Some people want bright, shiny, Hollywood smiles. Some people want to align their teeth a bit better, or just lighten their teeth up a bit. Whatever amount of work you want done, one things’ the same: we’d all like healthy-looking teeth.

This is where cosmetic dentistry comes in. Cosmetic dentistry covers a wide range of services to give you that healthy, vibrant smile you’ve always wanted.

What Does Cosmetic Dentistry Include?

Cosmetic dentistry includes procedures such as

Teeth whitening

Easily the most popular form of cosmetic dentistry, and the one most people will be familiar with.

Teeth whitening comes in many forms. These break down into two main types: in-chair whitening performed in a dental chair, and at-home whitening done at your convenience.

In-chair teeth whitening is usually done in a one-hour session. It’s the more expensive of the two, but also the more effective. Because it’s done by trained professionals they can more precisely monitor the amount of whitening agent used.

At-home whitening is cheaper and more convenient, but generally won’t whiten your teeth as much as quickly as in-chair whitening. Many dentists give at-home whitening kits to patients after they’ve received in-chair whitening as a way of topping up the whitening over time.

Veneers

Veneers are thin slivers of material that go over a front tooth to restore or enhance the look of that tooth. A simple way to think of them is like fake nails for your teeth.

Veneers are great for patients who have cracked or chipped their teeth, or who were simply born with thin or oddly-shaped teeth.

Crowns

Dental crowns are both a restorative and cosmetic procedure. They restore the function and integrity of a damaged tooth while also giving them a cosmetic overhaul.

Crowns are typically used to fix cracked and broken molars, or molars that have had root canal treatment.

Teeth aligning

Cosmetic teeth aligning is a little different to traditional orthodontics. Orthodontics is a specific specialty in dentistry that can make significant changes to tooth position and jaw development.

Cosmetic teeth realignment uses much the same technology as traditional orthodontics, but with two major differences:

Firstly, they’re mostly concentrated on the front six teeth of the upper and lower jaw. These are the most visible when you’re smiling and talking to people.

Secondly, they typically do their job much faster than a course of traditional orthodontics. Realigning a whole mouth can take anywhere from one to two and a half years.

Working Together For a Smile Makeover

A Smile Makeover is an increasingly popular option for many people. Rather than just get a single kind of cosmetic dentistry done, your dentist comes up with a plan to combine as many as necessary to give you your dream smile.

Smile Makeovers regularly combine whitening, aligning, and veneers to create the smile you always wanted.