What is Cosmetic Dentistry?

If you are experiencing stained, discolored, chipped, or even misaligned teeth, cosmetic dentistry might be your best option. With cosmetic dentistry, a “smile” makeover can improve the appearance of your teeth through one or more procedures.

Through this process, a cosmetic dentist will work with you to develop the best treatment plan that suits your needs. If you are interested in cosmetic dentistry, or just want some more information about it, then check out these options. 

Cosmetic Dentistry Definition

Cosmetic dentistry refers to the dental work that is done to improve the appearance of your teeth, gums, or bite. With cosmetic dentistry, the most dentist typically focuses on aesthetics like:

  • Color
  • Position
  • Shape
  • Size
  • Alignment

Cosmetic dentistry is all about the looks. So, if you are needing help with the functionality of your teeth or mouth, then cosmetic dentistry might not be the best option. 

The Types of Cosmetic Dentistry


Teeth whitening is one of the easiest, and least expensive, ways to improve your smile. It is a simple procedure that can be done right here in our office. We know there are many over the counter options for whitening your teeth. Therefore, dental office whitening techniques are proven to be the most effective. 

If an in-office whitening procedure is not in the books for you, we can help recommend over the counter products as well. There are many options when it comes to teeth whitening, such as whitening strips, gels, toothpaste, rinses, etc. So, talking with your dentist is very important for finding the best option for your teeth whitening adventure. 

Dental Bonding

If you have chipped or cracked teeth, dental bonding may just be for you. This inexpensive and easy procedure takes a tooth-colored, putty-like resin and applies it to your teeth. Ultraviolet laser light is shined on it to bond the material to your teeth. Afterward, the dentist will trim, shape, and polish it to make it look natural. 

Dental bonding is a great way to repair decayed, chipped, cracked, or even misshapen teeth. Our dental bonding is a great alternative for silver fillings and only takes about 30 to 60 minutes to do. 


Dental veneers are paper-thin, custom made shells that cover the front surface of your teeth. Veneers are a permanent cosmetic piece that changes the color, shape, and size of your tooth.  They come with a price ranging from $500-$1,300 per tooth. 

The veneer process is more complex than most other dental cosmetics. First, before applying the veneer, the dentist will have to first shave down the tooth to make it smaller. Secondly, the veneer will be bonded (cemented) to your teeth. Finally, remember, this is a permanent cosmetic piece so make sure you have done your research. 


A crown, or also called a cap, fits perfectly over your decayed or damaged tooth. The crown sits above your gum line to help restore the tooth’s shape, size, strength, and appearance. If you experience weak or damaged teeth, a crown would help hold your tooth together and prevent other damage. Crowns can be made from metal, porcelain fused to metal, resin, or ceramic materials. Crowns are on the pricier side, so make sure you talk to your dentist about this option. 

Dental Implants

A dental implant is a titanium replacement that has its roots inserted into the bone socket of your missing tooth. As your jawbone heals, it will grow around the implanted metal replacement, anchoring it in your jaw and providing a foundation for a future replacement tooth. 

Schedule an appointment with Westdale Dental today and receive the brighter, whiter smile you deserve.


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