As a nation, it’s fair to say that we are a little obsessed about our teeth! A flashing white smile is a sign of confidence and vitality, and the effect a sparkling set of gnashers can have on you and other people’s perception of you  is amazing. The trouble is that the perfectly natural set of straight teeth is incredibly rare and most of us will at some point consider having some work done to brighten our smiles. Our guide to dental procedures describes some of the more common ways of fixing problems with the teeth and gums…

There are many different kinds of cosmetic dentistry procedure that you can have and depending on your insurance policy, it may cost you less than you think. Here is a list of the some of the most popular procedures: many cosmetic dentists will use a variety of them in the same treatment to help you on your way to a winning smile.

Accelerated Orthodontics – Many of us can probably remember – quite painfully, in my case – those years of wearing uncomfortable braces the moment our junior teeth had left the building. Accelerated orthodontics means those years could become months…

Cosmetic Gum Surgery – If you have small teeth and large gums or thin gums and long teeth, you can have these corrected by cosmetic gum surgery.

Dental Bonding – Dental bonding is a relatively cheap procedure if you are fixing minor issues with your teeth and is great for cosmetic improvements, revitalizing decayed teeth, lightening stains and straightening crooked teeth.

Dental Bridges – If you have any missing teeth, then you should consider a dental bridge, or ‘pontic’. A dental bridge is an affordable and natural-looking method of restoring you to former glories!

Dental Caps – Caps can be useful when part of your tooth is beginning to show signs of decay, chips or cracks and general failing in structure. Dental capping can be a cheap option in the right circumstances.

Dental Crowns – If you are looking to strengthen damaged or diseased areas of your teeth, then your dentist may recommend a dental crown procedure.

Dental Fillings – No-one likes having a filling but we have little choice in the matter: cavities don’t just heal themselves! However, you have several choices when it comes to the type of filling you have…

Dental Implants – Learn how dental implants correct missing teeth, the procedures involved, costs and when they are best used.

Dentures – Dentures have been around for years and solve a multitude of dental problems. Modern techniques have improved immeasurably in recent times, so find out how dentures could be an option for you…

Porcelain Veneers – Porcelain veneers can correct a great many dental problems, so click through to find out more on the procedures, costs and when they are best used.

Tooth Contouring – Tooth contouring is also known as reshaping and it can help if you have crooked, chipped or cracked teeth. Learn about the procedures involved, costs and when contouring is the way to a perfect smile.

Teeth Whitening – Discover the tooth bleaching procedures, who it’s best for, the costs and options available when having a tooth whitened.

Root Canals – No guide to dental procedures can be without the root canal, unfortunately! But it isn’t as bad as it sounds: learn about the procedure, costs and when and how you might become a candidate for a root canal.

Dental Resources – CDC Oral Health Division – General oral health from the NIDCR – Find a dentist for your kids