Dental Aesthetics is also known as "Cosmetic Dentistry", and is generally used to refer to any dental work that improves the appearance (though not necessarily the functionality) of teeth, gums and/or bite. It primarily focuses on improvement dental aesthetics in color, position, shape, size, alignment and overall smile appearance. 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:
- The addition of a dental material to teeth or gums (bonding porcelain veneers/crowns/gum grafts)
- The removal of tooth structure or gums (enameloplasty/gingivectomy)
- Adding nor removing dental materials, tooth structure, or gums (teeth whitening /gum depigmentation)
- Straightening of teeth accompanied by improvement in appearance of face (Orthodontics)