Cosmetic Dentistry: An Overview

Cosmetic dentistry is a term defined by dentists as a series of methods intended to improve a person’s smile. There are a variety of cosmetic treatments that restore a patient’s smile, boosting their confidence. Cosmetic treatments encourage them to live their lives to the fullest, without being held back by their oral health insecurities. Here are other insightful things to know about cosmetic dentistry.

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A smile is often the first feature people notice. So, if a patient is uncomfortable when they’re smiling or laughing, it can make them feel anxious about their insecurity. In some cases, a smile is affected by a physical factor, such as a missing tooth, which can cause discomfort and makes it hard for patients to eat or talk properly. 

Alternatively, discolored teeth, chipped or missing teeth, or misaligned teeth are all common reasons why people consider cosmetic dentistry. Everyone has different motives and therefore wants different results. 

Types of Cosmetic Dentistry

There are a host of cosmetic dentistry methods to consider or that your dentist recommends. Here are just a few.

Teeth Whitening 

A popular cosmetic treatment is teeth whitening. A variety of contributors can cause tooth discoloration, like drinking coffee and red wine. Teeth whitening can remove those stains, leaving patients with a beaming smile.


Like teeth whitening, veneers are another way to solve discoloration. It’s also an effective cosmetic treatment for broken and crooked teeth. Veneers are like a thin cover made from porcelain or composite that conceals the natural teeth, covering up any imperfections. Additionally, this type of treatment is custom-made to suit the patient. 


Dental implants are a popular choice in cosmetic dentistry as they help patients who have missing teeth. This procedure requires a local anesthetic, as the implant is a metal device surgically screwed into the jaw. The implant replaces the missing tooth. And once completed, the patient will have a full set of teeth, so they can walk away with the perfect smile. 


Patients with a broken tooth might find it uncomfortable when eating or talking. That’s why a crown is the ideal cosmetic treatment to repair it. The crown itself is a cap that fits over the patient’s tooth, disguising the natural broken tooth. Not only will this look aesthetically pleasing, but from a practical perspective, the crown, which is made from acrylic or porcelain, can accommodate biting pressure for eating. 


Many adults choose to undergo orthodontics to straighten their teeth. Braces come in fixed or removable forms, making them customizable for the patient. Also, alignment with orthodontics is a gradual process that, over time, will straighten the teeth into place. 

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If you’re considering cosmetic dentistry, then speak to a member of the Kozlow and Rowell team today and find out more.

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