From discoloured and broken teeth to gaps between teeth, today's cosmetic dentists can fix virtually every dental issue that may be hiding the true beauty of your smile. Generally speaking, cosmetic dentistry comprises all dental procedures meant to restore or improve the colour, shape or alignment of the patient's teeth. Some of the most commonly performed cosmetic dentistry procedures include teeth whitening, dentures, veneers, crowns and dental bonding.

If you've never undergone any cosmetic dental procedure, it is perfectly normal for you to feel a bit anxious. But knowing what to expect can make you feel less apprehensive. Here's how you can get that killer smile you've always yearned for. 

Go for dental consultation

The first step you will need to take is to schedule an appointment with your cosmetic dentist for dental consultation. During the dental consultation, your dentist will perform a thorough examination of your teeth, gums and mouth to ensure your cosmetic dental issues are nothing more than what is visible to the naked eye. In other words, your particular cosmetic dental problems shouldn't be a manifestation of underlying dental health issues. 

In this regard, your cosmetic dentist will take x-rays of your teeth and gums in order to determine if there are any underlying dental issues that need treatment. Remember, cosmetic dental treatments are primarily designed to remedy cosmetic issues, hence they won't be prioritised at the expense of treating dental issues affecting the oral health of the patient directly. 

Discuss what treatment option is best for you

If your dentist gives you a clean bill of health after analysing the results of your dental examination, they can proceed to give you a smile makeover. For the most part, there's more than one treatment option to cosmetically improve your smile, and your dentist will let you know what those options are.

If you need whiter and brighter teeth, for example, you dentist can recommend whitening toothpastes and rinses, custom-fit whitening trays, laser teeth whitening at the dental office, etc., depending on the severity of your tooth discolouration and your desired results.

Smiling is contagious — when you smile at someone, they will intrinsically feel the urge to smile back at you — and most often, they will smile back at you! With a complete range of cosmetic dental solutions available, you cannot miss a treatment that will enhance your smile. So, don't shy away from visiting a cosmetic dentist to discuss your particular cosmetic dental concerns and get the right treatment.