Cosmetic Dentistry in Gaithersburg, MD
A beautiful smile is essential for a lot of reasons. It can give you confidence, encourage you to smile and laugh, and makes a great first impression!
Patients mistakenly believe that cosmetic dentistry may be outside of their budgets, but many options exist – from simple and affordable treatments to spruce up your smile to full smile makeovers that completely change your look.
If you are thinking of making improvements to your smile, call our Gaithersburg, MD dental office to schedule a cosmetic consultation with Dr. Neil Daftary or Dr. Robert Zaner to take the first step toward a smile that makes you feel great about the way you look.
- What cosmetic dentistry options do you offer?
- With so many options, how do I know which is right for me?
- Will my insurance pay for my cosmetic treatment?
- I'm excited about the possibilities for my smile! How do I get started?
Professional Teeth Whitening
- What teeth whitening options do you offer?
- How is professional teeth whitening different from over-the-counter products?
Porcelain Veneers and Dental Bonding
- How do porcelain veneers work?
- What problems do porcelain veneers fix?
- When is cosmetic dental bonding a good choice?
What cosmetic dentistry options do you offer?
All the dentistry we do is cosmetic! We can even place a simple filling that matches the natural shade of your enamel for a seamless look without visible metal or anything to cast a shadow over your smile.
Of course, if you want to improve the appearance of your teeth, we are here to help. We offer the full range of cosmetic dentistry options at our Gaithersburg dental office, and we’ll work with you to choose the services that meet your needs and desires for a more attractive smile.
- Professional teeth whitening
- Cosmetic dental bonding
- Tooth-colored fillings
- Porcelain veneers
- Invisalign invisible braces
- Tooth replacement
With so many options, how do I know which is right for me?
We recommend treatment based on the problems that you want to address. To figure out the right treatment for you, we encourage you to come in and allow us to take a look to get a better idea of the work you need to brighten your smile. In the case of cosmetic dentistry, we offer the following treatments and services:
- Teeth Whitening: Get your whitest and brightest smile yet with our in-house Zoom! brand professional teeth whitening as well as take-home kits.
- Cosmetic Dental Bonding: Fix small cosmetic issues such as chips, gaps, misshapen teeth, and worn teeth with dental bonding.
- Porcelain Veneers: You will feel like you've had a complete smile makeover with porcelain veneers. Veneers are thin, enamel-like shells that are applied to the front of your teeth.
- Tooth Replacement: We offer dental implants, dental bridges, partial and full dentures, and implant retained dentistry as replacement options.
Will my insurance pay for my cosmetic treatment?
Yes, if there is a functional basis for your treatment, and also assuming your insurance does cover the procedures you need. Most insurances do cover a percentage of crowns and fillings; some even cover orthodontic Invisalign treatment.
Every insurance plan is different. Visit our financial page to see if we take your insurance, and give your insurance provider or us a call to see what is covered by your plan!
What teeth whitening options do you offer?
Professional teeth whitening at our Gaithersburg dental office is one of the most affordable and simple ways to improve your smile. We offer two options for our patients to achieve a whiter smile:
- Take-home teeth whitening – We make custom trays for you to whiten your teeth over a two-week period at home.
- In-office teeth whitening – We can improve the appearance of your smile dramatically in one office visit.
For more information, visit our teeth whitening page.
How is professional teeth whitening different from over-the-counter products?
While the goal of all whitening treatments is to help you achieve a whiter, brighter smile, not all teeth whitening products are created equal.
Over-the-counter products such as Whitestrips or whitening toothpaste were not designed for the shape or size of your mouth, and generic strips or non-custom trays can slip, slide, and shift on your teeth. The result is inconsistent results and areas that do not receive uniform amounts of whitening.
As a top cosmetic dentist in Gaithersburg, MD, we use Zoom! Professional Teeth Whitening products to help our patients achieve their dream smiles. We take impressions of your mouth that we use to create customized whitening trays just for your teeth.
The Zoom! whitening trays, as well as the specially formulated gels that go inside them, are designed specifically for your mouth and your individual whitening needs. No two Zoom! treatments are identical because each patient’s smile is unique.
How do porcelain veneers work?
A porcelain veneer is a tooth-shaped, ultra-thin shell of porcelain that we bond to the front surface of teeth that show when you smile. Since they conceal the flaws beneath, veneers can correct numerous aesthetic problems from chips and breaks to mild alignment issues.
Getting veneers is a relatively straightforward process, and we can typically complete your new smile in one to two weeks.
During your first visit, Dr. Daftary or Dr. Zaner will prepare your teeth for veneers and create temporary restorations for you to wear while a dental laboratory crafts your permanent veneers.
After one or two weeks, when your final veneers are ready, you will return to our dental office so we can permanently place your final restoration. At this time, our dentists will make any adjustments necessary to ensure that your new smile looks and functions the way you want it.
What problems do porcelain veneers fix?
One of the most dramatic changes you can make to the appearance of your smile is with restorations called porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are thin, enamel-like shells that fit over the front of your teeth.
Some of the problems we can correct with veneers are:
- Worn teeth
- Chipped or damaged teeth
- A non-uniform appearance
- Deeply stained teeth
- Damage from sports or an accident
When you choose porcelain veneers at our Gaithersburg, MD dental office, you will play a significant role in the outcome of your new smile. We will discuss how you would like to improve your smile and help you choose a look that will complement your appearance and help you achieve your goals.
When is cosmetic dental bonding a good choice?
If you are on a tight budget or don’t want to commit to a lifetime of porcelain veneers, cosmetic dental bonding is an excellent choice. Using the same material that we use for tooth-colored fillings, we can add to your existing tooth structure and repair small cosmetic flaws such as:
- Misshapen teeth
- Worn teeth
Dental bonding is non-invasive, which means we don’t have to significantly alter your tooth for the process, which makes it a great alternative for those who don’t want to commit to veneers. Since we do it in-office during a single appointment, bonding is easier on your budget, and if you change your mind in the future, we can reverse the procedure. With proper care, dental bonding should last as long as five years before it needs to be replaced.
How does Invisalign work?
Invisalign orthodontic treatment utilizes a series of clear, plastic aligner trays custom designed for each patient. With each set of aligner trays, patients move closer to a properly aligned and ideal smile.
We will instruct you to wear the aligners for a total of 22 hours a day and remove them only for eating or oral hygiene. You change the aligners every two to three weeks to adjust to the position of your teeth as they shift during the process.
You will have a regular schedule of dental appointments set up so we can monitor movement and make necessary adjustments and changes to your treatment. Please note there are no "tightening" appointments with Invisalign, as the aligners use constant pressure to move your teeth gradually into the correctly aligned position.
Will people know I’m wearing Invisalign?
Invisalign, as the name suggests, is almost invisible. You are wearing a clear aligner over your teeth and is barely noticeable, especially when compared to braces. This is why Invisalign is often a popular choice for adults seeking orthodontic treatment.
Since Invisalign is made of a smooth plastic material, you won't experience any irritation or soreness in your mouth. The aligners are custom fit to stay in place while speaking but are easy to remove for eating and oral hygiene.
Learn more about Invisalign treatment in Gaithersburg, MD by visiting our Service page. Book a consultation with Lakeforest Dental Associates to find out whether or not you are a good candidate for Invisalign!
I'm excited about the possibilities for my smile! How do I get started?
The first step is to schedule a consultation with one of our cosmetic dentists in Gaithersburg. We'll listen to your concerns, answer your questions, and make recommendations that best suit your needs. Please call today at (301) 330-8787 – we look forward to getting started!