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What Are the Most Popular Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures?

By Joe McIntyre, DDS on November 25, 2016

A woman smilingCosmetic dentistry refers to procedures that are performed to improve the overall look and appearance of the smile. That means enhancing the teeth and the gums to improve confidence and an overall sense of self. So many patients come to our Bridgewater cosmetic dentistry practice to give their smiles a complete makeover.

While there are certain health aspects to cosmetic dentistry--a healthy smile looks good as well--cosmetic dentistry treatments tend to focus on aesthetics per se. Right now, we'd like to go over some of the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments that dentists offer their patients.

Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening treatment is by far one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures in the world. Many people are under the impression that the stained or discolored part of a tooth is removed during teeth whitening treatment. In reality, the teeth whitening process bleaches the stained tooth structure rather than removing the stain itself. In the process, the stain fades from the tooth, and people have smiles that are brighter and whiter.

On the whole, professional teeth whitening is far safer and more effective than over-the-counter products that people can use at home.

Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is another popular option to address minor aesthetic problems. Also known as tooth bonding, this procedure involved the use of a tooth-colored resin that is painted directed onto a person's tooth. When polished and dried, the resin blends in seamless with the tooth enamel, making the tooth look pristine.

Dental bonding is an ideal option for treating minor chips, minor cracks, small stains, and even tiny gaps and spaces between the teeth.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers have been growing in popularity over the years given how versatile and effective they are in treating aesthetic flaws. These thin shells of dental ceramic fit over the fronts of a tooth. In essence, your tooth wears a mask that hides imperfections from view. Since porcelain veneers are ultra-thin and semi-translucent, light passes through them just like natural tooth structure. This means that the veneers look just like your natural teeth.

Porcelain veneers are great for treating chips, cracks, discoloration, stains, gaps, and issues with smile asymmetry. Sometimes multiple problems on multiple teeth can be solved just by placing a few veneers.

Gum Reshaping and Contouring

The gumline can have a major impact on your appearance. If you have prominent gums, you might feel self-conscious about laughing and smiling around others. Thankfully there are modern solutions for gumline problems. Thanks to the use of soft tissue lasers, dentists and oral surgeons are able to reshape the gumline. This improved the look of a smile and can potentially improve periodontal health as well.

Total Smile Makeovers

When there are many problems affecting a smile, combining solutions is the ideal route to take. Smile makeovers refer to combinations of the procedures listed above, custom-tailored to meet the needs of patients.

Learn More About Cosmetic Dentistry

For more information about your many aesthetic treatment options available, be sure to contact our team of cosmetic dentistry experts today. Our team is here to help you smile with renewed confidence.

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