What is Cosmetic Dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry is not just about aesthetics – it’s about improving your oral health and boosting your self-confidence.

At Dr Joe Oliver, we specialise in cosmetic dentistry and are dedicated to helping our patients achieve the smile of their dreams.

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Whether a person is looking to enhance their appearance or address specific dental concerns, our expert team is here to guide our patients every step of the way.

What are some common cosmetic dentistry treatments?

Cosmetic dentistry is becoming more and more innovative. There are many treatments available to address a range of concerns. These are some of the most popular:

  • Teeth whitening for a brighter, more youthful smile
  • Dental veneers for a flawless, natural-looking appearance
  • Dental implants for a permanent solution to missing teeth
  • Invisalign clear aligners for discreet orthodontic treatment
  • Gum reshaping for a balanced and harmonious smile

Things you should consider when choosing a cosmetic dentist


Choose a dentist who is renowned for their experience in the field and for achieving exceptional results. Cosmetic dentistry is all about the details so you’ll want to find a dentist who pays attention to you and your needs.

Patient-centred approach

Your satisfaction should be the top priority. Look for cosmetic dental clinics that offer a personalised approach to achieving your goals. There is no one-size-fits-all solution with cosmetic dentistry – your dentist should be able to tailor treatment to meet your unique needs and requirements.

State-of-the-art technology

Most dental clinics will be happy to give you a tour and show you their facilities. If you want to ensure quality treatment, look out for a dental practice that invests in the latest technology and equipment.

Comfortable and relaxing environment

Dental visits can be daunting, even when you’re choosing to have cosmetic dental work. To ensure you’re relaxed and stress-free during treatment, a good dental clinic will have a warm and welcoming environment with friendly, professional staff.

Is cosmetic dentistry worth it?

Cosmetic dentistry can be a worthwhile investment for those seeking to enhance their smiles and boost confidence. 

Common procedures like teeth whitening and veneers offer relatively quick results with minimal discomfort compared to traditional dentistry, making them appealing to many.

You should weigh up whether your cosmetic procedure is within your budget and aesthetic goals before deciding to go ahead with any treatment.

Could cosmetic dentistry be bad for my health?

As with any cosmetic treatment, you should always consider the potential health risks associated with certain procedures. These risks can be minimised by choosing a reliable and experienced cosmetic dentist who has a track record of successful procedures.

Invasive and irreversible treatments, such as crowns, may carry risks of permanent damage to healthy teeth if not correctly implemented. It’s common to experience some mild symptoms after cosmetic dentistry treatment such as swelling and tiredness, but these should subside not long after treatment. 

Is cosmetic dentistry expensive?

Cosmetic dentistry doesn’t have to break the bank. Some treatments such as porcelain veneers and dental implants can be expensive but many dentist clinics will offer financing options so that patients can spread the cost of treatment.

Less invasive cosmetic treatments such as teeth whitening are often more affordable and can still make a big difference to your appearance.

Next steps if you’re considering cosmetic dental treatment

Reputable clinics will always insist you have an initial consultation before any dentistry work takes place. 

Sometimes consultations are free and other times a small fee will need to be paid which might then be deducted from the price of your treatment, should you wish to go ahead.

You should attend your consultation with some questions in mind about your treatment and ask to see results and reviews or speak to previous patients about their experience. 

A good dentist will never pressure you into deciding to go ahead with any cosmetic treatment. You should be allowed time to digest the information given to you at the consultation in the comfort of your own home before making any final decisions.