Cosmetic or aesthetic dentistry is a recently developed branch of dentistry that deals with the shape, size and the colour of the teeth. It may be useful in minor corrections of irregular teeth but it cannot substitute for orthodontic treatment. And it does not give a life-long solution for orthodontic problems

The aesthetic procedures may have to be repeated periodically. At times these procedures may be harmful to the teeth and gums.

In some cases, both orthodontic treatment and aesthetic procedures combined would give the best possible results