Which Cosmetic Dental Treatments Are Right For You?

If you have multiple cosmetic flaws, you may not know where to start to improve your smile. Thanks to our experience with countless smile makeovers, we can help you figure out how to proceed with cosmetic dental treatments. And we can suggest ways you can save time, hassle, and money.

For instance, if you’re undergoing Invisalign treatment to straighten your teeth, we can give you whitening gel to use with your Invisalign aligners to whiten and brighten your smile.

You can meet with Dr. John C. Workman in our Glen Ellyn, IL dentist office to kick off your smile makeover. He’ll discuss your goals with you and walk you through all of the possible cosmetic dental treatments you may want to consider. Before you come in, make a list of things you’d like to change about your smile. That’s a great starting point for your conversation!

To book a consultation with Dr. Workman, call 630-448-8418.


Cosmetic Dental Treatments Will Transform Your Smile


You may be surprised we have so many ways to beautify your smile at the office of Dr. John C. Workman. We even offer cosmetic dentistry treatments to improve the look of your gums! We’ve highlighted some of our cosmetic dental treatments for you here. If you’ve got questions about any of them, just give us a call.




If you’re an adult with crooked teeth who never straightened your smile due to finances or other reasons, we offer an especially attractive orthodontics option. Invisalign® straightens your teeth with a series of clear plastic aligners. So you won’t have to worry about having a mouthful of metal during that first date, big sales presentation, or other important occasion.

The aligners are also removable, so you can take them out when you eat, making cleanup easy for both the aligners and your teeth. And treatment with Invisalign typically takes less time than with traditional braces. For adults, the average Invisalign treatment time is 12 months.


Teeth Whitening


Teeth whitening is one of the simplest and quickest cosmetic dental treatments. If you want a whiter, brighter smile, Dr. Workman will create customized whitening trays for you to use in your own home. (Or if you’re using Invisalign, you can whiten with your aligners!)

You’ll get a professional-strength gel that works better than products you can get at the drugstore because it’s formulated with more active whitening ingredients. Dr. Workman also gives you a desensitizer to ensure the whitening process will be comfortable for you.


Dental Veneers


Dental veneers are our most versatile cosmetic treatment because of the many imperfections they can conceal. The flaws they can hide include:

  • Misshapen teeth
  • Badly stained teeth
  • Worn-down teeth
  • Chipped or cracked teeth
  • Small gaps between teeth

The thin custom-made “shells” cover the entire front surface of your teeth. They’re most commonly used on the “social six” teeth in the front of your mouth that show when you smile. They’ll also help protect your teeth against damage. We use e.max veneers, which are made of a ceramic material that is prized for its natural appearance and strength.

They aren’t a good choice, though, for broken teeth or teeth with large fillings. Dr. Workman will likely recommend a porcelain dental crown to fix those issues. And we won’t recommend them if you grind your teeth.


Tooth Bonding and Teeth Contouring


Tooth bonding and teeth contouring are good cosmetic dental treatments for more minor flaws. For bonding, Dr. Workman applies tooth-colored resin to your teeth and carefully sculpts it to cover problems such as discoloration and minor chips. He’ll cure it with a special light to bond it to your teeth and polish it if necessary.

While bonding can conceal some of the same kinds of imperfections as veneers, the severity of the problems you want to correct will usually determine which is the better choice for you. And for teeth with rough or uneven edges, teeth contouring is a quick and simple cosmetic dental treatment.   


Gum Reshaping


If you want gorgeous gums to complement your teeth, Dr. Workman can reshape your gumline with a soft-tissue laser. He’ll remove excess tissue to correct the look of a “gummy” smile or even out a crooked gumline. If you’ve got the opposite problem, a receding gumline, you can also get a gentle gum recession treatment.


Get a Preview of Your New Smile


It would be so much easier to select the right cosmetic dentistry treatments if you knew what your smile would look like with them, wouldn’t it? We can actually give you a preview of what your new smile will look like using digital imaging and/or wax models. We can even create a “trial smile” made of acrylic that you can wear before your treatment to get a good idea of how it will look and feel.

To make an appointment at our Glen Ellyn, IL dentist office, call 630-448-8418.

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