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Today, cosmetic dentistry is becoming increasingly popular, from whitening to closing gaps and replacing teeth. Most dentists today have a wide variety of techniques and tools at their disposal to improve the look of your smile. Before deciding on which cosmetic procedure to go for, it is imperative that you are aware of the risks and benefits involved in the process.

Also ensure that you are clear about its costs, the experience level of your dentist and whether special post-maintenance procedures are needed afterward. Here are five popular cosmetic dentistry procedures you might want to consider:


If you have excess space between your teeth or if they are cracked, chipped, stained or broken – bonding can help improve how your teeth look. Dentists will use bonding materials to fill small cavities or protect the exposed root of an affected tooth. This procedure can usually be done in a single visit by applying an etching solution and tooth-coloured materials. The procedure’s results can last for a few years before wearing down.

Teeth whitening

Over time, your teeth may become discoloured or stained. Some factors include taking medications, consuming foods and beverages like tea and coffee as well as smoking. Your dentist whitens or bleaches your teeth by using a chemical process, which can either be done in his or her office or provide you a home kit. Your dentist can also create a personalised mouthpiece tray that helps ensure the correct amount of whitening solution reaches your teeth. If you are like some people who want to whiten your teeth at home, do note that the process can take two or more than four weeks for the peroxide to take effect. On the other hand, in-office whitening processes only require one-hour visits.

Enamel contouring and shaping

The process of contouring and shaping enamel involves the removal of dental enamel to improve the appearance of one’s teeth. Dentists may incorporate this process with bonding and use it to alter the position of teeth, shape and length. The technique can help correct:

  • Bite problems
  • Chipped teeth
  • Overlapping or crooked teeth


Crowns, also known as caps, completely cover a tooth and help to restore its normal appearance and shape. Usually, you may need it to cover a discoloured tooth, cover a large filling, cover a dental implant, stabilise a dental bridge or protect a weak tooth. Dental crowns are versatile and can be made from ceramic, resin, metal or porcelain combined with metal.

Crowns can be quite costly and you should only opt for this if other procedures don’t work out well. In most cases, the crowns can be milled on the same business day of your appointment. When you receive your permanent crowns, it can have a long lifespan if you provide it with proper care.


Veneers are custom shells that are made from porcelain and sometimes plastic. It covers the front sides of your teeth to alter the shape or colour. Veneers can last longer than bonding and provide a more superior appearance. They are also much more affordable choices to help improve teeth that are slightly crooked, poorly shaped, permanently stained or worn.