Cosmetic Dentistry, Smile Africa - Dental Clinic in Nairobi Kenya

For most people, a smile comes out naturally. Others feel shy.  There are a number of reasons as to why people shy away from smiling. Some of them include:

  • Having discolored teeth
  • Broken teeth
  • Teeth that irregularly set
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Missing front teeth

Thanks to advances in technology, dentists can now correct these and other anomalies leaving you with near-perfect teeth. You can now confidently flash a smile without fear or shame. This is made possible through the intervention of cosmetic dentistry. A few questions then arise; what is cosmetic dentistry? What does it entail? Read on for answers and insights on this important field of dentistry.

Cosmetic dentistry simplified

This refers to the procedures performed by a dentist in order to make you smile confidently. It involves making repairs and restorations to damaged teeth. Your dentist uses an array of techniques in order to clean discolored teeth, reshape, close gaps, restore short or worn out teeth or change their length. Here are the main procedures used.


As the word suggests, this is a process where special agents are used to restore the whiteness in your teeth. Discoloration occurs when the enamel is stained by things like coffee, tea, cigarettes, or use of medication. You can also inherit genes of discolored teeth. The process is usually performed at the dentist’s clinic. With special arrangements, a dentist can do it from your home. The procedure takes requires a session or two lasting from 45 minutes to an hour.


Thus is where the dentist fills the gaps between teeth using white colored material.  It has to be white in order to achieve uniformity between the restored part and the rest of your teeth. This restorative procedure also applies where you have decayed or chipped teeth.  It can also be used to fill tiny cavities or cover teeth in order to put them back to their original shape.


The other name for dental crowns is caps. A crown is tooth cover that is put in order to give it the normal appearance and shape. Out of all cosmetic dentistry restorations, crowns last for the longest period of time. Their use is restricted to situations where no other procedure can work.

Use of veneers

Consist of thin plastic or porcelain pieces placed on front teeth in order to change their shape or color. Cosmetic dentists use veneers on crooked, discolored, chipped or oddly shaped teeth. Veneers can be used in the place of bonding. At times the dentist can use some anesthesia. Since crowning is expensive, use of veneers is considered to be a cheaper alternative. First impressions of your teeth are made. The a little buffing is done to compensate for the veneer’s thickness. Special cement is applied and the veneer is placed on top.

Before any restoration is done, your dentist will discuss with you the options available since every case is different. Ask questions and get to know how your teeth will look like thereafter and how to maintain them.

Happy smiles!