Esthetic 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 improvement dental aesthetics in color, position, shape, size, alignment and overall smile appearance. Personally tailored treatment modalities such as porcelain laminate installations, bonding, inlay-onlay applications and general esthetic dentistry applications such as detartarage, bleaching are some of the treatments to name in this field.
Since the major concern is esthetic anybody who is not happy with the looking of teeth and smile is a candidate for esthetic dental treatment. But esthetic dentistry is not applicable to pediatric and preadolescent-adolescent age group apart from detartarage and cleaning operations since these patients are in growing ages and most 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.
Porcelain inlays, coatings, laminates, composite fillings are made much more lasting and stronger than they were 10-15 years ago but they are neither immortal nor indestructible. They can crack or broken and fillings may become loose. You should keep in mind that restoration process may need restoration or repetition after 15-20 years of use. Poor oral hygiene, too much corrosive drink ingestion may even shorten this period.
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