While general dentistry is usually all about the overall health and well being of our teeth and mouths, cosmetic dentistry usually refers mainly to any type of procedure which improves the appearance of the teeth or gums. Cosmetic dentistry before and after pictures can show a big difference and a huge improvement in the appearance, but does not necessarily improve the function of the teeth or gums.
Cosmetic dentistry teeth whitening is becoming more and more popular. There are some whitening treatments that can be purchased over the counter and that people can do themselves at home, and some more potent treatments that can be applied in a dentists office. More extensive methods of cosmetic dentistry include cosmetic dentures, and dental veneers.
The prices for cosmetic dentistry procedures such as tooth veneer costs can vary. Veneers are thin white layers, which are often made from porcelain, that are applied over the natural teeth. Over the past few years, the popularity and availability of veneers has gone up, and in many cases veneer costs have decreased as a result.