Cosmetic dentistry relates to how we and others perceive our oral condition especially tooth and gum arrangements as these have a major influence on facial appearance.
To make a difference to our appearance we may simply require a clean and polish or some teeth whitening.
Good cosmetics should be associated with good oral health and function otherwise there will be inbuilt compromise or failure.
For more involved changes, procedures such as restorations to close tooth gaps or improvement of colours and contours of teeth may be required. Gums may need to be altered, teeth repositioned or spaces filled to enable an aesthetically pleasing result.
The front teeth are in the aesthetic zone which is seen as the most critical region to consider because it relates to our facial expression. The upper front teeth are most valued by the population for this reason. Although as we age lip lines can drop showing more of the lower front teeth and less of the upper front teeth, this change may or may not be a concern for the individual.
Patient appearances and expectations, age, lip position, tooth gum arrangement and skeletal relations provide sources of input that are used when formulating a cosmetic treatment plan.