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Cosmetic Dentistry

Picture Perfect Smile in Grand Rapids, MI

Gone are the days when the dentist merely addressed problems such as decay and gum disease. Today, cosmetic dentistry can whiten, replace, fix alignment, and restore a more youthful appearance. Dr. Nagel’s team will help you choose the right treatment for you.

Cosmetic dentistry is a branch within dentistry that aims to improve the appearance of teeth and make sure they are evenly spaced, pearly white, and, of course, healthy. Cosmetic treatments mainly focus on correcting dental flaws that show when a person smiles, talks, laughs, or eats. These treatments can be done on a single tooth or on all visible teeth. What are the benefits of cosmetic dentistry? When you meet a person, your smile is front and center. While some people are blessed with perfect teeth, most of the rest of us need a little help here and there. But issues like chipped, stained, or misshapen teeth don’t need to be a source of embarrassment; we can fix them in minimally invasive procedures that don’t take much time.Dr. Nagel most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures.

Teeth whitening

Want a bright, white smile? Our teeth whitening services can make your teeth six-to-10 shades whiter. Our in-office “laser” whitening treatment utilizes a special lamp to activate a peroxide gel for fast results. Our at-home treatment kit uses a custom-molded plastic tray and concentrated peroxide gel.

Dental veneers

Porcelain veneers are used to conceal several tooth imperfections. Veneers can be placed to close gaps between teeth and cover chipped, discolored, or misshapen teeth. They are cemented into place to provide a complete, beautiful smile.


ClearCorrect aligners are clear aligners that work like traditional metal braces. Each ClearCorrect tray covers a different portion of the movement/straightening process. Unlike traditional braces,ClearCorrect aligners are virtually invisible and can be removed when eating and brushing your teeth.

Six Month Smiles

The Six Month Smiles technique employs clear braces that are barely visible to gently move your teeth quickly and safely. The key components of the treatment are the use of unique, clear braces and a primary focus of moving the teeth that show when you smile.

Cosmetic bonding

Cosmetic bonding involves the application of a tooth-colored resin to correct teeth that are misshapen or chipped. It is also used to fill small cavities located in the front teeth.

Gum contouring

For patients with a “gummy” smile or an uneven gum-line, gum contouring removes excess gum tissue to make the gums proportional.

Dental restorations

For dental problems that are more than simply appearance, the patient may need treatment that is both aesthetic and restorative. These treatments may include dental crowns, implants, or porcelain inlays/onlays.

What types of dental problems can be effectively addressed with cosmetic dentistry?

  • Gaps between teeth
  • Minor chips on tooth edges
  • Surface cracks in the enamel
  • Stained teeth or dark dentin (the layer under the tooth enamel)
  • Teeth that appear too short or stubby
  • Asymmetry with-in the teeth
  • Teeth with metal amalgam fillings
  • Gum tissue that covers too much of the teeth when smiling
  • Missing teeth, which can be addressed in conjunction with reconstructive dentistry

Who is a good candidate for cosmetic dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry is most effective on teeth that are already in good shape. The goal is to address appearance issues of the teeth and gums, but it relies on those teeth being free of decay, disease, and major damage. Also, if you already have extensive dental prosthetics, cosmetic dentistry may not work for you. For instance, teeth whitening only works on natural tooth enamel, so if you have a porcelain crown on a front tooth it may not match the rest of your teeth after whitening.

Can I Afford Cosmetic Dentistry?

The majority of cosmetic dentistry procedures are usually not covered by dental insurance. However, we provide quality services with affordable payment terms to help you achieve that bright smile you deserve. Most cosmetic treatments will also require some maintenance over the years, so this should also factor into your long-term planning. And, of course, practicing good dental hygiene habits will help keep your cosmetic treatments looking great as long as possible.

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