Cosmetic dental procedures are performed every day by dentists all over the country. Their main purpose is to improve the look and appearance of your smile. Here is a closer look at some of the most common cosmetic dentistry procedures.

Teeth Whitening

Everyone looks for ways to get a whiter smile. Although home whitening products you can purchase over the counter give you results, the most effective whitening treatments are done in the dentist’s office. If you’re considering getting your teeth whitened, talk to your dentist about which option would be best for you.


For those looking for a way to improve the appearance of their smile, but will not benefit from teeth whitening, porcelain veneers may be an option. Veneers are basically a porcelain shell that is made to permanently fit over your existing teeth. Most veneers last between 10 and 15 years and are relatively inexpensive compared to more invasive cosmetic dental procedures.

Gummy Smile Correction

Crown lengthening, otherwise known as gum contouring, is performed on patients with gums that either make their teeth appear larger or smaller than they are. There is no medical reason to perform this procedure; it is done to improve the appearance of the smile.


Bonding is the most common cosmetically requested dental procedure. It is done to repair the appearance of chips, cracks or small gaps between the teeth. Bonding is a very inexpensive way to quickly fix small aesthetic concerns you may have with your smile.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are the most reliable, permanent way to replace lost or decaying teeth. Screws made of titanium are implanted into the jaw bone to hold replacement teeth in place. The bone then grows around the implanted screw, holding it permanently in place replacing the missing tooth with a new crown that takes the place of the decayed or damaged tooth.

If you are considering any of these common cosmetic dental procedures, contact Dr. Zola Makrauer or Dr. Julie Miller at Huntingdon Valley Dental Arts today.