What Does A Cosmetic Dentist Do?

Cosmetic dentistry includes dental procedures that correct imperfections in a patient’s smile. While general dental treatments focus on prevention, cosmetic dentistry focuses on improving the appearance of your teeth. Burlington cosmetic dentist, Dr. Thomas Monahan designs custom cosmetic dental procedures to improve your smile.

Most cosmetic dental treatments are minimally invasive and completed in one day. As a matter of fact, Dr. Monahan can complete a smile design in Burlington, NC. Advancements in dental technology make cosmetic dental treatments more predictable than ever before. Not to mention, the all ceramic restorations are extremely durable.

Often, cosmetic dental treatments in Burlington, NC provide restorative benefits as well. A patient’s smile is the key to their overall well being. In fact, studies have shown that smiling is directly connected to your mood, self-confidence, and self-esteem. The ultimate outcome that we can provide for you is quality of life.

At Monahan Family and Cosmetic Dentistry we can help patients:

  • Reach the dream of having a beautiful smile.
  • Enjoy eating their favorite food without restrictions.
  • Express emotions without feeling self-conscious.
  • Reduce anxiety knowing that their oral health care is stable.
  • Live free of pain and without limitations.
  • Boost your self-confidence.

Cosmetic Dentist | Dental Bonding

A tooth-colored composite resin may be used to repair chips, cracks, small gaps, and discolored teeth. Composite resin is durable dental plastic, mixed with tiny glass particles for a natural, almost clear appearance. Essentially, composite resin bonding material mimics tooth enamel.

During this procedure, Dr. Monahan will apply composite resin to the front surface of a tooth to achieve the desired appearance. Composite resin will be shaped, smoothed, and polished after it is applied. As a result, concealing a variety of minor cosmetic imperfections without altering the natural structures of the tooth.

Cosmetic Dentistry | Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers, or dental veneers are thin, custom made shells that permanently attach to the front surface of the tooth. Veneers conceal imperfections, such as tooth color, shape, size, and tooth alignment. Even better, our CEREC® technology provides the ability to custom design and make the veneer the same-day.

To emphasize, we have eliminated the long wait time by investing in advanced dental technology. Now, Dr. Monahan can design, fabricate, and permanently affix custom-made veneers in just one office visit. Even better, no more impressions.

Crown lengthening

Crown lengthening – also known as gum contouring or gum lift – is a procedure to expose natural teeth covered by excess gum tissue, also known as gummy smile. Dr. Monahan uses a safe, precise, and minimally invasive soft tissue laser to reshape gums. Simultaneously, the dental laser removes excess gum tissue and seals the gums. As a result, laser dental treatments eliminate the need for stitches.

A gummy smile is the most common dental condition that a dentist treats with a crown lengthening procedure. Generally, patients experience few if any significant side effects from gum contouring, and very little down time. Patients with a gummy smile have excess gum tissue that makes their teeth look shorter. An uneven gum-line can also cause teeth to appear different sizes.

Professional Teeth Whitening

The Opalescence® whitening gel that we use could whiten your teeth up to five shades whiter. Whereas, over the counter (OTC) whitening gel may only improve the shade of teeth by one or two shades. Meanwhile, your results will depend on other factors, such as the type of stains or previous restorations.

You can have custom teeth whitening trays custom made at our Burlington, NC office. First, you come into our office to take impressions. Next, you will pick up your custom made whitening trays. Finally, you wear the trays as recommended to achieve a brighter smile.

Smile Makeover

If you need multiple cosmetic treatments to reach your smile goal, our doctors may recommend a smile makeover. Your smile makeover may include porcelain dental veneers, SureSmile, gum contouring, dental bonding, teeth whitening, and other restorative or prosthetic procedures. Combined, multiple cosmetic dental treatments can improve the form, function and aesthetics of your smile. Dr. Monahan will develop a personalized treatment plan to deliver the smile you desire.

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Burlington, NC 27215
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