What is the first thing that you notice about someone when you meet them?  Studies show that the majority of the population look at a person’s smile first, and having a beautiful smile makes a fabulous first impression on people in any situation – from a date to a job interview.  Having a beautiful smile will enhance your looks, and that naturally gives your self-esteem a tremendous boost. Given the vast improvement that a procedure done by a cosmetic dentist can have on your appearance, it’s no wonder that cosmetic dentistry is more popular than ever today!

Cosmetic dentistry today offers a tremendous variety of dental treatment options that will enhance your smile and your appearance. Usually people who seek cosmetic dentistry are self-conscious because they feel they have unattractive teeth. They feel inhibited and will rarely smile, which impacts how others perceive them. Even though they may have a warm, upbeat personality an unsmiling demeanor gives others the impression that they are very serious, shy or perhaps even unhappy. Other people seek cosmetic dentistry because they have teeth that make them look older than they actually are. Cosmetic dentistry can actually be almost as effective as a facelift in making a person look and feel younger.

Overview of Cosmetic Procedures

Teeth Whitening

If you have stained and discolored teeth a cosmetic dentist to whiten and brighten your teeth through a variety of different methods. Tooth whitening at home with custom trays and the use of whitening gels can drastically brighten your some.  A faster alternative to take home trays is our fast and effective in office whitening with the use of our Zoom Whitening system.  In as little as a few hours in the office you can whiten you smile several shade in just one appointment.

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Veneers

Porcelain or composite veneers are very thin and cover the front of a person’s teeth. Veneers will correct more serious discolorations like fluorosis and small misalignments, as well as mend chips and cracks and change the shape of your tooth.  Composite veneers are sometimes called bonding as the process is similar.  Porcelain veneers can be done as no prep veneers and minimal prep veneers.  Whatever choice you feel is best for your it is important to work with a cosmetic dentist that you trust.

Bonding

Tooth bonding is a process where a composite resin material is used to fill holes or cracks in the teeth; unlike veneers, bonding is used to improve smaller areas of the teeth or correct very minor distortions or chips; it doesn’t have the advantage of whitening the teeth the way veneers can.

Crowns

A dental crown is generally used over a tooth that is damaged. The damaged tooth is prepared all the way around, and – unlike veneers, the crown covers all sides of the tooth to protect and strengthen it.

Resin Fillings

If you had silver fillings as a child, you know that when you open your mouth, those silver fillings are very obvious. Now all of our fillings are done with a composite resin that matches your tooth color, so if you still have some silver shining in your mouth, you can have it replaced so that it looks like a natural tooth.

Contouring

Your cosmetic dentist can simply reshape or contour your teeth and obtain an instantaneous improvement. You can correct crooked or chipped teeth, even teeth that overlap – in just one session!

Straightening

If your primary issue is straightening your teeth, cosmetic dentists now have a new and improved way to move your teeth faster than old-fashioned braces, which usually took one to three years. Accelerated orthodontics can straighten, reposition, and improve the spacing and/or close the gaps of your teeth.

Gum Treatment

People don’t realize that often working on just the gums will improve a smile dramatically, especially when the gum comes down very low on the tooth and a lot of gum “shows” when a person smiles. If a person has had gum disease or related problems and the gum has receded too much, there are also procedures that can correct this as well.

Dental Bridges

A dental bridge is used to – literally – “bridge” the gap created by one or more missing teeth. Bridges entail making crowns to cover the teeth on either side of the gap, and then anchoring the artificial teeth between the two crowns.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are rapidly becoming the most popular option for replacing missing teeth, as the process actually creates a kind of permanent tooth or teeth to replace either one missing tooth or many. A screw-like dental implant is inserted to replace the missing tooth root, where it bonds and heals into the bone, after which a crown is fashioned and placed over this screw, creating a tooth that’s just as strong and permanent as the original tooth.


No matter what your dental issues are, there are procedures that can help. A cosmetic dentist combines technical training and skill with artistry. Generally, people will need a combination of procedures to achieve the desired effect, and your cosmetic dentist will take the shape of your face, eyes, mouth, and even your personality and lifestyle into account when creating the personalized cosmetic dental plan that will best work for you. Whether you have missing or broken teeth, teeth with gaps that need to be closed, crooked teeth, discolored teeth, misshapen teeth, or gums that are too high or too low – no matter what your teeth look like now – a qualified cosmetic dentist can create a truly gorgeous smile for you tomorrow.