Over the years, many advances have been made in cosmetic dentistry that provide today’s patients with more options than ever to enhance their smile. One of the most popular options, according to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, is tooth whitening. Both in-office and at-home treatments are available to bleach stains and remove discolorations.

Chipped, cracked and broken teeth are able to be repaired using a technique known as bonding, in which materials matching the original tooth are applied to its surface. In conjunction with bonding, dentists may incorporate enamel shaping to perfect the outer surface of the tooth. Veneers are another option for addressing teeth that have imperfections such as chips, stains or unusual shapes.

They are custom-made materials that cover the fronts of teeth to appear natural. Around two-thirds of cosmetic dentistry patients are women, according to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. The majority of patients are between the ages of 41 and 60. However, there is no age limit for those who want to look their best