What is Cosmetic Dentistry? – An Option Worth Considering

The field of dentistry is varied and complex. While there aren’t as many specialists in oral health as in other areas of medicine, there are still numerous fields of specialization involved in dentistry. Cosmetic dentistry is one that has grown in popularity and practice in recent years due largely to more advanced procedures that have made it easier to get wonderful results. Learning more about what cosmetic dentistry is and what it may involve is important if you’re looking for the perfect smile and the best oral health. It’s a simple concept to understand but well worth doing. Cosmetic dentistry is essentially any kind of dental procedure designed primarily to enhance the appearance and aesthetics of your teeth or mouth. While other forms of dentistry help to maintain good oral health and treat or prevent major problems, cosmetic dentistry focuses instead on improving the look of your smile. Some regular dentists offer forms of cosmetic dentistry along with their standard practice while in other cases a dentist may focus only on cosmetic dentistry and not provide other preventative or curative care. Either way, there are numerous types of procedures that fall into this category and make it an important option for many. Simple cosmetic dentistry procedures include things like whitening treatments that are far more advanced than those you can buy over the counter. These can give your stained teeth a much brighter appearance. Other options include veneers, where a prosthetic is bonded to your teeth to change their appearance. This can help to brighten the teeth and with alignment and positioning issues as well. Caps or crowns may fall into the category of cosmetic dentistry in some cases, but one of the more advanced procedures will involve tooth replacement. Cosmetic dentistry focuses on improving your smile and nothing will do so more than replacing missing teeth. Partials, dentures, and bridges are all possibilities here as well as implants. Actually implanting teeth permanently is one of the most advanced breakthroughs in the dental world. These can replace a single tooth or every tooth you have and remove the need for dentures entirely. It’s an option worth thinking about and one that you certainly should consider if you are missing teeth. Simply put, cosmetic dentistry is a way to get the smile that you’ve always wanted and regain your self-esteem and self-confidence.

Dr. Hazim is a member of the American Dental Association and the Texas Dental Association. A graduate of Loyola University, Dr. Hazim has undergone continuing education at the Pankey Institute and has received accreditation from the Western Regional Examining Board.

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