Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry includes any dental treatments or services that enhance and improve the appearance of your smile. Some procedures, like teeth whitening, are considered to be strictly cosmetic. But others, like dental fillings or crowns, that you may think of only as a way to solve oral health problems also have cosmetic benefits. In fact, cosmetic and restorative dentistry are often closely related. For example, when you repair a broken tooth with a porcelain crown, you are also enhancing your smile with an aesthetically pleasing restoration.

At Gladnick Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we can address just about any flaw that mars your smile and makes you feel self-conscious. And in many cases, the treatments we use at our Rockville, MD dental office also improve your oral health. Here are some of the cosmetic dental services we offer to repair and enhance your smile.

Porcelain Tooth Crowns in Rockville, MD

Since we have to alter your tooth to place a dental crown, we usually don’t recommend them strictly for cosmetic reasons. However, sometimes, a tooth is poorly shaped or proportioned and interferes with your dental bite. Placing a crown not only helps correct your bite, but it also improves the appearance of your smile. 

Tooth crowns are also beneficial in a full smile makeover that requires repair for fractured, decayed, or broken teeth. A dental crown can restore your tooth, while also complementing your smile with customized ceramic porcelain designed to match your teeth.

Tooth-Colored Fillings in Rockville, MD

The tooth-colored filling material we use is a composite made of plastic resin and glass particles that mimics the appearance of dental enamel. Composite resin is the material of choice for dental fillings because it is bonded directly to your tooth, which makes it durable. Direct bonding also means we can protect more of your natural tooth structure while offering an aesthetically pleasing solution for repairing your tooth that no one will notice when you talk or smile.

The composite material can also be added to your tooth for a procedure called dental bonding that can repair small cosmetic imperfections, such as:

  • Gaps or spaces between teeth
  • Teeth that are oddly shaped
  • Chipped teeth
  • Teeth with size discrepancies
  • Discolored or stained teeth that don't respond to teeth whitening

Dental bonding is a quick procedure and it's often less expensive than other cosmetic dental services. Contact your Rockville cosmetic dentist today to learn more about dental bonding.

Professional Teeth Whitening in Rockville, MD

It is natural that over time, your teeth may become dull and discolored due to the food you eat, lifestyle choices you make, or even poor oral hygiene. Professional teeth whitening at our Rockville, MD dental office lifts stains and leaves you with a fresh, bright smile. We’re pleased to offer both in-office and customized take-home whitening kits.

In-office teeth whitening is the right choice if you have a hectic schedule and an upcoming event that you'd like to look your best for, such as a wedding, vacation, or family reunion. After one short visit to our dental office, your teeth will be six to eight shades lighter. During in-office bleaching, we apply a high strength whitening gel to your teeth and use a special light designed to activate it. A fluoride treatment afterward helps to reduce any sensitivity that the bleaching gel might cause.

A take-home teeth whitening kit is ideal for someone who has the time to bleach their teeth at home. We'll make custom trays based on impressions we take of your teeth and give you whitening gel to use at home. Most patients achieve the results they want after one to two weeks of daily teeth bleaching. Better yet, you can use your whitening trays to update your smile before the next big event!

Internal Tooth Bleaching in Rockville, MD

Tooth whitening treatments typically address dental staining on and just below the surface enamel of your teeth. But tooth discoloration that occurs after root canal treatment or an accident is deeper within your tooth and requires a different process to correct. If you’re bothered by a dark tooth that's the result of trauma or a root canal treatment, talk to us about internal tooth bleaching.

Invisible Braces in Rockville, MD

If you want a straighter smile without the inconvenience of metal braces, clear aligner therapy in Rockville could be the perfect solution. Invisalign and ClearCorrect are short-term orthodontic systems specifically designed for adults who want to straighten their teeth in a discreet, comfortable manner. 

Dr. Gladnick will use 3-D imaging to create a treatment plan and design all of your clear aligners, which you'll wear in a progression based on this plan. You'll wear each set of aligners for two weeks and around 22 hours per day, although you can remove them for a big event or presentation if necessary. Clear aligners are comfortable to wear and virtually undetectable, so most people won’t notice you’re straightening your teeth.

Another advantage of invisible braces in Rockville is that the aligners are removable. This means you don't have to make any changes to your diet since you can take them out for meals. Better yet, you'll still be able to maintain your home care routine to ensure that your teeth stay healthy during your clear aligner therapy. 

There are some differences between the two systems, such as the type of materials used, and Dr. Gladnick will help you decide which is right for you during an evaluation. We can also let you know the cost of your treatment at that time since it varies for each patient based on the complexity and time it takes to complete their case.

Contact your team at Gladnick Family & Cosmetic Dentistry to schedule your evaluation for invisible braces so you can get started on the road to a straighter, more beautiful smile!

The Advantages of Having a Beautiful Smile

If you've ever felt embarrassed about the appearance of your smile, you understand the benefit and boost to your confidence that cosmetic dentistry in Rockville provides. You feel better about yourself and the way you can interact with other people when you feel confident about your smile. 

However, there are also advantages to your dental health when your teeth are uniform and properly aligned. It's easier to brush and floss, which means that your smile is less susceptible to developing problems like gum disease or tooth decay. A correctly aligned bite also protects your jaw joint and keeps it from having to compensate during chewing for missing or damaged teeth.

We can often divide a cosmetic treatment plan into phases that can help fit treatment easily into your schedule and budget. Our dentists would love to chat with you about the possibilities for your smile during a cosmetic consultation at Gladnick Family & Cosmetic Dentistry.

Please Call Us for an Appointment

As you can see, there are plenty of options available if you want to enhance your smile! Drs. Tommy and Elizabeth Gladnick enjoy helping our patients feel good about themselves and their smiles with cosmetic dentistry at our Rockville, MD dental office. 

Please call us to arrange an appointment, so we can explain your options, make recommendations, and get you started on your way to a naturally beautiful smile you can’t wait to share with others!