nAddressing the appearance of your smile can improve your smile confidence and support your long term dental health and wellness. From teeth whitening to dental veneers, Dr. Gregory Hillyard and Dr. Alexandra Monroe use the highest-quality materials, expert techniques, and advanced dental technology to ensure long-lasting results. We take the time to look for any underlying dental problems that could compromise your long term results. Our goal is to create a personalized treatment plan designed to provide a beautiful new smile that is stable and lasting.
Feel free to ask any questions you may have about our cosmetic dental treatments. Our team will help to explain the pros and cons of each solution as well as the expected results.
Cosmetic Dental Treatments
During a consultation, we will evaluate your oral health, discuss your concerns and goals, and determine the best treatment options to suit your needs. We have a wide range of cosmetic dental treatments to help patients improve their oral health and achieve the smile they desire:
Botox & Dermal Fillers
As a member of the American Academy of Facial Esthetics (AAFE), Dr. Monroe can complete your smile makeover by reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles. She offers Botox® and dermal fillers to provide volume and improved skin texture for a smoother, younger appearance.
If you suffer from frequent jaw pain or find that you grind your teeth in stressful situations, you may have a TMJ disorder. TMJ, or temporomandibular joint disorder, is often marked by symptoms such as frequent headaches, orofacial pain, and jaw popping. Botox and dermal fillers are usually used to improve facial aesthetics. However, they can also be used strategically to assuage the pain caused by TMJ. Botox lessens the contraction of the muscles of the jaw to decrease the amount of force they are exerting.
Invisalign and ClearCorrect are alternatives to traditional metal braces that offer multiple benefits to patients. Invisalign offers a thicker plastic while ClearCorrect utilizes a thinner plastic. Both of these treatments straighten crooked teeth over time. Because they are clear, they are discreet enough to be worn day-to-day.
Composite and porcelain dental veneers cover teeth for a smooth and bright appearance. During treatment, dental impressions will be taken of your teeth so that the veneers fit onto teeth properly. The specifications of your veneer shape and color will be sent to a dental lab for fabrication. When the dental veneers are complete, the surface of your teeth will be cleaned and polished and the veneers will be carefully bonded to teeth.
Dental bonding material helps rebuild the tooth structure and lighten the appearance of teeth by several shades. Tooth bonding is a quick and easy solution to addressing cosmetic problems and can help rebuild the tooth structure and lighten the appearance of teeth by several shades.
During treatment, a composite resin is adhered to and shaped to teeth during the bonding process. It is cured and bonded using a special bonding light. This option is more economical than porcelain veneers and is a great option for patients who want a whiter and brighter smile.
Teeth whitening is one of the quickest and affordable cosmetic dentistry treatments. If you are concerned about discolored, stained, or dull teeth, ask about our teeth whitening solutions. We offer Zoom in-office teeth whitening as well as custom made teeth whitening trays to wear daily at home.
Cosmetic Dentistry FAQs
Are cosmetic dentistry procedures painful?
Cosmetic dentistry does not have to hurt. Today, because of advancements in technology most people don’t feel excruciating pain after a cosmetic dental procedure. Cosmetic dentists now use less invasive techniques and patients can avoid pain. Cosmetic dentistry is more comfortable than it has ever been before.
Will I have teeth sensitivity after whitening my teeth?
Teeth sensitivity can vary from person to person. Some people experience sensitivity after whitening their teeth, while others do not. However, the people that do experience sensitivity don’t have the issue for long. It is not permanent and will probably go away within days.
How long does tooth bonding last?
Tooth bonding generally lasts from three to ten years. After this time your dentist will need to touch up existing bonding or replace it. The lifespan of dental bonding will depend on several factors. Where did the dentist apply the dental bond? Did an unhealthy tooth receive the dental bonding procedure? What type of composite material did the dentist use? Lastly, eating hard foods and grinding your teeth will make the lifespan of dental bonding shorter.
Do porcelain veneers ruin your teeth?
No. As long as you take care of your teeth, your porcelain veneers will be fine. The key is to make sure a qualified cosmetic dentist installs your porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers fit over your regular teeth. However, if you do not take care of your teeth and practice good dental hygiene, your veneers and teeth will not do well.
What’s the difference between clear braces and metal?
Clear braces are made of a clear, plastic material and are less visible than metal braces. Metal braces are made of stainless steel and are the most common type of braces.
Are there foods that will stain clear braces?
There are a few foods that can cause staining on clear braces, including coffee, tea, and red wine. Other dark-colored foods like soy sauce and balsamic vinegar can also cause staining. To avoid staining your braces, it’s best to avoid these foods or brush your teeth immediately after eating them.
Schedule an Appointment
Are you looking for a Media, PA dentist that provides cosmetic options to enhance your smile? Call 610.756.0649 to schedule a dental appointment or consultation with Dr. Hillyard or Dr. Monroe.