8-plus ways that cosmetic dentistry boosts your smile appeal, confidence, and health!

“Aesthetic” and terms like being “pleasing to the eye” or “attractive” are essentially interchangeable. At Pearl Dental Care in Hamden, Connecticut, we believe in unlocking each patient’s unique and natural beauty. That can be accomplished both with highly tailored cosmetic dental services as well as with restorative services that have a cosmetic boost like a nice “side effect.” 

Dr. gary pearl working in the lab

A healthy mouth shapes for a stunning smile

Teeth and gums that are robust and free of disease generally have all the characteristics that add to a stunning smile. These characteristics include teeth free of pits or dark spots, evenly-spaced, and have smooth contours (free of chips and surface imperfections). Likewise, healthy gums hug the teeth and are not too red or swollen. They also “frame” the teeth attractively. Receding gums, which can signify gum disease, often show too much of the teeth. That results in teeth that appear out of proportion with the rest of the smile. Soft tissue can be “too gummy,” which also detracts from aesthetic balance and proportions. 

We can keep the teeth and gums looking great with routine professional cleaning and polishing, which lifts surface stains and bacteria and plaque build-up. During regular visits, we may detect damage to the teeth that require restorative treatment. We design and place dental restorations made from quality materials and technologies that facilitate precision, customized treatment. These materials look like natural tissues, and they are also built to last. A few examples of restorative procedures to rebuild a portion or all of a tooth at our practice include: 

  • Tooth-colored composite fillings 
  • Ceramic dental onlays (partial crowns)
  • Ceramic full-coverage dental crowns 
  • Porcelain veneers
  • Well-fitting dentures 
  • Bridges and dentures that are supported by dental implants (artificial tooth roots)
  • Discreet orthodontic treatment with Invisalign® clear aligner trays

We also offer several treatment choices that are designed to address cosmetic imperfections. These services include professional teeth whitening. Unlike OTC whitening, we use robust and safe peroxide-based whitening gels to whiten your teeth effectively and safely. Professional teeth whitening presents one of the most affordable and fast ways to improve your appearance dramatically. 

Porcelain veneers are also one of the most coveted dental procedures and the “secret” behind many celebrities’ dazzling smiles. Thin layers of porcelain match your teeth’ color and are perfectly shaped and applied to the front surfaces of the teeth. In turn, these veneers “cover-up” a range of cosmetic concerns, from minor chips and cracks to gaps between teeth. They can even be used to add “height” to a worn-down or overly short tooth or to recontour teeth that are irregularly shaped. 

Your improved smile awaits at Pearl Dental Care in Hamden, serving communities throughout New Haven County! Call us at (203) 285-8245 to schedule your personalized smile consultation.