Cosmetic Dentistry

There are a large variety of dental procedures that can be included in the category of cosmetic dentistry. Nevertheless, it is important to recognize that many of these treatments and therapies also provide functional and health benefits for your teeth and mouth. As such, by choosing a cosmetic dentistry procedure, you may also be supporting the long-term health and condition of your teeth.

Exactly which cosmetic dentistry procedures you will choose will depend on the aspects of your smile that you would like to change or improve. Some patients are content with focusing on the one area of their teeth that frustrates them the most, while others will combine treatments over a course of appointments in order to achieve a total smile transformation. The following represent some of the cosmetic dentistry procedures commonly requested by our patients.

Teeth Whitening

There is one cosmetic dentistry procedure that is more popular than any other – teeth whitening. People who have very white, bright smiles are deemed to be more successful, more attractive and healthier than those who have darker, yellower or discolored teeth. Unfortunately, our teeth aren’t naturally white, and it is only through a tooth whitening process that patients can obtain such a smile. This involves sessions of placing bleach on to the teeth, which will cause their color to change. Exactly how many sessions you will need will depend on the color of your natural teeth and the shade you are hoping to achieve. However, one thing is for certain – professional whitening procedures better, longer-lasting and more consistent results than over-the-counter alternatives. Professional whitening is a long-lasting complement to your smile that can greatly improve your appearance without an invasive procedure.

Porcelain Veneers

Some patients are sensitive to bleach and are unable to undergo a whitening procedure. Others may have staining so severe that even professional whitening isn’t as effective as they would like. In these instances, you may be recommended for porcelain veneers. These are thin, shell-like covers that are designed to sit on the outside of your teeth and color the discoloration, as well as any other imperfections. Each is custom-designed for a specific tooth meaning that it fits perfectly. They are applied by filing down a little of the natural enamel and securing the veneer over the top.

Dental Bonding

Bonding is another alternative to whitening and veneers. Not only does this tooth-colored resin improve the color of your smile, it also covers minor imperfections such as chips and cracks. It is pasted on like cement, molded to your tooth and then hardened using a special light. It can then be polished to look just like natural tooth enamel.

Dental Implants

If you are missing a tooth, or if you already have a dental bridge but you are looking for a solution that is more discreet, longer-lasting and doesn’t put pressure on your natural teeth, you may want to think about dental implants. These standalone replacement teeth are anchored into your jaw bone using a titanium screw or post, which the bone then regrows around, securing it permanently in place. An artificial tooth in the form of a porcelain crown can then be attached to the post, completing your implant. With proper care, a dental implant could last longer than 20 years.

Orthodontic braces or Invisalign

Most people have teeth that are at least a little out of alignment or have a bite that doesn’t come together perfectly. If these issues are having a negative effect on the appearance of your smile, you may wish to consider orthodontic solutions such as Invisalign or conventional braces. These are designed to address problems such as crooked, twisted, gapped or overlapping teeth, as well as issues with the way your teeth come together. Most patients are familiar with orthodontic braces, which comprise of metal being attached to your teeth and wires and brackets being used to pull and push them gently into their new position. Invisalign is an innovative alternative that uses a series of custom-designed plastic aligners placed over the teeth to guide them into their new position. Dr. Holloman will refer you to a qualified orthodontist where the orthodontist will then be a vital part of the process in monitoring progress and completion.

If you are ready to embrace the smile that you have always dreamed of, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our experienced and reassuring cosmetic dentistry team who will be happy to answer any queries you have and schedule you a consultation. Please Contact our dental practice in Clearwater, FL today by calling 832-245-0027. Dr. Holloman is a highly-experienced cosmetic dentist and can help you with any and all your dental needs.

Cosmetic Dentistry FAQs

What Cosmetic Dentistry procedure is available for me?

Request a dental appointment for a free consultation with us through our Website, so you can learn more about the different cosmetic dentistry procedures we offer and which are suitable for you.

How long do teeth stay white after whitening?

It varies from patient to patient. The effects of teeth whitening can last up to 2-3 years or as little as 6 months.

What are the pros and cons of teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening treatments exist for those of us whose pearly whites aren’t as white as they used to be. Here are some of the pros and cons of teeth whitening to help you decide if the procedure is right for you.


✓ Choices galore

✓ Your confidence will increase


✓ An increase in sensitivity

✓ Crowns and fillings won’t change color

✓ Results are not permanent

What are Dental Veneers?

Dental veneers are thin coverings that are placed over the front (visible) part of the tooth, used to correct tooth imperfections, such as stained or chipped teeth.

What’s the difference between Veneers and Crowns?

Crowns are thicker and cover the entire tooth whereas veneers are thinner and designed to just cover the front of the tooth.

Will I get cavities with Veneers on my teeth?

Veneers are not a magical solution for your teeth and gums. A veneer cannot get tooth decay, but it’s possible to get a cavity in a tooth that is covered by veneer

How does Dental Bonding work?

Dental bonding is a cosmetic procedure that uses a tooth-colored composite resin material to enhance your smile. This procedure is used to repair chips, close down gaps, or change the shape and color of your teeth.

How long does Dental Bonding take to cure?

During dental bonding, your dentist will let your tooth-colored resin be shaped and polished. Dental bonding will take just about 30-60 minutes to cure.

How do you maintain Dental Bonding?

Taking care of your bonded teeth helps extend its life. Self-care tips include:

✓ Avoiding coffee, tea, and tobacco for the first two days after the procedure to avoid stains

✓ Avoiding hard food and candy

✓ Brushing at least twice a day and flossing daily

✓ Not biting your nails

✓ Scheduling regular dental cleanings every six months

What are Dental Implants?

Dental Implants are metal posts or frames that are surgically positioned into the jawbone beneath your gums to restore your ability to chew or their appearance.