Aesthetic dentistry is the branch of dentistry that deals with the appearance and aesthetics of teeth. Dental aesthetics includes not only beautiful and white teeth but also healthy gums and functional harmony of the upper and lower jaw rows.
Teeth have a great influence on the appearance of people. White aesthetic teeth indicate health, youth, and self-confidence. On the other hand, missing, worn, discoloured or defective teeth impair the appearance, health, and quality of life.
What Does Aesthetic Dentistry Do?
Aesthetic dentistry includes all techniques that serve to improve the appearance of teeth and gums and to obtain a more beautiful and brighter smile. All necessary interventions for treating pathologies and problems that damage teeth and gums or even cause serious defects are a part of aesthetic dentistry.
Which Treatment Methods Are Used in Aesthetic Dentistry?
The most common treatments to improve the smile in aesthetic dentistry are as follows.
The goal of aesthetic dentistry is complete dentition. Sometimes teeth can be lost despite all efforts and the most modern treatment methods. In some cases, an accident may be responsible for tooth loss. It may also be that not all teeth are present in one or both jaws from the outset. In such cases, dental implant treatment is the best method for new fixed teeth.
Dental implants are as durable and strong as real teeth. These can replace a single tooth or entire rows of teeth. Thanks to the minimally invasive dental treatments, the procedure is gentle and virtually painless. The wound area is quite small and usually closes quickly. This also minimizes the risk of infection.
Professional Teeth Cleaning
Professional teeth cleaning is a preferred method in aesthetic dentistry. Here, a plaque containing disease-causing bacteria is cleaned with special tools and agents.
These bacteria can cause tooth decay and gum recession (periodontal disease). Teeth are polished and sealed with fluoride varnish or gel to make new bacteria uptake more difficult.
Having white teeth is a sign of perfect oral hygiene. It also ensures that you have a bright and flawless smile. The fact that the teeth are white and bright in dental aesthetics is one of the most important parameters of smile aesthetics. The aesthetic dentist knows that teeth whitening is the most targeted treatment to bring brightness to the smile.
Teeth whitening treatment is the most effective solution in dental aesthetics for yellowed or dark teeth. Thanks to this procedure, the smile can be brighter and more natural.
In some cases, the aesthetic smile is deteriorated due to caries affecting the front teeth or unsightly fillings made of dark material.
Today, it is possible to use aesthetic fillings that are completely invisible and can replace the previous ones in filling the cavities created by caries.
Porcelain Laminate Veneers
They are porcelain restorations applied to the front surfaces of the teeth to cover the wear, discolouration and unpleasant images that occur overtime on the teeth or to correct the deformities of the teeth. Porcelain laminate veneers are the most demanded aesthetic restorations today. They are applied with minimal abrasion on the tooth surface because they provide high aesthetics.
In some cases, the teeth do not look very compatible with the smile due to deformities. There may be excessive gaps between the teeth, or the teeth may be very sharp, worn or have an irregular shape. The dentist can apply dental veneers to solve these problems. These are ceramic coatings placed on the tooth to change the shape of the teeth.
Veneers can also be used to correct broken or discoloured teeth, as well as large filled anterior teeth. Small interventions create a visual impact and have a huge impact on the patient’s self-confidence. One of the fascinating challenges of dental art is restoring the natural harmony of the face.
Gum Treatment (Pink Aesthetics)
In terms of aesthetic dentistry, healthy teeth also include healthy gums. The definition of the visual interaction of teeth and gums is pink aesthetics. The recession of the gums and jawbones may occur due to periodontitis (gingivitis). If there is disease or recession in the gums, periodontal treatment may be the solution. The dentist may refer to surgical options to rebuild bone and connective tissue. Before this, inflamed gums and gingival pockets are treated with special methods.