We all want to feel good about your appearance. Cosmetic dentistry refers to a set of procedures and practices that are primarily concerned with a patient’s appearance. At Lawrence Avenue Dental in Toronto, we know that one of the best ways to care for your appearance is to keep your mouth healthy. For this reason, the line separating which dental procedures are cosmetic, that is, primarily about appearance, and which ones aren’t, can be blurry.
One example is teeth alignment. Some people have such crooked teeth or such a crooked bite that they need braces or even jaw surgery just to eat or speak properly. On the other hand, in less severe cases, patients might be able to benefit from treatments like invisalign, which can correct spacing and crowding issues, giving patients more confidence in their appearance.
Fillings are another example. Fillings are used to fill in cavities left by tooth decay, but there are options when it comes to the filling material. Metal amalgam fillings are cheaper, but in addition to being very apparent and possibly embarrassing on the most visible front teeth, have structural disadvantages compared to porcelain or composite fillings that match the colour of your teeth.
Similar things can be said about nearly any dental intervention, so be careful before dismissing one as cosmetic. Some other services that can fall under cosmetic dentistry are:
- Teeth whitening, which bleaches the teeth, both to remove stains and to lighten the natural colour.
- Composite bonding, which adds material to the tooth, to fix decayed damaged or misshapen teeth.
- Inlays and Onlays, which repair damage and decay, and are larger than fillings, but smaller than crowns. Much like fillings, inlays and onlays can be made of a variety of materials.
- Veneers, are ultra thin layers of porcelain used to reshape or recolour teeth. Then can even be used to fill gaps between teeth.
- Implants, which are used to replace teeth.