How a Cosmetic Dentist Can Improve Your Smile

How a Cosmetic Dentist Can Improve Your Smile

How a Cosmetic Dentist Can Improve Your Smile

Cosmetic dentists have become more popular than they have ever been. These dentists have a wide array of tools and techniques they can use to improve the appearance of their patient’s smile. However, it is recommended that patients know the benefits and risks associated with a procedure before undergoing treatment.

Improve your smile with a visit to a cosmetic dentist

Some of the most popular procedures cosmetic dentists perform include:

Teeth whitening

People’s teeth become stained or discolored over time due to age, eating habits, drinks like coffee and wine as well as smoking. However, the stain or discoloration can be fixed by visiting a cosmetic dentist for teeth whitening.

The dentist will bleach the patient’s teeth and restore them to their original whiteness. This is done by either using a bleaching agent to whiten the teeth in the office or by providing the patient with a tray they can use to whiten their teeth at home.

Getting the teeth whitening done at the dentist’s office is quicker and more effective. However, the take-home tray allows patients to whiten their teeth in the convenience of their homes, which is more appealing to some people.

Dental veneers

These are wafer-thin porcelain shells that are used to cover up imperfections in the teeth and give the patient an improved smile. The shells are bonded over the surface of the teeth to change their color and shape. They can be used to cover up gaps in the teeth, a broken or chipped tooth, crooked teeth and yellow or stained teeth.

Before the cosmetic dentist places the veneers on a patient’s tooth, they will first make an impression of the tooth, then buff the tooth before cementing the veneers in place. Since the veneers are made in a dental laboratory, the procedure will require multiple trips to the dentist.


This procedure is used by cosmetic dentists to improve the appearance of the teeth if there is excess space between them or if the patient has a broken or chipped tooth. They are also used to improve the appearance of teeth that are stained or yellow.

The procedure, which is usually done in one visit, requires the cosmetic dentist to use bonding materials to fill small cavities. They also might protect an exposed tooth by applying an etching solution as well as a tooth-colored material, usually composite resin, to the surface of the tooth and wherever needed.

Dental crowns

These are also known as dental caps. They are used to improve the appearance of teeth and to protect an exposed tooth from further damage or infection.

Dentists shave off part of the damaged tooth and clean it out if there are exposed nerves or damage to the pulp. They then cover the remaining part of the tooth with the dental cap. Depending on the type of technology the dentist has, crowns can be made during the first visit or an impression of the patient’s teeth will be sent to a dental laboratory to be made, which will require a second visit.


Cosmetic dentistry is used to improve the appearance of the teeth and fix minor imperfections. If you do not like the way your teeth look and want to improve your appearance, schedule an appointment with a cosmetic dentist to find out what your treatment options are.

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