Millions of people every year improve their smiles with cosmetic dentistry. Possessing a beautiful smile is one of the most sought-after physical attributes. Permanent stains, damage to teeth, and developmental issues can make a person feel incomplete and self-conscious of their smiles. Our team understands that living with a flawed smile is difficult. Fortunately, our practice offers beautiful and effective cosmetic treatments such as professional teeth whitening and porcelain veneers.

The Power of an Attractive Smile

teeth whiteningAn attractive smile can make a huge impact on a person’s life. This is because smiling is a big part of communication. Smiling can put others at ease, make them feel welcome, and facilitate positive interactions with others around you.

When a person is embarrassed by the appearance of his or her teeth, they will avoid smiling – and sometimes even avoid social situations because he or she is uncomfortable around others. Those who have received cosmetic dental treatments can attest to the life-changing experience improving the appearance of their smiles can have. Our patients who have received treatments like teeth whitening or a smile makeover with porcelain veneers have no trouble regaining their self-esteem and confidence.

Professional Teeth Whitening

Who doesn’t want bright, vibrant teeth? A smile full of pearly whites conveys youthfulness and attractiveness to others. Unfortunately, developing permanent tooth stains is a fact of life for most people. Years of exposure to staining agents like dark foods and beverages dull our teeth. For instance, if you drink coffee on a daily basis – you will likely develop permanent stains. Fortunately, extrinsic stains are easily removed with professional teeth whitening. Our professional whitening systems contain safe yet very powerful whitening solutions that can penetrate the enamel surface of teeth. Over the counter products simply lack the prescription-grade levels of whitening agents in their products.

If you desire a whiter smile, we recommend speaking to a member of our team for guidance. We can help you determine the right course of action for your needs.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneersSometimes patients come to us in need of a complete smile makeover. For instance, if one has flawed teeth caused by tooth wear, improper tooth positioning, and permanent stains, he or she might benefit from porcelain veneers because these cosmetic enhancements can conceal almost all noticeable imperfections.

Porcelain veneers are wafer-thin, tooth-shaped cosmetic enhancements that are bonded to the outside of teeth to improve the aesthetics of a smile. Those in need of a total smile makeover typically receive veneers on the most visible top and/or bottom teeth. Receiving porcelain veneers is minimally invasive because it requires very little tooth preparation. It does, however, require a couple office visits because veneers must be custom made.

Porcelain veneers make for a very effective enhancement to one’s teeth. Veneers can conceal chips, cracks, gaps between teeth, poor tooth positioning, stains, and misshapen teeth.  Questions about veneers to improve your smile?  Call us today!

White Restorations and Bonding Treatments

Sometimes restorative dentistry and cosmetic dentistry overlap – meaning, some of the same materials and restorations used to repair diseased teeth can be used to conceal imperfections. Fortunately, today’s dental work can be undetectable when people choose white restorations made from materials like porcelain and composite resin.

Dental CrownsDental crowns can make for excellent restorations that protect weak teeth while also improving the appearance of your smile. A crown is a tooth-shaped restoration that fits over all sides and the top of a tooth. When a porcelain or porcelain fused to metal crown is bonded to teeth, it will look and feel like normal tooth structure. A white crown conceals imperfections like cracks, chips, and stains. If a patient has multiple teeth affected by worn dentition and other obvious imperfections, multiple crowns can be placed to improve the smile as a whole while increasing oral function.

In addition to white restorations, our practice offers cosmetic bonding treatments. Bonding treatments utilize the same tooth-colored compound used for fillings. A bonding treatment involves applying composite resin over dental imperfections to conceal them. In some ways, bonding can produce results similar to porcelain veneers. Bonding treatments are more cost-effective than veneers but typically do not last as long.

Since there are different treatment options for improving the appearance of your smile, we recommend scheduling a consultation with Dr. Link. At your appointment, our dentist will discuss your concerns and goals, perform a physical examination, and make treatment recommendations tailored to your needs.

Call us today to reserve a smile makeover consultation.

Cosmetic Dentistry FAQs

What are cosmetic dental procedures?

Cosmetic dental procedures are treatments that improve the aesthetics of one’s teeth and overall smile. These types of treatments can range in their invasiveness and price. For example, a professional teeth whitening treatment is not invasive but does produce dramatic results, whereas other treatments that permanently alter teeth with cosmetic enhancements or restorations are more involved. Our most popular cosmetic treatments include professional teeth whitening, cosmetic bonding, porcelain veneer makeovers, and white restoration placement.

What is a veneer?

A veneer is a micro-thin, tooth-shaped cosmetic enhancement. Each veneer is custom made for an individual’s specific tooth. A series of veneers can be bonded to the most visible teeth to produce a dramatic result. With veneers, teeth that are misshapen, jagged, worn, and stained can be transformed. Veneers are crafted from beautiful pieces of porcelain that perfectly mimic the look and feel of biological teeth.

Is cosmetic dentistry safe?

Safety is a top concern at our practice. We follow strict treatment protocols that are in line with standards set by the American Dental Association, the FDA, and other organizations associated with cosmetic dentistry. Moreover, cosmetic enhancements to teeth utilize the same materials used for restorative dentistry work. Compounds and materials like composite resin and porcelain are not only beautiful, they have been used for decades to repair and improve the appearance of teeth.

Does dental insurance cover cosmetic dentistry?

No, dental insurance does not typically cover cosmetic procedures. Restorations, however, when placed over a damaged tooth are at least partially covered by most dental insurance carriers. Most patients who receive cosmetic dental treatments pay out-of-pocket for their care. Our team makes every effort to make cosmetic dentistry affordable. We offer various payment options patients may use to cover treatment costs.

Interested in scheduling a dental appointment?

We see all patients on an appointment basis and ask that you contact us in advance so that we may reserve a time for you. We value your time! We do our best to stay on schedule and will advise you if we are behind.

If you are having trouble locating an appointment time, please call our office to help. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Featured Dental Services in Morganton, North Carolina

Sleep Well Western North Carolina

Sleep Well Western North Carolina is part of Dr. Link’s practice that involves screening, treatment, and monitoring of sleep-related breathing disorders.

Working closely with your physician and sleep study results we can fabricate a custom appliance that will help move your lower jaw forward which can reposition the tongue and result in a more open airway.

General Dentistry

As dedicated dental professionals, the health and well-being of our patients is a top priority. We provide general dentistry services such as cleanings and checkups, preventive care, and treatment for dental emergencies.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Our team understands that living with a flawed smile is difficult. Fortunately, our practice offers beautiful and effective cosmetic treatments such as professional teeth whitening and porcelain veneers.

Restorative Dentistry

A restoration provides protection from cavity-causing bacteria, debris, and harmful compounds like acids. Common restorations include fillings, dental crowns, inlays, and onlays.

Sedation Dentistry

Our team understands that negative associations with dental treatment, dental phobia, and low pain thresholds greatly impact the experiences of patients in oral healthcare settings. Sedation dentistry is beneficial for fearful patients or those receiving more invasive treatments.

Snoring and Sleep Apnea

Obstructed airways contribute to snoring and can cause sleep apnea. Treating sleep apnea does not have to be invasive or uncomfortable. Our practice offers oral appliance therapy for sleep apnea treatment.


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