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What Does Cosmetic Dentistry Mean?

Dr Martin Abelar - June 30, 2023 - 0 comments

When you hear the term ‘cosmetic dentistry’ what comes to mind? For many people, they think maybe of one type of procedure, but don’t realize there are many options that fall under the umbrella of cosmetic dentistry.


From veneers to crowns, there is a long list of procedures categorized as cosmetic dentistry, and though most of these procedures are not covered by insurance, they are well worth the investment.

Here are some of the most common cosmetic procedures – and some you may have never heard of.




Veneers are thin sheets of composite resin or porcelain that are used to cover teeth that are discolored, chipped or cracked.  


Veneers are installed by Dr. Abelar removing a thin layer of tooth enamel, and then placing the custom-fit implant over the teeth and setting it in place. This can create a whiter, brighter smile that resists staining and improves your self confidence!


Teeth Whitening


Though it’s less permanent than veneers, professional teeth whitening can remove many layers of stains on the teeth, revealing a whiter smile. Professional whitening is perfect for those with stains on their teeth from eating, drinking, and smoking, though the results are not permanent. Thus, if you are undergoing this cosmetic procedure, we recommend avoiding the root causes of your discoloration following your procedure.




While crowns are sometimes more necessary and can be partially covered by insurance, they can also be cosmetic if replacing a decayed or damaged tooth. Crowns are usually made of a resin composite, and fit over the existing tooth, which is narrowed down to accommodate the crown, which acts as a cap.


Dental Implants


Dental implants are the Cadillac of cosmetic dentistry. They replace the entire tooth, whether it’s damaged, decayed, or simply missing. Dental implants are installed by placing a screw into the jaw, and then screwing a full crown onto that post, making the tooth seamlessly blend in with your other teeth!




While some orthodontic treatments can have medical benefits, they are also considered cosmetic but may be partially covered by some insurance plans. Orthodontics can fix a ‘bad bite’ but also make the teeth appear more evenly spaced and uniform.


Cosmetic Bonding


Cosmetic bonding is when you repair a chipped or cracked tooth with bonding material. This is the same material used for dental fillings. Cosmetic bonding is matched to your natural tooth color to create a seamless look that nobody can tell is bonded.


Whether you need bonding, veneers, whitening or something more, cosmetic dentistry can help. If you’re interested in learning more about your cosmetic dentistry options, please contact Dr. Abelar’s office today!

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