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Benefits of Cosmetic Dentistry and the Procedures Involved

Cosmetic Dentistry

Do you feel your smile isn’t quite complete? Cosmetic dentistry involves elective procedures to improve the aesthetics of your teeth and oral cavity. This might include any or all procedures like straightening, lightening, reshaping, repairing, or crafting. However, some minor surgical procedures may also include to solving dental setting problems like overbite or under-bite.

Cosmetic dentistry can improve your look and smile with simple fluoride washes and scaling procedures. These are non-painful, and simple. Usually done with within the hour. If your regular personal dental hygiene is good, these should be enough.

However, dentists may also require procedures like implants, permanent dentures, or bridges. These are a bit more complicated, and may require a few hours. Also, you will require a complete oral check-up including x-rays and bite tests before the dentist can start any procedure.

Different types of cosmetic dentistry procedures include:


  1. Dental veneers: Dental veneers are medical grade ceramic covers that match your tooth’s exact structure. Veneers are chips of fine ceramic which mimic the composition of natural enamel. However, the dentist must do a fine finishing to match any natural grooves or ribs. They cover crooked or cracked teeth, and are also useful if there are noticeable gaps between your teeth. Similar cosmetic dentistry procedures include crowns, Inlays, and Outlays.

  2. Teeth whitening: At the DM Dental Group, we generally offer a preventive teeth whitening procedure after a regular checkup. However, our cosmetic dentistry procedures include more than a fluoride wash and scaling. We start by casting a perfect bleaching tray based on your bite structure. Our whitening gel has carbide peroxide which breaks down to penetrate the enamel with pure oxygen. We also include a full teeth whitening kit, which includes an extra cast and a generous supply of whitening gel.

  3. Implants: If you lose a tooth for any reason, permanent dental implants are your best option. We insert a small titanium screw called a ‘post’ into your jaw. This serves as a support for the crown, which is the artificial implant tooth. The bone and tissue surrounding the implant will eventually fuse and give it the support and naturalization. These also look just like natural teeth, and are often outlive them!

  4. Contouring and Reshaping: This cosmetic dentistry procedure helps if someone has crooked or uneven teeth. Dentists will use a drill or a laser to smooth out teeth and reshape them. Also, yes – it will hurt a bit. However, invisible braces are also an option if you are within your teenage years. These procedures are among the more sophisticated cosmetic dentistry methods. Only the best dentist can craft natural tooth without damaging them.

  5. Bleaching: Discoloration could happen for various reasons. Mostly, these are personal habits like smoking. Beverages like coffee, tea and smoking also cause discoloration. It could also be hereditary, or due to age. However, bleaching chemicals can be quite harmful. Only your dentist should apply these chemicals in very calculated amounts.  Some people bleach their teeth at home to get rid of stains or just to get whiter teeth. This could a path to losing your teeth early.


Besides these procedures, tooth-colored fillings, clear orthodontic aligners, and cosmetic gum surgery are all possible solutions. All of these help improving the appearance of your teeth and oral structure. However, the results always depend on the skill and experience of your dentist!

The price of cosmetic dentistry and related procedure is on the high side. However, this is quite obvious if you’ve followed some of the procedures it involves. People get cosmetic dentistry procedures to look and feel good. It is all about improving your personal confidence and appearance. So go ahead and indulge in yourself.

Also, it is uncommon for insurance to cover cosmetic dentistry costs. Consult your local dentist to find out how costs vary. DM Dental is one of the leading dental clinics that offer cosmetic dentistry in Des Moines. We support medical credit like Care Credit. Call us today for consultation or to find out more about cosmetic dentistry.

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