We are all at least somewhat familiar with any number of invasive and non-invasive cosmetic surgery procedures (ranging from laser skin rejuvenation to face-lifts) that are popular among those wishing to eliminate wrinkles, sagging skin, and surface imperfections. As effective as these treatments and procedures are, their effect can be undermined by teeth that are decidedly less youthful-looking. The good news is that dentists also perform an array of cosmetic procedures that can make anyone’s smile as perfect as his or her skin. Such procedures include simple, non-invasive professional tooth whitening and bonding, which cover imperfections and fill cracks with tooth-colored resin. More ambitious procedures range from the placement of porcelain veneers to full crown and dental implants.
While the goal of cosmetic dentistry may be to improve the look of a smile, utilizing permanent bridges, implants, or dentures may also improve function, which can have a big impact on overall health.