Cosmetic dentistry covers a wide range of dental procedures. These operations are designed to improve your smile to ensure you are confident with when you open your mouth. Cosmetic dentistry can help correct gaps, missing teeth, chipped teeth, and other dental issues. Learn more about the different cosmetic dental options available to determine what type of cosmetic dentistry is right for you.

Getting Crowns

Crowns are one of the most detailed cosmetic dental procedures. The process of getting crowns is usually used to correct misshapen teeth, either due to previous dental operations or after a root canal. A crown is essentially a covering that will remain in place for years to come. In general, crowns are used when simpler cosmetic options are not viable.


Bleaching is used to whiten teeth and remove stains. Coffee, cigarettes, and natural discolorations can lead to staining. While there are bleaching options that can be performed at home, an in­office bleaching procedure can be more effective. This is commonly a simple procedure and involves the use of a whitening solution.


Bonding is actually a material and it is normally applied to help close gaps or even adjust the coloring of your teeth. Getting bonding is often a simple procedure and only requires one visit to the office. Compared to other cosmetic dental options, bonding is more prone to stains and the possibility of chipping. For minor corrections, bonding is an affordable options and should last several years before needing to be touched up or corrected.


In addition crowns for major problems and bonding for minor stains or chipping is the process of getting veneers. Veneers are more affordable than crowns and a step above bonding. Actually, veneers are made from either porcelain  or plastic and are placed on top of the teeth. This can be used to help discoloration, misshapen teeth, and other dental issues. When getting veneers, a mold is made from teeth and a custom veneer is created. This custom veneer is then attached to your teeth. Porcelain veneers may require more work and cost a little more than plastic veneers, but have a longer lifespan.


Contouring is another cosmetic procedure that could be a viable option depending on your needs. Contouring involves reshaping crooked or misshapen teeth. You can use contouring to adjust the length of teeth and correct the positioning of your teeth. In general, contouring is used for minor adjustments and is sometimes used along with bonding to fix a smile.

Choosing the Right Procedure

Those are some of the most common dental procedures used in cosmetic dentistry. While the information provided may help you understand what these procedures can help you with, the best way to determine which dental operation is right for you is to schedule a dental appointment.

I provide all types of cosmetic dental operations and can work with you to pick an option that meets your specific needs and wants. Your first step is to set up an initial consultation so that we can take a look at your teeth and possibly perform an x­ray to get a better picture of the current condition of your teeth. From there, we will go over all the options and pick a treatment that will allow you to feel comfortable with your smile. Together, we will come up with a solution that fits your budget or insurance requirements and allows you to enjoy the appearance of your teeth. From basic bleaching to crowning and contouring, I would love to work with you to create a better smile.

Allow me to help you with your smile. Contact me today to setup your cosmetic dentistry appointment.