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What Are the Most Common Cosmetic Dental Treatments?

April 12, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — purpleplumdentistry @ 3:13 pm
Woman with beautiful smile after cosmetic dental treatments

Cosmetic dentistry is not an officially recognized dental specialty; any dentist can say they are a “cosmetic dentist.” It is understandable, then, that there is some confusion over what exactly cosmetic dentistry is. To put it simply, it can refer to any treatment that offers aesthetic benefits for a person’s smile. Let’s talk about some of the most common cosmetic dental treatments that fall under this umbrella.

Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is one of the lowest-priced types of cosmetic dentistry, and it can offer dramatic results. It involves the use of a special bleaching agent that penetrates the tooth enamel to break up stains, including deep-set ones that have been there for years. Most dentists offer both in-office whitening procedures and customized take-home kits.

Veneers and Bonding

Veneers and bonding both have the potential to completely transform the look of teeth. They can hide chips and cracks, disguise dark discoloration, and even cover minor misalignment. Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that get bonded onto the fronts of teeth. They are durable and tend to last for over a decade. Bonding involves applying a special resin to the teeth. It doesn’t last as long as veneers, but it can produce beautiful initial results.


Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment, but many dentists also classify it as a cosmetic service. It uses a series of customized clear plastic aligner trays that apply gentle pressure to the teeth. Over time, the teeth gradually shift into their proper positions. Invisalign is a much more aesthetically pleasing orthodontic option than traditional braces.

Metal-Free Restorations

If you have old metal crowns and fillings, you might want to replace them with a better-looking alternative. Metal-free restorations are made out of tooth-colored materials that blend in seamlessly with the surrounding dentition. They are also incredibly durable. The best part? Unlike most other forms of cosmetic treatment, they are often covered by insurance because in many cases, they are considered necessary for oral health.

Gum Recontouring

In some cases, the reason a person is dissatisfied with their smile has nothing to do with their teeth. Rather, their gums are the problem. Excess or uneven gum tissue can cause the smile to look disproportionate. Gum recontouring is a procedure that involves trimming the gums so they create a subtle, attractive frame for the teeth.

Exploring Your Cosmetic Options

As you can see, there are quite a few possibilities when it comes to transforming your smile! Your cosmetic dentist in Falls Church can answer your questions about various treatments and recommend the ones that are the best fit for your circumstances and goals.

Meet the Practice

Dr. Anita Kianimanesh founded Purple Plum Dentistry with the goal of providing top-level general and cosmetic dentistry services to the Falls Church community. She is a proud member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and is passionate about helping patients love their smiles. If you would like to learn more about your options for enhancing your teeth and gums, Dr. Kiani and our team would be pleased to talk with you. Contact us at 703-998-4244.

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