Cosmetic Dentistry

Quality Cosmetic Dental Care in Jeffersonville, IN

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Cosmetic dentistry procedures and treatments not only improve your smile but can also boost your oral health. A family dentist is a qualified dental professional who acts as the primary oral care provider for you and your family. It is essential to have a general dentist that your family can feel comfortable with and trust. Our experienced team provides a full range of cosmetic dental services, so every member of your family can maintain optimal oral health and a beautiful smile.

Since 1991 Andrew G. Richard, DDS, has been providing Jeffersonville residents cosmetic dental services to improve health and quality of life. If you would like to upgrade your smile from ordinary to stunning, call our skilled and caring team today!

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How Cosmetic Dentistry Can Improve Overall Oral Health

Cosmetic dental procedures like tooth-colored fillings, bridges, and implants reduce the risk of secondary complications and more damage to your teeth while improving your smile. The goal of our experienced dental team is to preserve your natural teeth as much as possible. When dental problems are corrected, taking proper care of your teeth becomes easier. In turn, your natural teeth become stronger and more durable.

A beautiful smile boosts your confidence and creates memorable first impressions. If your teeth are misaligned, worn, stained, broken, misshapen, chipped, or discolored, cosmetic dental solutions can make them look and feel better. We will work with you to formulate a personalized treatment plan that will:

  • Stop the pain
  • Improve your bite
  • Strengthen and preserve your natural teeth
  • Create a seamless, beautiful smile

The focus of cosmetic dentistry is to improve appearance, but tooth damage that causes pain can also be corrected aesthetically. When your teeth are correctly aligned, you can enjoy the foods you love without the worries of losing a tooth or experiencing pain.


Restore Your Smile with Composite Fillings

A composite filling repairs a tooth that is damaged by cracks, decays, and fractures. The affected part of the tooth is removed and replaced with a tooth-colored material. Composite fillings can also improve your smile by reshaping disfigured teeth or changing your tooth color. They are not permanent, but fillings can last for an extended period with proper care.

What Does Getting a Composite Filling Involve?

Composite fillings are completed in one appointment. First, we will eliminate any decay on your affected tooth and adequately prepare it before placing the filling. Finally, the composite filling is placed in layers, polished, shaped, and hardened using special light.

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Composite fillings can fix a range of oral problems such as:

  • Decayed teeth
  • Chipped teeth
  • Worn teeth
  • Unwanted gaps between teeth
  • Broken or cracked teeth

Composite fillings are a blend of plastic and ceramic compound. These filings are durable and mimic the look of natural teeth. They are also referred to as tooth-colored fillings or white fillings.


Porcelain Crowns for Beauty and Protection

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Porcelain crowns are tooth-shaped caps that cover your tooth to restore its original size and shape. They also restore the appearance, functionality, and strength of your damaged tooth. With a crown, you will chew and bite comfortably without damaging what’s underneath. Porcelain crowns protect the delicate root by shielding it and holding it together.

The crown procedure requires two dental appointments. The first appointment involves taking accurate impressions that will be used to fabricate your crown in the laboratory. We will remove the decay, shape the surface, and place a temporary crown.

At your second visit, your temporary crown will be replaced by your new customized crown. Dr. Richard will ensure that it fits and functions correctly. A porcelain crown can be used to:

  • Restore the look & functionality of a worn or broken tooth
  • Support & cover the remaining parts of a damaged tooth
  • Encase parts of a broken or cracked tooth
  • Protect a dental implant
  • Enhance beauty
  • Support a bridge

Once your final tooth is set in place, your cosmetic dentist will make any necessary adjustments to perfect the fit into your bite.


Porcelain Inlays and Onlays

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Porcelain inlays and onlays are custom made prosthetics used to treat damage that is too big for a regular filling but not big enough to need a full crown. Porcelain inlays are used on the inside of a tooth while porcelain onlays replace the elevated bump or cusp of a tooth.

A porcelain inlay or onlay are prepared in the laboratory and later cemented on your tooth.They are excellent, conservative alternatives to a crown because less tooth structure is eliminated in the preparation of your tooth. 

Like other dental restorations, inlays and onlays are not permanent and may require replacement in the future. However, they are durable and can last for many years if you maintain at-home oral hygiene care and schedule regular dental checkups. They are most commonly used for:

  • Fractured teeth
  • Broken teeth
  • Decayed teeth

Porcelain inlays and onlays can be shaped to blend with your natural teeth and mimic the color of your natural enamel. Porcelain is stain-resistant and will remain vibrant and bright over time.


Fast and Effective Cosmetic Results with Veneers

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Veneers are tooth-shaped porcelain pieces that are prepared in the dental laboratory. They are placed on the front surface of teeth to restore your smile. They are fabricated to fit perfectly and will improve your smile's natural appearance. 

Veneers are durable and can remain intact for more than a decade. However, their life span is dependent on proper care. Veneers are a permanent investment that can help you achieve that smile you have always wanted.

Dental veneers can be used to fix:

  • Spaces between teeth
  • Chipped or broken teeth
  • Unusually shaped teeth
  • Uneven coloring or severe discoloration
  • Small teeth

Two appointments are needed to complete the veneers process. An impression is taken on your first visit after your teeth are prepared for the final restoration. You will also get a chance to choose a shade that you love.

On your second appointment, we will clean the targeted teeth and place bonding cement between the veneer and tooth. Hardening of the veneers is done using a special light beam. The whole procedure is relatively quick and can have a dramatic improvement in your appearance.


Straighten Your Smile with ClearCorrect® Aligners

ClearCorrect aligners are an alternative to traditional braces and used to straighten teeth. Aligned teeth not only look good; they also function better. Poor-aligned teeth can alter your bite, make teeth more prone to cavities and wear. ClearCorrect aligners are an excellent treatment option for teenagers and adults.

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These aligners can be used to fix many aesthetic conditions, including:

  • Unwanted Gaps between teeth
  • Rotated or crooked teeth
  • Underbites
  • Crowded teeth
  • Overbites

ClearCorrect aligner treatment requires four aligner therapy phases. Every phase needs new aligners that are worn for three weeks. You need to wear your aligners all day except when flossing, brushing, drinking, or eating. They are comfortable to wear and barely noticeable.

Each aligner set gently moves your teeth, so they adjust and align to your desired look and smile. Regular checkups with our dentist are vital so that the treatment progress can be evaluated and also collect the next aligner set. Maintain the sequence until you achieve your desired results. Treatment period ranges between one and two years, depending on the degree of misalignment.


Turn Back Time With Professional Whitening

Are your teeth noticeably stained? Professional teeth whitening can help you achieve a dynamic, gorgeous smile that you will be proud to share. Over the counter, tooth-whitening products like bleaching kits, mouthwash, and toothpaste are not as efficient as professional whitening. Professional whitening products can get rid of strong stains and correct years of teeth discoloration.

Other advantages of professional whitening include:

  • It is a fast and simple procedure
  • Whitening is conservative, and no preparation is required, unlike crowns or veneers
  • Professional whitening boosts your self-esteem and confidence
  • It improves your dental health
  • Easy to maintain

Fast and Effective In-Office whitening

The in-office whitening process requires one appointment to complete. During a professional cleaning, we will apply a whitening gel to the surface of your teeth. The professional gel will dissolve most stubborn stains beneath the top layer to give your teeth a natural and beautiful color. The procedure is repeated two, three, or four times depending on the results you want to achieve. Your dentist will monitor the improvements.


Professional Strength Take-Home Whitening Kits

If you operate under a tight schedule and don’t have time for an office visit, you can try our take-home whitening kits. Digital impressions will be taken and used to create your custom whitening trays. We will provide you with professional-grade whitening gel and instructions so you can use the whitening kits at your convenience.


Comprehensive Smile Design

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Smile design is a comprehensive cosmetic dental plan to improve your appearance, similar to the concept of a make-over. The plan can include any of the different cosmetic procedures offered, so you need to get your smile red-carpet ready.

The length of your treatment will depend on which procedures you need. If you have alignment issues you may need to undergo the full two years of ClearCorrect therapy, but if you only need veneers and whitening, your time commitment will be much shorter.


Get a Healthier, More Beautiful Smile Using Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry offers a range of treatment options for anyone who wishes to restore their smile and dental health. You can combine different techniques to achieve the best results. Cosmetic solutions will also boost your confidence and self-esteem. Contact our skilled and caring team to schedule your consultation today!

CALL US: (812) 283-8000 REQUEST APPOINTMENT

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