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What Is a Cosmetic Dentist's Role?

Aug 27

The dental professional that focuses on cosmetic dentistry to make your teeth look better. Can accomplish this through various techniques, including teeth whitening, veneers, bonding, and even braces. A cosmetic dentist may sometimes assist you with more serious dental issues, such as repairing damage from an injury or correcting a malformed bite. If you are not happy with the appearance of your teeth, you should see a cosmetic dentist. These professionals can help you achieve the smile you've always wanted.

What Does a Cosmetic Dentist Do?

A cosmetic dentist is responsible for many procedures, from minor fixes to major surgeries. Here are some of the cosmetic procedures that they provide.

Teeth Whitening


Whitening of teeth is one of the simplest and least expensive cosmetic dentistry procedures. Food, beverages, medications, and other habits such as smoking can all stain teeth over time. Many people use teeth whitening to make their smiles look better.


Teeth whitening can brighten and whiten the surface of teeth after they have been cleaned of plaque, tartar, and other debris. While over-the-counter products like toothpaste, rinses, and Whitestrips can produce some results, professional tooth whitening can produce results that are 5 to 8 times lighter.


Dental Veneers


Dental veneers are thin, white shells made of high-quality porcelain, resin, or ceramic. They are made up specifically for each patient to look like their natural teeth.


Before attaching the veneers, the dentist removes some enamel from the surface of the teeth to allow the shells to be realistically bonded to the front of the teeth. Dental veneers can be used to correct a variety of cosmetic issues, such as crooked teeth, damaged enamel, and gaps between teeth.


Dental Crown

A dental crown, also known as a dental cap, is a cap that is placed over a decayed or damaged tooth. These crowns prevent a weakened tooth from breaking or concealing misshapen or severely discolored teeth.

You can also use them to cover other procedures such as root canals, fillings, dental bridges, and dental implants.

Inlays and overlays

Inlays and onlays, also known as indirect fillings, are used when a tooth is too decayed to support a traditional filling. After being created in a dental laboratory, these fillings are bonded in place by a cosmetic dentist.


An "inlay" is a filling that is bonded in the center of the tooth, whereas an "onlay" is a filling that covers one or more parts of the tooth or the entire surface of the tooth.


This procedure is an alternative to a crown, preserving more of the tooth's natural surface while. The tooth is still strengthened and restored after decay or deterioration.

Dental Bonding

The cosmetic dentist applies a moldable resin to the tooth and hardens it with ultraviolet light for dental bonding. The material is then trimmed, shaped, and polished to blend into the tooth's surface.


Chips, cracks, misshapen teeth, and tooth decay can all be repaired with bonding. In addition, bonding is a less expensive alternative to fillings or crowns for minor cosmetic issues.

Reasons to See a Cosmetic Dentist


There are many reasons you might see a cosmetic dentist, including: 


  • Tooth decay
  • Damage (cracks, chips, etc.) 
  • Crooked teeth
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Discolouration
  • Missing teeth


People with damaged, decaying, crooked, or discolored teeth may also have difficulty when eating and speaking. For others, dental issues may affect their self-esteem. 


All of the cosmetic dental procedures and reasons to visit a cosmetic dentist mentioned above are available. They are available at River District Smiles Dentistry. Please contact us today to know more information and to find out how we can assist you!