A Brief Guide to Common Cosmetic Dental Procedures

Our culture places a premium on an attractive smile, which helps explain why cosmetic dentistry has become more popular than ever before. More and more people are flocking to their dentists in search of ways to address a range of aesthetic dental concerns, from crooked, cracked, or missing teeth to a gummy or discolored smile.

If you’re interested in improving the aesthetics of your smile but don’t know what treatments are available, check out this brief guide to six of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures.


Composite Bonding

This complex-sounding term actually represents a pretty simple concept: It refers to the act of tidying up and repairing decayed, discolored, or otherwise damaged teeth so they resemble healthy teeth. This process involves filling in cavities, chips, cracks, gaps, and/or worn tooth edges with a tooth-colored material and then shaping that material so the tooth appears fully intact.

Dental Implants

A dental implant is a permanent solution for replacing missing teeth. It consists of a metal post that is inserted into the jawbone in the space where the missing tooth used to be. (Don’t worry—this process takes place with plenty of numbing agents!) This piece of metal then serves as an artificial tooth root that secures an artificial tooth in the form of a bridge, crown, or denture.

Dental Veneers

Veneers are thin shells that are applied over the front of a person’s actual teeth. They’re used to cover up a range of cosmetic dental issues such as cracks, gaps, crooked teeth, discoloration, and so on. The goal is to create the appearance of a naturally aligned and shiny white smile.

Gingival Contouring

While there’s nothing wrong with a gummy smile, some people feel self-conscious if their smile exposes a lot of gum tissue. The cosmetic solution? Gingival contouring, which involves reshaping the gum line so it’s not as visually prominent. This can be achieved in a number of ways, from laser treatments to orthodontics or surgical procedures.

Orthodontic Treatment

In many cases, orthodontics aren’t strictly a cosmetic treatment; they also create a healthier mouth and promote better oral health over the long term. But in some cases, people just want to feel more confident in their smile. And that’s where cosmetic orthodontic treatments come in. More and more adults are pursuing braces or invisible braces in the quest for straighter teeth.

Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is easily one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments available today. There are several different tactics for teeth whitening, which range from take-home whitening kits to in-office professional whitening treatments. While results vary, people flock to these treatments because they’re a relatively cheap and non-invasive way to improve the aesthetics of their smile.

From straighter teeth to a brighter smile, cosmetic dentistry can aid a wide range of aesthetic concerns. If you’re interested in cosmetic dental procedures, start by talking to your dentist. They’ll be able to advise you on the safest and healthiest options for improving your self-confidence every time you smile.

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