Cosmetic dentistry is generally used to refer to any dental work that improves the appearance of a person's teeth, gums and/or bite.
There are primarily two dental specialties that predominantly focus on dental esthetics. They are:
- Prosthodontics and
Cosmetic dentistry includes endodontics and also periodontics.
Type of cosmetic dentistry may involve
- addition of dental materials; examples: bonding, porcelain veneers, crowns
- removal of tooth structure; examples: enameloplasty, gingivectomy
- superficial not involving adding or removing; examples: teeth whitening, gum depigmentation
- straightening of teeth resulting in improvement of appearance; example: orthodontics