All About Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures

Over the last 40 years, giant steps have been made in cosmetic dentistry technology. Ranging from whitening your teeth to replacing missing teeth with natural and realistic-looking bridges, dentures, and implants, the list of cosmetic dental procedures continues to grow. Enhancing your smile boosts your self-confidence greatly. West Meade Dental would like to share with you an overview of the different types of cosmetic dentistry with information from the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD).


Teeth Whitening

Most everyone’s teeth can endure a whitening procedure. In an external whitening procedure, teeth are bleached by direct contact with a commonly-used, safe whitening agent. This procedure takes place either in our office at West Meade Dental or your own home.


Considered to be a reliable tooth replacement method for years, dentures can have issues from resting directly on the teeth and gums, which can result in bone loss, tooth decay, and periodontal disease. With advancements being made in dentures over the years, there is a new and improved version of dentures now. Overdentures are a combination of traditional dentures and the newer dental implants.

Dental Implants

Replacing the roots of lost teeth, a dental implant is attached to a crown to replace a missing tooth or multiple teeth. Dental implants help to maintain the bone structure of the adjacent teeth, which increases their lifespan. Considered to be a permanent procedure, dental implants are expected to last years and years. The best choice for replacing missing teeth, dental implants look so much like natural teeth that you will never be able to tell the difference.

Porcelain Veneers

Made from porcelain, veneers cover the front part of a tooth and leave the rest of the tooth as is. If your teeth are healthy, we recommend porcelain veneers to our patients who want to change the color or size of their teeth. We also recommend using veneers to fill in gaps and spaces between teeth. Some cosmetic dentists use veneers made from resin, but we prefer porcelain because it has excellent stain-resistant properties and it is thin yet very strong and durable.

Porcelain Bridges and Crowns

Another option for replacing missing teeth, porcelain bridges are designed to be natural in fit and appearance to restore your smile to its former beauty. Porcelain crowns can improve the appearance of your teeth and your smile, but unlike veneers, crowns surround the entire tooth in porcelain. Crowns are also thicker and most often used when a tooth has begun to decay.


Fillings have significantly improved over the years. Now we use high density composite resins or porcelain to replace tooth structure lost to decay. Less repair work is needed for these new fillings, both immediately and in the future. It is almost impossible to tell if someone has a filling because the materials are so natural in appearance.

Have any questions about the cosmetic dentistry procedures offered by West Meade Dental? Contact us to schedule a cosmetic dentistry consultation to get started on improving your smile.

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