Cosmetic Dentistry

Creating Beautiful and Healthy Smiles with Cosmetic Dentistry

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Many individuals desire a brighter, more memorable smile, but very few are born with naturally perfect teeth. Whether you’re struggling with tooth discoloration, misalignment, damage, or missing teeth, cosmetic dentistry can help restore a strong foundation of oral health and enhance your smile’s appeal.

A radiant smile helps you feel happier and more confident, which not only encourages the positive attitude of those around you but can even help open doors for your professional and social opportunities. At Valley Alder Family Dentistry, Dr. Alpesh K. Patel and his team believe that every patient deserves to experience a full and functional smile they can feel great about. This is why we provide cosmetic dental treatments that not only repair, restore, and rejuvenate teeth, but also help improve oral health and overall quality of life.

For more information about our available services, or to schedule a personalized consultation, contact our Bloomington dental office today!


How Can Cosmetic Dentistry Help Me?

While cosmetic dental care does focus on improving smile aesthetics, it also includes many services that repair damaged enamel, strengthens weak or worn teeth, and even rejuvenate infected gum tissue. Cosmetic dental procedures often overlap with other treatments, such as restorative dental care to create a fully customized treatment plan based around your specific needs.

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With cosmetic dentistry performed at our office, we can help your smile in the following seven ways:

  1. Whiten stained or deeply-discolored teeth
  2. Enhance the shape, size, and strength of teeth
  3. Reduce dental gaps
  4. Help correct bite issues
  5. Address minor dental misalignment
  6. Repair chipped, cracked, and fractured teeth
  7. Replace one or all missing teeth in a smile

For your cosmetic dentistry results to last, a strong foundation of optimal oral health must be established first. During your consultation, Dr. Patel examines your smile, looking for any signs of problems. If any are detected, our team works closely with you to develop a strategy for restoring your oral health before recommending any cosmetic procedure.

Cosmetic Dentistry Services Designed to Improve Your Smile

At Valley Alder Family Dentistry, we are proud to provide you with the following solutions for transforming your smile:

Can Anyone Get Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments?

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Healthy teens, adults, seniors, and even children can make excellent candidates for cosmetic dental care. Because aesthetic procedures are so comprehensive and completely customized, just about anyone in good oral health can receive smile enhancing treatments.

Once good oral health is determined, Dr. Patel discusses your goals for treatment with you, taking the time to fully understand your needs. Your consultation also includes analyzing everything from your skin tone to your current tooth shade and the way your lips move as you speak. Modern technology in our office also makes it easier to create a plan that aligns perfectly with your treatment expectations. By using 3D scanning and digital imaging techniques, we can be sure that your cosmetic treatment will be effective.

White, Composite Fillings for Discreet Tooth Repair

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When teeth are relatively healthy but have suffered minor damage, white, composite fillings are great for repairing enamel in a discreet and aesthetically-pleasing way. Because composite fillings are matched to the exact shade of your teeth, they blend seamlessly with your enamel.

The process of getting a white filling is a predictable and straightforward procedure that can be done in a single office visit. The composite materials bond well to tooth enamel and can be applied, shaped, and polished to any tooth in your smile.

Rebuilding Smiles with Dental Implants

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Missing teeth not only impact natural aesthetics and self-confidence, but they can pose serious threats to your dental, oral, and overall health. Dental implants are body-safe titanium posts that serve as artificial tooth roots once surgically inserted into the jawbone by our skilled dentist. Because implants fuse naturally with tissue and bone, they permanently replace missing teeth.

Healthy tooth roots provide essential stimulation to the jawbone, which helps preserve facial features and keep natural teeth from shifting out of place. When lost teeth are replaced with dental implants, they also help restore natural aesthetics, dental alignment, chewing and digestive abilities, and improve self-confidence and overall well-being.

How Many Teeth Can Dental Implants Replace?

When crowns, bridges, or denture restorations are attached to dental implants, one to all teeth in your smile can be replaced. Dr. Patel and his team provide the following restorations supported by dental implants:

  • Porcelain crowns for restoring a single missing tooth, from root to crown.
  • Fixed bridges when two to three missing teeth in a row need replacing.
  • Partial dentures for replacing multiple teeth lost in your smile.
  • Complete dentures, which are designed to restore up to an entire smile of missing teeth.

Who Can Get Dental Implants?

Dental implants can be a life-long solution for healthy adults and seniors with enough jawbone density. If during your consultation, the bone volume in your jaw is determined too weak to support implants, Dr. Patel can perform a bone grafting procedure to increase your chances of successful implant treatment.

Porcelain Crowns & Fixed Bridges for Renewing Teeth Completely

Crowns: Porcelain crowns are an excellent solution for restoring a tooth with severe damage, that is weak or worn, has deep discoloration, is misshaped, or is missing. A crown is a tooth restoration designed to look, feel, and function exactly like a healthy and natural tooth. Crowns work by encasing a vulnerable tooth, preserving its appearance and protecting its structure.

Bridges: Porcelain fixed bridges are made up of one or more crowns either attached to dental implants or to neighboring teeth on either side of the gap. With bridges, not only will you rejuvenate your smile, but because surrounding teeth are kept in place, they can help prevent biting and chewing complications.

Restoring Enamel Aesthetically with Porcelain Inlays & Onlays

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Inlays and onlays are designed to address structural damage to your enamel. Tooth enamel endures a lot and undergoes heavy wear and tear over the years. Inlays and onlays are the perfect in-between solution for when a tooth is too damaged for a filling but not enough to need a crown.

Inlays are small pieces of porcelain that can be shaped to cover the exact portions of your damaged tooth. Onlays are placed on the biting surface of damaged teeth to restore proper functionality. Both inlays and onlays can repair moderate forms of enamel damage while restoring dental aesthetics.

Transforming Smiles with Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are thin yet durable shells of beautiful porcelain that can address many limitations in the smile once applied to the surfaces of your teeth. Because of their ability to mimic the natural characteristics of teeth, porcelain veneers are an excellent option for achieving a smile worthy of the silver screen. Veneers can address everything from severe discoloration and mild misalignment to surface damage in enamel and dental gaps.

Creating Luminous Smiles with Professional Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is perhaps the most common cosmetic dentistry technique. Professional whitening can remove years’ worth of staining from your enamel, often within a single office visit!

This is possible because professional methods use specialty-grade whitening gels to lighten teeth safely and effectively. These solutions are also powerful enough to break up the staining molecules that discolor teeth, leaving you with the dazzling smile you’ve always wanted.

How Did My Teeth Become Stained?

While teeth are strong, tooth enamel is very porous, making it easy for dark pigments from foods and drinks to stain your teeth.

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The seven most common causes for tooth discoloration include:

  1. Coffee
  2. Red wine
  3. Dark soda
  4. Dark berries
  5. Tomato juice
  6. Tomato sauce
  7. Smoking & tobacco use

What Are My Teeth Whitening Options?

In-Office: In-office whitening involves comfortable whitening in the dental chair. This form of teeth whitening is powerful enough to lighten the shade of teeth by up to eight shades and often takes about 45 minutes. Treatment results and time will depend on your type of staining and level of discoloration.

Take-Home: Take-home kits consist of a custom whitening tray designed to fit your exact smile for additional comfort and even whitening results. This method of whitening allows you to brighten your smile on your own time and at your own pace. Dr. Patel will provide you with important instructions on how to use your take-home kit safely and correctly.

Your Best Smile is Only a Phone Call Away!

Having a bright, attractive smile can make a significant difference in your life. If you’re looking to restore the natural glow of your teeth, our cosmetic dentist can help design a treatment plan that’s safe, effective, and completely personalized to you.

With our wide range of cosmetic treatments, Dr. Alpesh Petal can also address underlying dental and oral health issues that may be hindering your ability to obtain your dream smile. Contact Valley Alder Family Dentistry to start your aesthetic dental care journey today.


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