Cosmetic Dentistry Services | Virginia Beach, VA
Your smile is a big part of your first impression. Improving your smile can enhance your self confidence. While aesthetics are important to patients and our dental team, the main focus is on treating the underlying functional and health components that cause the cosmetic dental issues. Diagnosing and treating the cause of the problem, ensures the long term success of the treatment and the best aesthetic results for the patient.
If you have a cosmetic dental issue, our dental team at Gentle Dental Center will complete a full examination of your mouth and we will discuss your concerns and goals. Together, we will determine the best treatment option for your unique needs and work with you towards achieving your cosmetic dental goals.
OUR COSMETIC DENTISTRY SERVICES
Dental Inlays and Onlays
Dental inlays and onlays are a conservative approach to tooth restoration. They are used to repair back teeth that have mild to moderate decay or may be cracked, but do not require a full crown. Inlay refers to the procedure where the bonded material is limited to the center of the tooth. Onlays refer to those procedures where the bonded material can extend further to one or more cusps of the tooth.
There are great benefits to inlays and onlays as they do not expand or contract with temperature changes like amalgam (silver) fillings. They have maximum longevity of up to thirty years, which is longer than any other type of filling material. Another benefit of an inlay/onlay is the minimum amount of tooth structure is removed. This advantage helps to preserve the maximum amount of healthy tooth structure while restoring decayed or damaged areas.
Teeth whitening is a popular cosmetic dental procedure that restores a shiny white color to teeth using an effective bleaching solution. There are two whitening options available through The Gentle Dental Center. Our in-office teeth whitening procedure produces a significant color change in teeth in a short amount of time. The dentist will apply a high concentration of a whitening gel on the teeth and then activate it with a special blue light. Several rounds of whitening will lighten and brighten the color of your teeth in approximately an hour and a half.
We also offer a take-home kit that is designed to whiten your teeth overnight over several weeks using special custom-made trays. The take-home whitening system may take a little longer, but the result will be the same: a beautiful, healthy, white smile. If you are considering a brighter, whiter smile, Gentle Dental Center in Virginia Beach, VA is your smile destination.
A dental bridge is a prosthetic tooth (or teeth) that is used to fill the gap caused by a missing tooth or teeth. Dental bridges fill the space between teeth to maintain function for chewing and speech. The two posts securing the dental bridge are natural teeth, called anchors, which hold the bridge securely in place.
There are several types of bridges that may be used to restore the function of your mouth when teeth are missing. The type of bridge you will need will be determined by our dentists. Your dental bridge will be made of the most durable, natural-looking material to withstand the stress of chewing and to maintain a natural aesthetic appeal.
Dental veneers are a common cosmetic procedure used to improve the appearance of teeth and smiles. Veneers are custom-made shells of porcelain that cover the front surface of your tooth. They are tooth-colored and are typically used to improve the shape or size of visible front teeth. The porcelain material used in veneers is designed to be durable and resist stains. If you are considering a dramatic smile makeover, our dental professionals at Gentle Dental Center of Virginia Beach, VA have the skill and expertise to create the smile of your dreams.
Dental bonding is often used to fix chipped or cracked teeth to reform and restructure the tooth after injury. It can also be used as a cosmetic procedure to improve the appearance of teeth and is both faster and less expensive than veneers or crowns. Bonding can be performed in one office visit since nothing is made in a dental laboratory. Additionally, the procedure typically requires removing less tooth enamel compared to other restoration techniques. Bonding is less durable than porcelain and may require small cosmetic touch-ups.
A crown is a type of dental restoration that covers the visible surface of a tooth. A dental crown, usually made of porcelain, is a tooth-shaped prosthetic that is used to restore shape and size, strengthen, and improve the appearance of a tooth. A crown is cemented into place and fully encases the entire visible portion of a tooth. Crowns are durable, natural-looking and made of materials that will stand the test of time.
Invisalign is a revolutionary straightening system that utilizes clear aligner trays uniquely designed for you to straighten your smile. The aligner trays are made of smooth, comfortable and virtually invisible plastic that you wear over your teeth. Wearing the aligners will gradually and gently shift your teeth into place. Teenagers and adults love the clear alternative to traditional braces. You will replace your aligners approximately every two weeks until your teeth are aligned and you have a beautiful, healthy smile.
In the past, dentures were the only option available for people who suffered tooth loss due to decay, periodontal disease or injury. With advancements in technology and materials, dental implants are becoming an increasingly popular method for replacing missing teeth. Dental implants are replacement tooth roots made with titanium supports surgically fused with your jaw bone. The titanium posts provide a strong foundation for the attachment of natural-looking prosthetic teeth.
Dental emergencies happen and it’s important that you know how to handle the situation. Here is a list of common dental emergencies, however, if you do not see your emergency on this list contact our office immediately so we can provide individualized care.
***This practice does not participate in the Medicaid program and is unable to treat patients with Medicaid.