What is Cosmetic Dentistry?

Cosmetic Dentistry OptionsCosmetic dentistry includes a variety of dental treatments aimed at improving the aesthetic appearance of the teeth. Your cosmetic dentist uses bleaching, bonding, veneers, reshaping, orthodontics or implants to help create a new look for your teeth.

Cosmetic dentistry options

Cosmetic dentistry offers a wide range of temporary and permanent solutions. Services can include such treatments from white fillings and teeth whitening, all the way to more major and permanent treatments such as dental implants or veneers. Every cosmetic treatment should only ever be undertaken by experienced dental professionals, such as Smilemakers in Southampton.

Teeth whitening

Professional teeth whitening can take three to four weeks across two to three appointments with your dentist. At the first appointment, your dentist will first check whether you are a candidate for teeth whitening. It may not be suitable for people with gum disease or dental work such as crowns. A rubber shield or a protective gel is put on the gums, to keep the bleaching agent away from anywhere else but your teeth.

The chosen whitening product is usually applied to the teeth using a tailor-made tray similar to a gum shield. The active ingredient used by the majority of dentists is hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. Although the dentist starts and supervises the treatment, whitening product will need to be applied at home in between appointments, to ensure you get the result you desire from your treatment.


Veneers are wafer-thin shells of tooth-coloured material. These are made of either porcelain, ceramic or composite bonding material. They are ‘glued’ to the front surface of teeth to improve their cosmetic appearance. Many dentists say that dental veneers are for your teeth what false fingernails are for your hands.

There are a wide variety of reasons why patients opt for treatment with dental veneers. Badly stained teeth that cannot be improved by teeth whitening can be greatly improved by veneers, which function to cover any existing stains on your teeth.

Teeth that have become badly worn through excessive grinding or stained by fizzy drinks, tea, coffee, red win or tobacco, as well as those that have been chipped or broken, can also benefit hugely from veneers.