3 Common Cosmetic Dental Procedures to Brighten Your Smile


Most people only think of a dentist when they have something wrong with their teeth, or they're going for a checkup. That's not the only reason to visit a dentist office, though. Cosmetic dental services can be just as much, if not more, of a reason to make an appointment. 

There are numerous reasons why you might visit a cosmetic dentist. It can be something as simple as wanting to improve your smile or as intricate as fixing dental abnormalities. When you visit cosmetic dentists, you might receive one of these common cosmetic dental procedures.

Dental Bonding
If you have a chipped tooth or have large imperfections on the surface of a tooth, you might undergo a dental bonding procedure. The dentist will examine the afflicted tooth or teeth and make any necessary preparations, such as roughening the tooth to create a stronger bond. The dentist will then apply a composite resin material to the tooth. The composite resin is available in a variety of shades to help match the natural color of your teeth. The dentist will sculpt the resin to your tooth to cover the afflicted area and simulate a natural looking tooth. Often, this procedure requires no more than a single visit to your cosmetic dentist.

Tooth contouring and reshaping can provide a quick and non-invasive method of correction for dental issues such as overlaps, grooved enamel, chipped teeth, and other imperfections. The dentist polishes the tooth, which removes a small portion of enamel, and then he or she will reshape the tooth. However, this procedure is only possible after the dentist confirms that the tooth is strong enough to withstand a loss of enamel. The dentist will finish the procedure by smoothing the edges of the tooth. 

Tooth Whitening
Probably the most notorious cosmetic dental procedure, tooth whitening can remove stains from the consumption of liquids such as coffee and wine. A bleaching gel is spread on your teeth, which penetrates the enamel and dentin and removes the stains. How often this procedure is required will depend on the type and severity of the stain. 

Even though you may not think about it too often, dentistry is a common aspect of life. Approximately 127.6 million adults visited a dentist in the United States in 2017 for a range of dental care procedures. So if you're uncomfortable with your smile and want to gain your confidence back, consider cosmetic dentistry.

For all of your cosmetic dental care needs, give us a call today. We provide quality service to ensure your smile is runway ready.

Jeff Raschka