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Cosmetic Dentistry Options for Your Teeth

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Modern cosmetic dentistry is changing the way in which the world world smiles. With advancing technologies and the perfecting of some incredible techniques, cosmetic dentistry has come a long way in its ability to turn people’s lives around.

What is cosmetic dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry is a term used to describe any dental work that improves the appearance of a person’s teeth, gums or bite. Most people associate cosmetic dentistry with techniques such as tooth whitening, but today’s cosmetic dentistry is far more advanced. The options for change are now endless, and never before have smiles looked so bright, straight and contoured.

Common dentistry options include:

  • The addition of a dental material

Veneers – For teeth that have been discoloured, damaged, chipped and/or cracked, veneers are a cost effective cosmetic technique designed to cover unsightly teeth. Veneers are thin strips of porcelain that are custom designed by technicians to fit directly on top of your teeth.

Crowns –For teeth that have been weakened or for a space where a tooth is missing, crowns are a good option. Crowns extend over multiple missing or damaged teeth and are made using a moulding technique performed by specially trained technicians. Most crowns are made of porcelain to match the shade of your tooth, however, gold and silver crowns are available.

A bridge –If you have one or more missing teeth, the teeth surrounding the empty space can start to shift and move, throwing off the balance of your smile. To eliminate this from happening, a bridge, which typically consists of a crown on both bookending teeth, can be put in place. Essentially, a bridge is a false tooth where a real tooth once stood.

Implants –Dental implants are a fantastic alternative to bridgework and provide a long-term solution for missing, broken or weakened teeth. An implant will be surgically inserted into your jawbone and will provide a base for a crown to be attached. While much more permanent, dental implants can be very costly.

  • The removal of tooth structure or gums

shutterstock_129350828Enameloplasty – If fast results that involve very little pain is what you are after, enameloplasty (enamel shaping) is the process in which a dentist can reshape the tooth by filing or removing some of the enamel.

Gingivectomy – If gum disease cannot be cured with antibiotics or root planing and scaling, gingivectomy is the next step. Gingivectomy removes and reshapes loose, diseased gum tissue to get rid of pockets between the teeth and gums.

  • Bleaching and depigmentation

Teeth whitening – Teeth can be affected by sources such as cigarettes, coffee and soda, and over time teeth become dull, yellow or even a dark brown. To remove stains, restorative teeth whitening techniques, such as non-invasive whitening gel can be applied. As tooth whiteners are essentially bleach, dentist-supervised treatments are far superior to over-the-counter products.

Gum depigmentation – Excessive melanin can cause black spots or patching on the gums, and gum depigmentation is a great way to remove this. Gum depigmentation brings gums back to their original pinkish colour.


Orthodontics are not just for kids, and an increasing number of adults are seeking treatment from orthodontists for cosmetic purposes. Orthodontics can help correct buck, crooked or overcrowded teeth, as well as an improper bite.

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