The ultimate guide to Cosmetic Dentistry


Over the last few years cosmetic dentistry has evolved to become more affordable and accessible. So, if you’re like many people and not entirely happy with your smile, it may help to know you have options.

Having a beautiful smile is something which many of us consider important to our overall presentation and confidence. Just like eating a healthy diet and exercising helps us to feel and look our best, how we prioritise our teeth and oral health makes a huge difference to our appearance and general well-being.

You’re probably not alone

You’re likely to find that at least a few of your friends have had some type of dental work done or are considering it, especially those with great teeth. Genetics, environment and good old-fashioned luck play a big role in the type of teeth and smile we have as individuals. Fortunately, we have a range of options when it comes to improving our smile and boosting our confidence.

What is the goal of cosmetic dentistry?

The goal of cosmetic dentistry is to improve the appearance and function of the teeth, gums, bite or smile. It is generally focused on one or a range of treatments including crowns, bridges, veneers, tooth whitening, dental implants and tooth-coloured fillings. And although each treatment is different, the goal of cosmetic dentistry is essentially the same – to create a more natural smile, improving both the look of the teeth and the way they work.

[1] Some cosmetic work is relatively straightforward, for example, tooth whitening, while other treatments are more complex and build on a series of steps that progress toward an end goal such as clear aligners and orthodontics.

What common treatments are considered cosmetic dentistry?

  1. Teeth whitening – lightens the colour of the teeth.
  2. Crowns/bridges – are a fixed solution to missing or damaged teeth.
  3. Dental veneers – are a thin porcelain or resin facing which are attached to the front of the tooth.
  4. Tooth bonding – where a hard resin is applied to damaged parts of the teeth or to fill gaps.
  5. Dental implants – are a replacement root for a tooth that is bonded with the bone in the jaw. A crown is then made to match the surrounding teeth to fill the gap formed by the missing tooth.
  6. Orthodontics – are devices which straighten teeth, so they are aligned. Commonly called ‘braces’, orthodontic appliances can be attached to the front or back of the teeth, or made from clear plastic trays known as clear aligners.

Look after the basics first

If you’re considering having dental cosmetic work done, book an appointment with your dentist. They can examine your mouth and provide you with options to improve your smile. Brushing twice each day, flossing daily and caring for your teeth and gums are dental care basics. Often, the success of any cosmetic treatment relies on good oral health foundations. Speak with your dentist about what’s right for you and start getting excited about having a brilliant smile!

Book an appointment with your dentist today to discuss your options for cosmetic or any other dental care.