Cosmetic Dentistry in Southeast Springfield
Have you ever come across a person who had such an amazing smile that it lit up their entire face?
There is no denying that a beautiful smile makes a great first impression. If your smile isn’t all that it could be, maybe it’s time to consider cosmetic dentistry. Even a small cosmetic change can make a big difference in how your smile looks—and in how you feel about yourself.
Southeast Springfield dentists Dr. Shannon White and Dr. Preston White take the time to learn what every patient wants in their smile. We can recommend the ideal treatment for you to give you the smile of your dreams.
There is artistry as well as science involved in designing your ideal smile. Perfecting a smile can mean minor treatment, including cosmetic bonding and teeth whitening, or more extensive work, such as Invisalign, crowns or bridges, porcelain veneers, dental implants—or any combination of these.
Cosmetic dentistry is more popular than ever before, and it’s much more accessible. If you aren't happy with your smile, talk to us, and we can go over your options in our Southeast Springfield, MO dental office.
- How can you help me fix my stained teeth?
- Will my teeth look natural with professional teeth whitening?
Tooth-Colored Dentistry and Cosmetic Bonding
What is cosmetic dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry treatments improve the appearance of your smile while maintaining or improving the function or your oral health. Even small changes to your smile can boost your self-confidence, which is why cosmetic dentistry is an easy way to gain more satisfaction with your appearance. Modern advances in dental technology make cosmetic dentistry more accessible than ever.
Here are a few ways you can improve your smile:
- Teeth whitening
- Straightening teeth and closing gaps with Invisalign clear braces
- Fixing imperfections such as chips, misshapen teeth, or worn down teeth with porcelain veneers or dental bonding
- Making multiple changes with full smile makeovers
Which cosmetic treatment would work best for me?
When you visit White Smiles Family Dental for a consultation, we’ll discuss your goals for improving your smile within your budget. Our top priority is creating a customized treatment plan together so that you feel excited and informed about the options available.
At your first appointment, one of our Southeast Springfield dentists will take your full medical history along with x-rays and photos to determine if you have any underlying conditions that could impact your treatment. If you need any restorative work, such as dental crowns, we can integrate that into your treatment plan.
How can you help me fix my stained teeth?
One of the quickest and most cost-effective ways to improve your smile is by whitening discolored, yellowed, or stained teeth. With professional teeth whitening, you get the appropriate strength of teeth whitening gel, which provides exceptional results while minimizing sensitivity. Although over-the-counter whitening kits and strips might help get rid of some surface stains on your teeth, they don’t compare to professional teeth whitening when it comes to results.
We offer a number of different teeth whitening systems, depending on what works best for you:
- In-office Zoom! professional teeth whitening gives you instantly whiter teeth in just one visit.
- With our take-home professional teeth whitening kits, you’ll get custom-fit whitening trays and a supply of our reliable, high-grade teeth whitening gel.
- For tough stains that won’t respond to our other whitening treatments, we offer an in-office or take-home KöR teeth whitening system.
Will my teeth look natural with professional teeth whitening?
With drugstore whitening kits, you may not achieve the level of whitening you want—if any! But our professional teeth whitening gel and customized trays provide a uniform coating of the gel while protecting your gums.
At White Smiles Family Dental in Southeast Springfield, MO, we take pride in helping you achieve the level of teeth whitening that looks best with your facial features. No one wants to bring attention to their teeth the wrong way, and that’s why professional teeth whitening is the best choice for beautiful, natural-looking teeth.
What are my options for straightening my teeth?
A straight smile is not only more beautiful, but it’s easier to take care of. When teeth are misaligned, flossing and brushing can be more difficult, putting your oral health at risk. With Invisalign invisible braces, you can get a straight smile without the brackets and wires of traditional metal braces.
Invisalign clear plastic aligners fit your adult lifestyle, as well as that of older teens, because they are discreet and removable. There are no eating restrictions, and taking care of your teeth is easy. Treatment is usually much quicker than traditional orthodontics.
What can I expect with Invisalign treatment?
Invisalign clear aligners gradually move your teeth into alignment with constant, gentle pressure and a faster treatment time. Since Invisalign clear braces are removable, there’s no need to avoid certain foods or worry about breaking wires or brackets. Every couple of weeks you’ll simply switch the aligner for the next one in your set so your teeth continue can continue progressing.
Invisalign is best for fixing milder bite and teeth misalignment along with gaps between teeth. Dr. White will take impressions of your mouth, photos, and x-rays, and then an Invisalign lab will create your customized trays. When you receive your Invisalign clear aligners, Dr. White will give you instructions for wearing and caring for them. Typically, you will wear the aligners for 22 hours per day, removing them to eat, brush, and floss.
Within 12 to 18 months, you’ll have the beautiful, standout smile you envisioned!
How can tooth-colored fillings enhance my smile?
If you have an older silver filling, you are probably familiar with the gray color the metal components leave in your teeth. Whether you want to replace a filling or need a new tooth filling, we’ll make sure it matches your natural teeth color to blend in seamlessly.
At White Smiles Family Dental, we believe restorative treatments should also be aesthetically pleasing. Tooth-colored fillings in our Southeast Springfield, MO dental office are more popular than ever for upgrading smiles from distracting to natural-looking. Replacing existing silver (amalgam) fillings with tooth-colored fillings is a great way to make significant improvements to your smile.
What are the benefits of dental bonding?
If you have teeth that are stained, chipped, cracked, or misshapen, dental bonding might be the solution. Dental bonding is also effective for fixing minor gaps in the teeth.
With cosmetic bonding, we don’t need to remove a small amount of the tooth enamel, keeping more of your tooth structure intact. Dental bonding is also less costly than other restorative procedures, such as porcelain veneers. Dental crowns and bridges also provide an aesthetic appeal while repairing and enhancing your teeth.
What are porcelain veneers?
If you are looking for a dazzling smile similar to those you see on the red carpet, veneers can give you almost instant glamour. These wafer-thin porcelain shells cover your teeth, hiding a multitude of imperfections. Customized to match the shape, size, and color of your other teeth, porcelain veneers will also complement your lips and face.
What can I fix with porcelain veneers?
One of the main benefits of porcelain veneers is a uniform appearance for your visible teeth. Porcelain veneers are an excellent option for Southeast Springfield, MO patients who wish to cover teeth that are chipped, worn, crooked, discolored, or otherwise flawed. Veneers can also cover teeth that are deeply stained and don’t respond to teeth whitening.
Why should I get a smile makeover?
Patients who come to us with more than one dental issue might opt for a full smile makeover. A smile makeover will not only transform the appearance of your smile, but also maintain or improve your oral health and function.
What problems can a smile makeover address?
Smile makeovers can include dental crowns, porcelain veneers, tooth-colored fillings, and any restorative or cosmetic treatment you may need. To keep the process from seeming overwhelming, we will work with you to develop a treatment plan that is manageable and fits your timeline.
Call Us to Find Out More
A celebrity-caliber smile can be yours through the art and science of cosmetic dentistry. Contact us at White Smiles Family Dental in Southeast Springfield, MO to make an appointment for a consultation.