What are the Five Most Common Cosmetic Dental Procedures?

By Carol Waldman July 2, 2016

When people are looking into cosmetic dentistry they are usually looking to improve their looks for personal or even professional reasons. There are five common procedures that most dentists in North York will perform to help you look your best. These procedures range from simple crowns or onlays to restore individual teeth or bleaching for a whiter smile, to more intense work such as orthodontic treatment or dental implants North York.

While treatment of individual teeth or tooth whitening are simple procedures, more comprehensive treatment such as tooth movement through orthodontic treatment or placement of dental implants require considerably more skill. To prevent a less than optimum outcome with your comprehensive treatment, it is imperative that your dentist not only be highly trained but also that your dentist takes the necessary time to get all your dental records in order to help her or him develop a treatment plan that is fully customized for your needs only.

These records will include full photographs of your mouth and face, comprehensive radiographs (x-rays) and moulds of your mouth. Armed with this information, your dentist will be able to work behind the scenes after you have left the office to “treatment plan” your mouth and determine the best possible treatment.

Composite Bonding

Composite bonding is one of the most cost efficient ways to help patents with tooth decay, chipped, or crack teeth and worn down edges. In this procedure, which is considered to be a regular “filling”, your dentist will use the drill to remove the tooth decay (which is soft and mushy inside your tooth, where it was previously hard tooth material) and then apply the tooth colored composite material into the tooth’s surface.

This composite material is putty-like when placed inside the prepared tooth, but is hardened to the same hardness of a tooth buy the blue light that the dentist holds over your tooth. After this material is hardened, your dentist will than sculpt it into just the right shape to provide you with a more real looking tooth and check to make sure that it is comfortable when you close your teeth together. This process is also referred to as simply bonding.

Teeth Whitening

This is a common cosmetic procedure your North York dentist will provide to help brighten up your smile. This can be done in your dentist’s office, after they have removed all the plaque and, tarter from your teeth. The process can be used to restore your teeth to their original colour or even used to lighten your teeth to a whiter shade than they previously had.

Onlays and Inlays

Onlays and inlays are also called “indirect fillings.” They are typically created in offsite laboratory and the patient dismissed with a temporary filling and then rescheduled two weeks later to have them cemented into place in the tooth and finalized, However, in the case of Dr. Waldman’s office, she uses Cerec technology and these restorations are made right on the premises and the patients treatment is started and finished in a single appointment.

These restorations are used when there is not enough tooth structure left after the removal of decay and previous filling to provide the support for a regular filling. With an inlay, this porcelain restoration is bonded into the surface of the tooth, as long as there are sufficient tooth cusps remaining to help hold it in place. When there is even greater structural damage and insufficient tooth structure left, the dentist may choose to place an onlay or a crown which will cover the entire surface of the tooth.

Dental Veneers

This process is seen in many different professions where your smile is of the utmost importance, also for those who simply want their teeth to look the best they possibly can. Veneers are much like a false finger nail but they are permanent and custom made for each patient out of strong porcelains and designed to improve the appearance and shape of the individual teeth by providing a new façade to each tooth. Your dentist will attach the veneer to the front of each tooth using dental adhesive. This can help resolve several types of cosmetic problems, including cracked teeth and noticeable gaps in-between teeth.


One of the more intense dental procedures, implants can help patients who have missing teeth and would prefer to not have traditional dentures or partial plates. Your dentist surgically inserts titanium screws into the jawbone to anchor a supporting crown to for the new tooth. Implants look and feel just like natural teeth. But just like natural teeth, implants still required good oral hygiene and brushing and flossing to remove plaque is critical for good dental and general health.

Over time your teeth will change colour from the food you eat and what you drink. This is a natural process but to help you have the best possible smile you can contact Dr. Carol Waldman at 416-445-600. Dr. Waldman and her staff will help you have the smile you have always wanted.