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 Shelby Township dentists.

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. With cosmetic dentistry, you can repair the following dental issues:

  • Tooth discoloration or stained teeth
  • Chipped teeth
  • Cracked teeth
  • Slight gaps between teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Irregularly-shaped teeth

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

Teeth Whitening

Have you tried over-the-counter whitening strips and trays, only to be less than impressed with your results? If you answered yes, our cosmetic dentists can recommend professional teeth whitening so you can whiten teeth by several shades in one appointment.

Professional whitening treatments contain higher concentrations of potent bleaching ingredients which allows for dramatic results after just one session. Over-the-counter products instead have 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. For example, whitening treatments that feature charcoal can wear away the natural enamel of your teeth and lead to long-term damage. Our professional whitening treatments are completely safe for the overall health of your smile and won’t negatively affect teeth.

Porcelain Veneers

Veneers are wafer-thin teeth coverings or “shells” made of porcelain. Our dentists may recommend porcelain veneers if you have front teeth with slight cracks or severe 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 also custom-made to fit your teeth. Some of your natural tooth enamel will need to be removed in order to place the veneers, however, so this procedure is not reversible. Our cosmetic dentists will go through every detail and make sure you’re committed to the procedure before moving forward.


Wish you could straighten teeth without braces? It’s possible with Invisalign clear aligner treatment! Like the name suggests, Invisalign are nearly invisible aligners that move your teeth little by little into a beautifully straight smile.

In order for Invisalign to work, you must wear your aligners at least 20 to 22 hours a day. This means you can remove them to eat and brush your teeth, but you’ll need to pop them right back in after. That includes when you’re asleep. Many of our patients appreciate that Invisalign can help them discreetly straighten teeth without their friends, coworkers, and family knowing.

Learn More About Your Cosmetic Options

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 to request an appointment today.

This blog post has been updated.

R e q u e s t

Contact our Grand Rapids pediatric dentist Get Started

A p p o i n t m e n t