latest dental technology, can give you the smile you’ve always wanted. In this blog post, we discuss what cosmetic dentistry is, along with the popular treatments that are performed.

Cosmetic Dentistry Defined

Cosmetic dentistry is defined as any dental treatments that focus on improving the shape, color, size, or alignment of teeth, for the purpose of aesthetics.

Cosmetic vs. Restorative Procedures

Many restorative procedures offer cosmetic benefits, meaning they improve the appearance of the smile while also restoring good oral health. Dental implant-supported restorations are a great example of this. However, not all cosmetic procedures offer restorative benefits. For example, teeth whitening is performed to improve the color of your teeth; it won’t make them stronger or address dental damage.

Common Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures

Here are some dental procedures that can fall be considered cosmetic dentistry treatments, even though some also offer restorative benefits. A combination of any of these may be used in a smile makeover treatment plan. 

  • Porcelain Veneers: These thin shells fit over the front of teeth to mask imperfections.
  • Teeth Whitening: A whitening solution can be applied to improve tooth color by several shades.
  • White, Ceramic or Zirconia Crowns: Crowns fit over the entire tooth to lend it strength.
  • Composite Resin Fillings and Bonding: Tooth-colored material can be added to the tooth to fill cavities or address flaws.
  • Gum Reshaping: The gums can be sculpted to make them more even or address a gummy smile.
  • Clear Orthodontic Aligners: These can bring the teeth into proper alignment.

Smile Makeovers

Remember the ABC television show called Extreme Makeover? It aired back in 2002 and was wildly popular. Because of the show, “smile makeover” became a well-known phrase. 

In addition to changing a contestant’s hair, makeup, and wardrobe, undergoing cosmetic dentistry procedures like teeth whitening and having porcelain veneers were part of the extreme makeover. In dentists’ offices all over the world, people were asking for whiter teeth, more attractive smiles, and complete smile makeovers. 

Cosmetic Dentistry Statistics

Cosmetic dentistry procedures have remained incredibly popular for the last two decades. Here are some facts:

An attractive smile can make a person look younger, smarter, and friendlier, according to a poll by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry

A Kelton Research study involved mock interviews for a group of people who had their teeth whitened and another group who did not. The results show that people with whiter teeth are more likely to not only be offered a job, but to also earn a higher salary. 

Eighty percent of respondents in another AACD survey said they’d “spend money to maintain a youthful appearance.” 

Contact Our Dentist in Cathedral City

Ready to fall in love with your smile and look younger? Contact Desert Dental Alternatives today online or call us at (760) 324-4450 to reserve your consultation with Dr. Bruno Lemay. Our office serves patients from Cathedral City and nearby communities.

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