What is cosmetic dentistry?


Cosmetic dentistry is a dental practice of making modifications to a person’s teeth and gums to deliver a more pleasing appearance and smile; in some quarters cosmetic dentistry is called aesthetic dentistry. Prior to any cosmetic procedures being undertaken the cosmetic dentist in Austin TX ensures that the overall health of the oral cavity is taken care of. Although cosmetic procedures are used for purposes of enhancing the looks of the patient they will never be done if they detract from the overall oral health of the individual.

There are a number of dental procedures which are considered as cosmetic in nature, these include tooth whitening, porcelain veneers, tooth bonding and orthodontics.

Teeth which are stained or otherwise discolored or teeth which are crooked and misaligned are not necessarily damaged, in many cases the teeth, although not aesthetically pleasing, are perfectly healthy. Imperfect teeth however can have a serious detrimental effect on the individual’s self image, confidence and in many cases; job prospects. Cosmetic dentistry is a branch of the profession that addresses these concerns.

Cosmetic dental procedures may actually start quite early in life when braces are fitted to a young person. Braces are used to straighten and align crooked and misshaped teeth, in many cases the dentist will actually remove teeth to provide the space that is needed for the adjustments. Adults who did not have braces as a youngster can now have their teeth straightened using Invisalign® aligners which are clear plastic devices which fit over your teeth, they are ideal for those who do not wish to wear distracting metal braces. Straight teeth are not essential for dental health but they most certainly are an aesthetic consideration.

Of all the cosmetic procedures available the most popular is probably tooth whitening. Teeth can be whitened at home but the best solution is to have it done by a cosmetic dentist in Austin TX who has lasers at his or her disposal. The materials and the methodology used in the dentist’s office are far superior to any home whitening solution; it is possible to whiten the teeth four or five shades in one sitting when the work is done by a dentist.

In the not too distant past if a person was missing teeth the only solutions were either dentures or a bridge, neither of which are entirely satisfactory. Today, cosmetic dentists can actually replace a tooth with a procedure known as a dental implant. Once the titanium insert has fused with the jawbone and a crown is fitted, the replacement tooth is every bit as good as the natural tooth it replaced.

If you are looking for a cosmetic dentist in Austin TX you are invited to contact Dr. Anne Lyon, DDS & Associates. All cosmetic procedures including teeth whitening, veneers, Invisalign® are available.