Your Quick Guide on Cosmetic Dentistry

A woman in floral top smiling with her cosmetic dentistry smile
A woman in floral top smiling with her cosmetic dentistry smile

What is cosmetic dentistry?

Short answer:

Cosmetic dentistry is a type of dentistry focusing on improving the appearance of your smile.

If you don’t like the way your smile looks, this is right up your alley.

Interested in learning more, like types of treatments and benefits?

Carry on reading!

The full cosmetic dentistry definition

Cosmetic dentistry refers to any dental treatment that improves the look of your teeth, gums, and bite.

Cosmetic dentistry is heavily focused on the art or aesthetics of your smile, including color, position, size, shape, alignment, symmetry, balance, and overall appearance.

However, it also uses science and technology to provide treatments that benefit your oral health and function and are effective and long-lasting.

What are the benefits of cosmetic dentistry?

This goes without saying:

#1 Your smile’s attractiveness!

This is the most noticeable benefit of cosmetic dentistry.

Your smile will look better and be more attractive in the eyes of others, but most importantly, yourself.

#2 Self-esteem boost

When you look good, you feel good.

And when you’re able to show off your smile without hesitation, laugh freely, and speak naturally, you’ll instantly have more self-confidence.

#3 Look youthful

Teeth show your age. But with cosmetic work, like whitening your teeth or fixing worn-down teeth, you’ll look years (maybe decades) younger.

#4 Improved diet

When done right, cosmetic dental work will help improve your bite function, making eating more comfortable and helping your digestion.

Plus, you’ll want to preserve your new smile, so you’ll likely keep an eye on harmful foods and drinks like soda.

Click here to hear how we improved this patient’s ability to chew with dental implants.

#5 Better oral health

Again, your dentist can use cosmetic treatments for another reason: Improve your dental health! Such as removing decay or aligning your teeth to make cleaning easier.

Click here to see how this Invisalign patient improved his oral health.

What can cosmetic dentistry fix?

From minor smile flaws to full-scale smile makeovers, cosmetic dentistry does it all.

Most commonly, cosmetic dentistry fixes teeth that are:

  • Stained
  • Discolored
  • Chipped, cracked, or fractured
  • Broken
  • Too short or long
  • Too small or big
  • Misshapen
  • Irregular shaped
  • Uneven
  • Misaligned
  • Crooked or crowded
  • Gapped or spaced
  • Gummy-looking
  • Worn-down

And the list goes on!

Types of cosmetic dentistry treatments

In alphabetical order, cosmetic dental treatments include:

Crowns

These tooth-shaped caps cover your tooth’s entire circumference, making them look better while also benefiting the structure and function.

Dental bonding

Also referred to as tooth bonding or cosmetic bonding, it adds tooth-colored material onto your tooth to change its shape and size.

It’s affordable and quick!

Enamel shaping

Also called enamel contouring, this involves reshaping a tooth along its edge.

It’s also affordable, quick, and painless!

Gum reshaping

Removing excess gum tissue (gummy smiles) helps your teeth look longer. Gum contouring is also used when the gum line is unsymmetrical.

Orthodontics

Braces and clear aligners (like Invisalign®) straighten teeth to improve functionality, oral health, and appearance.

Smile design

This uses a combination of dental procedures to create the ultimate smile makeover.

Teeth whitening

Tooth whitening is a cost-effective way to enhance your smile without making any structural changes.

Veneers

These thin-shells get placed over the front of your teeth to subtly or dramatically improve your smile. This is often the secret to getting that celebrity-worthy smile!

Other treatments that improve your smile but are officially classified as “restorative dentistry” include:

Dental implants

When you’re missing a tooth or have a severely damaged or decayed tooth, a dental implant will replace it entirely from root to crown. It’s built to last and looks completely natural.

Metal-free fillings

Composite fillings use tooth-colored material to restore a tooth after a cavity instead of unsightly metal fillings.

What’s the difference between a general dentist and a cosmetic dentist?

Quick answer:

Skills and experience!

Cosmetic dentists don’t require additional certification like periodontists or orthodontists. So when you’re looking for the “best cosmetic dentist near me,” make sure you look for:

Speaking of…

Looking for a cosmetic dentist in the Greater Seattle Area?

Meet Dr. Dominick Curalli!

Our Ballard cosmetic dentist comes highly recommended by countless happy, smiling patients.

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Our dental office is located in Ballard, WA… This text opens a new tab to our Google page…, and serves communities across Seattle, including Greenwood, Queen Anne, West Seattle, Fremont, Northgate, and Shoreline.

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