While looking for a dentist, you may notice the term ‘cosmetic surgery’ or ‘cosmetic dentistry’ used to describe services provided. What does cosmetic surgery include and how can you find the best dentist for your job?
First, you will find two types of surgery that fall under the realm of plastic surgery. Reconstructive plastic surgery aims to repair normal function. Cosmetic surgery refers to non-essential or elective surgery to improve your appearance.
So as it relates to dental work, what does cosmetic surgery include? Any work that improves the appearance of your teeth, gums, or bites without regard to actual function.
However, some cosmetic dental work can subsequently improve your oral health too. For example, tooth-colored porcelain fillings will look better. But they may also require less removal of your natural tooth structure than traditional metal fillings.
Cosmetic “surgery” or dentistry may involve the addition or removal of material to or from your teeth. Some dentists prefer “tooth-friendly” cosmetic dentistry, which refers to procedures that generally will not do anything “irreversible” to your teeth. Examples are teeth whitening, some shorter-term orthodontics and resin bonding.
Today, the most common form of cosmetic “surgery” is teeth whitening or teeth bleaching. You may do this gradually with over-the-counter products, or you may have treatments like ZOOM performed by your dentist to whiten your teeth in just one visit.
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Cosmetic Dental Procedures
Besides teeth whitening, other cosmetic dental procedures may include:
Note that some health insurance providers will not cover cosmetic dentistry if the procedure does not also enhance the health of your teeth. Always consult with your dentist and insurance provider prior to agreeing to any cosmetic dental work.
It’s important to note that cosmetic dentistry is not deemed a specialty by the ADA. That’s why most dentists will offer cosmetic dentistry as a category of services, rather than using the term to indicate a specialty.
Before you commit to cosmetic dental work, ask your dentist several questions:
So when it comes to the question of ‘what does cosmetic surgery’ include for your mouth, it may include a variety of treatments that focus on making your smile better, without regard to the function of your teeth. Some of the procedures might also add function, depending on your individual case.
When you choose MyOrthodontist for your cosmetic dental work, we will happily answer all your questions and help determine the treatment that produces the results you want—a brighter smile!
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