Top Ten Common Procedures Of Cosmetic Dentistry

You can get the self confidence you need through cosmetic dentistry with whitening, implants and other procedures.

A beautiful smile can increase your self confidence in all aspects of your life, including your love life and your professional life. Let’s face it, a horrible looking mouth gets far more attention than we wish. Have you ever refrained from smiling or even talking to someone due to the condition of your teeth?

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Cosmetic dentistry makes your teeth more gorgeous

If you have, it may be time for you to consider having dental aesthetics through cosmetic dentistry. Here is a list of the top ten ways that a cosmetic dentist can improve your smile:


Several techniques used to whiten teeth. A dentist can give you a laser treatment, a peroxide treatment, or a prescription whitening kit to take home.


Veneers are thin layers of composite resin or porcelain that are cemented directly onto the front of teeth. Veneers are designed to correct discoloration, chips, gaps, cracks, and misaligned teeth.


A damaged tooth can be bonded with porcelain or a composite resin material and crafted to resemble the natural tooth. The types of damage that bonding can cover up are chips, cracks, discoloration and decay.


Damaged teeth can also be corrected with crowns. Crowns are also made of porcelain or composite resin, but are fused to a piece of metal which gives it more strength. Crowns are larger in size than bonds. Damaged teeth are prepared by having a layer of enamel removed.


Bridges are devices that replace one or several missing teeth without using a dental implant. The teeth on both sides of the missing teeth need to be healthy. A bridge uses the natural teeth as a supporting structure for it. Crowns are placed on the healthy teeth with a prosthetic tooth or teeth placed in the middle to fill in the gap of the tooth or teeth that are missing.

Dental Implants

Cosmetic dentistry can replace missing teeth with dental implants. These are surgically implanted into the jaw bone and can last for a lifetime. The entire treatment could take months to complete; however, some dentists specialize in providing dental implants in just one day.


An inlay is similar to a bond, but is done by using an impression of your teeth to allow the dentist to create a filling that is customized to fit directly onto or into your teeth to fill in broken or chipped teeth and gaps between teeth.

Crown Lengthening

Some people are born with excessive gum tissue covering their teeth. Crown lengthening is done not by lengthening the crowns, but by removing gum tissue after lifting it away from the teeth. This surgical procedure is called a gingivectomy, and usually requires sutures. If the roots are exposed as a result of a gingivectomy, crowns or veneers may be provided.

Gummy Smile Correction

This is a less invasive procedure for those who have a small amount of excessive gum tissue on their teeth. A dental laser is used to remove the gum tissue. Sutures are not needed due to the fact that only a small amount of gum tissue is removed.

Complete Makeover

A complete makeover will likely be a major transformation. Depending on the amount of work that is needed, a complete makeover could take several months to complete. There could be many various combinations of the above procedures can perform to give someone a complete smile makeover. A complete makeover is ideal for those who foresee being in the spotlight of the media due to job advancements, those with career choices in the entertainment industry.

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