What Exactly Is Involved in Cosmetic Dentistry?

July 25, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — dooley @ 3:10 pm
a woman smiling and thinking about cosmetic dentistry

Not feeling very happy or confident about your smile? The good news is that you don’t have to settle for pearly whites you can’t feel proud to show off. Cosmetic dentistry can help improve a wide range of flaws that you might be experiencing, such as chips, cracks, stains, or misalignment issues. To help you achieve your dream look, here are some of the treatments that you might consider.

Teeth Whitening

One of the most common dental imperfections that people experience is dental staining and discoloration. This can occur due to aging, indulging in dark-colored foods/drinks, and using tobacco products. Whatever the reason, your dentist may be able to improve the shade of your smile with professional teeth whitening. With either a single in-office appointment or through an at-home treatment, you’ll be free to show off a proud grin in no time!

Dental Bonding

Some patients struggle with minor damages or flaws in their teeth, such as small chips, cracks, or stains. A simple and non-invasive way to fix these problems can be through dental bonding. Your dentist can use composite resin to mold your pearly whites into their perfect shape, size, and color before using a special curing light to harden the material. Afterward, you can be sure to appreciate your dazzling results for 10 years or more with proper care.


Similar to dental bonding, veneers are typically custom-crafted porcelain shells that are designed to cover the front of a tooth that has aesthetic issues. This treatment does involve a minimally invasive procedure to remove a tiny portion of the enamel to make room for the shells. However, you can make the most of your beautified smile for 15 years or more, and the process only requires two appointments to complete.


If you’re struggling with crooked, overcrowded, or gapped teeth, you might be eligible for Invisalign. Instead of using metal wires and brackets, your dentist can provide you with a series of custom clear trays to gradually improve your bite. Once your process is completed, you’ll only need to wear retainers to maintain your newly straightened smile for the rest of your life.

Cosmetic dentistry involves a wide range of services that can greatly enhance your grin. If you want to boost your confidence or address minor dental flaws, speak with your dentist and they’ll be happy to help you reach your goals!

About the Author

With almost four decades of experience, Dr. Edward J. Dooley is passionate about going the extra mile to improve smiles. He studied at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine and is a member of several organizations, including the American Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry. If you wish to learn more about cosmetic dental services, feel free to visit our website or call our office at 732-974-2288.

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