Ready For a Smile You’ll Love?
No smile is perfect, but if you hide your smile out of embarrassment or discomfort, it can have a big impact on your social life and self-esteem. Cosmetic dentistry helps you achieve a dynamic and flattering smile you can be proud to wear.
At SmileHere Family Dental, we love helping our patients achieve their smile goals through cosmetic dentistry. We rely on innovative technology and treatments to provide the best results for our patients.
Find out more about how we’re transforming Livonia and Ann Arbor smiles for the better!
What are My Cosmetic Dentistry Options?
Our office is proud to provide a variety of dental series to help our patients achieve their dream smiles. Our treatment options include:
What Treatment Should I Get?
Choosing the right cosmetic treatment for you starts with a personal discussion. We take the time to understand your goals for your smile and what kind of results you hope for. We examine your teeth thoroughly, assessing your cosmetic concerns to determine which treatment will provide the best results.
The right treatment could be a single treatment, like teeth whitening, or a multi-service treatment plan depending on your needs. If more than one treatment option is available, we’ll provide you with a comprehensive list of options so you can make an informed decision.
Don’t feel pressured to make a decision right away. Take your time asking the dentist questions, doing research, and whatever else you need to feel comfortable about your decision. Feeling happy with your cosmetic treatment is the most important thing, and it’s worth taking time to find what works best for you!
Is Cosmetic Dentistry Worth It? 5 Questions to Ask the Dentist!
Most people have something about their smile they don’t like. Since your smile is an integral part of your confidence and social interactions, feelings of discomfort or embarrassment about the way your smile looks can have a serious long-term impact. Many cosmetic services also aren’t just about appearances – white fillings and porcelain crowns protect your teeth as well as your aesthetics.
If you’re unsure about whether cosmetic dentistry is right for you, the best thing you can do is discuss it with the dentist. They can help you determine how treatment would benefit you and answer any questions you have.
Consider asking the dentist these 5 questions during your next appointment:
- What could I do to fix this cosmetic issue?
- How long would my treatment last?
- Would I need more than one treatment?
- Does this treatment benefit my health?
- Would my insurance cover this service?
Teeth Whitening: A Simple Solution for a Beautiful Smile
If your teeth seem yellow, dingy, or dull, professional teeth whitening could help you bring the sparkle back to your smile. Our in-office whitening uses a potent bleaching gel to restore your teeth to their naturally beautiful shade. A one-hour visit could be all you need for several shades of whiter teeth!
Why are My Teeth Yellow?
Certain dark or acidic foods and drinks leave traces just beneath the surface of your enamel. Subtle at first, these stains build up over time until your original enamel color is completely hidden. Tooth brushing and routine cleanings can lift some of the stains, though not as effectively as professional teeth whitening.
The most common staining culprits include:
- Black tea
- Orange juice
- Spaghetti sauce
- Dark berries
Teeth can also change color from other factors, such as trauma. This discoloration may not be affected by whitening, and another treatment such as veneers or a porcelain crown may be recommended.
How Does In-office Whitening Work?
When you visit our office for teeth whitening, we start by showing you where your teeth are on a dental color chart. Once you are comfortable in the dental chair, we apply a protective coating to your gums to minimize whitening sensitivity.
A professional-strength peroxide gel is applied to your teeth using a special tray custom-shaped to your teeth. The gel lifts set-in stains from beneath the enamel’s surface, breaking them up gradually to reveal your natural color underneath. The whitening gel is applied in three 15-minutes sessions, with a brief rest between each session.
Once your treatment is complete, we’ll compare your teeth to the color chart again so you can see the results. Whitening typically takes only an hour, and with proper care, the results can last for years.
How Do I Keep My Teeth White?
There are several things you can do to keep your teeth whitening results as long as possible. The most important thing is to brush twice a day, shortly after meals if possible. If you can’t brush after eating, a quick swish and rinse with water can still help reduce staining.
Limiting your exposure to staining foods and drinks will also help, as will avoiding smoking and tobacco. If you have an upcoming event, a take-home whitening kit is great for touching up your smile.
How Do Veneers Change My Smile?
With a veneers treatment, thin porcelain shells are placed over your teeth, concealing a wide variety of dental imperfections. Each veneer is custom-crafted to your smile, designed to look and feel like natural enamel. With veneers, you can correct:
- Gaps between teeth
- Chipped and broken teeth
- Discolored enamel
- Minor misalignment
- Worn or misshapen teeth
Do Veneers Damage Your Teeth?
To place veneers, the dentist removes a thin layer of enamel from the front surfaces of your teeth. This keeps the veneers from looking and feeling bulky. It also helps the veneers attach more securely to your teeth.
Once placed, veneers become part of your teeth. They protect the inner tooth just as your enamel would, and your tooth overall is not harmed by veneers.
What are Lumineers®?
Similar to veneers, Lumineers are thin tooth-shaped shells fitted over the teeth. However, Lumineers are much thinner than traditional veneers, and their high translucency allows them to mimic natural enamel more closely. In most cases, Lumineers don’t require any reshaping of the actual tooth and can be placed directly over the tooth in a non-invasive process.
Should I Get Veneers or Lumineers?
This can feel like a complicated decision. Both veneers and Lumineers can dramatically transform your smile and overcome the same cosmetic limitations.
Your choice will likely come down to your personal preferences. For example, you may prefer the look of one type over the other. You may like veneers because they typically last longer, or Lumineers because you don’t need to alter your tooth enamel. Take your time, look at samples, and work with the dentist to determine which option is best for your unique smile.
How Do Porcelain Crowns Help My Smile?
When you choose a porcelain crown, you enjoy its full protective strength as well as its aesthetic enhancements. Crowns may be necessary for preserving a broken tooth, protecting a large filling, or correcting bite misalignment. However, they may also be used to correct cosmetic issues or to top a dental implant.
Porcelain crowns are carefully designed by the dentist and fabricated in a dental lab. Each custom crown is color-matched to your natural tooth enamel and will look, feel, and function just like a real tooth.
What’s the Difference Between Metal Fillings and White Fillings?
Both types of fillings help to protect teeth damaged by tooth decay. However, there are a few important differences between the two.
Metal (amalgam) fillings are composed of various metals and have been around for decades. They’re known for their durability and are fairly inexpensive.
White (composite) fillings are made of a composite resin that is shade-matched to the tooth. Done well, they can be indistinguishable from natural tooth enamel.
Currently, metal fillings last longer than white fillings. However, thanks to advances in dental technology, white fillings are getting stronger every year. The average filling placed today is expected to last 15 years or longer with good care. White fillings also do not contain mercury, which is used in metal fillings to bind the various metals together.
Can I Replace My Old Metal Filling or Crown with a Cosmetic Restoration?
Many people choose to have their metal dental work replaced with a cosmetic alternative. If you’re interested in having a restoration replaced, our dentist will examine your current restoration to check its placement and condition. Old or failing restorations need to be replaced for your health, which makes it easy to switch from a traditional to a cosmetic restoration.
If the filling is still in good condition, the dentist will assess how long the restoration is likely to last. You may choose to have it replaced or wait, depending on the results.
Do I Need Braces?
It’s rare to see a smile that’s naturally straight and perfect. Not all misalignments need correcting, but if your teeth are putting you at risk for health problems, it’s strongly recommended to consider orthodontic help.
You may need braces if you have:
- Crooked teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- An overbite or under-bite
- Uneven wear on teeth
Are Braces Worth It?
It’s true that braces require a big commitment physically, mentally, and financially. While you may not be sure if the aesthetic benefits are worth it, braces also provide substantial health benefits.
Misalignments increase your risk of gum disease, as they make it harder to clean between the teeth. They also impact your chewing ability, leading to poor digestion, uneven wear on the teeth, and even contributing to headaches and TMJ (a painful disorder of the jaw joint).
With braces, you’ll enjoy better dental health, avoid long-term problems, and have a more appealing smile.
Am I a Candidate for Clear Braces?
Clear braces are a convenient and discreet way for many teens and adults to straighten their smile. However, since they function differently from traditional braces, not everyone may benefit from them.
Clear braces use a series of custom-shaped aligners to guide teeth into the ideal position. Each aligner puts gentle pressure on the teeth in carefully targeted areas, causing them to move. This method is an effective choice for correcting mild to moderate cases of gaps, crowding, and crooked teeth.
When you visit our office, the dentist evaluates your misalignment to determine what needs to be done. If you are eligible for clear braces, an impression is made of your teeth and used to design your custom aligners. If not, we can discuss your alternative options.
The Smile You Want Could Be A Visit Away
At SmileHere Family Dental, our dental team believes in helping each patient achieve a smile that reflects their unique personality with a flattering aesthetic. We’re excited to put our experience and artistic skill to work for our patients!
Why wait to enjoy a smile you love? Contact our office and schedule your cosmetic consultation today!