Is Cosmetic Dentistry Right for You?

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With the advancements in dental treatment, your dentist in Arlington, VA can perform a variety of procedures to treat discolored, misshapen, chipped of missing teeth.

Through common procedures such as bleaching, bonding, crowns, reshaping, contouring and veneers, the dentist can not only close spaces, restore teeth, reshape teeth and alter teeth length, but also improve oral problems such as your bite.


Discoloration can occur in teeth due to various reasons such as coffee, cigarettes, tea, heredity or simply old age. Bleaching is one of the most popular and common process to make stains disappear or whiten teeth.

Bleaching can be performed at home or at your dentist’s office. During the treatment at your dentist’ office, the dentist creates a custom mouthpiece to make sure the proper amount of whitening solution is used, and the teeth are properly exposed.

While they typical office whitening takes one or more forty-five to one-hour visit, the typical home whitening takes two to four weeks depending on the shade of teeth you want to achieve.


Bonding uses tooth colored material to change the color of teeth or fill in gaps in teeth. Bonding is ideal for chipped or slightly decayed teeth, or when a tooth-colored filling is needed for small cavities.

It can also be used to close spaces between teeth or change the color and shape of teeth. While bonding can be done in a single visit and last several years, it is also more susceptible to chipping or staining.


Crowns restore a tooth to its normal shape and appearance by covering the tooth, hence they are also called caps.

While crowns have the longest life among all cosmetic restoration procedures in Northern Virginia, they are costlier and time consuming, so they are only used in cases where other procedures are ineffective.


Veneers are treatment for chipped, discolored, oddly shaped, unevenly spaced and crooked teeth where thin pieces of plastic are placed over the front teeth changing their shape and color.

Veneers are a cheaper alternative to crowns and require little to no anesthesia. While placing a veneer, an impression is taken of your tooth, which is used to fabricate the veneer to be placed.

The dentist then lightly buffs your tooth to compensate for the thickness of the veneer, after which the veneer is cemented directly onto your tooth.

A light beam is then used to harden the veneer. As it is required for the veneer to be fabricated, it takes more than one visit, but veneers are longer lasting than bonding.

Reshaping and Contouring

Tooth contouring and reshaping is used to alter the position, length and shape of your teeth to correct chipped, irregularly shaped, overlapping or crooked teeth.

This procedure is used mostly for correcting small problems with bite and creating subtle changes to the smile of candidates with otherwise normal, healthy teeth.

How to Choose the Right Procedure

Before choosing the right procedure, a consultation needs to be done with your dentist. During the consultation, your dentist will be able to check the condition of your teeth and answer any questions you might have about improving your smile.

After this and discussing your desired result, your dentist will be able to determine the right procedure for you. Some questions that you can ask your dentist about your treatment are:

  • What will the end result look like?
  • Expectations during the course of the treatment.
  • What work needs to be done to maintain the restoration after procedure is complete.

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