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What is cosmetic dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry is dental treatment that improves the beauty and health of one's smile.

Nearly every dental procedure has 2 elements: Aesthetics and function.

A quality cosmetic dentist takes both of these elements into consideration; so that one may rest assured they will not only look great, but enjoy free long-term results.

How can cosmetic dentistry help me?

Cosmetic dentistry can help you have a beautiful smile – which can also boost your self-confidence. It even has been said that cosmetic dentistry can help you look years younger! Smile Center Clinics is dedicated to improving our patients' smiles.

What's the difference between my regular dentist and a cosmetic dentist?

A "regular" dentist is more of a general practitioner. A cosmetic dentist can perform the same procedures as a traditional dentist, but they have gained a higher level of education, and tend to have more training and experience. A cosmetic dentist primarily uses his or her skill to improve a client's smile through restoration – which can range from simple teeth whitening to more advanced procedures that can include veneers and implants.

What are some of the benefits of cosmetic dentistry?

A great smile should improve your self-confidence, which can have a positive impact on the social and professional aspects of your life. Cosmetic dentistry is not just about pretty smiles though.

Don’t like my teeth or my smile – what can I do?

A wide variety of options are available to improve how your teeth work and the way your smile looks.

How has technology improved in cosmetic dentistry?

Cosmetic dental techniques have advanced dramatically over the last decade. The qualities of materials such as porcelain and composite resins have improved, giving a more lifelike appearance. And, where gum-tissue surgery and contouring was once performed with scalpels, lasers now provide fast, non-surgical results. In Addition, digital dentistry is the future for all procedures...

Why would someone need or be interested in cosmetic dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry provides more than just a beautiful smile and a healthy mouth. According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), cosmetic dentistry has also been shown to improve a person's overall health and emotional well-being. An improved smile can boost a person's self-image, making them more confident in their daily lives.

What are some examples of cosmetic dentistry procedures?

Cosmetic dentistry covers a multitude of procedures from smile teeth whitening to repairing, straightening, replacing or enhancing the appearance of one’s teeth and smile. Most common is the use of Cosmetic Veneers or Laminates. These thin, but durable restorations are much more conservative to the natural tooth than traditional crowns, and have become a very popular way to enhance a smile. In certain procedures dental bonding can be a way to shape teeth as well.

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