Cosmetic Dentistry FAQs

We invite you to read the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we receive from our patients about cosmetic dentistry. Cosmetic dentistry includes any dental procedures that are primarily concerned with improving the appearance of the teeth, particularly the teeth that show when you smile.

No, in fact, most cosmetic dental procedures also have some dental health benefit. Any procedure that improves the appearance of teeth that are broken or decayed, or that replaces missing teeth will also improve the overall function of the teeth, eliminate decay that exists and strengthen the teeth to prevent them from further weakening.

Teeth whitening has no dental or oral health benefits, though it may be of great benefit to your emotional health and self-esteem. Veneers are not strong enough to repair severely damaged teeth and are generally considered cosmetic only, though they can cover small chips or gaps between teeth.

A crown can restore a damaged or decayed tooth to good health. Unlike a veneer, which only covers the front surface of the tooth and wraps slightly around the sides, a crown goes completely around the tooth. It is a replacement of most of the tooth, leaving the root and as much healthy tooth intact as possible, while replacing bad portions with a new, strong material.

Pulling healthy teeth to replace them with artificial teeth is not recommended. If your teeth are healthy but you don’t like the way they look, there are numerous cosmetic procedures that can completely change your smile.

Professional teeth whitening at our dental office is faster, and more efficient than whitening products you can purchase in stores. We use the strongest bleaching agents available in a controlled environment for complete safety.

Invisalign aligners are ideal for adults. They are comfortable and removable, and average treatment time is about a year. Teenagers can get Invisalign too, but may have to wear them a bit longer.

Call us! We’ll be happy to answer all your questions about cosmetic dentistry, or make an appointment for you to come in for a consultation.