Cosmetic dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry is a dentistry (dentistry category) which is aimed at generating a positive change to the teeth and the smile of an individual. A lot of people think about teeth whitening or porcelain veneers, however, a cosmetic dentist can offer much more.

A qualified and experienced cosmetic dentist are helpful when it comes enhancing your appearance, your smile, even your self-esteem, and self-confidence. Presently, cosmetic dentistry continues to develop in order to allow cosmetic dentists to solve the functional and aesthetic problems of the patients.

In the event that your teeth are stained, discolored, worn, chipped, broken, misaligned, misshapen, or there is a gap in between them, the solution is modern cosmetic dentistry has it can provide a better smile. The looks of a smile are improved by a “smile makeover” by going through one or more cosmetic dentistry procedures. You and your cosmetic dentists work in tandem in order to create a treatment plan. Below you will find the most common procedures used in cosmetic dentistry which are fairly simple, however, others are more complex and require specialized care.

Below are some dental cosmetic procedures:

  1. Dental crown (porcelain / zirconium

Dental crown (porcelain / zirconium)

Zirconia or zirconium is one of the most resistant ceramic in the industry and the most powerful material that is available for use in dentistry. Zirconium oxide is the type of zirconia commonly used in dentistry. The addition of yttrium oxide can stabilize it. Zirconium is often considered a very hard white ceramic that comes in the form of solid blocks of various shapes and sizes.

Zirconia can be divided into two types: the first one is solid while the other type is the high translucent. CAD/CAM technology can be used in the production of the two types of zirconia above. The abbreviation CAD denotes "Computer-Aided Design" and while "CAM", on the other hand, indicates Computer Aided Manufacturing. These technologies offer an ideal fit and unparalleled appearance.

Features and benefits

Zirconium is a newly created substance that has transformed the field of dentistry. Because of its extraordinary properties, it serves many purposes.

  • Zirconia is extremely durable and resistant. Zirconium is considered to be the strongest materials that are used presently in the dental industry.
  • Since zirconium is a white ceramic with very clear transparencies, zirconium restorations are very aesthetic; this is because there is no metal in their structure.
  • The basic zirconia structure can be laminated with aesthetic porcelain in order to create the final color and shape of the teeth.
  • Just like gold, it is accommodated by the body, does not have allergic effects and, it never corrodes and this is due to lack of metal in its structure.
  • Because they are processed on computer systems, zirconium-based prostheses are extremely accurate.
  • Unluckily, this remains very expensive. The equipment itself and the necessary processing equipment result in high final costs.


What are the benefits of zirconium crowns compared to porcelain crowns?

The zirconia crowns are much stronger than the porcelain crowns. They are durable, compared to the porcelain which chips and break over time.

Porcelain crowns must also be attached to the metallic base and the metal is the black non-visible line which is placed above the dentures of people who have porcelain crowns.

Because the zirconia of the crown is carved out of a piece of metal, it has been confirmed that it last at least five times more than the porcelain and its metal fuse. The zirconium crown also brings power without a vast view that porcelain is for popular for.

  1. Emax Veneers

Emax Veneers is a kind of veneer that consists of several features with numerous benefits, pressed ceramic is the principal material Emax consist of, it enables great durability quality. Furthermore, they are designed in thin layers and help to avoid boring of the teeth when necessary. This feature is the most remarkable of this kind of veneer as it aids conservation of the teeth, dissimilar to that of conventional veneers. It is highly recommended consulting a dental professional specializing in this dental field.

Listed below are some benefits of Emax veneers

1. Inscription or boring is not necessary on the tooth, thus tooth structure weakening is prevented.

2. Stronger and enhanced bond is realized to the tooth enamel and an additional secure bond than dentin-bonding.

3. Greater translucence and aesthetic quality proposing a natural tooth shade.

4. For improved aesthetics, Emax may be joined with feldspathic porcelain.

3. Cerec veneers

Cerec veneers are a type of dental veneer. They are made by a completely different process to conventional teeth veneers. Basically, it is a CAD/CAM process, using very high-tech machines. But don't worry, the machines do their work in a different room, not in your mouth!

It's FAST. First, the dentist prepares the tooth for the veneer or inlay in his usual way. But then, instead of taking a normal mould or impression, he picks up a small camera and takes 2 or 3 photos of the tooth!

Next, the picture of the tooth (in 3-D) comes up on a computer screen. While the patient relaxes with a drink, the dentist designs the veneer on-screen. He can make it exactly the right shape and size.

Then, the veneer is milled out of a solid block of dental ceramic, right in the dentist's office. It only takes about 10 minutes for the milling process! There are ceramic blocks in all the different tooth colors.

After checking a few details, the dentist can then bond the veneer onto the tooth, and it's all finished in the one appointment.


  • No conventional molds or impressions.
  • Everything can be done in the dentist's office - no laboratory work.
  • A veneer, crown or filling can be completed from start to finish in a little over one hour.
  • No need for a temporary veneer or crown.
  • Only one appointment - no need for another shot

4.Porcelain-composite veneers

Taking a decision on having a dental veneer fixed is the first step in enhancing the aesthetics of the teeth and getting the thoughtful smile you hoped for. Determining the material to be used is the other thing to be considered one.

Composite resin and porcelain are the two materials which are common in the process of veneer production. In the hands of a skilled cosmetic dentist, the two materials can turn your smile into beauty. But how do you know which type is best for you? It depends on your specific needs and which factor is the most important for you (cost, duration of treatment, etc.). Let's look at some of the differences between composite and porcelain veneers.

There are lots of benefits that can be derived from composite veneers compared to porcelain, the major one is the cost. On average, porcelain veneers are twice as expensive as composites, which are very important for some people, since most treatments are not covered by insurance, which means that you are likely to pay out of your pocket. Veneer costs vary depending on a number of factors, but the composites on its own cost on average between 250 and 1,500 dollars per teeth.

Composite veneers, on the other hand, have a lot of benefits, but there are some areas in which they have failed to compete with porcelain and that area is durability. Porcelain is a much stronger material than composite resin (even with the improvement in resin materials over the years). Well-maintained porcelain veneers can last 10 to 15 years, compared to the average life of composites from five to seven years. It is important to consider this compromise if you intend to set up veneers. In other words, although composites cost half as much as porcelain and they only laugh half as long.

5. Cosmetic Dentistry Consultation

What you can expect during the consultation

Your first consultation serves as an advantaged for you to find out more about the practice you are participating in, as well as discussing what you like and do not like about your smile. This is also an opportunity to set realistic expectations for your treatment.

Cosmetic dentistry consultations usually include data collection. Since these records/records are important for the development of a unique and accurate treatment plan that will meet your needs, it may take a long time to complete the procedure. The collection of data includes, but is not limited to:

  • A complete intraoral screening and review of existing dental work.
  • Intraoral photographs
  • Radiographs (X-rays)
  • Impressions of your upper and lower teeth (models and study casts will be made later).
  • View the smiley sketches that represent a range of photos before and after different procedures.
  • Examine different shapes and sizes of teeth to see what interests you.
  • Talk about the tooth color
  • Make use of a computer monitor to review your smile, tooth by tooth, so that you can have a wide knowledge of what could be the change and how. 

Your consultation may also include a meeting with the patient's coordinator. The role of the patient coordinator is to help you plan appointments and follow up care.

You can also meet with a practice’s office manager so that you can talk about the financial or the available payment options which can be helpful in managing the cost of your treatment. As a general rule, dental insurance does not cover cosmetic treatments because it is optional. If not, do not forget to ask what financing options are available. Although payment options are available at many dental loan providers, your dentist can offer in-house payment options.