Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry is generally used to refer to any dental work that improves the appearance (though not necessarily the function) of a person's teeth, gums and/or bite. 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.

Cosmetic dentistry may involve:

1. the addition of a dental material to teeth or gums - examples: bonding, porcelain veneers (laminates), crowns (caps), gum grafts

2. the removal of tooth structure or gums - examples: enameloplasty etc., gingivectomy

3. neither adding nor removing dental materials, tooth structure or gums - examples: teeth whitening (bleaching).

4. straightening of teeth accompanied by improvement in appearance of face Orthodontics