White fillings not only look better than unsightly silver (amalgam) fillings but also involve less invasive treatment. Whereas silver fillings are placed in a cavity created by cutting into the tooth, white fillings are glued in avoiding the need to cut the tooth. White fillings are colour-matched to the patient's teeth making them appear almost invisible thereby significantly improving the appearance of the smile.
If you require a filling in your tooth, a cosmetic option would be to choose a white filling material that matches the shade of your surrounding natural teeth. You can also have any existing metallic fillings replaced with tooth-coloured or 'white' fillings. This will allow you to smile without a metallic glint in sight, giving your teeth a more natural appearance overall. Here is how white fillings work: