The way our teeth look has a big effect on our lives. When our smiles are less than perfect, it can impact our self-esteem and social life. Our smiles are an important part of non-verbal communication and many people gauge a person’s attractiveness and wellness by the appearance of one’s teeth. Fortunately, Dr. Weakley offers cosmetic dental services that can accomplish everything from lightening the color of teeth to producing a complete smile makeover.

The Power of a Beautiful Smile

Improving the appearance of your teeth with white restorations, cosmetic enhancements, or professional whitening treatments can give you a new lease on life by boosting your self-esteem and producing healthy looking teeth. Patients who have received cosmetic treatments from Dr. Weakley have told our staff how powerful a difference an improved smile can make. Those who once felt nervous to smile around others because of insecurities or those who felt incomplete with visibly damaged teeth can enjoy the benefits of a vibrant, beautiful smile through customized cosmetic treatment plans.

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White Restorations

While restorations are commonly used to repair broken or diseased teeth, they can also enhance the appearance of one’s smile - especially when compared to the noticeable nature and unnatural look of metal restorations. We offer tooth-colored filings and crowns to repair broken or diseased teeth.

Using compounds like composite resin or porcelain, white restorations strengthen teeth without unsightly metals. Porcelain crowns are also beneficial to concealing the appearance of badly damaged and stained teeth. Placing a white crown over a tooth with jagged edges or intrinsic tooth stains can greatly improve the appearance of a person’s smile. Sometimes bonding multiple porcelain crowns over damaged teeth produces the appearance of healthy, uniformly colored teeth.

Porcelain Veneers

For the person in need of a complete smile makeover, receiving porcelain veneers might be the ideal cosmetic dental treatment. A veneer is a razor-thin cosmetic enhancement made of porcelain. It is handcrafted to fit over a specific tooth from unique individualized specifications determined by Dr. Weakley. When veneers are bonded over the most visible teeth, they can produce a uniformly white, straight smile.

Professional Teeth Whitening

Store bought whitening products cannot compare to the efficacy of a professional teeth whitening treatment. Professional teeth whitening can lighten the shade of teeth up to ten times whiter. The prescription whitening solution used is safe for teeth so that tooth enamel is not damaged.

If cosmetic dentistry interests you, we recommend calling our practice to schedule a smile makeover consultation with Dr. Weakley.

Common Questions

Cosmetic dentistry involves improving the appearance of teeth so that patients can enjoy the benefits of a vibrant, healthy smile. A cosmetic treatment can involve something as simple as receiving professional teeth whitening or more involved treatments such as bonding dental crowns and porcelain veneers to conceal noticeable imperfections.

Cosmetic dentistry is a very individualized service - especially when enhancements like dental crowns and porcelain veneers are involved. These cosmetic enhancements must be custom made so that they fit over teeth properly and complement the shape of one’s mouth and facial structure.

A dental crown is typically used as a restoration but can be used to improve the appearance of teeth when white materials are used. Porcelain and porcelain fused to metal make for very lifelike enhancements to teeth.

When a white crown is placed over a tooth, it can conceal permanent stains, cracks, chips, and worn down teeth. If multiple teeth are noticeably damaged by stains, injury, and disease, a series of crowns can be placed to dramatically improve a person’s smile.

Dental crowns are custom made in dental laboratories to very precise specifications so that they fit perfectly over a person’s teeth. After crowns are made, patients will return to our practice for the bonding process. Once crowns are placed, patients can enjoy an improved appearance with strengthened teeth.

A veneer is a cosmetic enhancement that is bonded over the front surface of teeth. Made from porcelain, a veneer can conceal a variety of smile imperfections including jagged and misshapen teeth, stains, chips, and cracks. Veneers are razor thin so that when they are bonded over teeth, they make for natural looking cosmetic improvements. Since a veneer fits over a person’s specific tooth, it must be made to very exact measurements. To accomplish this, our dentist uses advanced technology to determine a veneer’s specifications. Veneers are then handcrafted from high-quality porcelain by trained technicians to ensure a beautiful improvement of teeth.

Many people desire a white smile because it dramatically improves the appearance of teeth. Unfortunately, many over the counter whitening products contain harsh abrasives and sometimes-unstable formulas that can wear down tooth enamel and exacerbate tooth sensitivity.

Professional whitening from a dentist, however, is safer. The potent formulas used in prescription whitening solutions are strong enough to penetrate the enamel surface of teeth without weakening tooth enamel. If you have additional questions about professional whitening treatments, we recommend scheduling a consultation with our dentist.