As a trusted provider of family dentistry in Carleton Place and surrounding communities, one of our service offerings which is in significant demand is cosmetic dentistry.

The term “cosmetic dentistry” itself is a bit of a misnomer, as “cosmetic” has a certain connotation that implies surface only, something superficial or perhaps even a service of vanity. Maybe that’s because cosmetic dentistry, to some at least, might sound like “cosmetic surgery” – the kind of thing only celebrities and social media super-influencers get done.

But the truth is that cosmetic dentistry is all about the health and healthy appearance of your teeth – as well as the strength and structural integrity of your teeth.

Read on to find out why cosmetic dentistry is important and how it can benefit you or your loved one.

Beyond the Surface for Healthy Smiles

The services within cosmetic dentistry are, it turns out quite varied. Cosmetic dentistry includes:

  • Crowns
  • Dental Bridges
  • Porcelain Veneers
  • Full-Mouth Restoration

While these procedures involve the surface of the teeth – thus the term “cosmetic” – they still address the health and integrity of the teeth.

Dental Crowns – a Cap for a Damaged Tooth

If you have chipped or otherwise damaged a tooth, a crown is a very effective way to cap the tooth.

Crowns have positive effects on both the appearance of the tooth as well as the tooth’s integrity.

Adding a crown to a damaged, chipped or broken tooth makes it look much nicer, smooth and natural. Even better, the crown makes the tooth more durable, protecting against the rest of tooth as you chew, bite down, grind your teeth, etc.

Dental Crowns – a Cap for a Damaged Tooth

3D diagram of porcelain overlays.

If you have a missing tooth, for example caused by damage, injury or other health factors, a dental bridge is a great way to replace that missing tooth.

Bridges are said to be “cosmetic” because they get rid of that unsightly gap that exists when a tooth goes missing.

But dental bridges are also a very effective means of restoring better chewing habits, putting less pressure on other areas of the mouth.

This ultimately is good for the gums, jaw and other teeth.