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Cosmetic Dentistry – Virginia Beach, VA

Smile Bigger, Smile Brighter, Smile Better

Nobody’s perfect. We all have things we’d like to improve about ourselves. Whether it’s a personality characteristic such as becoming more outgoing or a physical characteristic like your smile, everyone has something they can work on.

At Smile by Design of Virginia Beach, we help people improve their smile and then lo’ and behold they become more outgoing! A beautiful smile can be a confidence booster. With the right cosmetic dentistry in Virginia Beach, you can have a more attractive smile and be more confident. The dentists and their team at Smile by Design of Virginia Beach have the knowledge and experience to improve your smile using a variety of cosmetic dentistry techniques. Get the confidence you deserve today.

Porcelain Veneers

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Porcelain veneers have long been a popular cosmetic procedure, and our Virginia Beach cosmetic dentistry office is proud to provide them for patients that want to improve their overall look and smile. Porcelain veneers cover cracks, hide chips, and can even disguise permanent stains to improve the appearance of your teeth. Dr. Santos or Dr. Folck will bond veneers to existing healthy teeth. Each porcelain veneer is customized to match or correct the unique size, shape, and color of a tooth. And the natural look of porcelain mimics the light-reflecting qualities of your natural teeth. Call our office to find out more about how porcelain veneers will improve your smile

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Metal-Free Dental Restorations

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In the past, dental restorations were primarily made of dark metals that made them instantly stick out in the smile. Thankfully, we’re no longer living in the past, and now we can provide crowns and bridges made of 100% dental porcelain. This material is strong, durable, and well-known for its ability to mimic the appearance of real enamel, even down to how it reflects light. With it, we can create a restoration that only you and your dentist will know isn’t real!

Dental Bonding

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Minor chips, cracks, gaps, and stains are no match for direct bonding, a fast and easy treatment that can improve the appearance of the smile in just an hour or less. Your dentist will simply apply a tooth-colored composite resin to any damaged or missing enamel, and they’ll use it to sculpt the tooth to perfection, hiding any flaw in the process. It’s one of the simplest and most affordable cosmetic procedures available today, plus the results can be trusted to last for at least 10 years.

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ZOOM!® Teeth Whitening

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As the years go by, different factors can begin to take a toll on our teeth.

Colas, coffee, and red wine are all drinks that can darken the color of your teeth’s enamel and leave lasting stains. Likewise, tobacco products can stain your teeth, or a traumatic injury can cause a tooth to discolor internally. Fortunately, you don’t have to live with the embarrassment of a smile that isn’t pleasingly white. Smile by Design of Virginia Beach offers the revolutionary Zoom! teeth whitening process, which has been known to brighten teeth by up to ten shades. The procedure only takes about one hour, because a special light speeds the whitening process

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Virtual Smile Design

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Wouldn’t it be great if you could see the result of a cosmetic procedure before you actually got it? With our Virtual Smile Design system, that’s exactly what you can do. Using a digital photo of your current smile, we can alter it to show you the results of teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, or any other procedure you’re interested in so you can see if it would be right for you. It’s the perfect way to make sure you and your dentist are on the same page, plus it allows us to make any minor adjustments you want before you even sit in the dental chair.

Invisalign® Clear Braces

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If you’d like a smile with straighter teeth but you are reluctant to wear traditional braces with metal brackets and wires, then consider Invisalign. This orthodontic system uses clear plastic aligners to move your teeth. Dr. Santos or Dr. Folck will work closely with technicians at Invisalign to develop a treatment plan that addresses the specific alignment problems of your smile. All you have to do is wear your aligners for about 22 hours a day and watch your teeth gradually move into proper position.

Our skilled cosmetic dentistry team is eager to work with you to create your beautiful new smile. We coordinate looks for patients in Virginia Beach, Fort Story, Sandbridge, and other communities, so hurry and schedule your appointment with Smile by Design of Virginia Beach today.

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Understanding the Cost of Cosmetic Dentistry

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Cosmetic dentistry isn’t only for the rich and famous. People from all walks of life can invest in a beautiful smile. You have more options than ever to achieve the smile of your dreams, which means various factors affect the cost of cosmetic dentistry in Virginia Beach. Don’t worry, your dentist will create the personalized plan you need to revamp your smile without spending your life’s savings.

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Which Cosmetic Dental Service Is Right for Me?

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Every mouth and situation differs, so everyone’s treatment plan is unique. After examining your mouth and learning more about your goals, your cosmetic dentist in Virginia Beach will review all your options, which may include:

  • Porcelain Veneers: Cover several imperfections simultaneously using one minimally invasive procedure.
  • Metal-Free Dental Restorations: Natural-looking materials are used to repair, rehabilitate, and improve less than perfect teeth.
  • Dental Bonding: A composite resin material is shaded to match your enamel to fix minor aesthetic issues, like chips.
  • Teeth Whitening: Get your teeth up to 8 shades whiter using a professional whitening system.
  • Invisalign: Correct bite and alignment issues using clear aligners instead of brackets and wires.

The amount you’ll pay will vary depending on the type of procedure, the complexity of your case, and the materials used. A member of our team will review your estimate, so you’ll know exactly what you will have to pay before committing to anything.

Cosmetic Dentistry Can Be an Investment Worth Making

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Cosmetic dentistry is often attributed to vanity, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Certain aesthetic concerns can also affect your oral health, like chipped or overcrowded teeth, which can increase your dental expenses. Resolving the issues can improve your oral health to save money down the road. Not to mention, an attractive smile is associated with youth, success, and confidence. Cosmetic dentistry allows you to look and feel your best by ensuring your teeth are giving the right impression.

We understand cosmetic dentistry is a big investment, but we strive to ensure you’re confident with your decision. Our Virtual Smile Design technology allows you to “try on” your new smile. The advanced software will show the changes that will be made to achieve the results you want. You can have peace of mind knowing you’re getting exactly what you are paying for.

How to Make Cosmetic Dentistry Affordable

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We believe everyone should have a smile they are proud to share with the world, no matter their financial situation. We offer multiple payment options to keep cosmetic dentistry affordable, including:

  • Traditional Payments: Our office accepts all traditional payment methods, including cash, checks, and credit cards.
  • Dental Insurance: You can use your coverage to offset the cost of medically necessary procedures. We will help you maximize any applicable benefits to lower your out-of-pocket responsibility.
  • Financing: You can pay for your new smile using monthly installments through a third-party financing company.

If you have any questions about paying for your procedures, or you are ready to schedule your cosmetic consultation, contact our office today.

Cosmetic Dentistry FAQs

If you’re unhappy with the appearance of your teeth, you’re not alone. Many adults aren’t satisfied with their smiles, but you don’t need to feel insecure any longer. Your cosmetic dentist in Virginia Beach can give you the picture-perfect smile you desire; however, we know you have a few apprehensions. Here are the answers to a few of the most common questions patients ask us about cosmetic dentistry to feel confident in the decision you’re making.

Can Invisalign fix bite problems?

Invisalign is a preferred alternative to metal braces because they can correct a variety of alignment issues without brackets and wires. By repositioning the teeth, Invisalign can also fix several bite complications, like an open bite, underbite, and overbite. Every case differs, so you’ll need a consultation with your dentist to ensure clear aligners can provide you with the results you want.

Will veneers make my teeth sensitive?

Veneers are a popular cosmetic treatment because they can improve multiple aesthetic issues using just one procedure. To bond veneers to the teeth, a small amount of enamel must be removed. As a result, it’s normal to be concerned about tooth sensitivity, but you don’t have anything to fear. Veneers will not make your teeth sensitive. In fact, they can sometimes reduce sensitivity to hot and cold foods and drinks for patients who have weakened enamel. Veneers will provide an additional layer of protection, so you can enjoy your favorite meals and beverages.

How long will my teeth whitening results last?

Teeth whitening can get your smile as much as 8 shades brighter. Your results can last for several years with the right aftercare, like committing to your oral hygiene at home and visiting your dentist in Virginia Beach regularly. You can prevent discoloration from reoccurring by limiting your consumption of stain-causing foods and drinks, like coffee, tea, and berries. If you can’t resist your favorite food or drink, brush your teeth well afterward. If you are unable to get to your toothbrush, rinse your mouth with water to cleanse your teeth from any residue.

How long does the dental bonding procedure take?

Dental bonding is a convenient and affordable option to fix minor aesthetic issues, like chips and cracks. The tooth-colored material is durable to withstand the pressure of biting and chewing. It’s can last for a decade or longer with the right aftercare, like maintaining your oral hygiene and seeing your dentist at least twice a year for a cleaning and checkup. You can also protect the longevity of your new smile by avoiding overly hard or sticky foods. It’s also best not to use your teeth as tools or chew on inedible objects. We recommend wearing an athletic mouthguard if you play sports.

How can I get started?

If you’re ready to revamp your teeth, take your first step toward better confidence by contacting our office to schedule your consultation. We’ll create the personalized plan you need to love the smile you see in the mirror.

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