Nowadays, there are materials on the market that resemble the appearance of the tooth so well that it is sometimes difficult to discern a natural tooth from an artificial one. Many cavities used to be treated with black fillings, i.e. silver amalgam, that stand out from the aesthetic principles of contemporary dentistry. Not so long ago, full acrylic or metal crowns with acrylic shell were the gold standard in dental prosthetics. Modern dentistry, technology and people’s understanding of aesthetics have changed a lot.
Contemporary cosmetic dentistry includes white composite fillings, teeth whitening, veneers, crowns and dental implants.
Dental fillings closely resemble the natural tooth colour, so that expertly made filling is hardly differentiated from the natural tooth, while its mechanical properties are very similar to properties of the natural teeth.