Cosmetic dentistry is generally used to refer to any dental work that improves the appearance (though not necessarily the functionality) of teeth, gums and/or bite. It primarily focuses on improvement in dental aesthetics in color, position, shape, size, alignment and overall smile appearance. Many dentists refer to themselves as “cosmetic dentists” regardless of their specific education, specialty, training, and experience in this field. This has been considered unethical with a predominant objective of marketing to patients. The American Dental Association does not recognize cosmetic dentistry as a formal specialty area of dentistry. However, there are still dentists that promote themselves as cosmetic dentists.
There are primarily two dental specialties that predominantly focus on dental esthetics. They are:
- Prosthodontics and
- Conservative & Endodontics in reference with sturdevant operative dentistry
Common cosmetic dentistry options
Cosmetic dentistry may involve:
- the addition