Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dental treatments transform the appearance of your smile. Treatments such as placing white restorations and porcelain veneers along with professional teeth whitening can turn a smile riddled with imperfections like chips, cracks, and stains into a work of art.

Our team at Callaway Family Dental understands that living with a less than perfect smile is difficult. We strive to help our patients look and feel their best by developing custom cosmetic dentistry treatment plans that address individuals’ specific needs.

The Power of a Smile Makeover

When our smiles are noticeably flawed, it can take a toll on our self-esteem. Living with dental imperfections isn’t easy; in fact, depression and social isolation commonly affect people who are unhappy with the appearance of their teeth.

Receiving a smile makeover through cosmetic dental treatments can change your life. Our patients report that cosmetic treatments improve their attractiveness, confidence, and social lives.

Benefits of cosmetic dental treatments include:

  • Whiter, brighter teeth
  • Straighter-looking smiles
  • Improved bites and restored dentition
  • Healthy-looking teeth
  • Concealed chips, cracks, and tooth wear
  • Properly proportioned teeth

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Professional Teeth Whitening

Professional teeth whitening is the ideal method for removing unsightly dental stains. This treatment option is safer and more effective than over the counter whitening products, too. Professional teeth whitening utilizes high quality, prescription whitening solutions that effectively lighten deep, permanent stains.

Professional whitening is a non-invasive way to boost the appearance of your smile. Whitened teeth produce a youthful, healthy-looking appearance that isn’t unnatural or distracting.

Our team at Callaway Family Dental uses shade indicators before and after treatment to document our patients’ results. Most patients who receive professional teeth whitening enjoy teeth that are eight to ten shades whiter.

Tooth-Colored Restorations

Restorations are used to repair diseased and broken teeth. In the past, restorations were made of dark materials that appeared unnatural. Today, however, restorations can be made from tooth-colored materials like composite resin and porcelain. These materials are useful for repairing damaged teeth without looking like obvious dental work.

Composite resin is a tooth-colored material made from plastic and glass. This material is ideal for treating small areas of tooth decay and for repairing small cracks and chips. Composite resin blends in perfectly with natural tooth structure.

Porcelain is another popular material for white restorations – especially when it comes to placing dental crowns. A dental crown is a restoration that is bonded over all of a tooth’s structure above the gums. These restorations address significant decay and damage. When constructed from porcelain, a dental crown can conceal imperfections including worn down and broken teeth along with intrinsic and extrinsic tooth stains.

Porcelain Veneers

Favored among celebrities for producing red carpet-worthy smiles, porcelain veneers are a popular cosmetic treatment option. A veneer is a tooth-shaped enhancement that conceals imperfections when bonded over the front surfaces of teeth. Veneers are custom made so that they look and feel as natural as possible. Most people who receive veneers have them placed over their most visible teeth.

Porcelain veneers can conceal the following types of dental imperfections:

  • Intrinsic and extrinsic dental stains
  • Chipped teeth
  • Improperly spaced smiles including crowded, overlapped, and crooked teeth
  • Teeth with jagged edges
  • Disproportionate smiles

We’re accepting new patients in the Fulton, Missouri area. If you’re suffering from a flawed smile, contact our team at Callaway Family Dental to schedule a smile makeover consultation with our caring and experienced cosmetic dentist.

Common Cosmetic Dentistry Questions

What is cosmetic dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry involves treatment options that improve the aesthetics of teeth to produce a beautiful and healthy-looking smile. While some restorative treatments overlap with cosmetic treatments, the overall objective of cosmetic dentistry is to conceal and perfect dental flaws. Common cosmetic treatment options include professional teeth whitening, placing porcelain veneers, and bonding tooth-colored restorations.

Some patients might benefit from one treatment such as teeth whitening while others might need a few types of cosmetic treatments to achieve their desired results. Our practice develops custom cosmetic dentistry treatment plans to produce results that meet each person’s unique needs.

What is a dental crown?

A dental crown is a common restoration. When made from tooth-colored materials such as all porcelain or porcelain fused to metal, crowns can have cosmetic benefits. In addition to protecting tooth structure from bacteria and surface debris, a crown can conceal deep, permanent stains as well as structural issues like cracks and chips.

If a patient has developed obvious tooth wear, multiple crowns can be used to rebuild his or her bite, protect weak teeth, and improve the appearance of his or her smile. Tooth-colored crowns are custom made so that they are indistinguishable from healthy, biological tooth structure.

What is a veneer?

A veneer is a custom made smile enhancement that is used to conceal imperfections. Veneers can be used to hide permanent discoloration, chips, and cracks, as well as irregularly shaped teeth. Patients often receive multiple veneers to produce the appearance of a white, perfect smile. When a series of veneers are bonded to the most visible teeth, a person’s smile will look uniformly symmetrical and straight. Veneers are custom made and come in a variety of tooth-colored shades.

I have sensitive teeth. Can I still whiten my teeth?

While it’s true that over the counter teeth whitening products intensify tooth sensitivity, professional teeth whitening won’t exacerbate tooth sensitivity on a permanent basis. Professional whitening utilizes prescription-grade formulas that penetrate the enamel surface of teeth without harsh abrasives or irritants. Some patients might feel increased sensitivity at first but their symptoms will subside in a few days. Professional teeth whitening is a great option for removing permanent dental stains – even among those who struggle with tooth sensitivity.