Cosmetic dentistry is commonly used to improve the appearance and function of a patient’s smile. Cosmetic dentistry is mainly elective; however, it also offers restorative benefits. Most cosmetic procedures are simple; others require specialized care. Here are the most common types of cosmetic dentistry. 

Inlays and Onlays 

Also known as indirect fillings, inlays and onlays are made in a laboratory for patients with mild or moderate tooth decay. They are used when the patient’s decayed tooth can no longer support fillings; they are stronger and last longer. The inlay can be placed directly onto the tooth’s surface if there is no damage to the tooth cusps. An onlay will cover the entire tooth’s surface if extensive damage is done to a large portion of the patient’s tooth. 

Inlays and onlays are designed in a dental laboratory using porcelain, gold, and composite resin. Inlays and onlays provide support and strengthen the teeth; they are attached using dental cement. They can also prevent further decay and restore the tooth’s shape. 

Composite Bonding

Composite bonding is used to repair damaged, decayed or discolored teeth. Bonds are made from a material that resembles tooth enamel. The procedure includes drilling out the decay and applying a composite to the tooth’s surface. The dentist will sculpt the composite into the proper shape, then cure it with high-intensity light. This procedure covers the damage below the bond, giving the illusion of a healthy tooth. 

Dental Veneers 

Dental veneers are designed to mimic a patient’s natural teeth; they are made in a laboratory of porcelain or composite restorations. Veneers are designed to appear natural, which resolves numerous cosmetic issues. Crooked teeth, damaged or cracked enamel or gaps are common problems that are corrected with veneers. 

Teeth Whitening 

Teeth whitening is one of the most basic and standard dental procedures. Also known as teeth bleaching, this procedure is performed in the dentist’s office. The procedure is usually done after the plaque, tartar, and other debris have been cleaned off the patient’s teeth. Teeth whitening is done to make the patient’s teeth appear whiter. Teeth can become stained over time as a result of drinks, food, smoking, medications, and personal hygiene habits. The side effects can be reversed with teeth whitening, giving you a brighter smile. 


Dental implants are designed to replace missing teeth. A small screw is inserted into the patient’s jawbone at the site of the missing tooth. A porcelain crown is then placed to look and function like a regular tooth. Once the surrounding gums and implant have healed, the crown will be indistinguishable from the surrounding teeth. Dental implants are a great solution to a missing tooth with permanent effects. Dental implants are a long-lasting permanent solution to missing teeth. 

There are many types of cosmetic dentistry. These procedures can improve the function and appearance of your smile. Most of these procedures are very simple and do not require a lengthy recovery. Dentistry Thirty-Two offers cosmetic dental services; visit our website to learn more.