Getting the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted is easier than ever thanks to advances in cosmetic dentistry. At Lee, Vesely, Bonfiglio & Associates, we offer a full range of cosmetic procedures near you that can restore beauty, health, and function to your smile. Cosmetic dentistry fixes aesthetics in patients smiles, while also restoring function to their bites. Our dentists have completed advanced training and postgraduate education at some of the world’s leading dental institutions focused on cosmetic, restorative, and implant dentistry.
Cosmetic Dentistry: What to Expect
Concern for our patients is our top priority. We strive to develop long-lasting relationships with our patients and become true partners in their healthcare. Comprehensive consultations are essential for our dentists to understand your specific needs and goals. These consultations are an opportunity for the dentist to listen to your concerns, evaluate the condition of your teeth and gums and present you with options that can help you achieve the smile you want.
Laser Dentistry and Your Smile
Our office uses dental lasers to help patients address concerns related to the appearance of the gums. A “gummy smile” can detract from the beauty of your teeth and often present additional dental concerns. We can achieve a beautiful new gum line using dental lasers with minimal discomfort, side effects, or downtime. Our dentists can also treat tongue and lip ties using a dental laser. This will improve both the aesthetics and health of your smile.
Laser dentistry can often prevent the need for oral surgery and will stimulate the body’s natural healing response for faster recovery times in most patients. The use of lasers allows our dentists to work with extreme precision and make procedures less invasive and pain-free.
Choosing the Best Cosmetic Dentist
It is important to know that any dentist can call him or herself a cosmetic dentist. When considering a dentist for cosmetic procedures, it is important to look at their credentials as well as examples of their work. Our dentists have completed thousands of hours of postgraduate training, focused on the area of cosmetic and restorative dentistry.
Dr. Albert Lee is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) and holds a Mastership in Implant Prosthetics from the International Congress of Implantology. Our dentists have studied at the Dawson Academy, Spear Institute, and L.D. Pankey Institute, some of the world’s leading dental academies. As a team, they strive to offer the highest standard of care and the best possible patient experience.
What Can Cosmetic Dentistry Do For You?
We offer a full range of cosmetic and restorative dental treatments in Annapolis that can help you achieve a beautiful, healthy, and stable smile. Cosmetic dental treatments, while designed to address aesthetic concerns, can also improve your overall dental health. Cosmetic dentistry can be used to straighten teeth, whiten teeth, change the shape or color of teeth and improve the function of your smile. From tooth bonding to custom porcelain veneers, we can meet your needs with a personalized treatment plan.
Many people think that cosmetic dentistry is just for aesthetic value, but that’s not the case. Cosmetic dental issues are often caused by underlying oral health conditions. We work to determine the root cause so that we can treat that problem, as well as improve the aesthetics of your smile. You shouldn’t just have a beautiful smile at the end of treatment, it should also be functioning the way it’s supposed to.
A crucial example of this is crooked teeth. It’s one of the most common cosmetic problems brought into the dentist office. But crooked teeth can seriously impact your oral health. Crooked teeth are harder to clean, so you’re at a higher risk for tooth decay and gum disease. When teeth are super cramped and crooked, it can be difficult to even get dental floss in between them. This leads to plaque and tartar buildup.
But crooked teeth also mean that you have an uneven bite. When your bite comes together, the pressure isn’t evenly distributed across all of your teeth. Certain teeth take on more pressure than others, and these teeth are more likely to wear down, chip, or crack.
TMJ disorders are also prominent with uneven bites. Your jaw isn’t tracking properly, so it starts to become dysfunctional. It pops and cracks and you may have trouble opening or closing your mouth. Pain radiates throughout your jaw joint. The muscles that assist the jaw get strained and tense as well. The pain in your jaw continues throughout your face and head as well. Invisalign corrects the appearance of your teeth, and also helps bring back your proper bite.
View our smile gallery to see how we have helped many of our patients make over their smiles with beautiful results.
Cosmetic Dentistry FAQs
Do you have further questions about our cosmetic dentistry services? Continue reading to find answers to commonly asked questions in our office.
Is cosmetic dentistry covered by insurance?
Cosmetic dental treatments are typically not covered by dental insurance. Insurance companies view cosmetic procedures as unnecessary for your overall health, even though these procedures can be restorative and support functional treatments.
Can cosmetic dentistry improve function, not just beauty?
Cosmetic dentistry is an excellent way to glamorize your smile, but it can also improve the function of your bite and teeth! Correct misalignment with clear braces, restore tooth health with crowns and veneers, and more.
What is the difference between dental bonding and dental veneers?
Tooth bonding is a temporary fix to many dental imperfections. Composite resin is usually used in dental bonding but doesn’t last as long as porcelain materials. Porcelain veneers last much longer and are a permanent fix to cosmetic imperfections.
Is cosmetic dentistry permanent?
Dental implants are made of titanium, which is very strong and made to last a lifetime. However, the majority of dental restorations are semi-permanent. Some may last for ten years or longer, depending on their material and your oral care routine.
Can cosmetic dentistry be harmful?
For the majority of patients, cosmetic dentistry procedures are entirely safe. Not everyone is a candidate for every surgery. We thoroughly examine patients’ oral health before beginning any procedure. As professionals, we can provide you with an honest evaluation of whether cosmetic procedures are suitable for you.
Schedule a Dental Exam & Cosmetic Dental Consultation
Searching for a cosmetic dentistry office in the Severna Park, MD, and Annapolis, MD area? Schedule a consultation with Lee, Bonfiglio, Vesely & Associates to discuss your dental health, cosmetic goals, and budget concerns before recommending the treatment options that will suit you best.