Cosmetic Dentistry

Aesthetic dentistry for the perfect smile

By Brandie Umar, Executive Director of ContentLast modified: March 01, 2011

Cosmetic Dentistry

Everybody longs for symmetrical, white shiny teeth and healthy gums. For most people, teeth are never as white as they'd like and could always be slightly straighter. Cosmetically altering teeth for perfect alignment has become an affordable option and teeth whitening is now as easy as brushing your teeth.

Combine reconstructive dental surgery with cosmetic dental work and ensure your teeth look as healthy as they feel.

Whatever your dental needs, wherever you are in the world can help you locate a dentist or orthodontist to give you healthy gums and perfect teeth.  

Cracked or Missing Teeth

Restorative dentistry is the option you must take to fix your imperfect smile, not just for the look of your smile but most importantly for your oral health and well being.

Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are artificial 'caps' used in restorative and cosmetic dentistry to restore damaged teeth. Dental crowns are widely used in conjunction with other treatments such as dental bridges or dental implants because of their ability to correct for a number of different tooth blemishes. In treating stains, cracks, chips, spacing and misalignment, dental crowns are popular options for patients wanting to enhance their smiles.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are cosmetic prosthesis that fuse with the jaw bone to replace missing teeth. Generally made from titanium, dental implants are extremely durable and virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth. Dental implants offer patients an effective solution to gaps in their mouth. Dental implants can treat a single missing toothas well as multiple missing teeth

Dental Veneers

Veneers are restorative materials used in cosmetic dentistry to correct for stains, chips or misaligned teeth. Veneers allow people to gain confidence in their smiles by making teeth whiter, brighter, and better surfaced. There are different types of veneers available to patients depending on their specific needs. 


Dentures are prosthetic materials used in cosmetic dentistry to treat missing teeth. Dentures are usually applied by a prosthodontist who specializes in restorative dentistry. Dentures are usually removable and treat both partially missing teeth as well as complete missing teeth. Tooth decay, periodontal disease, and trauma can cause teeth to fall out. Dentures offer a solution to large numbers of missing teeth and allow patients to regain their bite, speech, and confidence. 

Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is a cosmetic dentistry procedure that whitens the color of your teeth. Teeth whitening solutions contain peroxide that bleach the enamel of teeth to make them whiter. By whitening the pigment of the teeth, teeth whitening drastically improves one's smile and enhances overall confidence. Pearly white teeth have become an increasingly popular trend, which has made teeth whitening one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures today.

Dental Bridges

Dental bridges are restorative dental procedures that replace a missing tooth or teeth. Using a fake tooth, dentists fill the empty space and "bridge" the gap by connecting the adjacent teeth. Dental bridges enhance one's appearance as well as prevent against bacteria buildup common in places of missing teeth. 

Tooth Contouring and Reshaping

When you have small problems with your teeth, like a chipped tooth, a worn down tooth or grooves in your teeth you know that perfect smile is just not there.These minor problems can be fixed a dentist using the tooth contouring and reshaping procedure.

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