Cosmetic Dentistry

A lifetime of wear can cause even the healthiest of smiles to lose a little luster. With cosmetic dental care treatments, Dr. Gates can restore the health and natural beauty back to your smile. We offer a variety of affordable cosmetic treatments designed to revitalize the appearance of your teeth, helping you look and feel younger.

Teeth Whitening

One look at the dramatic difference just one treatment can provide and it's easy to see why teeth whitening has become the most popular cosmetic dental procedure practiced in the US today. With advances made in teeth whitening treatments, getting the brighter, healthier-looking smile you've always wanted has never been easier or more affordable.

Teeth whitening is a safe and inexpensive procedure that can greatly improve your self-esteem and self-confidence. Depending on your preference, you can lighten only your upper teeth, or have both your upper and lower teeth whitened. Dr. Gates provides a special bleaching agent that works to remove stains from the surface of tooth enamel. Once your teeth have reached the preferred color, only occasional treatments are required to help maintain your brilliantly brighter smile.

Tooth Bonding

During tooth bonding treatments, Dr. Gates applies a durable resin to the back or front of a patient's teeth. Dr. Gates will first prep a tooth before applying and bonding the resin into position. The tooth is then shaped and colored to improve the appearance and function of your smile. Finally, the resin is cured using a high-intensity light, and the surface of the tooth is polished.

Bonding makes a great choice for a variety of treatments, including closing minor gaps, lightening stains, restoring decaying teeth back to health and correcting the position of crooked teeth. Tooth bonding generally lasts between three to five years before any repairs may be necessary. Tooth bonding treatments can often be completed in just one visit, and can significantly improve the appearance of any smile.

Dental Veneers

For patients who suffer from tooth discoloration that cannot be corrected with whitening treatments, dental veneers offer a highly effective alternative. To improve the state of your smile, stained and discolored teeth are covered with porcelain veneers that create the appearance of a brighter, natural-looking smile.

Porcelain veneers are thin shells of ceramic that bond directly to the front of your teeth, helping to correct the appearance of uneven, chipped, stained or crooked teeth. These ultra-thin veneers are virtually undetectable and highly resistant to stains from substances like coffee, tea, wine and other typical tooth-staining foods and drinks.

The application of porcelain veneers usually requires two-three visits for our dentist to complete. Your first visit will include a consultation with Dr. Gates during which an impression of your teeth will be taken and sent off to the lab where your custom-made veneers will be created. During your second visit, Dr. Gates will prepare your teeth for the placement of your veneers. Finally, during your third visit, Dr. Gates will place your veneers by bonding them directly to the surface of your teeth.

Porcelain veneers are made from highly durable materials, and can last years, when properly maintained through brushing and flossing.