Cosmetic Dentistry

At Clarity Dentistry, we understand that having a stunning, bright smile can help boost your self-confidence and provide a more positive outlook on life. Your smile makeover can be achieved through a wide array of our cosmetic dental services.

Cosmetic dentistry deals with the teeth’s appearance, health and curvature of the gums, and the overall improvement of one’s smile. Here, the emphasis is not merely on the science of dentistry, but actually on the art of it.

Cosmetic dentistry may not seem complex, however, it requires several advanced skills of a cosmetic dentist. These attributes include a good eye, in-depth knowledge of dental anatomy, and a mastery of dental materials. In addition, the dentist must be capable of sharing his or her vision to a lab technician, who is a very important player making any smile makeover a reality.

In the dental profession, cosmetic dentistry is not a recognized specialty, but it takes many years of extensive study, training, and practice to be capable of performing the numerous cosmetic dental procedures presently available to world-class standards.

The primary goal of cosmetic dentistry is to enhance the look of a person’s smile. However, a number of cosmetic procedures may restore function and/or enhance oral health as well.

Cosmetic Dentistry Treatment Options

A fairly inexpensive way of brightening your smile, teeth whitening can be done at home or at the dentist’s office. There are various products and techniques one can choose from which are offered at our Clarity Dentistry office. The most common is the in-office whitening, which consists of a professionally applied peroxide whitening gel, coupled with a light cured barrier to protect the gums from sensitivity. The take-home version requires custom whitening trays that are fabricated by the dentist, with a whitening gel of slightly lesser concentration that is dispensed. The patient then adds the gel to the trays and wears them at home based on the usage recommendations by the manufacturer.

The appearance and strength of cracked or spaced teeth can be drastically improved by attaching a tooth-colored composite resin (filling) to them. Such procedures don’t require much drilling or preparation of the tooth, and are generally completed in a single visit. By adding the tooth-colored material to the teeth, the dentist is able reform the tooth or fill in the spaces, which greatly enhances their overall shape and appearance.

Veneers are super-strong teeth coverings that are made from either porcelain or composite material. They are permanently bonded to the exterior surface of each tooth, essentially refacing it concealing any of the tooth’s defects. Common tooth defects remedied by veneers can include staining, misalignment, spacing, small teeth, etc. Porcelain veneers are fabricated in a dental lab by a technician, and it takes a lot of knowledge and communication from the dentist to achieve optimal results. Whereas, composite veneers can be created by hand, using the same tooth-colored material mentioned previously.

All porcelain, tooth-colored crowns can be used in lieu of veneers, and are the best solution for certain situations. They replace more normal tooth structure than veneers, and are best if a tooth is severely damaged, cracked, frail, etc. Again, certain circumstances warrant the need for crowns over veneers, and that is best decided by you and your cosmetic dentist.
Porcelain bridges are one of the most common treatments used today to replace a missing tooth or multiple teeth. They are two or more porcelain crowns that are attached together and cemented to an anchor tooth/teeth. They are also custom fabricated in a dental lab by a technician and can be constructed to be extremely aesthetically pleasing.
A dental implant is the absolute best replacement restoration for a missing tooth, but is a bit more technical and takes more time than a bridge. Implants are generally made of titanium and it is utilized to replace the root part of a missing tooth. It’s inserted into the jaw bone which fuses together. Once fully healed, an implant crown is seated to create a replacement for the entire tooth that looks very natural and acts as a real tooth.
There are particular instances where fillings can be created in a dental laboratory using porcelain or composite materials so that they can match a tooth’s color as close as possible. Fillings applied to the inner side of the tooth are known as “inlays”, while those fixed onto the biting surface are referred to as “onlays”.
In the past, amalgam or silver filling materials were used to restore the form and function of a tooth after the decay is removed. However, this material was both noticeable and unappealing due to it’s dark, matte color. Dentistry has evolved considerably since amalgam was initially used and offers tooth-colored filling materials that are super durable and hardly noticeable. There are a number of shades of composite materials that can match your own teeth.
A large number of adults and teenagers prefer clear orthodontic aligners rather than metal braces to straighten one’s teeth. These aligners are virtually invisible, and over time, can realign your teeth’s symmetry and cosmetic appeal. There are also numerous oral health benefits to having more aligned teeth.
A dental drill or hard tissue laser can be used by cosmetic dentists to either smooth or reshape teeth for a more ideal cosmetic look.
A minor operation with a dental laser can slightly modify gum tissue to give it a more level appearance and ideal curvature.

We ensure that our Indianapolis cosmetic dentist is dedicated to continuing education and training to stay up to date with the latest cosmetic procedures and techniques. We are committed to helping our patients achieve remarkable aesthetic results without compromising the structure or health of any tooth.

At our dental clinic, we provide first-rate dental treatments and five-star patient care. We are passionate about each of our patients achieving greater health and self-image. Once you are one of our patients, your satisfaction becomes our top priority – and we will go out of our way to earn it. We customize each treatment to match each patient’s unique needs to achieve an attractive, show-stopping smile.

For more information about our dental services, feel free to contact us today.