What Is Cosmetic Dentistry?
By: Anna Marie Mazoch, D.D.S.
A patient recently asked if I specialized in cosmetic dentistry.
While there is no formally recognized cosmetic specialty, all dentists are trained in the various procedures that produce an attractive smile. Some dentists perform a larger number of these cosmetic procedures or receive more advanced training. Some dentists have a better “eye” for shape and color. And some dentists have “hands” that are more talented and have the artistic ability to perform the exacting techniques required of cosmetic care.
Quality dental care provides both health and beauty.
Over the next several months I will demonstrate several of the different procedures that can be considered cosmetic.
Here are a few examples of ways to improve the appearance of your SMILE:
• Teeth whitening is the easiest way to a more attractive smile. My office offers in-office, same day whitening with custom fit trays as well as more affordable pre-formed take home trays which adapt to anyone’s teeth.
• Another simple way to make teeth appear more appealing is to “reshape” them. This can be shortening a tooth that is too long, shaving chipped teeth, smoothing a sharp edge, or re-contouring the entire form of a tooth with composite resin “bonding”.
• In cases with very dark teeth, broken down, and large existing fillings or unshapely teeth, one or multiple porcelain crowns or veneers may be all that is necessary to create the desired cosmetic effect.
All three of these are relatively uncomplicated and inexpensive ways to improve your smile with a minimum of effort.
Next issue, I’ll show some more complex procedures, illustrating the fact that even the most difficult case can be treated in a healthy and esthetic fashion.
Dr. Mazoch resides in Kennett Square with her husband Ed. She is an avid flower gardener and enjoys visiting Longwood Gardens often. She also expresses her interest in beauty, art and color through her oil painting. She keeps healthy by power walking, lifting weights, and practicing yoga and pilates (and, of course, by brushing twice a day with her Sonicare and flossing once a day).
Some of our patients have been motivated to comment on their new smiles:
“You made me the happiest girl in the world for giving me a new smile…don’t know what I’d do without you.” ~ Kathy W.
“I love my new teeth. They are beautiful. They work good (sic), too.” ~ Jean T.
“…thank you and your staff for my new look. Since replacing my front teeth with a bridge, I feel good about my smile and have a new found confidence in myself.” ~ Dean B.
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What an exciting time to be a dentist!
So many new procedures, materials, and techn ologies allow an inquisitive, life long learner such as myself to always have something to do. Fortunately, the basic fundamentals of practice that i acquired at Northwestern University have provided an excellent foundation for advancements in my education. But, although i love the art and science of dentistry, the most favorite part of my profession is my relationship with my patients and staff. I love going to work and having an “extended family” there for me.