Unlike other forms of cosmetic medical procedures, cosmetic dentistry is often recommended because of the restorative effect it can have. If you have chipped teeth, for example, then the shape of your incisors can be dealt with so that they are restored to appear just as they did before they became damaged. Indeed, in many cases, a cosmetic dentist will go further and improve the appearance of teeth from how they looked naturally. There are a number of procedures that are open to improve the look of your teeth. What are they so that you know what to expect of a consultation?

Teeth Whitening

This is a common cosmetic treatment which has a restorative impact on teeth that have become stained over the course of a few years. People who consume fizzy drinks, lots of coffee or who smoke may develop teeth that are less white than they used to be. In such cases, whitening treatments may be recommended which, in effect, bleach the teeth so that they are stained white. For many people, such a treatment won't simply restore teeth to the level of whiteness they used to have but exceed the brilliance of their natural look. A few sessions in the dentist's chair is usually all that is needed for a sparkling smile.

Composite Bonding

A great way of dealing with chipped or misshapen front teeth, composite bonding is used widely by cosmetic dentists in Europe and the United States. Basically, a composite resin is attached to the affected area of a chipped tooth so that the edge of it becomes one continual line free from ridges and troughs. When the dentist fits a composite bond, it will be shaped without the need for lots of invasive drilling. After the resin has set, it goes hard meaning that your teeth can continue to be used for biting and chewing without difficulty.

Porcelain Veneers

Made from porcelain, as the name implies, these cosmetic devices are essentially attractive looking prosthetics for your mouth. Thin shells of white coloured porcelain are made to match your teeth's natural shape and colour. These are then placed over the front of your teeth and fixed in place. Because they create a new frontage on your teeth, they can be used to cover up a number of different imperfections, such as stained teeth and misalignments. This sort of prosthetic differs from porcelain crowns which are usually fitted to a patient who needs more structural elements of their teeth to be catered for. A veneer simply creates an attractive overlay but will last for a long time, if looked after.

For more information, contact a cosmetic dentist.