Unlike traditional dentistry that is focused on oral hygiene, and the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of oral diseases, cosmetic dentistry is focused more on improving a patient's mouth, teeth, and smile. While restorative and general dental practices address dental concerns that require treatment, cosmetic dentistry provides elective treatments.
A cosmetic dental procedure, however, may also offer restorative results. Dental fillings, for instance, have been used for a long time to remedy decayed teeth. Most dental fillings in the past mainly consisted of amalgam, gold, and other materials that leave dark-colored spots that are highly visible on the teeth.
In cosmetic dentistry, you can choose the filling to closely match your teeth color.