Aesthetic dentistry is any dental work that improves the appearance (though not necessarily the function) of a person's teeth, gums and/or bite. It primarily focuses on the improvement of the aesthetics of the color, position, shape, size, alignment and the overall appearance of the smile. Personally tailored treatment methods such as porcelain laminate installations, bonding, inlay-onlay applications as well as general aesthetic dentistry applications like scaling or bleaching are some of the treatments available in this field.
Who Needs It?
Since the major concern is aesthetics, anyone who is not happy with the look of their teeth or smile is a candidate for aesthetic dental treatment. However, aesthetic dentistry other than descaling and cleaning operations are not available to pediatric or preadolescent-adolescent age groups since these patients are still growing and most of their problems can be managed by orthodontic treatment.
Treatment methods differ very much and depend on what you want to achieve. Bleaching, porcelain laminate application, laser application, worn teeth restoration and treatment are only a few to name.
Important Points / Adverse Effects
Porcelain inlays, coatings, laminates and composite fillings are much more durable and longer lasting than they were 10-15 years ago, but they are not indestructible or everlasting. They may crack or break, and fillings may still become loose. You should keep in mind that the treatment may need restoration or maintenance after 15-20 years, and poor hygiene and/or the drinking of corrosive drinks may shorten this period further.