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Cosmetic Dentistry

Your smile can say a lot about you to the people you come in contact with every day – but is it saying the right things? Stains, cracks, gaps, and other dental flaws can gather on teeth over the years, chipping away at self-esteem and making you feel embarrassed every time you look in the mirror. Thankfully, cosmetic dentistry can provide beautifully stunning improvements! Our doctors would be happy to help you explore your options, so please contact either of our office locations in Charlottesville and Crozet, VA.

Porcelain Veneers

Woman with beautiful smileIf you’d like to give certain teeth or even your overall smile a complete redesign, veneers are a great way to accomplish this. This type of restoration is very thin in nature so that it can comfortably and naturally fit over the front surfaces of teeth. All at once, years of frustrating cosmetic issues can be safely hidden from view behind a new, attractive look. Some patients even choose to use veneers as “fast orthodontics,” correcting gaps and misaligned teeth in just a few appointments instead of years.

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Metal-Free Restorations

Closeup of healthy attractive smileOlder patients will surely remember the days when gold and silver restorations were the only option available to repair teeth. Thankfully, our doctors can now offer you the perfect marriage of functional durability and aesthetic value with metal-free ceramics! This material is high in quality and designed to be very similar to the look and feel of natural tooth enamel. We can design crowns, inlays, onlays, and other restorations that will fit right in alongside the rest of your smile with no one around you being the wiser.

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Patient placing Invisalign trayInvisalign is the perfect orthodontic option for patients who wish to achieve straighter smiles, but just can’t commit to years of wearing metal braces. There’s no wires or brackets to worry about with this modern system – only clear plastic aligners that are designed to represent each stage of your smile’s gradual movement. When worn, most people passing by won’t even notice the subtle aligner, and their removable nature makes it easy to maintain your daily routine without any eating restrictions or brushing and flossing difficulties.

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Direct Bonding

Man with flawless attractive smileDirect bonding is a fast and popular cosmetic method that’s perfect for patients with small dental flaws that are chipping away at their confidence over time. We’ll use the perfect shade of composite resin (the same material used for tooth-colored fillings) to sculpt over the tooth and hide the imperfection from view. Then, one of our doctors will harden the resin in place and polish it so that it looks and feels very natural. As long as you care for the improvement with regular oral hygiene and professional checkups, it can last for several years.

Teeth Whitening

Closeup of teeth half before and half after whiteningMaintaining white teeth over the years is actually harder than it sounds. There are several factors that can stain and discolor enamel including coffee, wine, certain medications, and even genetics. If you’re dissatisfied with your smile’s current glow, teeth whitening here in Crozet and Charlottesville can lend a helping hand. Our team offers both fast in-office whitening and take-home kits that can create dramatic improvements in whatever time span you prefer.

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Gum Grafting

If you’ve experienced soft tissue recession or you have noticeably darker gums after dental implant placement, a cosmetic gum graft may be just what you need. These procedures can be an effective way of improving your smile’s appearance as well as increasing dental function. Gum grafts also help to reduce dental sensitivity when soft tissue recession reveals the parts of your tooth that are thinnest, allowing heat and cold to more readily access the tooth’s nerve structures.

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Cosmetic Dentistry FAQs

Pondering woman with questions for her Charlottesville cosmetic dentist

Are you ready to improve your smile and your confidence with one or more of our cosmetic treatments? It’s completely natural to have a few questions, which is why we gathered some of the most common ones below for your convenience. If you don’t see the answers you’re looking for, don’t hesitate to give us a call and we’ll be happy to help!

How Long Does Cosmetic Dentistry Last?

While there are a variety of unique cosmetic treatments to choose from, you can easily expect to enjoy your newly improved pearly whites for many years to come. That is, however, as long as you take care of them! You can extend the lifespan of your results by practicing great oral hygiene and breaking bad habits like chewing on hard objects.

What Is the Average Cost of Cosmetic Dentistry?

Numerous factors go into the final price of your treatment, so there is no average cost of cosmetic dental services. Essentially, how much you need to pay will depend on the type of cosmetic treatment you need and how much you’d like to improve your smile. For instance, quick and easy services like teeth whitening and dental bonding are typically less expensive, but custom-made solutions like porcelain veneers and dental crowns can dramatically boost the appearance of very flawed teeth.

Which Cosmetic Dental Procedure Is the Best?

Just as no two smiles are the same, no one cosmetic service is the best. They all have their unique advantages, and the one that’s “best” for you will depend on what your smile goals are. For instance, the ideal treatment for someone who wants to correct chipped and cracked teeth likely won’t be the same as someone who wants to simply brighten their smile in a short amount of time. During your initial consultation, we’ll fully explain all your options and help you choose the one that’s best for your unique smile.

How Do I Choose the Best Cosmetic Dentist?

If you’re looking for the best Charlottesville cosmetic dentist, there are several questions you should ask yourself:

  • Do they offer the cosmetic treatments I’m interested in?
  • Do they have before and after photos of the service I’m interested in?
  • Do I feel comfortable asking them questions?
  • How long have they been practicing cosmetic dentistry?
  • What payment options do they offer?

Are Cosmetic Dentists More Expensive Than Other Dentists?

At Blue Ridge Dental, we believe that you shouldn’t have to drive all over town to get the beautiful smile you deserve. That’s why we offer a comprehensive menu of dental services, ranging from simple cleanings, to more complex restorations, to dazzling cosmetic treatments. To help make every appointment as affordable as possible, there are a variety of payment options to choose from. Alongside accepting many dental insurance providers, we offer both an in-house savings plan and third-party financing through CareCredit and Lending Club.

Start your journey towards the smile you’ve always wanted by calling us today to schedule your consultation! We’ll be more than happy to help you pick the best way to achieve the results you’re looking for.