Cosmetic Dentistry in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, & Hampton, VA

Cosmetic dentistry has now become increasingly popular. Previously, people who were not happy with their teeth or the area surrounding their gums, teeth, and mouth did not have many options. The pain was also an important consideration as any inclination to get these issues fixed was run-down because most dental procedures were considered to be quite painful at one time. However, today the field of cosmetic dentistry has advanced to a great extent. Patients are now becoming more comfortable with discussing their dental issues with a cosmetic dentist because they know that there might be solutions to their problems.

In a large majority of patients, cosmetic dentistry is used to help improve their smile. Smile-enhancement procedures address the cause of the problem. In other words, cosmetic dentists can now reshape teeth, close large gaps between the teeth, restore worn out teeth or even alter the length/shape of teeth. These procedures not only improve the overall look of the patient but also resolve dental issues that they face because of poorly shaped teeth, unnecessary gaps and decay.

Reasons for Cosmetic Dentistry

Most people don’t think cosmetic dentistry is a serious thing because most cosmetic dental procedures are not designed for emergency care. For example, if you have your teeth knocked out or if you have a serious tooth infection, you won’t need cosmetic dentistry. You will require quick and effective treatment. Despite the fact that cosmetic dentistry procedures are not always urgent, this does not mean they are not equally important. For patients who face serious cosmetic issues or who are facing negative consequences on their overall dental health because of these cosmetic issues need to consult with a cosmetic dentist as soon as possible.

Some of the most common reasons why people seek cosmetic dentistry include the following:

  • Discolored teeth
  • Stained teeth
  • Thick and protruding gingiva
  • Crooked teeth
  • Asymmetrical teeth
  • Missing teeth
  • Chipped or cracked teeth

Common Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures

Some commonly used cosmetic dentistry procedures that are used to manage cosmetic issue related to teeth and dental health include bonding, bleaching, veneers, and crowns, contouring, and reshaping.


As far as cosmetic dentistry is concerned, it is important to understand that the word cosmetic does not mean these procedures are only used for superficial issues. Most dental procedures are required to solve the underlying cause of the dental problem. Therefore, these dental procedures are not only cosmetic. Many of these treatments can improve function like biting and chewing and also help prevent tooth decay.

Here is a quick overview of some of the most commonly used cosmetic dentistry procedures:


  1. Bleaching: Bleaching is considered one of the most common teeth whitening procedures done at a dental office. Bleaching is an excellent way to get rid of discolored or stained teeth. Teeth staining can occur in the enamel and may be a result of smoking, long-term consumption of tea and coffee, use of certain medications and some health-related issues. Sometimes discoloration of teeth may be genetic and run in families, or it may simply be due to advancing age. Nevertheless, with bleaching, one can improve the appearance of teeth. Keep in mind that bleaching procedures performed by a cosmetic dentist are quite different from bleaching attempts that you would make at home. Cosmetic dentists use high strength chemicals under controlled conditions to whiten your teeth. If done well, the teeth appear white, glossy and clean. Bleaching is usually conducted by a cosmetic dentist. First, a custom-made mouthpiece is developed that will ensure that the right amount of whitening solution comes into contact with your teeth. The bleaching process may take anywhere from 45-60 minutes, and you may require several sessions spaced over a few weeks depending on the state of your teeth and how much improvement is required. There is no pain during or after the procedure. However, some people may develop temporary sensitivity to hot and cold liquids for a few days. Beaching is usually not covered by any insurance plan, but it is one of the most affordable procedures offered by cosmetic dentists. Bleaching can be done at home, but one should know the side-effects of the chemical that they are using and should also know how to use it. Any mistakes made by self-bleaching experiments can result in negative consequences, so it is generally recommended that you let a cosmetic dentist handle this for you.


  1. Bonding: Bonding is a process designed to change the color of teeth or fill large gaps between teeth. The material used during bonding is very similar in color to natural teeth. Bonding typically requires a single session. When done well, the results of bonding can last many years. However, in some patients, it may be susceptible to chipping or staining. For people who have minor chips or slight tooth decay and/or small gaps between the teeth, use of bonded composite resins are the ideal choice for repair. Bonding can also be used to manage small cavities with tooth-colored fillings or cover the entire external surface of the tooth to change its shape and color. Bonding is not a painful procedure, and patients are generally very satisfied with the results.


  1. Crowns:  Crowns are also referred to as caps. They are used to cover a tooth to re-establish its healthy appearance and shape. However, crowns are not used for minor tooth imperfections because they are expensive. Crowns are generally used when other dental procedures have proven to be ineffective for teeth restoration. Crowns offer prolonged durability as compared to other forms of cosmetic tooth restorations. You would typically require at least two sessions with your cosmetic dentist for crowns and these two sessions are usually spaced over a period of several months.


  1. Veneers: For patients who are interested in having perfect teeth that are beautifully shaped and glossy white, veneers are the ideal option. Veneers are essentially thin pieces of plastic or porcelain that are applied over the front of the teeth with special glue. They can also be used to change the shape or the color of the teeth. In addition, veneers can also be used to treat minor imperfections in the tooth like chips, cracks, gaps, stains, crooked or unevenly spaced teeth. The majority of patients require no anesthesia during the applications of veneers.  Veneers are an alternative to crowns but usually cost more. During the first session, your cosmetic dentist will obtain impressions of your tooth and then make a custom designed veneer. The dentist will also lightly buff the tooth to compensate for the added thickness of the veneer. A custom designed veneer is usually ready within two weeks. Once ready, it is applied with cement to the tooth. A light source is applied to fix the veneer to the tooth surface. Veneers can last a long time if you take care of them and are more color resistant compared to bonding. The results are immediate and can really improve the overall look and appearance of your face.


  1. Reshaping and contouring: When people have chipped, crooked, overlapped or irregularly shaped teeth, the recommended dental procedure to fix these issues is reshaping and contouring. This process can help change the shape, length, and position of the teeth. When done well, the procedure can also help correct overbite. Many dentists combine reshaping with bonding. Reshaping is the ideal procedure for people who otherwise have normal healthy teeth but want minor changes to augment their smile. The first step is to obtain x-rays to assess the location and size of the pulp of each tooth to make sure that there is adequate bone between the teeth to support them. Reshaping and contouring are now being used quite often to help people fix teeth that do not have to look crooked or misshaped.

Selecting the Right Cosmetic Dentistry Procedure


For a regular person, it is difficult to determine which dental procedure would be best for them. In general, most of us don’t know much about bonding or the difference between veneers and crowns. This can be a deterrent to getting dental care as people are not really sure if they need dental treatment or if they do, which treatment would be best. That is why it is important to speak to a cosmetic dentist and discuss everything with them in great detail so that they can recommend the best possible treatment for you. For example, if you’re interested in enhancing your smile, there are several different ways of doing so depending on the underlying cause. Several techniques and procedures can be used but the one that is just right for you will be dependent on the specific dental issue you face, your goals, affordability, and the overall condition of your teeth.


It is generally advised that before you visit a cosmetic dentist, you should list down all the questions you might have so that you are able to take an informed decision. Some of these potential questions could include:


  • When will I see the changes?
  • What will the teeth changes look like?
  • What am I supposed to do after the treatment?
  • What type of dental maintenance do I need?
  • Will I have pain during or after the procedure?
  • What is the cost of the procedure?
  • What should I look for in a cosmetic dentist?


You have to keep in mind that cosmetic dentistry is different from emergency dentistry. Most of the issues that a cosmetic dentist deals with are not problems that need to be treated immediately. That is why patients can take their time to study the options, compare treatment costs and find the right solution for themselves. Other things that could help in taking an informed decision include:


  • Before and after photos of other patients
  • Confirming if the dentist you plan to use is, licensed and/or board certified
  • The type of experience the dentist has with cosmetic procedures
  • References
  • Online reviews and testimonials


Cosmetic Dentistry at The Foleck Center

At The Foleck Center, we have a team of dentists that are well-versed in all dental procedures. We also have a well-equipped, highly advanced dental clinic that is designed to cater to the needs of all patients. If you are in need of cosmetic dentistry services in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, and Hampton, don’t hesitate to contact us at The Foleck Center.

We believe that patient satisfaction is the most important thing when it comes to running a dental practice. That is why we believe in providing individualized and personalized care to each and every patient that trusts us with their dental problems. Most people don’t realize the importance of oral hygiene and a dental clinic is usually the last place you would want to visit. But you need to know that cosmetic dentistry has really advanced over the last few years. We don’t think that cosmetic dentistry is limited to resolving superficial dental issues. A lot of the cosmetic problems highlighted by our patients have underlying caused that could have a negative impact on their dental health in the long run. That is why we believe in educating our patients about different cosmetic dental procedures that are available today. Whatever your dental issue is, you should contact our dental team at The Foleck Center so that they can review the issues you are facing in great depth and then offer the most effective treatment solution based on the status of your teeth and the problem at hand.

Don’t make the mistake of undermining your dental problems just because they don’t require urgent care. At the same time, do your research. Understand the issue. Read about the different treatment options. And then discuss them with a cosmetic dentist at The Foleck Center. We are here to help you resolve the cosmetic dental issues you face and to ensure maximum patient satisfaction. This includes ensuring you have a comfortable and pain-free experience at our clinic and that you are satisfied with our dental team. Call us today, and we will be happy to schedule an appointment with our cosmetic dentist.

Composite Fillings

A composite (tooth colored) filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, etc. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then filled with a composite filling.

There are many types of filling materials available, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. You and your dentist can discuss the best options for restoring your teeth. Composite fillings, along with silver amalgam fillings, are the most widely used today. Because composite fillings are tooth colored, they can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth, and are more aesthetically suited for use in front teeth or the more visible areas of the teeth.

As with most dental restorations, composite fillings are not permanent and may someday have to be replaced. They are very durable, and will last many years, giving you a long lasting, beautiful smile.