What Is Cosmetic Dentistry?

A close-up of a smile showing before and after cosmetic dentistry

If you’re concerned about your smile, from stained or crooked teeth, you may want to consider cosmetic dentristry. But what is cosmetic dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry focuses on improving the appearance and aesthetics of your smile through different treatment options.

Did you know that only half of all American adults are satisfied with their smiles? (AACD…Click to open a new window to the AACD website…)

Some common cosmetic dental procedures include teeth whitening, dental bonding, and veneers.

This article will provide detailed insights and answer questions about cosmetic dentistry while guiding you toward improving the look of your smile and teeth.

The difference between cosmetic dentistry and general dentistry

A general dentist is a primary dental care provider. They offer preventative care, like teeth cleanings, and restorative dentistry treatments such as dental fillings, crowns, and bridges.

Most dental treatments restore appearance as well as health and function.

However, a cosmetic dentist focuses on beautifying your smile by offering treatments to improve the appearance of your teeth and gums.

When to opt for cosmetic dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry might be an option if you have the following:

  • Chipped or cracked teeth
  • Small gaps or spaces between your teeth
  • Tooth discoloration and staining
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Misaligned teeth

Cosmetic dentistry includes different approaches and these may involve the teeth, gums, alignment, or a combination.

Cosmetic dentistry procedures include:

  • Dental crowns or bridges
  • Tooth-colored fillings
  • Gum contouring
  • Botox and dermal fillers
  • Inlays or onlays
  • Smile makeover (a combination of several procedures)
  • Teeth whitening
  • Corrections of alignment
  • Dental veneers or bonding
  • Dental implants

The advantages of cosmetic dentistry

Now that you know the options available, let’s look at the benefits. Cosmetic dentistry services can:

  • Enhance your smile
  • Brighten dull, stained teeth
  • Improve the shape of your teeth
  • Conceal chips and cracks
  • Bring balance and symmetry to your smile
  • Boost your confidence

Our three-step guide to your perfect smile

Step One

First, we meet and set your goals and evaluate your existing smile.

In addition to the cosmetic side, we carry out a complete oral health examination to understand the whole issue.

This evaluation includes examining oral health, jaw alignment, and facial structure. You can pursue cosmetic dental treatments if you have healthy teeth and gums. But if you have extensive cavities or gum disease, your dentist will want to address those conditions first.

Before we begin the treatment and process, we can show you the outcome using dental imaging. Creating a trial smile lets you see your appearance before committing to treatment.

Step Two

We create a plan. The amount of work we do depends on what you want in order to give you a smile you love and feel good about.

By fixing your smile, we’ll correct the look of your teeth and improve your appearance.

Step Three

Your treatment and our journey to your perfect smile begin.

Main points

A nice smile can portray happiness, confidence, and excitement as well as reflect your personality.

However, if you are unsatisfied with your smile, this can also be evident.

Once your smile is healthy, you can decide which cosmetic treatments you want to explore.

Call us today to learn more about cosmetic dentistry with McNeely & Mallette Family Dental Group!


McNeely & Mallette Family Dental Group is located in North Carolina…Click to open a new window to Google Maps…, including Charlotte, Harrisburg, and Concord. We happily welcome patients from all over.

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