Cosmetic dental concerns can severely impact a person’s self-confidence. This negatively impacts their personal and professional lives. At our dental office, we enjoy helping our patients achieve their dream smiles.
Beyond helping our patients achieve optimal dental health, we are happy to provide comprehensive cosmetic dentistry solutions as well. If you are looking to gift yourself with a smile makeover, our dental office is here to assist you. Dr. Ousborne and Dr. Esterson are cosmetic dentists providing compassionate cosmetic dentistry in Towson, MD, meaning you don’t have to worry about feeling judged or ignored in our dental practice.
We know the difference that it makes to a patient’s overall wellness when they feel confident in their smile. That’s why we are happy to provide cosmetic dental services.
What Cosmetic Issues Can Cosmetic Dentistry Solve?
Cosmetic dentistry treatments can address a wide range of aesthetic issues. We offer treatments that can improve the appearance of your teeth and smile. In most cases, they will also contribute to improved oral health and functionality. Here are some common problems that we can solve with the procedures we offer:
- Tooth Stains and Discoloration: Professional teeth whitening and porcelain veneers can fix discolored, stained, or yellow teeth due to age, diet, smoking, or medication.
- Chips and Cracks in Teeth: Dental bonding and porcelain veneers can repair chipped or cracked teeth to restore their natural appearance.
- Tooth Misalignment and Spacing: In some cases, we can use porcelain veneers to fix the appearance of crooked teeth or close the gaps between teeth to enhance smile symmetry.
- Uneven Teeth: Veneers or dental bonding can be used to reshape uneven or irregularly shaped teeth to create a more uniform look.
- Worn Teeth: Teeth that are worn down from grinding, years of misalignment, or other habits can be lengthened and reshaped using dental veneers.
- Dull or Aged Smile: A combination of treatments, such as veneers, whitening, and other restorative dentistry treatments can rejuvenate an aged smile, making it look more vibrant and youthful.
Your Cosmetic Dentists in Towson, MD
Dr. Ousborne and Dr. Esterson are your experienced general and cosmetic dentists in Towson, MD. We use advanced technology for a more accurate result, including digital imagery, ZOOM®, and Vita Easyshade. Our goal is to provide a result that is as beautiful as it is stable and functional.
Teeth bonding is a minimally-invasive and cost-effective method for achieving your dream smile. This service utilizes the same resin material that you may be familiar with from previous dental fillings. The resin material is color-matched to your smile to ensure a seamless final result. Small chips, cracks, or stains can be easily and quickly concealed using a tooth bonding solution. Once applied over the blemish, the bonding material is hardened by blue wavelength light to ensure you get to enjoy your improved smile for many years to come. To learn more about the benefits of dental bonding, see Teeth Bonding.
Yellowed, dull teeth can significantly reduce a person’s confidence with their own smile. While tooth discoloration is completely natural and normal due to the common foods and beverages that we all enjoy, it can distract from the overall beauty of your smile. Perfect for weddings, special occasions, or reunions, our teeth whitening solutions offer patients the ability to quickly remove several years of stains and residues from their tooth enamel.
Additionally, our whitening solutions are designed specifically for your smile, unlike over-the-counter solutions that take a one-size-fits-all approach to dentistry. You can rest assured that the end result for your teeth whitening appointment will be a beautiful, white, and bright smile. To learn more about the teeth whitening treatments we offer, see Teeth Whitening.
For patients looking to achieve a complete smile makeover, porcelain veneers are an excellent option. Porcelain veneers are designed to replace the entire front-facing portion of your natural tooth. While you will maintain the functionality of your natural tooth beneath the veneer, it will be cosmetically replaced by a ceramic shell that is designed to conceal major or minor blemishes.
Chips, cracks, gaps, or bleach-resistant stains can be concealed using porcelain veneers. Patients can receive one veneer or a mouth full of veneers depending on their budgetary and cosmetic dentistry goals. Additionally, our veneers are designed to be extra thin so that they do not require much enamel removal from your natural tooth to make space for them. To learn more about the dental veneer process, see Porcelain Veneers.
Cosmetic Dentistry FAQs
Cosmetic dentistry has become increasingly popular as more people seek to improve the appearance of their smiles. With a variety of treatments available, patients often have numerous questions about cosmetic dental care. Read through the answers to these frequently asked questions to learn more about the cosmetic services we provide. We want to ensure you have the information you need to pursue the smile of your dreams. Contact us if you have further questions.
Can cosmetic dentistry fix crooked teeth?
Cosmetic dentistry can help to correct crooked teeth. Your cosmetic dentist will use a number of different procedures to realign the teeth. Furthermore, your cosmetic dentist will be able to advise you on the best option for your case. For instance, an orthodontist will use traditional braces to fix crooked teeth. This treatment will take around 12-18 months to complete. Invisalign is another popular treatment for crooked teeth; it uses clear aligners which are practically invisible, and treatment typically takes around 9-12 months. If you are looking for a more immediate solution, porcelain veneers are the perfect answer. Porcelain veneers involve bonding thin pieces of porcelain onto the front surfaces.
Does insurance cover cosmetic dentistry?
Dental insurance does not usually cover cosmetic dentistry treatments. This is because cosmetic dentistry improves the patient’s aesthetics. Most dental insurances only cover procedures that aim to prevent or treat conditions that affect the oral health of the patient.
Can a dentist remove my tooth bonding?
Yes. Your dentist or an oral surgeon can remove tooth bonding. Usually, your dentist will use a type of sandpaper. The dentist will place a small, rapidly-rotating disc. They will use this tool to remove all of the bonding material from each of your teeth, reversing the effects of dental bonding.
How many years does teeth whitening last?
In-office teeth whitening treatments generally last up to 3 years on average. However, its longevity depends on the after-care of the patient and their general oral health routine. Teeth naturally stain over time when regularly consuming highly pigmented substances, such as the ones found in tobacco, coffee, wine, blueberries, tomatoes, etc.
Will a teeth whitening procedure cause any side effects?
Yes. Usually, patients experience teeth sensitivity after teeth whitening treatments. The severity of the sensitivity varies between patients. However, this condition does not last long and resolves on its own without compromising the teeth’s general health.
Are porcelain veneers permanent?
No. Porcelain veneers last approximately 10 to 15 years. They are highly durable, and they wear out or change colors over the years. These dental restorations are strong and usually do not chip or fracture easily. However, its duration depends on the patient’s dental habits. They can break if they bite on hard things.
If you’ve been thinking about pursuing cosmetic dentistry solutions for yourself, there is never a better time to start on this goal than today. Request an appointment for a cosmetic dentistry consultation with our experienced doctors. Together, we will help you come up with a plan and achieve your dream smile.