What is Cosmetic Dentistry?

January 13, 2021 Jeffrey T. Baker, DDS PC

The goal of cosmetic dentistry is to improve the appearance of the teeth that show when you smile and talk. If you’ve ever felt self-conscious about your teeth, you owe it to yourself to schedule a consultation with our dentist.

Shelby Township Mi What Is Cosmetic Dentistry

Many insecurities are incredibly easy to fix through cosmetic dentistry. We can help you explore your treatment options so you can start smiling with confidence. Cosmetic dentistry is able to repair a variety of dental issues, including:

  • Tooth discoloration or staining
  • Chipped teeth
  • Cracked teeth
  • Slight gaps between teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Irregularly-shaped teeth
  • Small cavities

If you’d like to improve the appearance of your teeth, here are a few treatments that can help.

Teeth Whitening

Have you tried over-the-counter whitening strips and trays, only to be less than impressed with your results? Ask our teeth whitening dentist if you’re a candidate for teeth whitening. Professional teeth whitening can whiten your teeth by several shades in one appointment.

Professional whitening treatments contain higher concentrations of potent bleaching ingredients so you can see results after just one session. Over-the-counter products contain a much more diluted version of the whitening formula, meaning it takes longer to see a significant difference in the shade of your smile.

In addition, over-the-counter products can cause tooth sensitivity and even harm your teeth. Whitening treatments that contain charcoal can wear away the natural enamel of your teeth, leading to long-term damage. Our professional whitening treatments are completely safe for the overall health of your smile and won’t cause any damage.

Porcelain Veneers

Veneers are wafer-thin teeth covers made of porcelain. Our dentists may recommend porcelain veneers if you have front teeth with slight cracks or stains. For example, we may recommend dental veneers for chipped tooth repair.

Veneers are more stain-resistant than your natural tooth enamel and they’re custom-made to suit your teeth. If you would like a whiter smile, it’s a good idea to whiten your teeth before receiving veneers. That way, your new veneers can be made to match the newer, whiter shade of your teeth.

Some of your natural tooth enamel will need to be removed in order to place the veneers, so this procedure is not recommended for everyone. We’ll let you know if you would benefit from porcelain veneers.


Wish you could straighten teeth without braces? Ask our ClearCorrect dentist if you’re a candidate for clear aligner treatment. Like the name suggests, ClearCorrect are nearly invisible aligners that move your teeth little by little into a beautifully straight smile.

In order for ClearCorrect to work, you must wear your aligners 20 to 22 hours a day. This means you can remove them to eat and brush your teeth, but you’ll need to wear them to sleep. Many of our patients appreciate that ClearCorrect can help them discreetly straighten teeth without their friends, coworkers, and family knowing.

Want to Learn More?

Our cosmetic dentists in Shelby Township, MI, want you to have a smile you can be proud of. We offer a variety of cosmetic dentistry procedures to help you achieve straighter, whiter teeth. Call the office of Jeffrey T. Baker DDS at (586) 992-9222 today.

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