Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry encompasses all cosmetic dental procedures, cosmetic dental surgery and tooth replacement that aims to beautify the smile and the appearance of the teeth. Most of these have positive health benefits, and are thus cosmetic dentistry is not without medical merit. Cosmetic dentistry is for all patients who wish to improve the appearance of their teeth, and fix any aspect of their teeth, like the colour, shape, alignment, size or condition they are in. Cosmetic dentistry may even help with recurring dental problems as well. Here is a list of procedures that fall under the wide umbrella of cosmetic dentistry:

Consultation session


The most basic unit of dentistry is the consultation session. This should precede any and all dental treatments, and only after a thorough consultation session and assessment can real dental work begin. Emergency dental treatments are also preceded with a consultation session, but these are kept as short as possible for obvious reasons. These sessions give you a chance to ask questions and get answers, and be told what the dentist will do and why. They are an essential part of dental treatment


Hygiene sessions

A deep cleaning and hygiene session is when the dentist cleans all of the plaque and tartar off of your teeth that you cannot remove yourself with your at home oral hygiene routine. Certain places in the mouth are very hard to reach, and require a professional to go over them and remove them before bacteria start to eat away the tooth enamel. During the hygiene session, the dentist r oral hygienist will also clean the tooth roots and underneath the gum line with a special implement. These hygiene sessions are absolutely essential for the wellbeing of your teeth and gums, and must be had every six months or so to ensure a healthy oral environment.


Tooth whitening


Tooth whitening sessions are an important part of cosmetic dentistry, and it comes in two major kinds: at home tooth whitening kits, and chair side whitening sessions that happen with a professional dentist or dental hygienist. Tooth whitening sessions can whiten your smile up to 4-5 shades, and remove stains caused by smoking, food or alcohol consumption. But tooth whitening sessions don’t just remove stains, your unstained teeth can also be whitened in the same manner, as the actual shade of your teeth will be brightened. Dead teeth can also be whitened, but they need to be whitened internally, a somewhat different procedure that we also provide..


Cosmetic tooth veneers

Veneers are thin, tooth coloured porcelain shells that are adhered to the tooth surfaces. By using veneers, you can change any aspect of the appearance your teeth, including their colour, their size or their shape. During the procedure, your teeth will be prepared, and the veneers that project the image youwould like of your teeth are adhered to your tooth surfaces. Veneers are often used by celebrities and public speakers to project a million dollar smile. Please be aware that getting veneers is a permanent decision, and although different veneers can be bought, once you get them, you will need them from then on.


Dental crowns and bridges

Although dental crowns and bridges have other medical uses as well, filling in a gap in your smile can really improve the appearance of your teeth, and as such, they need to be mentioned under cosmetic dentistry as well. Crowns and bridges can replace teeth that are still in the mouth and are functional, but are unattractive, have been root canaled or damaged in some way, or can replace a tooth that is entirely missing or has been extracted. Teeth still in the mouth can be filed down and a crown can go on top of them, thus restoring the smile to its former glory, and keeping the biting and chewing functions going as well.


Inlays and Onlays

Inlays and onlays are a halfway between a filling and a dental crown. Sometimes a large enough portion of the tooth is missing that a dental filling would become impractical, but the tooth is healthy enough that it does not need to be destroyed to make room for a crown. In these cases, the most aesthetic solution is to use an inlay or onlay, a piece of tooth coloured porcelain that is shaped like the missing portion of your tooth, like a fragment of a dental crown. These provide a lifelike and beautiful impression, and are indistinguishable from your real tooth.