Cosmetic Dentistry Explained

Cosmetic dentistry includes procedures like teeth whitening and porcelain veneers. It is important to understand the difference between this and restorative dentistry, which focuses on restoring the function of your mouth, teeth and gums.


Unlike restorative dental work, cosmetic procedures are elective and not covered by insurance. However, it can provide a significant boost to your self-confidence and give you a more beautiful smile.

Dental implants

Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth and can be placed in conjunction with bridges or dentures. They look and feel like real teeth, allowing patients to smile with confidence. They also restore oral health by encouraging bone growth and preventing tooth loss. They are a great solution for people who have lost their natural teeth due to gum disease, tooth injury, or other reasons.

Although many people think that dental implants are cosmetic, they are not considered a restorative treatment and are therefore not covered by insurance. However, if you are a candidate for dental implants, your dentist will advise you on the benefits and costs of the procedure. During the consultation, your dentist will examine the condition of your gums and teeth, take X-rays and computer tomography scans, and perform a full mouth evaluation. This will include the use of sedation dentistry to help you relax during the treatment process.

Dental implants are a popular choice for replacing missing teeth, as they are aesthetically superior to other restorations such as dentures. They are also durable and can last for up to 25 years. While implants require surgery, the recovery is generally quick. Most patients experience some swelling and minor bruising, but prescription pain medication should alleviate any discomfort. For the first five to seven days after surgery, it is important to eat only soft foods to avoid irritating the surgical site.

Dental bonding

Teeth bonding is a quick and inexpensive cosmetic dental procedure. It can repair cracked and chipped teeth, whiten discolored teeth, fill in gaps between teeth, or lengthen short teeth. It is also one of the most commonly performed dental procedures. In addition, it is a safe, non-invasive treatment that requires no more than one office visit.

In this process, a dentist uses a tooth-colored resin material to repair a damaged or decayed surface of a tooth. The dentist first prepares the affected tooth by roughening its surface with a conditioning liquid. This makes the tooth more susceptible to the composite resin. They then apply and mold the resin to a shape that matches your existing tooth. Then, they use a blue light to harden the resin and ensure that it is secure in place.

After the tooth is bonded, the dentist will polish it to give it its natural sheen. They may also trim and shape the resin to fit your mouth. Then, they will make any final adjustments. This is a safe and quick procedure, but it does not last as long as veneers or crowns. It is also less resistant to stains.

Unlike porcelain veneers, teeth bonding does not require the removal of tooth enamel. This makes it a less invasive and cost-effective alternative to porcelain veneers. However, it is not as durable and cannot be used to fix major structural problems, such as cracks or severe decay.

Gum contouring

Gum contouring is a cosmetic treatment that can correct the shape of your gum tissue. It can also be used to repair damaged gums, such as those caused by periodontal disease. The procedure can be done in one visit, and it is relatively painless. It involves removing small amounts of soft tissue with a scalpel or a laser to reshape your gum line. After the procedure, you will have minor swelling and soreness, which can be managed with over-the-counter medication.

Many people feel self-conscious about their gummy smiles, which are caused by excess gum tissue or by the teeth appearing too short and unsymmetrical. The problem may be caused by genetics, aggressive brushing, the use of certain medications, or periodontal disease. Gum contouring can help correct the symmetry of your smile and improve your confidence.

During the process, your cosmetic dentist will remove gum tissue and reshape it to create a balanced frame for the tooth structure. This can make your teeth appear bigger and more symmetrical. However, it cannot whiten or straighten your teeth. In some cases, you may need to combine gum contouring with other types of treatment to achieve your desired appearance.

Choosing a qualified cosmetic dentist is essential to the success of gum contouring surgery. You should choose a doctor who has extensive experience in cosmetic dentistry and who offers a variety of services. You should also ask about their education, training, and credentials.

Composite bonding

Composite bonding is a quick and simple cosmetic treatment that can repair damage to teeth. It is a popular treatment for filling chips, cracks, gaps and discolouration. It is a less expensive alternative to veneers and crowns and is able to be applied directly to the tooth. The procedure is carried out in one visit to the dentist and is relatively painless.

The tooth is prepared by roughening it and conditioning the surface to help the composite resin bond. A bonding material is then put onto the tooth and sculpted until it has the desired shape. It is then hardened using a specialist curing light. Finally, the tooth is polished to a high shine.

Although the material used in composite bonding is highly durable, it does have some limitations. It is not as strong as natural enamel, and it is also not as stain-resistant. This can make it more prone to staining, particularly in patients who smoke, drink coffee and tea or regularly expose their teeth to other stains.

However, it is a highly effective solution for fixing minor aesthetic issues and can be combined with other treatments such as teeth whitening. For more information on how composite bonding can improve your smile, speak to a dentist at your nearest Bupa Dental Care practice. They will be able to advise you on whether this is the best treatment for your needs.