Cosmetic Dentistry explained

There are several pain-free, non-invasive dental procedures that can create that perfect Hollywood, award-winning smile for people who have lived with fractured, stained, and unsightly teeth for many years. The procedures are considered cosmetic in nature and are often done to get rid of broken, discoloured, or ugly teeth. Some people choose to have cosmetic dentistry procedures simply to create a more youthful and fresh look too.

Cosmetic dental procedures are common and performed every day by the experts at Genuine Smiles. We unpack the four most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures and give you information about each procedure and what it is used for.

The most common cosmetic dental procedures

Porcelain veneers

Give yourself the gift of bright, white, sparkling teeth with custom-made porcelain veneers, which will have you achieving the wow-factor with everyone you meet. Porcelain veneers are strong, durable, natural coverings (made from porcelain of course) that sit over the teeth much like a fake nail on a real one would. It is an excellent solution for crooked, dark, chipped or unsightly teeth and can dramatically improve the colour, shape, length and size of the tooth or teeth by simply creating an entirely new look.

Composite resin veneers

Differing from porcelain, composite resin veneers are made of a combination of plastic and small glass or ceramic particles that are bound together, cured and hardened to form a tooth-coloured restorative material. Composite resin veneers are completely safe to have in your mouth and can remain in your mouth without causing any harm or damage for a lifetime.

As with porcelain veneers, composite resin veneers are an excellent choice for skew, fractured or discoloured teeth or simply to revamp your look with a brighter, whiter smile. Composite resin veneers are popular because they are durable and natural.


A crown is like a ‘cap’ or ‘thimble’ that is fitted over an existing tooth to strengthen, restore or improve its appearance. Crowns are often used for teeth that have chipped or fractured and the crown is placed over the unsightly tooth to create a more pleasant and finished look. Crowns are made from dental porcelain or a combination of metal and porcelain.

Some crowns have to be implanted in the jaw bone, as in the case of a missing or extracted tooth. In this instance, a dental implant or screw is placed into the jaw, and the crown is then attached to that. Giving the  patient a perfect, awarding winning smile once again. Crowns are also used to strengthen a tooth in order to accommodate the attachment of a fixed bridge.

Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening or teeth bleaching is a procedure to remove stains and discolouration for people that have yellowed, stained teeth. Yellow teeth can be as a result of a variety of lifestyle choices such as smoking and drinking alcohol, to the taking of medications such as certain antibiotics, poor oral hygiene, age or even trauma.

There are two options to choose from when opting for teeth whitening procedures, namely:

  • Laser teeth whitening that uses the heat and light of the laser to whiten the tooth/teeth; it is a popular and effective option.
  • Bleaching is done using bleaching trays that are custom-fitted to each patient’s mouth. The tray is then set in around the mouth to ensure the whitening gel gets to every part of each tooth in order to bleach it.

No matter what your dental need may be, we suggest consulting a professional dentist who has many years’ worth of experience, like the team at Genuine Smiles, who can guide and assist you in deciding what the best cosmetic dentistry procedure for your individual needs would be.

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