What is dental aesthetics?
Aesthetic dentistry is the specialty within dentistry that deals with the improvement of the appearance of the patient’s teeth. With a purely aesthetic purpose, and provided that the mouth is in good health, anyone can resort to these treatments to achieve the perfect smile they have in mind.
Although there are many types of treatment contemplated in cosmetic dentistry, currently the most popular and researched is the one known colloquially as smile design, a treatment capable of modifying the shape, size and color of the teeth, through minimally invasive procedures.
How to improve dental aesthetics?
In order to obtain the aesthetic improvement that the patient desires, the treatment is done in a personalized way, choosing the procedures that best adapt to his or her own situation. After a facial analysis, the experts in dental aesthetics propose the possible changes in each person, according to their features and the proportions of the face and mouth.
Based on this study, the dentist diagnoses and makes a treatment plan, explaining the procedures the patient needs to achieve the desired results. These procedures can be very different, and even combine several techniques.
The main aesthetic dental treatments
Due to the advances in dental treatments that have taken place in recent years, more and more aesthetic interventions can be performed to achieve a perfect smile design. Among them, these are the most requested according to the current beauty canons:
- Tooth Whitening: Dental whitening is the most requested aesthetic treatment in recent years. It consists of lightening the colour of teeth that have lost their natural white over time or due to the consumption of certain foods and drinks. The most common is the use of a cold light lamp and a bleaching gel. It is a treatment with which very noticeable changes are obtained, with excellent results.
- Orthodontics: Some types of orthodontic treatments are also classified within dental aesthetics. Among them, the correction of the alignment of the teeth and the bite (shape of the closure that the upper and lower teeth have), to achieve a perfectly harmonious smile. The use of invisible orthodontics has meant a great advance in treatments to correct the position of teeth. From braces that are placed on the inside of the tooth, to the new invisible aligners that consist of wearing a transparent cover adapted to your teeth for as long as possible.
- Dental veneers: The use of dental veneers is gradually gaining ground among cosmetic dentistry treatments. They allow the correction of the position of the teeth, the color, and even the size, covering effectively the natural tooth.
Veneers consist of a thin sheet of composite or porcelain that is placed on the visible part of the tooth. They are easy and quick to place, achieving an instant result to correct separated, broken teeth or to achieve a whitening.
The placement of dental implants is also a very common technique for the correction of the smile. When a tooth is missing, or the original tooth has suffered so much damage that it is not possible to recover it, a professional can place an implant through a screw that is attached to the maxillary or jawbone.
This prosthesis has the same function as the original tooth, recovering at the same time the aesthetics of the patient. Beyond the aesthetic need, it is a technique that seeks to reconstruct the appearance and functionality of the original tooth.