Cosmetic Dentistry

Last Updated: January 17, 2013

Cosmetic dentistry in simple terms is the practice of improving the physical appearance of the teeth and smile.
Restoration of teeth is also a goal of cosmetic dentistry, as is improving not only the appearance but the function of the teeth.

What Cosmetic Dental Procedures are Available?

There are many procedures available to improve the overall appearance of your teeth and smile. A cosmetic dentist may choose to use one or a combination of many procedures to give you the best smile possible.

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Cosmetic dentistry and dental surgery can offer a person a "fresh start" not only professionally, but personally. It can restore self-confidence and genuinely help a person to feel better about themselves.

The procedures below are the most commonly used procedures by cosmetic dentists. You can discuss which procedures may be right for you with your cosmetic dentist.

What is Teeth Whitening?

The most commonly recommended procedure is teeth whitening. This procedure will remove stains and yellowing from smoking, coffee, wine, and overall poor dental hygiene.

What are Veneers?

Dental Veneers are usually a porcelain or other composite material that is overlain on the surface of the tooth to correct the overall appearance of the tooth. Veneers can correct cracks, chips, severe discoloration, or be used to make the teeth look uniform.

What are Inlays?

Dental inlays are often referred to as fillings. Inlays, or overlays, correct decay or damage to the tooth by filling the area. This procedure not only improved the physical appearance, but also can restore function.

What is a Tooth Implant?

Dental implants are a prosthetic tooth that is used to replace a tooth that is missing. This procedure also can restore function and improve the appearance. Tooth loss is detrimental to a healthy smile.

What is Composite Bonding?

Composite bonding is used to correct decayed, chipped or broken teeth. The composite material is applied, shaped and smoothed to blend with the natural tooth. It is then hardened by a high-intensity light.

What are the Major Benefits of Cosmetic Dentistry?

Many people face daily struggles with the appearance of their smile and teeth.

Job hunting or even maintaining a position can be very daunting if your physical appearance is not what is seen as "socially appealing."

Cosmetic dentistry and dental surgery can offer a person a "fresh start" not only professionally, but personally. It can restore self-confidence and genuinely help a person to feel better about themselves.

Many procedures can also restore tooth functionality and help relieve daily oral pain caused by dental decay and missing teeth.

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The most commonly recommended procedure is teeth whitening. This procedure will remove stains and yellowing from smoking, coffee, wine, and overall poor dental hygiene.

What are the Risks and Recovery Time for Most Cosmetic Dental Procedures?

Recovery times for these procedures vary depending on which procedures you have done and the extent of the work being done. Many procedures have no recovery time, and can even be done as quickly as a lunch break.

It will be important to discuss these things with your cosmetic dentist before your procedure.

As with any medical procedure, there are risks involved, no matter how minor the procedure. Many of those risks are associated with anesthesia. It is important to discuss these risks with your cosmetic dentist or dental clinic

Am I a Good Candidate for Cosmetic Dentistry?

If you have any issues concerning the appearance or function of your teeth and smile, and you are in good overall health with healthy gums, you may be a good candidate for cosmetic dentistry.

Restrictions vary by procedure, and you'll need to consult with a professional surgeon to assess your appropriateness for each one.

If you have questions, feel free to fill in the form at the top right and we will help arrange a free consultation with a board certified cosmetic dentist. For immediate assistance, please call the toll free number at the top of the page.

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