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A Guide to Cosmetic Dentistry Options

A Guide to Cosmetic Dentistry Options

Why Live with a Smile You Do Not Like?

Do you smile broadly when someone takes your photograph or do you try to hide your teeth?  Does your smile project the image that you want or do you cringe every time you see it? With so many modern advances in cosmetic dentistry, there is no reason to live with a smile you hate. No matter the problem, we have a solution that will have you smiling in no time.


Teeth can become stained due to soda, tea, and coffee consumption as well as lifestyle choices such as smoking. Teeth whitening is a simple procedure that can vastly improve the look of your smile. Non-bleaching products contain ingredients that work at the surface level only through a physical or chemical process to brighten teeth.


Dental bonding is perfect to make small cosmetic repairs or changes to teeth.  If a tooth is chipped or cracked, oddly shaped, or too small, dental bonding can be used to make the shape of the tooth more regular.  An advantage to bonding over crowns and veneers is that it can generally be done in a single office visit and the process removes less enamel.

Enamel shaping

Enamel shaping is a quick, inexpensive way to repair a rough spot on a tooth or make a minor correction. Sometimes this procedure is called re-contouring.  The dentist uses the very same tools employed for a routine cleaning to remove a very small amount of enamel from the affected area, thus removing the rough spot and making a smoother tooth surface.


A dental veneer is a custom made, extremely thin covering for a tooth made from porcelain or resin composite materials.  The veneer is bonded to the tooth for a number of reasons:

  • To hide discolored teeth. There are some stains and discolorations that cannot be improved through teeth whitening.
  • To cover extraordinary tooth wear, possibly from grinding the teeth.
  • To close the gap between teeth that have too much space between them.

A veneer usually requires several trips to the Salt Lake City dentist to plan the course of treatment and to make and apply the veneers.

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Crowns and bridgework

Sometimes a tooth can crack. This might be the result of a sports injury or biting down on a hard substance such as ice or a popcorn kernel. A skilled dental professional may be able to help you avoid extraction of the cracked tooth with a crown and/or supporting bridgework.


A crown is a tooth shaped cap that fully covers the visible part of the tooth.  While this is commonly done to prevent a tooth from cracking below the gum line thus require extraction, crowns also can be used to restore a broken tooth, cover badly misshapen teeth, to cover a dental implant, or to make a cosmetic modification.


In the case that a tooth has to be extracted, the empty space can be filled with a porcelain tooth connected to a bridge.  A bridge is a dental appliance that connects to the surrounding teeth, which are called abutment teeth, and holds the false tooth in place.

With proper, routine care, a dental bridge can be expected to last 5 to 15 years or even longer.

Dental Implants

A dental implant is an artificial tooth that is actually anchored into the mouth to fill the gap left by a missing tooth.  An implant may be endosteal or subperiosteal.  An endosteal implant uses various types of screws placed surgically in the jawbone.  Each implant can hold one or more teeth.  A subperiosteal implant is placed on top of the jaw with the posts coming through the gums. These implants are best for those who are unable to wear conventional dentures.

Gum contouring

Also called gum reshaping or tissue sculpting, gum contouring is used to even out a jagged gum line. Gums may cover too much of your tooth due to your genetic make-up or perhaps they have receded leaving your teeth vulnerable to gum disease and tooth loss.

Cosmetic Dentistry Salt Lake City

Why live with a smile you don’t like?  Contact Village Dental to discuss the cosmetic dentistry procedures that will make the most of your toothy grin.


Are Porcelain Veneers Right for You?

Are Porcelain Veneers Right for You?

What Are Porcelain Veneers?

porcelain veneers are shell-like thin layers of tooth-colored porcelain or composite that are bonded to the surface of your teeth. Veneers are a form of cosmetic dentistry used to correct common dental imperfections, change the look of your teeth and improve your smile. With veneers, you can change the length, shape and size of your tooth as well as the color, resulting in an improved smile.Smile collage of perfect smiling faces closeup. Conceptual set o

Veneers are used to repair cracked teeth, correct spacing or alignment problems, and to cover tooth discoloration. They are durable and stain-resistant and add a layer of protection when tooth enamel is worn. Your cosmetic dentist will determine the right size and shape for your veneers and will work with you to select the best color. A color chart is available to help you with your selection of the optimum shade to match or alter the color of your teeth or create a new brilliant color. Once you and your dentist select the right veneers for you, the dentist or technician makes an impression of your teeth and creates a model for the laboratory. The lab uses the model to customize veneers to make them look natural.

Prior to placement of your veneers, your dentist will prepare your teeth by shaping them just enough so that the custom-made veneers will fit properly over the surface of each tooth. You’ll wear temporary veneers while you’re waiting for your permanent set, which will give you a chance to get used to their feel.

How Long Will Porcelain Veneers Last?

Veneers can last anywhere from five to ten years, sometimes much longer. Although veneers don’t require special maintenance, it is necessary to treat your veneers with care and practice good oral hygiene habits. Certain conditions like bruxism (grinding of teeth) cause excess wear on veneers resulting in chipped or cracked veneers. Your dentist may recommend that you wear a mouth guard while you are sleeping to protect teeth and veneers from grinding damage. If grinding is severe your dentist may determine that you are not a good candidate for veneers and can make other recommendations.

How Much Do Porcelain Veneers Cost?

A number of factors impact the cost of veneers. The final cost is determined by individual dentist and laboratory fees, the number of teeth requiring application, and whether or not your dental insurance covers payment of the procedure. The cost of material must also be factored in since porcelain veneers are more expensive than indirect or direct composite resin veneers.

Cosmetic procedures, including veneers, are usually considered elective treatments by most insurance companies and are not typically covered by insurance. In certain circumstances, a dentist may recommend using a veneer to correct a dental health issue. In this case, the dentist may be able to obtain payment authorization from the insurance company. Your smile is important to us so when insurance doesn’t cover the treatment you need, Village Dental offers a NO-INTEREST plan through Care Credit, which allows you to make affordable payments.

Village Dental - teeth whiteningChoose a Dentist Who is Right for You

Today there are more options than ever before for correcting dental imperfections. Thanks to advancements in technology, a crown is no longer the only method of covering a tooth. Before you begin any cosmetic treatment, it’s important to choose a dentist who’s right for you, one with whom you can have a successful, comfortable relationship. Your dentist should have the necessary skills and experience to perform the treatment you need and to get you the results you desire.

Utah Porcelain Veneers

Village Dental takes pride in our years of progressive experience. We are trained in state-of-the-art technology and the latest techniques, and we work closely with our patients to determine which cosmetic treatment is just the right one.

Our dental practice is conveniently located in Holladay, Utah and has provided quality, gentle dentistry to families in the Salt Lake City area for over 50 years. If you are interested in Utah porcelain veneers and would like to learn more, please schedule a consultation with us today.