What is Cosmetic Dentistry and what are the options?

Do you constantly hide your smile?

You have probably thought and heard about cosmetic dentistry, but what exactly is it, what are the costs and what are the options involved? Warnervale Dental is here to help you out to reveal some of the main things you need to know about cosmetic dentistry and what it involves.

If your teeth are stained, discoloured, worn, chipped, broken, misaligned, misshapen, or have gaps between them, cosmetic dentistry can help to give you a better smile.

What is cosmetic dentistry?

According to the Australian Dental Association (ADA) Aesthetic dentistry, often referred to as “cosmetic dentistry”, is the term used to describe treatments which change the way your teeth look. There is far more involved than simply changing the appearance of your teeth.

While a cosmetic procedure like teeth whitening is included in aesthetic dentistry, the field is mostly concerned with orthodontic treatment which involves teeth straightening, and restorative dentistry, which involves the insertion of crowns, veneers, and dental implants.

What is a smile makeover?

A “smile makeover” improves the appearance of your smile through one or more cosmetic dentistry procedures. Cosmetic dentists work with you to develop a treatment plan. Below you will find some information that can help you learn more about the various types of cosmetic dental procedures available.

Some cosmetic dentistry procedure options:


As the name suggests, teeth whitening treatment is all about lightening stained or discoloured teeth.

You can whiten your teeth with a take home kit from over the counter, however, it won’t be as effective as an in-chair treatment. In-chair treatments lead to more effective results without damaging your tooth enamel. In addition, results are visible instantaneously.


Invisalign is the virtually invisible and hygienic dental treatment that uses a series of custom-made, clear, removable aligners that gradually align the teeth. Unlike traditional braces and retainers, Invisalign works effectively to straighten the teeth without disrupting lifestyle activities. It’s a simple, painless, and effective way to transform your smile and ultimately change your life.


Dental veneers are very thin, custom-made shells which are added to the front of a tooth to mask its colour, shape, or positioning in the mouth. Once affixed, veneers appear natural looking and perfectly complement facial features. Veneers are usually used to replace chipped, cracked, misaligned, or discoloured teeth, or to improve your smile!


If your broken or decayed tooth needs to be rebuilt, it’s possible your dentist will use a crown to do the job. Crowns are generally made from materials such as porcelain, and porcelain/metal combinations. Not only do they make your teeth look more attractive, but they also give them added strength, durability, and stability.


The TEETH ON IMPLANTS® system is a highly effective dental technique that offers a permanent solution to missing teeth. The treatment refers to supporting teeth on multiple implants, making them look, feel and function just like natural teeth. The procedure is particularly suitable for patients who may have missing, decayed or broken/chipped teeth.


Digital Smile Design enables patients to visualize the end result prior to having the procedure performed.

The process involves digital photography and computer-aided design programs to aid dentists with planning cosmetic and restorative dental treatments more reliably, efficiently, and effectively.

Allowing patients and dentists to see the final result of the planned procedure improves accuracy, affords the opportunity for modifications and adjustments before the procedure, and results in greater patient satisfaction with the outcome.

Are you embarrassed to show your smile?

Co-design your new smile with your dentist at Warnervale Dental

Our team strongly believes that everyone, no matter who they are, deserves a beautiful, healthy smile. Smile Makeovers and cosmetic dentistry is now readily accessible for almost anyone who is unhappy with the appearance of their smile or teeth.

Book a consultation today!


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