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Cosmetic Dentistry

Important Things to Know

Cosmetic dentistry is generally used to refer to any dental work that improves the appearance (though not necessarily the function) of a persons teeth, gums and/or bite.

Cosmetic dentistry is generally used to refer to any dental work that improves the appearance (though not necessarily the function) of a persons teeth, gums and/or bite. Many dentists refer to themselves as "cosmetic dentists" regardless of their specific education, specialty, training, and experience in this field. This has been considered unethical with a predominant objective of marketing to patients.[1] The American Dental Association does not recognize cosmetic dentistry as a formal specialty area of dentistry.[1][2][3] However, there are still dentists that promote themselves as cosmetic dentists.

Cosmetic dentistry may involve:

  1 the addition of a dental material to teeth or gums – examples: bonding, porcelain veneers (laminates), crowns (caps), gum grafts

  2 the removal of tooth structure or gums – examples: enameloplasty, gingivectomy

  3 neither adding nor removing dental materials, tooth structure, or gums – examples: teeth whitening (bleaching), gum depigmentation

  4 straightening of teeth accompanied by improvement in appearance of face – orthodontics