Cosmetic dentistry encompasses dental procedures that are designed to change the overall appearance of your teeth and gums. This can include dental veneers and teeth whitening, and other procedures that can help to improve the health of your teeth in addition to appearance. These procedures include dental bonding, white fillings and porcelain crowns and bridges.
Some people will also use cosmetic dentistry to change the look of their gums, such as for a “gummy smile” where too much gum is shown when smiling. Certain orthodontic braces are also considered to be cosmetic as they concentrate on making minor changes to the teeth that are visible when smiling rather than making major changes to the way teeth bite together. Cosmetic braces produce results within just a few weeks or months, and are ideal for correcting that wonky front tooth, but they will not make any major changes to the way your teeth are arranged.
It’s possible your dentist will suggest a treatment plan using multiple cosmetic dental procedures. This is because it can be more cost effective than using a single cosmetic dental treatment. For example, chair-side whitening combined with a few strategically placed veneers can achieve the same results as veneering all your teeth for a much lower price.