When you think of the dentist, it’s probably filled with fears of finding cavities and feeling the pinch of a shot as your face is numbed. It probably also makes you think of drilling sounds, calls to floss, and painful teeth cleanings. But sometimes dentistry has lss to do with actual repair and more to do with making yourself feel better about your smile.

Cosmetic dentistry is a form of dentistry that deals with mostly elective procedures that help you reach the smile you want. It can be beneficial for your overall oral health, but cosmetic dentistry is focused on bringing you self confidence and empowerment in your smile. Several different procedures can be part of cosmetic dentistry but the most common ones are below.

Teeth Whitening

This is easily the most common form of cosmetic dentistry. This is also one of the easiest procedures to do noninvasively and even cheaply. While some procedures are more involved than others and involve separate appointments and costs, sometimes it’s as easy as putting disposable strips on at home. Either way, teeth whitening can be a huge boost for people and it’s easy enough to achieve, making it a popular choice for people looking to improve their smile.

Composite Bonding

Sometimes the issues you want to correct has less to do with color and more to do with shape and gaps. That can be a bit more invasive and involved to fix but it’s also very common. Composite bonding is the way to help the shape of teeth that were chipped or misshapen naturally. It doesn’t correct the problem, it simply helps the appearance and helps boost your confidence.


This is part of traditional dentistry but also a huge part of cosmetic dentistry. While most implants are used for teeth that have damage, many people have their teeth replaced for cosmetic purposes or because they don’t want to have a gap in their smile. Implants typically fall into the cosmetic dentistry category, but are among the most invasive procedures in that vein of the practice.

Inlays and Onlays

In traditional dentistry, fillings are used where cavities have been repaired. Inlays and onlays are the next step to help your teeth look more natural and smooth after getting a filling done. It’s a non necessary procedure to fill a cavity but can be a necessary step for some people who are worried about how a filling might affect their smile or the overall look of their teeth. It’s a fairly easy and noninvasive procedure that can offer you a nice boost after a filling procedure.

At Arbor Dental Group, we want to help you achieve the smile of your dreams. You’ve got beauty and happiness and your smile should reflect that energy you have within. We can help you get started on your smile makeover with just a call and a consultation. What are you waiting for? Give us a call to schedule your appointment today.