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A Beautiful
Smile is Your Best Accessory - Part I

Author: Sue Ellen

Date: June 6th, 2024

As your Scarborough Dentists, our team at Havenview Dental aim to provide you with dental services that help you reach your ultimate oral health goals. After all, your smile is your best accessory. It can impact your confidence, your speech, and your ability to enjoy the food you love. Your smile and maintaining a healthy one is about improving your lifestyle and overall health. So what can we do to improve your smile? There are many ways cosmetic dentistry can do this because we primarily focus on improving the appearance of your teeth, your gums, and your bite. Enhancing dental aesthetics in color, position, shape, size, alignment, and overall smile appearance is the goal of cosmetic dentistry. Common procedures in cosmetic dentistry include teeth whitening, dental veneers, dental bonding, crowns, gum contouring if required, and orthodontic treatment such as Invisalign. The goal is to create a positive change in your smile and overall facial appearance that will ultimately result in increased confidence and improved self-esteem. To learn more about cosmetic dentistry in Scarborough click here.


Whitening your teeth is a simple way to improve the look of our smile. The goal of whitening your teeth is brightening and lightening discolored or stained teeth. There are various methods for teeth whitening which include:

  • In-office whitening: Here at Havenview Dental, we use Spadent on office whitening which involves the application of a high-concentration bleaching gel to the teeth which is activated by a special light. In-office whitening typically provides immediate and noticeable results in a single visit.
  • At-home whitening: Whitening strips or trays can be used at home to achieve a whiter smile. These can be purchased through your dental professional or over the counter. Whitening effects will take about a couple of weeks and sensitivity may be experienced.
  • Over-the-counter whitening products: There are various over-the-counter whitening products available, such as whitening toothpaste, strips, gels, and rinses. While these products can provide some improvement in tooth color, they are generally less effective than professional whitening treatments.

It’s important to note that the effectiveness of teeth whitening can vary depending on factors such as the cause and severity of the discoloration, the method used, and individual factors like tooth sensitivity. Additionally, teeth whitening is not permanent, and touch-up treatments may be needed periodically to maintain the results. It’s always best to consult with your team at Havenview Dental to determine the most suitable whitening option based on your specific needs and oral health status. For more information about teeth whitening in Scarborough, click here.


Dental bonding, also known as composite bonding or tooth bonding, is a cosmetic dentistry procedure used to improve the appearance of teeth that are chipped, cracked, discolored, or have gaps between them. It involves the application of a tooth-colored composite resin material to the tooth’s surface, which is then shaped, molded, and hardened to create a natural-looking restoration. At Havenview Dental, dental bonding is a common procedure done to improve your smile when more advanced techniques aren’t an option.

Here’s an overview of our dental bonding process:

  • Consultation: During the initial consultation, our Scarborough dentists will examine your teeth, discuss your concerns and goals, and determine if dental bonding is the right option for you.
  • Preparation: In most cases, dental bonding does not require extensive preparation of the tooth surface. You, alongside with our dental team will select a shade of composite resin that closely matches the color of your natural teeth.
  • Application: The tooth surface is etched and conditioned to help the bonding material adhere properly. Then, the composite resin is applied to the tooth in layers and sculpted into the desired shape. Special tools and techniques are used to ensure that the bonding material blends seamlessly with the surrounding teeth to  achieve the desired appearance.
  • Curing: Once the bonding material is shaped and molded to perfection, a curing light is used to harden it and bond it securely to the tooth surface. This process typically takes only a few seconds per layer.
  • Finishing touches: After the bonding material is cured, we will further trim, shape, and polish it to achieve a smooth and natural-looking result. This helps to ensure that the bonded tooth blends in seamlessly with the rest of your smile.

Dental bonding is a relatively quick and cost-effective cosmetic dental procedure that can typically be completed in a single visit to our office. It is versatile and can be used to address a variety of cosmetic concerns, including repairing chips and cracks, closing gaps between teeth, reshaping misaligned teeth, and covering stains or discoloration. With proper care and maintenance, dental bonding can last for several years before needing to be repaired or replaced. To learn more about cosmetic dental bonding in Scarborough, click here.

As your Scarborough dental team, the goal of our Havenview Dental Team is to help you smile your best. There are many ways we can help you achieve your desired look and your treatment(s) can be done in stages based on how your smile is designed. For more information, please visit or contact our office at 416-291-3117.  Stay tuned for our next blog which will discuss the more advanced cosmetic dentistry techniques.

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