3 Cosmetic Dental Procedures You Should Know About

Are you thinking about having cosmetic dental work done? Do you wish to improve the quality of your smile? This article will discuss 3 key cosmetic dental procedures in order to help you figure out what you might need.


Dental bonding is used on teeth that are stained or chipped. It's something that is needed if regular teeth whitening does not work.

Dental bonding is a procedure that involves spreading an adhesive resin onto the surface of your teeth. After it is spread, it bonds to your tooth.

Typically, bonding is used when a smaller solution is needed for your teeth. The material that is used to bond to your teeth is also used in filling cavities.

The Benefits

One of the main benefits of bonding is that is a very easy procedure. It doesn't take much time to complete. Also, there aren't as many follow-up visits needed afterwards.

Here are the benefits:

  • Dental bonding is not as expensive as many other cosmetic procedures. It only costs between $300 and $600 per tooth, and most insurance plans will cover a majority of the cost.
  • Dental bonding is a very convenient procedure. It does not require any anesthesia and less enamel needs to be removed.


Veneers are used to accomplish the same purpose as bonding, but there are key differences between the two. One of these differences is that veneers are used if the staining or damage is more extensive.

Veneers are thin porcelain layers that attached to your teeth using an adhesive. They protect the tooth from further damage and improve the appearance of your smile.

The Benefits

Veneers provide a strong solution to chipped or stained teeth. It can make it easier for you in the long run.

Here are the benefits:

  • Veneers are very resilient and long-lived. You can keep your veneers for up to 15 years.
  • Veneers are resistant to staining. If you drink coffee, wine, or tea, you won't have to worry about the veneer becoming discolored.
  • The procedure to install a veneer can be longer, but there are absolutely no follow-up visits required (unless something happens to it).

Gum Lift

The gum lift is a procedure that is used if your gums are bigger than normal. When this is the case, they tend to cover much of your teeth, which makes your teeth look smaller.

Having a gum lift can improve the gum to tooth ratio and make your smile look more even. Also, it is done using a laser rather than a blade, which makes the recovery and procedure itself much easier.

Also, gum lifts are typically done when you are already having other procedures done. It's a good idea to opt for a gum lift if you know you are going to get veneers installed or have your teeth bonded.  

The Benefits

Having a gum lifts means having a much more even smile. It is also an easy procedure with very little pain.

Here are the benefits:

  • Your gums will not grow back, which means you only need to do it once. There is also no maintenance necessary.
  • A more symmetrical smile.
  • Increased confidence when it comes to smiling. You no longer will need to feel self-conscious.

Your smile is very important. If you feel you need to improve the quality of your smile, consult with a local dentist, like those at The Miller Center.