Cosmetic Dentistry

All About Cosmetic Dentistry

smile-large5 Cosmetic DentistryThe practice of cosmetic dentistry can encompass everything from very minor procedures to major dental repairs that may take months or even years. All of this done to give the patient the best possible smile while ensuring sound dental health. There are many techniques and options for treating teeth that are damaged or discolored, or that have a host of other problems. Some of these procedures are not just for cosmetic purposes. Some of them can improve problems such as a bad bite.

Here is a rundown of the more common cosmetic dental procedures.


This is a common and very popular cosmetic dental procedure. It is a chemical process to whiten teeth that are discolored or stained. Medications, such as certain antibiotics and asthma medications, is one of the causes of discoloration. Others include drinking tea, coffee, and dark sodas, and smoking cigarettes. Bleaching can be done at home, or in the dentist’s office.


In the bonding process, a tooth-colored material is used to fill gaps between teeth. It can also be used to change the color of teeth. It can usually be done in one office visit, and the results can last for several years. Bonding is one of the best options for teeth that are chipped or slightly decayed.


Also known as caps, crowns cover a tooth to give it a normal look, shape and function. They are used when other types of procedures are not effective. Crowns have the longest life expectancy, but are the most time consuming because they need to be created in a lab and then placed in the mouth.


Veneers are thin pieces of plastic or porcelain that are placed over the front of the teeth to change the shape and/or color. They are commonly used with teeth that are uneven, chipped, oddly shaped, discolored, or crooked. This procedure is less expensive than crowns. Veneers have a longer life and more color stability than bonding.

Contouring and Reshaping

This is a procedure used to correct crooked teeth. It also works well with teeth that are chipped, irregular, or teeth that overlap. This process can alter the length, position, and shape of teeth. It can help correct problems with a person’s bite. This process is often used along with bonding.

This is often the procedure of choice for people who have normal teeth that are healthy, but want subtle changes for a more perfect smile.

Which Procedure Is Right For You?

smile-couple2Your dentist can answer any questions you have as to which cosmetic dental procedure or combination of procedures will work best to improve your smile, and any other oral health issues you have. The appropriate procedures to address your particular needs are determined by the condition of your teeth and the results you are looking to achieve. Ask your dentist what any changes will look like, and what to expect from a treatment. Also ask what type of maintenance will be required.

No matter what your dental condition, chances are there is a cosmetic dental procedure that can help you get the results you are looking for. For more information or to book an appointment, please get in touch with us. You can give us a call at (203) 742-1027.

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Stratford, CT 06614

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