How Cosmetic Dentistry Can Improve Your Smile

How Cosmetic Dentistry Can Improve Your Smile
Posted on 06/21/2016

At Briarwood Valley Dentistry, Dr. Hanna provides both general dental and cosmetic dental treatments. You may be wondering what the difference between general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry is. While general dentistry focuses on basic procedures, like regular dental exams and cleanings, and preventative dental care, cosmetic dentistry focuses on improving the aesthetic appearance of teeth.

The Cause Of Dental Imperfections

Teeth go through normal wear and tear that may cause them to become discolored, chipped, and misshapen. Patients’ habits can also play a role in affecting the appearance of teeth. Habits such as teeth grinding and playing contact sports can make your teeth more susceptible to chipping and breaking. Other habits like coffee drinking and cigarette smoking can cause your teeth to become discolored.

Why Consider Cosmetic Dentistry

Having a less attractive smile with discolored and/or broken teeth can cause low self-esteem. The dental team at Briarwood Valley Dentistry believe everyone should have the opportunity to achieve the smile of their dreams. Cosmetic dental treatments can improve your smile, so you can be proud to show off your teeth. Cosmetic dentistry can also have certain health benefits as some treatments can correct your bite and allow you to chew properly.

Cosmetic Dental Procedures

Cosmetic dental procedures are designed to make your teeth look whiter, straighter, and more evenly shaped for a more attractive smile. Here are a few cosmetic dental treatments available:


Dental bonding consists of applying resin to the outside of teeth to correct their appearance. This resin can fill in chips, cracks, and gaps in the teeth as well as change the color of teeth to a more desirable shade.


Dental crowns are custom-made coverings or “caps,” made of porcelain, gold, acrylic resin, or a mix of these materials, that fit over an original tooth that is decayed, damaged, or cracked. The process of fitting a dental crown involves removing part of the existing tooth’s structure to ensure proper fit of the crown. Impressions have to be taken of your teeth in order to create the custom crown. A temporary crown is then made to be worn until the permanent crown can be fitted and cemented.


Veneers are thin “shells” made of porcelain material that are attached to the front of teeth. Like bonding, veneers can correct discolored, stained, chipped, and misshapen teeth and do not require much of the existing tooth’s structure to be manipulated, as they adhere only to the front of the tooth. Veneers can also correct some orthodontic problems by restructuring teeth to make them appear straighter and more evenly spaced.

The Right Cosmetic Dental Treatment For You At Briarwood Valley Dentistry

If you’re interested in how cosmetic dentistry can enhance your smile, contact us at Briarwood Valley Dentistry in Kalamazoo, MI. Book an appointment to visit us and have Dr. Hanna evaluate which cosmetic dentistry service will best give you the smile you’ve always dreamed of. We hope to hear from you soon!