3 Popular Cosmetic Dentistry Options for a Radiant Smile

3 Popular Cosmetic Dentistry Options for a Radiant Smile

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There’s a saying: You only have one chance to make a first impression. Since almost all first impressions involve face-to-face meetings, having a dazzling smile is critically important for making sure that impression is a positive one.

In fact, in a recent survey, roughly half of all respondents said a smile was the most memorable feature when meeting someone new — even more memorable than their first words. If your smile isn’t all you want it to be, the impression you’re making might be less than you want, too.

At The Glen Dentalour dentists specialize in cosmetic dentistry treatments aimed at helping each patient correct smile flaws, so they can feel confident about their beautiful smiles. Here are three of the most popular cosmetic options that can help transform your smile.

Professional teeth whitening

Teeth whitening is probably the most popular dental cosmetic dentistry option, providing a major upgrade to a dingy, stained, aging smile. The key to getting great results (without disappointment): Invest in professional whitening at a dentist’s office instead of reaching for over-the-counter products.

Teeth bleaching kits from a retailer may be convenient, but they’re not designed to give you optimal results. These kits are designed for the general public, and their tapes and trays just can’t provide full-tooth coverage the way a dentist whitening treatment can. Plus, the whitening solutions they use aren’t as strong and effective as the formulations offered by your dentist.

Our dentists use professional-strength whitening gels designed to lift away years of stains and dinginess in a single one-hour visit. The methods we use reduce the risk of tooth sensitivity that’s common with over-the-counter products. And the results of a professional teeth whitening last longer, too.


Thin, durable, tooth-colored veneers are one of the most versatile cosmetic treatments. Made of strong, beautiful porcelain, veneers can be used to correct the appearance of:

  • Deeply stained teeth that don’t respond to whitening
  • Crooked teeth
  • Teeth with worn edges
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Cracked or chipped teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Teeth that are unusually small

Veneers are applied to the surfaces of damaged teeth using super-strong adhesives. Every veneer is custom made to match your natural tooth shade and shape, so the final product blends in beautifully.

Most veneers take two visits: one to prepare the tooth and one to fit and apply the veneer. Once your veneers are in place, they can be cared for just like your other teeth, providing years of beautiful smiles.

Dental implants

Losing a tooth can dramatically change your appearance, and it can take a major toll on your confidence, too. Dental implants are designed to replace missing teeth without the need to wear a denture or bridge.

Implants are strong, titanium posts that are embedded in your jaw bone. The post supports an artificial tooth (or crown) designed to look just like your natural teeth. Implants look and work like your own teeth, and you can care for them in the same way, too.

Some implants require a healing time of several months before the crown is placed on the post. Other implants can be placed in a single day. You can opt for a single implant, or you can use implants to replace multiple teeth — even an entire arch (all your upper teeth or all your lower teeth).

Get the smile you’ve been dreaming of

At our practice in San Jose, California, our team offers lots of other state-of-the-art cosmetic and restorative dental treatments, too, including complete smile makeovers. To learn how we can make your smile dreams a reality, call The Glen Dental or book an appointment online today.

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