Torrance Cosmetic Dentist
General dentistry is a practice that focuses on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disorders, diseases, or conditions that affect your overall dental and oral health. In contrast, cosmetic dentistry is more focused on the appearance of your mouth and teeth. Once your teeth and gums are generally healthy, cosmetic dentistry can help ensure that your teeth and smile look the best that they possibly can. Cosmetic dentistry is more popular than ever, and many procedures that are performed on a routine basis may even be considered to be cosmetic dentistry.
What procedures are considered cosmetic dentistry?
Any procedure that is more concerned with the appearance of your teeth than your general dental health is considered to be cosmetic dentistry. In general, this includes procedures such as:
- Teeth whitening – this corrects tooth discoloration that can naturally occur over time
- Smile makeovers, including wedding smile makeovers – corrects a number of visible dental issues
- Veneers – used to correct minor spacing issues, stained teeth, poorly shaped teeth, or teeth that are slightly crooked or worn down.
- Lumineers – work similarly to veneers
- Tooth reshaping or gum grafting
Today, cosmetic dentistry may also include many procedures that you wouldn’t ordinarily think of as strictly cosmetic. This could be procedures such as dental fillings, porcelain crowns, dental bonding, and even some orthodontics (braces). This particularly applies when discussing the replacement of old gold, silver, or dental amalgam fillings with more natural-looking fillings or porcelain inlays or onlays. While also serving a general dentistry purpose, these procedures may also be considered cosmetic due to their focus on aesthetics.
Are you a candidate for cosmetic dentistry?
You overall dental health must be good before you can have a cosmetic dentistry procedure done, except in cases where the cosmetic procedure might serve both purposes. Your overall oral and dental health is more important than the way that your teeth look. Additionally, the condition of your teeth, gums, bite and bone structure can all affect which cosmetic dentistry procedures you are eligible for. Once your dental and oral health is in good shape, your dentist can begin working with you to design a cosmetic dentistry treatment plan that will bring out the absolute best smile that you can have. While not everyone will be a good candidate for each individual cosmetic dentistry procedure, most people are a candidate for some procedures that may improve the look and feel of their smile. If you have questions about cosmetic dentistry procedures, or if you would like to know if you may be a good candidate for a specific cosmetic dentistry procedure, call Roger L. Gillespie, DDS today at (310) 325-4155 for a consultation. He will be happy to answer any questions you might have and provide you with a full evaluation of your overall dental health.