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  Cosmetic Dental Procedures  

There are multiple reasons for undertaking dental procedures. It could be for dental maintenance, disease treatment restoration or even for cosmetic reasons. The primary aim is to improve dental health and for aesthetic improvement. Cosmetic improvement of teeth is increasingly popular. Several procedures are available from most, if not all, denstists.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are a useful procedure to improve teeth appearance. Early porcelain veneers, made from aluminous or reinforced feldspathic porcelains, were not sufficiently strong. Newer techniques improved this by firmly bonding the porcelain to the underlying teeth, making it stronger and more durable, and thus, making it a more successful and pleasing restorative option. When compared to its composite counterpart, porcelain veneers are more advantageous as they are stronger, more natural looking, and last longer.

Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is the most commonly requested cosmetic dentistry procedure. It is one of the several ways to improve the appearance of teeth by removing stains and discolorations through various processes. Whitening can be done by use of whitening toothpastes, scaling and polishing, bleaching, enamel microabrasion and sometimes by placement of crowns and veneers.

There are whitening kits available in the market, ready for consumer use with minimal guidance. A dentist-assisted whitening procedure nevertheless is more advisable as proper protection and technique can be safely employed to bring out the most of the process.

The area of color change measurement is still being explored. More accurate devices to measure changes in teeth color is expected to improve teeth whitening products and procedures.


Dental procedures are rapidly changing as more and more information is gathered through relentless research. Further development of present technology promises the dentists and patients more effective, safer, longer lasting and better cosmetic results in the future.

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