5 Types of Cosmetic Dentistry

Want to perfect your pearly whites with some cosmetic dentistry? At Smile Artistry, we’re experts in beautifying smiles of all shapes and sizes, and can work with you to determine which cosmetic dentistry treatment is right for you.

Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is one of the most common and affordable cosmetic dentistry treatments. It is a fast, painless and inexpensive means of transforming your smile and making you look younger and healthier. Tooth discolouration can be caused by smoking, drinking coffee, eating some foods, or simply as a result of the natural aging process.

Bleaching, or whitening, teeth to a lighter, natural, shade can promote a more youthful look, and there are many teeth whitening products and treatments available. The most effective, long-lasting and safe methods of teeth whitening are performed by a cosmetic dentistry professional, or recommended by a dentist as a take-home product.

Porcelain Veneers

Veneers are an increasingly popular cosmetic dentistry option for people looking to enhance their smile, and are commonly chosen to remedy aesthetic dental imperfections, such as

  • Misaligned teeth
  • Teeth that are discoloured, worn down or chipped
  • Teeth that have prominent gaps between them, whereby veneers are used to close the spaces between teeth.

Porcelain veneers are very thin, and are custom-made to fit over the top of, and be bonded to, natural teeth. Porcelain veneers generally last between 5 and 10 years when care for properly, and when good oral hygiene and regular dental checkups are maintained.

Porcelain Crowns

Like veneers, porcelain crowns are designed to enhance and correct the aesthetic look of your teeth, but they are also used to fix tooth functionality. Unlike veneers, which are bonded to the front of the teeth, crowns are tooth-shaped caps designed to completely cover a tooth (or teeth), and are fantastic options for people looking to

  • Cover a discoloured or malformed tooth,
  • Restore a broken tooth
  • Protect a weakened tooth from breaking.

Porcelain crowns are very durable, and generally last between 10 and 20 years with proper care and regular checkups.

Gum Lifts

Also known as a gingivectomy, a gum lift is a cosmetic dentistry procedure where the gums are reshaped to result in a more aesthetically pleasing smile. In most cases, people will choose a gum lift if they have a ‘gummy’ smile, where the gums have not fully receded after the adult teeth erupt, or in cases where people’s lips allow a lot of gum to show when they smile.

Gum lifts are generally only needed on the front teeth – as these are more visible when smiling and speaking – and technological dentistry advancements have ensured that gum lift treatments are now far less invasive and painful than they have been in the past. Nowadays, cosmetic dentistry professionals use lasers to reshape the gums, resulting in minimal bleeding, and faster healing times.

Clear ALIgners

Cosmetic dentistry includes orthodontic treatments such as teeth straightening, to move teeth into their correct alignment for a more beautiful smile. While metal braces have traditionally been the only option to attain straight teeth, IClear Aligners take the concept and technology to a whole new level, allowing an increasing number of people to perfect their pearly whites with cosmetic dentistry, without sporting metal braces in adulthood.

They are fantastic for people with tooth crowding, spacing, crossbites, overbites and underbites. Clear Aligners offer a modern method of attaining straight teeth, using a unique, clear series of custom-made invisible aligners. Made from smooth plastic that is comfortable to wear, Invisalign aligners gradually and gently shift your teeth into perfect alignment, and new aligner trays are fitted every couple of weeks until your treatment is complete.