Published: 07/15/2019

Roughly half of us are only “somewhat satisfied” with the state of our oral health, while just 15 percent of Americans feel their teeth and gums are in excellent health. For many of us, teeth whitening isn’t enough. That’s why dentists offer smile makeovers, custom treatment plans to help patients get the results they want.

Take a look at some of the common procedures that could be part of your smile makeover roadmap.

Teeth Whitening

It’s one of the most popular treatment options in the sector of cosmetic dentistry. You can perform your own teeth whitening at home with retail kits, though it’s recommended that you talk to a local dentist in Gettysburg, PA to get expert recommendations on whitening options.

But for the best results, have your whitening done in-office.


Fillings fall both on the preventive and cosmetic side of dentistry. They can fill cavities and save teeth from decaying past the point of no return. Yet, they can also be used cosmetically with a tooth-colored filling material that’ll cover up previous aesthetic issues with your teeth.

Invisible Teeth Alignment

You can use invisible aligner trays, such as the popular Invisalign® system, to discretely straighten your teeth. You wear the invisible plastic trays for at least 20 hours each day, as they gently move your teeth into perfect alignment.

Veneers, Onlays and Inlays

Inlays, onlays and veneers can hide discolorations, cover up chips and breaks, and make teeth appear straighter.

These bits of tooth-colored porcelain are placed on the front of teeth, in the case of veneers, inside of the bowl area atop the biting surfaces of teeth, in the case of inlays, and atop teeth and beyond the bowl as is the case with onlays.

Crowns and Bridges

These dental prosthetics look like real teeth, and they stand in for real teeth as well. Crowns cap off both dental implants and reformed teeth, such as a tooth reshaped after a root canal or a break. Bridges replace missing teeth by anchoring a replacement to the two teeth or implants on each side of the gap.

Implants for Missing Teeth

Dental implants are typically embedded in the jawbone, just like real teeth and they’re capped off by dental prosthetics such as a crown or a bridge.

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