Cosmetic dentistry refers to the branch of dentistry that focuses on improving the appearance of a person's teeth, gums, and smile. While general dentistry primarily focuses on oral health, cosmetic dentistry goes beyond that by addressing the aesthetic aspects of dental care.
The primary goal of cosmetic dentistry is to enhance the overall appearance of the teeth and smile, which can positively impact a person's self-confidence and self-esteem. At Brentwood Center for Cosmetic Dentistry, our cosmetic dentist utilizes various treatments and procedures to improve the teeth's color, shape, size, alignment, and overall appearance.
Types of Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments
This procedure involves using bleaching agents to lighten the color of your teeth and remove stains and discoloration. It can be done in-office by our dentist or at home using customized trays and whitening gels.
Veneers are thin shells, typically made of porcelain or composite resin, bonded to your teeth's front surface. They can improve the appearance of teeth that are discolored, chipped, misaligned, or have gaps between them.
Bonding involves the application of tooth-colored resin material to your teeth. It can be used to repair chipped or cracked teeth, close gaps between teeth, or improve the appearance of discolored teeth.
Orthodontics can correct misaligned teeth, overcrowding, or malocclusion (bad bite). Traditional braces or clear aligners, such as Invisalign, gradually move the teeth into proper alignment.
Bridges are used to replace one or more missing teeth. They consist of artificial teeth anchored to adjacent natural teeth or dental implants, filling the gap and restoring the appearance and function of your smile.
Gum reshaping involves removing excess gum tissue to improve the appearance of a gummy smile or create a more proportionate gum line.
The Benefits of Cosmetic Dentistry
One of the primary benefits of cosmetic dentistry is the boost in self-confidence it can provide. When you are happy with your smile, you feel more confident in social and professional interactions, leading to improved self-esteem.
Cosmetic dentistry can correct imperfections, including tooth discoloration, chips, cracks, misalignments, and gaps. By addressing these issues, cosmetic treatments can significantly enhance the overall appearance of your smile, making it more attractive and harmonious.
Some cosmetic procedures, such as dental bonding or veneers, can improve the shape and alignment of teeth. This can lead to a more comfortable bite, better distribution of chewing forces, and reduced strain on the jaw joints.
It's important to note that while cosmetic dentistry primarily focuses on aesthetics, many procedures also provide functional benefits and contribute to overall oral health. For more information about cosmetic dentistry, visit the Brentwood Center for Cosmetic Dentistry at 11645 Wilshire Blvd Ste. 790, Los Angeles, CA 90025, or call (310) 312-0505.