Traditional dentistry focuses on oral hygiene and preventing, diagnosing, and treating oral disease. Cosmetic dentistry focuses on improving the appearance of your teeth, mouth, and smile. Cosmetic dentistry provides elective – or desired – treatments or services such as teeth whitening, veneers, and bonding.
In some cases, cosmetic dentistry also provides restorative benefits. For example, dental fillings are a common procedure used to treat decayed teeth. Previously, most dental fillings were composed primarily of gold, amalgam, and other materials that left visible dark spots on the teeth.
Today, dental fillings may fall into the category of cosmetic dentistry, because you can select fillings made of porcelain or composite materials that closely match the color of your teeth, thus maintaining the natural appearance of your teeth and smile.
Contact the dentists at Brighton Healthy Smiles to learn more about cosmetic dentistry options.