Do You Want Straighter, Whiter Teeth or a Less Gummy Smile? Here's Why Cosmetic Dentistry is For You

Whether you’re out with friends or making a first impression, the first thing that everyone seems to notice is your smile. If your teeth are stained, crooked, or misshapen or you have a gummy smile, you might be reluctant to show off your pearly whites. Regain your confidence by investing in a smile that makes you proud to show it off.

Cosmetic dentistry provides patients with a more aesthetically pleasing look by restoring and your teeth’s appearance. Some common concerns among patients who chose cosmetic dentistry include replacing missing teeth, whitening your smile, aligning crooked teeth, and repairing broken or chipped teeth.

If you’re interested in achieving a beautiful smile, trust Carl F. Lipe, DDS, located in Denver, Colorado. Our team of experts specializes in cosmetic dentistry, and we’re ready to address your dental concerns.

Dr. Lipe recommends treatment options based on the health of your teeth and your unique concerns. Here are some options to consider if you’re interested in cosmetic dentistry.


If you hope to improve the look of your smile by fixing crooked teeth or gaps, you might want to consider the Invisalign® clear alignment system. This effective alternative to traditional braces works quickly without getting in the way of life.

Because there are certain cases where Invisalign may not work as well as braces, it is essential to consult with Dr. Lipe to determine if you’re a good candidate for Invisalign.

With images of your teeth and a computer-designed treatment plan, Invisalign makes a series of trays and delivers them to our office in about four weeks. You may remove your aligners when eating, brushing, or flossing. You wear a set of aligners for about two weeks before switching to the next set, as your teeth shift closer toward their final position.

Dental veneers

Dental veneers can provide an alternative for those with minor alignment issues. This semi-permanent solution fits over your teeth, making them appear straighter. Veneers can also fit your mouth proportionately if you are worried about a gummy smile.

Whitening agents can trigger sensitivity in certain patients, and veneers help cover imperfections while protecting your teeth’s enamel so your teeth stay whiter longer. Unlike crowns, veneers do not require extensive shaping and can instantly change the shape of your teeth.

A thin shell typically made from porcelain is placed over the teeth and is both durable and resistant to stains. While the application process is often lengthy, requiring several office visits, it is one of the few long-term approaches to correcting multiple issues simultaneously while keeping teeth natural-looking.

Dr. Lipe ensures that you are an appropriate candidate. Before cementing the veneer to your teeth, he examines it for proper fit and color. Because veneers only last between seven and 15 years, you should visit our office for regular checkups to maintain your results as long as possible..

Tooth-colored dental bonds

For teeth that are severely damaged, we may recommend tooth-colored dental bonds. These bonds repair damage to teeth that are broken or cracked. The procedure is a popular option because it is cost-effective and simple.

Dr. Lipe starts by using a shade guide to match the composite resin color to the color of your natural tooth. He then roughens the surface of your tooth so the bonding agent sticks properly. The process can take anywhere from a half-hour to an hour, and because an anesthetic isn't typically administered, there is no recovery time required.

Bonding may not be right for you if you suffer from severe tooth damage. If you accidentally chip the bonding material or experience discomfort as a result of the procedure, do not hesitate to call our office.

Professional teeth whitening

Over time, your teeth can become dull and stained by everyday activities. Whitening methods are available in-office or for home use. In-office treatments deliver fast results using a high concentration of carbamide peroxide to bleach your teeth rapidly.

Dr. Lipe offers at-home treatments options in the form of custom-fit trays. You add a whitening gel to the trays and wear them for up to an hour a day from the comfort of your own home.

Over-the-counter solutions are a cheaper alternative, but do not tend to work as effectively as that offered by Dr. Lipe.

If you suffer have cavities, implants, crowns, bridges, or dentures, you must consult with our office about the most appropriate whitening option. Daily brushing and rinsing with mouthwash after eating and drinking can help maintain a bright smile.

If you’re interested in enhancing the appearance of your smile with cosmetic dentistry, call our office or book an appointment using our simple online feature.

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