Aside from playing a frontline role in helping individuals and families to maintain good oral health, general dentists also offer a variety of services aimed at improving their patients' smiles. The various dental services available for fixing people's smiles are collectively known as cosmetic dentistry services.

Continue reading to acquaint yourself with some of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures that dentists perform.

Dental crowns

Want to fix chipped, broken, or severely discoloured teeth? Dental crowns can fix all these problems in a single treatment. But what are dental crowns and how do they work?

In cosmetic dentistry, a crown is a tooth-shaped covering that is used to restore the appearance of a damaged or discoloured tooth, and even improve its strength. It can be made from a variety of materials, including metals, porcelain, ceramic, and composite resin.

Dental veneers

Typically made of porcelain, ceramic, or composite resin material, veneers are thin, tooth-coloured shells that are permanently attached to the front surface of teeth to hide visible blemishes. While they're primarily designed to enhance a patient's smile, veneers are strong enough to protect the surface of a tooth from damage.

Teeth whitening

As the name suggests, teeth whitening is designed to help patients achieve a whiter, brighter smile. Different types of whitening treatments are available, but they all require the use of a whitening agent and fall into two main categories: at-home whitening and in-office whitening.

At-home whitening involves the use of self-administered, over-the-counter whitening products while in-office whitening requires getting your teeth whitened while sitting in the dental chair. Each teeth whitening option offers unique advantages and disadvantages that should be carefully assessed before undergoing any teeth whitening treatment. 

Make sure you consult your dentist before trying any teeth whitening products or treatments.

Dental bonding

This is the application of a tooth-coloured resin material to a tooth to help to improve the aesthetics of a patient's smile. The resin material is attached using dental adhesive and cured-in-place using a special light. This simple, relatively inexpensive cosmetic dental procedure is suitable for patients with chipped, cracked, or broken teeth.

When it comes to cosmetic dental treatments, every patient is different. While some patients may benefit from receiving one type of treatment only, others may require a combination of two or more treatments to achieve a beautiful smile. No matter what is stopping you from sharing your smile with the world, your regular dentist can recommend an effective cosmetic dental treatment plan for you.

For more information, reach out to a dentist.