Cosmetic dentistry concerns should not be overlooked. You are less likely to care for yourself when you do not feel happy showing off your smile. When you feel confident about your smile, you are more likely to succeed both personally and professionally.
Additionally, you are more likely to practice stricter oral hygiene routines and schedule preventative dental appointments for the long-term success of your dental health. This is why we are happy to provide our patients with cosmetic dentistry services. Learn more about our offerings for cosmetic dentistry in Bethesda, MD, below.
Cosmetic Dentistry in Bethesda, MD
Dr. Khanna is an experienced cosmetic dentist in Bethesda, MD. She has helped many patients achieve their dream smiles with cosmetic dentistry services. Cosmetic dentistry allows us the opportunity to address your personal grievances with your smile directly. If you feel self-conscious about your smile, we would love to help you address your concerns to feel more confident.
We’ve seen firsthand how much a beautiful smile can do for someone’s self-confidence. If you are considering cosmetic services for yourself, schedule a consultation with Dr. Khanna. Together, you can come up with a plan that you feel comfortable and confident about.
Why Get Cosmetic Dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry is often seen as an aesthetic service. And it definitely improves the aesthetics of your smile. If you aren’t confident in your smile, you’ll try to hide it instead of showing it off. You shouldn’t be trying to hide your teeth when you’re speaking or laughing in public. We believe you should always smile confidently and be proud of your smile.
But cosmetic dentistry isn’t solely for aesthetic purposes. Many cosmetic issues have underlying problems that impact your oral health. With cosmetic dentistry, we’re looking for the root cause of your cosmetic defects. Treating the core problem benefits both the looks of your smile and your oral health. It should be a complete treatment process, not only correcting the surface issues that are most visible.
Crooked teeth are a good example of this. They’re definitely an aesthetic issue that many people want to be fixed. But they pose oral health problems, too. Crooked teeth are harder to clean, so plaque and tartar build up more in certain areas. This leads to increased chances of tooth decay or gum disease.
They also cause an uneven bite, putting more pressure on certain teeth that they’re not meant to handle. These teeth are more likely to wear down faster, chip, or break. Uneven bites also lead to TMJ disorders. They cause pain throughout your jaw and face and can cause your jaw joint to malfunction.
Treating crooked teeth treats all of these problems, not just the aesthetic ones. You can greatly improve your oral health by getting Invisalign for your crooked teeth.
Cosmetic Dentistry Services
Our cosmetic dentistry services include the following:
Patients with a misaligned bite or crooked teeth can straighten their smile with Invisalign. Invisalign uses clear aligners to straighten teeth over time. Because Invisalign aligners are clear, they offer a more subtle orthodontic treatment. Additionally, Invisalign aligners may be removed for patients to eat and clean their smiles.
Porcelain veneers are an excellent solution for patients hoping to achieve a total smile makeover. Veneers are thin, custom-made shells that are secured over the tops of your natural teeth. Requiring only a small amount of enamel removal, you can get one veneer or a full mouth of veneers, depending on your needs and goals. Whether you have crooked, misshapen, stained, or chipped teeth, you can benefit from cosmetic dentistry treatment via porcelain veneers.
Teeth bonding is a conservative approach to cosmetic dentistry. If you have a minor blemish on your teeth, such as a chip or stain, we can correct this using teeth bonding. Teeth bonding utilizes a resin material similar to what is used with dental fillings. Dr. Khanna will remove a small amount of enamel to make space for the resin material. Then she will harden the material to your tooth and shape it to blend seamlessly with your smile.
It is very common to experience smile yellowing or discoloration. The foods and beverages that most of us consume daily often contain staining agents that dull your smile over time. To combat tooth discoloration, our office offers teeth whitening solutions. Dr. Khanna will customize your teeth whitening experience to meet your needs, ensuring the right amount of bleaching product is applied to each tooth for a consistent and beautiful result.
Cosmetic Dentistry FAQs
How do I get started with a smile makeover?
Call our office today to schedule a cosmetic dentistry consultation if you are ready to transform your smile. At your appointment, Dr. Khanna will listen to what you like and dislike about your smile. Then she will analyze your smile and examine your teeth and gums. Making sure you are in good oral health and have no underlying dental problems compromising your results will ensure the longevity of your cosmetic treatments.
Will dental insurance cover cosmetic dentistry treatments?
Most dental insurance policies do not offer any coverage for cosmetic procedures. Treatments necessary for oral health are typically the only thing they cover. However, if your dentist deems your cosmetic issue as an oral health issue, then there is a chance your insurance company may offer some type of coverage. An example of this would be if you have a significant chip in your tooth, and repairing it is necessary to save the tooth from further damage.
Am I a good candidate for cosmetic dentistry?
If you want to have cosmetic procedures done, it is important to be in good oral health. The healthier your teeth are, the better your results will last. This includes brushing and flossing regularly and visiting your dentist every six months.
How is cosmetic dentistry different from general dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry focuses on aesthetics, while general dentistry focuses on your oral health. Sometimes the two work hand in hand. Maintaining proper oral health will help improve the overall appearance of your teeth and help maintain your cosmetic results. Similarly, some cosmetic dentistry treatments will support your overall oral health.
Is Invisalign painful?
No, Invisalign is not painful. Some people may experience discomfort during the first few days of treatment as their teeth begin to adjust. This is typically very mild and goes away quickly. In fact, many patients report that wearing Invisalign is much more comfortable than traditional braces.
How long will teeth whitening results last?
Teeth whitening results vary depending on the type of whitening method used, the intensity of the whitening agent, and how well you maintain your teeth after treatment. Most teeth whitening treatments last anywhere from three to twelve months. It is important to avoid staining foods and beverages such as coffee, red wine, tobacco products, and dark-colored soft drinks. You should also brush your teeth twice a day with toothpaste containing fluoride and floss.
Schedule An Appointment with Bethesda Dentist, Dr. Khanna
Dr. Khanna looks forward to helping you achieve your dream smile with our cosmetic dentistry services. Schedule a cosmetic consultation if you would like to learn more about what she can do for your smile. Together, we will help you address your cosmetic concerns and devise a plan to meet your needs.