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Exploring the Types of Cosmetic Dentistry

It has been proven that your smile can affect every aspect of your daily life. From landing a great job, to making new friends; having a beautiful smile is an excellent feature to possess. However, many people struggle daily trying to hide their not-so-perfect smile, and may miss out on special opportunities because they are perceived as unfriendly. With the availability of many types of cosmetic dentistry, you can now easily achieve the amazing smile you desire, and regain your confidence to show it off.

Smile Makeover

A complete smile makeover may be beneficial if there are multiple aspects of your smile that you wish to change. This can include straightening your teeth, correcting gaps, bonding and contouring of chipped teeth, and even Botox facial treatments to improve the overall look of your smile and face. If you have any underlying dental conditions that may affect your smile makeover, your dentist will address them before beginning the process.

Teeth Whitening

Professional teeth whitening can create much more dramatic results than over the counter whitening systems. There are multiple options for treatment, and some can even be performed by you, in the comfort of your home. Many people develop unsightly stains on their teeth from food and drinks, age, or genetics. These are easily removed with professional teeth whitening systems and can improve your smile by many shades.


A common treatment for chipped and gapped teeth is porcelain veneers. They are typically used for strictly cosmetic purposes, and can help you achieve a healthy, natural-looking smile. When veneers are to be placed, your dentist will remove a thin layer of enamel from the front of your teeth to improve the bond between your tooth and the veneer.

Laser Gum Contouring

Although your teeth usually take precedence when discussing cosmetic dentistry, you may want to consider the effect your gum line has on your appearance. “Gummy” smiles, or excess gum tissue, can cause your teeth to appear short and child-like. Laser gum contouring with a soft tissue laser can reduce this excess tissue, and redefine your natural gum line to create a more pleasing smile. This type of procedure usually produces immediate results, and requires little healing time.


Dr. Colin Lathrop and the Lathrop Dental Center proudly serve patients and families from in and around Katy, Fulshear, Weston Lakes, Simonton, Richmond, Rosenberg, Brookshire, Wallis, Orchard, and all surrounding communities. If you’d like to schedule a dental appointment, you can reach our office in Katy, TX, by calling (832) 437-3849.