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What Is Cosmetic Dentistry?: Procedures, Benefits, and FAQs

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Cosmetic dentistry is dentistry that takes care of the general appearance of your teeth, gums, and/or bite. Restorative dentistry and cosmetic dentistry overlap each other, for instance, they both use dental implants and crowns for teeth restoration, but there is a difference between the two. A restorative dentist has the goal of achieving a set of fully functioning teeth, while the cosmetic dentist corrects the teeth’ functioning but he also tries to bring to life the individual’s idea of what a perfect smile should look like. Dental treatments are considered cosmetic when they involve aesthetic enhancements to your teeth.

Modern cosmetic dentistry can give you a great smile if you have gaps between your teeth, your teeth are misshapen, misaligned, discolored, stained, chipped, broken, or worn. Through one or more cosmetic dentistry procedures, you can finally get the smile you have always wanted. 

Types of Cosmetic Dental Procedures

Cosmetic dentistry requires advanced technical skills and an artistic eye. Our qualified dentists at Modern Day Smiles are well known for delivering stunning results that look natural with exceptional care. While some of the cosmetic procedures require specialized care and are more complex, most of them are fairly simple. 

Teeth Whitening

One of the simplest ways to improve your smiles is teeth whitening. Firstly, your dentist will clean your teeth from any plaque or tartar that might have appeared on your teeth. Then he will use a bleaching or whitening solution on them. With teeth whitening, you can achieve shades that are lighter than your natural tooth color.

Dental Veneers 

Dental veneers are thin shells that are custom-made of resin or porcelain and they cover the surface of the teeth. They are bonded to the front of the teeth after removing a small amount of enamel from your tooth. They can be used to change the size, color, shape, or length of your teeth. They can also be used to fix issues like cracked enamel, crocked teeth, or a gap between the teeth. 

Dental Bonding

With dental bonding, a resin that is tooth-colored is applied to the tooth and then solidified with a laser or ultraviolet light which bonds the material to the tooth. Then, it is trimmed, shaped, and polished by your dentist. Bonding can fix misshapen, chipped, cracked, or decayed teeth.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are made out of titanium and are usually used in order to replace missing teeth. For this procedure, a small screw will be surgically inserted into your jawbone. Once the screw has healed, it will serve as a support for the implant’s crown.   

Dental Crowns

A dental crown fits over the entire damaged or decayed tooth above the gum line. They can be made from metal, ceramic, ceramic-on-mental, porcelain-fused-to-metal, or resin. Crowns can be used to cover severely discolored or misshapen teeth or to hold a cracked tooth together. 

Inlays and Onlays 

Indirect fillings, also known as inlays and onlays, are made from composite materials, porcelain, or gold and fill damaged or decayed teeth. They are created in a dental laboratory and molded into place by your dentist. When the filling is bonded in the midpoint of the tooth it is called an “Inlay”, and when the filling includes one or more points of the tooth it is called an “onlay”.  

The Many Benefits of Cosmetic Dentistry


With the help of cosmetic dentistry, you can make your smile better while improving your oral help. But in order to get the maximum benefits of your procedures, it is important you select the right dentist. Here are some of the advantages of cosmetic surgery: 

  • Improved dental health – Other than improving your appearance, cosmetic dentistry helps you in preventing future dental problems. For instance, you can prevent damage to the gums and bone with dental implants and you can prevent your teeth from deterioration with dental crowns. Cosmetic dentistry alongside regular dental checkups and good oral hygiene will improve your overall dental health.
  • Improved diet – Having a missing or damaged tooth or having an uneven bite can cause difficulties in your ability to chew food. Cosmetic procedures like inlays and onlays will strengthen your bite, thus improving your chewing.
  • Improved finances – When you treat your teeth in time, you will prevent potentially bigger issues in the future that ask for more complex and expensive dental procedures. 
  • Improved self-confidence – A perfect smile will give you an enormous amount of self-confidence, which impacts every aspect of our lives like our professional careers and personal relationships. 

Cosmetic Dentistry FAQs

We have rounded up some commonly asked questions about cosmetic dentistry. These questions will help you gain a deeper understanding of any unclarities you might have regarding the procedures.

Q: Will my new smile be permanent? 

A: If you regularly visit your dentist and take good care of your teeth, modern materials can last for years and even decades. What will extend the life of the dental procedures is excellent maintenance. 

Q: Will I have cavities if I get veneers?

A: As long as you take proper care of your teeth there is no lower or higher chance of tooth decay with veneers. 

Q: How much will it cost to get a perfect smile?

A: The cost will vary depending on the difficulty of the procedures and the amount of time required to do them. To find out the exact amount of money you will need for fixing your smile, schedule a consultation with the dentist, and make a plan to reach your goals.

Q: Will porcelain veneers stain?

A: Porcelain veneers should never stain.

Q: How long does teeth whitening last?

A: Teeth whitening usually lasts from six months to two years. To help preserve the results, you should avoid smoking and drinking coffee and red wine because it can cause staining.

Q: Is teeth whitening safe?

A: When carried out by a professional, teeth whitening is perfectly safe. You can also use fluoride and calcium sulfate to protect your teeth enamel.

Make an Appointment Today!

At Modern Day Smiles, we offer a $100 discount on major procedures for our new patients. Make an appointment by calling (727) 322-0505 for our dental clinic in St. Petersburg or (813) 890-0044 for our dental clinic in Tampa and get the smile you have always dreamed of!