Cosmetic Dentistry is a growing field of dental treatments that serve to enhance the appearance of a person’s smile. Teeth whitening, implants, veneers, and crowns are all available to address aesthetic concerns with the smile. Other treatments address concerns related to the gums, their bite, or aspects of their smile that they find unattractive. Every year new technology is introduced that provides new cosmetic treatment options to the dental office and pharmacy. Treatments that were once only available at specialized dental practices are now available at most offices.
While these two terms may seem so close as to be identical, there is a distinct difference between the fields of cosmetic dentistry and aesthetic dentistry. The origin of the term ‘cosmetic’ is Greek, referring to things that are artificial in nature. The word aesthetic comes from the same language but refers to natural and organic beauty. Cosmetic treatments may improve the appearance of your smile but often have a noticeably artificial appearance to the keen eye. Aesthetic dentistry focuses on enhancing your smile while keeping to the natural structures and appearance of your face and oral structures.
Cosmetic And Aesthetic Dentistry At A Glance
- Addresses Aesthetic concerns directly
- Maintains natural appearance of teeth while correcting imperfections
- Results visible in one or two visits
We’re equipped to deliver a full range of cosmetic and aesthetic dentistry treatments for our patients. Our options range from simple whitening and veneers to full dental implants for a whole new smile.
If you’re looking for a simple and convenient way to boost the appearance of your smile, tooth whitening is the way to go. Teeth can become stained naturally over time simply due to age and the foods we eat. Inexpensive and effective, dental whitening can enhance the brightness of your teeth by a few shades. While over-the-counter options are available, none of them can match the safety and effectiveness we provide.
When you have teeth that have become severely stained or are chipped, enamel bonding can help. Using the same composite bonding material that makes up fillings, your dentist can artfully sculpt your teeth to match your ideal smile while still retaining the appearance of natural teeth. Safe, effective, and inexpensive, they remain a common alternative to veneers.
Clear Orthodontic Aligners (e.g. Invisalign Braces)
When your primary concern is the alignment of your teeth, these clear aligner trays can be the answer you need. Convenient and nearly invisible while worn, Invisalign makes it possible to move your teeth into position without unsightly braces. You can also remove them for up to two hours a day, allowing you to enjoy every one of your favorite foods without restriction and making cleaning your teeth and retainer a breeze.
Want to learn additional details about the services we provide at our office? Call today to explore all our options with Dr. Henry Lam. You’re off to a great start with cosmetic and aesthetic dentistry and a host of preventative and standard care options. We proudly provide our community with a variety of dental care options. Call today and schedule an appointment so you can experience the benefit of being part of the 8 West Dental Care patient family.