4 Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments to Improve Your Smile

Your smile communicates a lot about you: It shows your personality, signals your happiness, and hints at your health. What is your smile saying about you? If your teeth are stained, chipped, or damaged, your smile may be looking lackluster and causing you embarrassment. Of course, not everyone is born with perfectly uniform teeth, so you may be self-conscious about how your smile looks for that reason, too. An attractive smile makes you more approachable to others and boosts your inner confidence. Cosmetic dentistry treatments offer a solution to improve your smile.

Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is a simple and affordable treatment for a quick smile improvement. You can see an instant change to your smile with an in-office whitening session. You might also consider teeth whitening at home under the guidance of your dentist, which some patients find more convenient. Teeth whitening is a great choice if you’re content with the shape or alignment of your teeth but want a brightening boost to make your smile even more beautiful. Teeth whitening is ideal for patients who have external stains on the surface of their teeth, which are commonly caused by foods and beverages.

Gum Contouring

Do you have a “gummy smile”? Some patients are self-conscious of their smile when it shows more of their gum tissue than average. Gummy smiles make your teeth look smaller and some find this less attractive. There is nothing wrong with a gummy smile, but if you’d prefer a different look, consider gum contouring. With gum contouring, your dentist removes excess gum tissue and refines the shape of your gum line to expose more of your tooth surface.

Teeth Bonding & Contouring

Teeth bonding and contouring can be utilized to correct minor imperfections and adjust the shape of your teeth. Dental bonding uses composite resin to add to your tooth, be it to add length, adjust the shape, or fill in cracks and chips. Teeth contouring is the refinement of your teeth, so it can be used to smooth out jagged edges, refine minor teeth overlap, or shorten tooth length.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are your ticket to the movie star smile of your dreams. Porcelain veneers are thin shells that go over your natural teeth to completely change the shape and appearance of your teeth. If you want a complete smile makeover, consider porcelain veneers.


As a native of northwest Indiana, Nicholas Cain, DDS, is dedicated to providing excellent general, preventive, and family dentistry services to the community that raised him. To schedule your appointment, call Healthy Smiles today at 219-938-2637.