Cosmetic dentistry carries a label. It’s one that often causes a misunderstanding.
For example, you might only equate the popular category of dentistry with procedures such as teeth whitening or facial esthetics. You might also give it credit for orthodontics and smile makeovers that include porcelain veneers.
You’d be correct. Those treatments qualify as cosmetic dental procedures.
Yet there’s more to cosmetic dentistry than surface appeal.
Beyond the surface
Not all cosmetic dental treatments are immediately noticeable. A lingering observation might reveal a few differences in your appearance but there’s more to be gained.
Keep in mind that an attractive smile should naturally be equated with a healthy smile. No doubt whiter, straighter teeth provide your appearance and your health a strong appeal.
Restored health and confidence
Cosmetic dentistry provides visible smile enhancements. It also has a variety of restorative health benefits via certain treatments.
Tooth-colored fillings or composite dental fillings are effective for replacing your silver (amalgam) fillings. This treatment improves your health plus it replaces your noticeable fillings with those that naturally match your surrounding teeth.
Dental inlays and onlays can provide you a health enhancing benefit as well as a visible improvement to your appearance. This treatment uses a tooth-colored porcelain material to replace larger, more visible dental fillings within certain areas of your mouth.
Dental bonding is a go-to cosmetic dental treatment when porcelain veneers are not an option. The treatment costs less than veneers and provides an attractive surface enhancement to your cracked, gapped, or chipped teeth.
Bonding also provides a health benefit. Sealing the damaged areas of your tooth surfaces can prevent cavities, decay, and eventual tooth loss.
As the saying goes, there’s more to cosmetic dentistry than meets-the-eye. Contact your Knoxville dentist about improving the health and appearance of your teeth with cosmetic dental treatment.