What is Cosmetic Dentistry?

For many individuals, having that picture-perfect bright white smile is just out of reach. Whether it’s a genetic disposition for crooked teeth, tooth trauma sustained long ago, or stains from drinking a little too much red wine, there are many legitimate reasons for not being completely happy with your smile.

It’s reasonable to want to address these concerns. Smiles are an important part of our day to day. Cosmetic dentistry may be able to help.

Cosmetic dentistry is a field of dental care concerned with adjusting and improving the appearance of your teeth. It can help with:

Cosmetic dentistry differs from other forms of cosmetic (plastic) surgery in that it’s an integral part of a dentist’s education, and not a specialisation. Some dentists may still specialise in specific cosmetic treatments, but all qualified and accredited dentists can perform these treatments.

what is cosmetic dentistry

What Can Cosmetic Dentistry Treat?

Cosmetic dentistry is a broad field that can address several concerns with the appearance of teeth. The only sure way to know what treatment will be most effective for you is to visit a dentist and talk through your options. It’s therefore crucial to find a dentist who is comfortable advising on and performing a range of these procedures, and will work with you to achieve the results you need.

It should be noted that cosmetic procedures may not be recommended in cases of poor dental health, such as for those suffering from:

  • Active dental diseases
  • Bruxism
  • Severe misalignment of teeth
  • Advanced tooth decay

In such cases, it’s necessary to seek the proper treatment beforehand to address the underlying problems. Otherwise, this can undermine the effectiveness of cosmetic procedures, and worsen your overall dental health.

Common Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures

Some of the most common cosmetic dentistry procedures are outlined below. It’s important to keep in mind that, in some cases, a combination of treatments might be recommended.

Crowns

Dental crowns are a common treatment used to cover a tooth to fix broken, cracked or weakened teeth. These are fitted to the top of your tooth, and will prevent the tooth from breaking any further. Crowns can also be used to cover significant discolouration. They are a durable and hardy option that will last for years.

Inlays

Inlays are fillings that are moulded and fitted to internal cavities in your teeth. They help to preserve tooth function that has been damaged by advanced tooth decay. Inlays also restore the colour and shine of teeth. They are traditionally made of substances like gold, porcelain, or composite resins.

This treatment is rapidly advancing. There are variations of the procedure – such as those offered by Dr George Olstein which is called Cerec restorations – which works by using CAD Cam printing to precisely fit an individual’s tooth profile in just one simple visit.

Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is a simple, relatively inexpensive and effective way of and improving your smile. All professional whitening systems rely upon the active ingredient of hydrogen peroxide. This ingredient is completely safe, and has been used for quite a number of years to treat teeth, as well as gums and other soft tissue.

Whitening can help address most forms of stains or discolouration, as it works by lightening the internal colour of the teeth. It can be performed alongside other treatments, depending on the condition of your teeth. Teeth whitening can be performed in house or with a variety of take-home products.

Dental Implants

Implants are an effective remedy for cases of missing teeth or severe tooth decay, where the dental roots have been damaged beyond repair. Implants replace the roots of your tooth, using titanium rods implanted into the jawbone. The jawbone fuses to the titanium rod, and a replacement tooth can be fixed on top. This helps keep the symmetry of your smile and ensures that the surrounding jawbone is stable and healthy for years to come.

Veneers

In cases of severe chips and cracks or severe discolouration, Dr Olstein may recommend dental veneers. Veneers are slivers of a material (usually porcelain or a composite resin) that are chemically bonded to the teeth. This alters the appearance, shape and colour of teeth, and can last for decades.

Book An Appointment with Dr George Olstein

If you’d like further information about cosmetic dentistry, or any other type of dental care, please don’t hesitate to book your appointment online now or give us a call on 03 9510 1644. Our team of attentive, friendly staff are on hand to help.