Ocala Cosmetic Dentist

Cosmetic Dentistry consists of any form of dentistry that deals with aesthetics. While most dentists will tell you that everything we do in dentistry deals with aesthetics, there are several aspects of dentistry that specifically fall into this category. Below we outline a few of the major types of treatments available at Weldon Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry of Ocala in Ocala, Florida.

Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is one of the least expensive and most effective ways to brighten a smile. Teeth can become discolored from a multitude of reasons. In addition to normal discoloration that occurs over time, staining can become accelerated by certain foods and drinks like coffee, tea, and certain juices. In addition, teeth can become significantly stained from tobacco use and certain antibiotics.

Professional whitening is either done in office or at home. At Weldon Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry of Ocala, we offer in office whitening using Opalescence Boost technology. This can provide results in about an hour. The procedure for take home whitening is relatively simple. First, the dentist will make impressions of the teeth and gums. From there, custom soft thin comfortable whitening trays will be made. Dr. Weldon provides whitening gel to take home.  A small amount of whitening gel is placed inside of the trays and the trays are worn for the specified period of time.

While there are some special circumstances where teeth whitening is more challenging and certain times when teeth are resistant to the whitening gel, professional teeth whitening really works. If you would like more information, feel free to visit our page on whitening!

close up of veneers Porcelain Veneers

It seems today that every magazine, television program, and movie you watch is full of people with straight beautiful smiles. Many of these smiles are in part the result of veneers. Veneers are an incredibly effective cosmetic dentistry treatment when used in the right situation. A veneer is an extremely thin (usually 1/2 millimeter) porcelain shell that is placed over the teeth.  Veneers can mask, cover, or correct misaligned, discolored, cracked, chipped, or rotated teeth. While there are limitations to veneer treatment, when used appropriately the results can transform a smile. If you would like to read more about veneers, visit our services page on veneers!

mock up of bridge Crowns and Bridges

A crown is a cap placed over a tooth that has been reduced slightly in size to accommodate.  While crowns and veneers often share the same indications, crowns can be used when there is weakness to a tooth.  The crown provides complete coverage over the tooth which can strengthen the tooth significantly.  Traditionally many crowns were made of gold.  Recent improvements in technology have allowed us to use crowns that are virtually indistinguishable from natural healthy tooth structure.

Bridges are a form of treatment designed to replace missing teeth. This falls under the cosmetic dentistry category because a tooth missing in the visible part of the mouth can be more of an eyesore than nearly anything else.  A bridge utilizes crowns on adjacent teeth for support.  The results can appear as though there is a healthy tooth in the place where a tooth has been lost.  Feel free to see the results of crown and bridge work in our smile gallery!

woman putting in invisalign tray Invisalign®

Invisalign is the brand name for the leader in adult braces.  While Invisalign certainly has it’s limitations, it has some incredible benefits over traditional adult braces.  First, Invisalign is completely removed during meals so food does not become stuck in the braces.  Second, since Invisalign can be removed at will cleaning is much easier.  Many people who have worn traditional braces have found lasting white spots on teeth due to the challenge of cleaning around the brackets and wires.  In addition, Invisalign is a much more esthetic approach.  The liners are thin, comfortable, and clear. Many people will have no idea you are undergoing orthodontic treatment!

If you would like to know more about this treatment, visit our services page on Invisalign.  If you would like to know if this is something that would help you, feel free to contact us at any time electronically by clicking here!

At Weldon Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry of Ocala, we offer many other forms of cosmetic dentistry.  Feel free to visit our services page to learn more about Botox, facial fillers, fillings and restorations, dentures, extractions, or implants.

Cosmetic Dentistry FAQs

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Your cosmetic dentist in Ocala, Dr. Daniel Weldon, has completed additional training to master the art of cosmetic dentistry. He can transform your smile from drab, dull, and damaged to dazzling. The treatments he offers at Weldon Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry of Ocala can boost your confidence by improving the alignment, color, and shape of your teeth. We realize that it can be a difficult decision to invest in your smile, which is why we’ve compiled several common questions we receive from our patients below. Hopefully, this will give you all the information you need to take the first step towards beautifying your smile by scheduling a consultation.

What are the most common cosmetic procedures that patients get?

At Weldon Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry of Ocala, we offer several in-office treatments that can help you get the smile you’ve always dreamed of. Depending on your unique needs, we develop a customized treatment plan to transform your grin into a trait that you’re proud to show off. Commonly, patients get procedures such as:

  • Teeth whitening
  • Porcelain veneers
  • Invisalign

No matter what areas of your mouth you’re looking to improve, we offer several enhancement options that are custom-tailored to meet your needs.

Can my teen get a cosmetic dental treatment?

Some cosmetic dental treatments such as Invisalign are completely suitable for teens. However, it’s best to schedule a consultation with their cosmetic dentist before you invest too heavily in the idea. During their initial appointment, Dr. Weldon will inspect their oral health and determine whether or not the procedure they have in mind is safe and can help them achieve the desires they have for their smile.

How long do cosmetic procedures typically take?

The time that it takes to complete a cosmetic procedure heavily depends on the severity of the issues that you’d like to have concealed or fixed. For teeth whitening and direct bonding, you can achieve fast results because they can be completed in a single appointment. However, other procedures such as veneers can take a couple of weeks or longer. You can find out the treatment plan to repair your smile during your initial consultation with Dr. Weldon.

Is cosmetic dentistry the best choice for me?

When you catch a glimpse of your smile in the mirror, do you find the imperfections and small flaws distracting? Does your grin make you self-conscious to talk to new people? If you think your teeth are unattractive or if you’re unhappy with your smile, cosmetic dentistry can definitely benefit you. Typically, the best candidates for specific treatments have good oral health. If you have any existing issues like gum disease, they’ll need to be treated before your cosmetic procedure can be scheduled.

Will my insurance cover my treatment?

In most cases, dental insurance providers won’t contribute to cosmetic procedures. However, there are certain exceptions for service that would also double as restorative treatments and are necessary to maintain your oral health. The best way to know for sure is to contact your insurance company directly.

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