Dr. Joseph A. Catanzano offers cosmetic dentistry in Washington, D.C. We provide many dental services under cosmetic dentistry. These cosmetic solutions help patients achieve attractive and natural smiles. Dr. Catanzano examines each patient’s teeth and gums before treatment to ensure which options would work best. He takes not just your aesthetic goals into account but also your overall oral health needs.
From teeth whitening to straightening crooked teeth with Invisalign, the team at Foxhall Smiles uses the highest-quality materials, expert techniques, and advanced dental technology to ensure long-lasting results. Learn about the cosmetic dental solutions we offer our patients below.
Cosmetic Dentistry Services in Washington, D.C.
Foxhall Smiles offers a variety of cosmetic dental treatments at our Washington, D.C. dentist office. We’ll use one or multiple cosmetic treatments to give you the smile of your dreams. The dentist develops a custom treatment plan that’s tailored to treat your unique needs.
Do you want a more balanced smile? Get straighter teeth with Invisalign. This alternative to traditional metal braces has reinvented the orthodontic process. Invisalign utilizes a series of clear plastic aligners to gradually straighten teeth over time. Invisalign is often heralded as a faster and more comfortable alternative to metal braces.
Traditional metal braces can pinch the gum tissue surrounding teeth and often have an average treatment time that spans several years. The average time of treatment with Invisalign is twelve months or less. Patients who use Invisalign can also take clear aligners out to eat and brush their teeth, so there are no forbidden foods like popcorn or sticky candy.
In addition, because the aligners used in Invisalign treatment are clear, they are less noticeable than traditional braces.
Porcelain veneers are crafted from ultra-thin translucent porcelain ceramic and are bonded to the front and sides of teeth. Because they are color-matched to teeth, porcelain veneers offer a natural look.
Porcelain veneers can:
- Improve the appearance of crooked teeth
- Repair chipped and broken teeth
- Cover discolored or stained teeth that do not pose health risks
- Close spaces between teeth for a more balanced smile
After you receive your custom porcelain veneers, stay away from food and beverages that typically stain teeth, like sodas, teas, coffee, and red wine. Doing this will help maintain the look of your veneers.
Tooth bonding is an economical and quick way for patients to fix damaged and discolored teeth. This option is especially popular among younger patients who do not want a permanent restoration. In addition, the resin composite material that is used to bond to teeth is long-lasting. Tooth bonding can treat discolored teeth, misalignment, cracked or chipped teeth, and gaps between teeth. This cosmetic option is also a quick and easy solution to addressing patients’ cosmetic problems.
Treat stained or yellowed teeth with in-office Zoom! teeth whitening. Dr. Catanzano uses bleaching gel and a laser to brighten teeth quickly and comfortably. Professional tooth whitening not only brightens teeth but is long-lasting and improves tooth health. Zoom! teeth whitening can also reverse the effects of aging on teeth. Patients who receive Zoom! treatment are often more motivated to maintain their smiles.
Why Choose Cosmetic Dentistry?
Many people think that cosmetic dentistry is just to fix aesthetic dental problems. But it does more than that. Underlying oral health issues often cause cosmetic dental problems. At our office, we focus on treating the underlying condition so that oral health and cosmetic problems are both fixed. Not only do we want you to have a beautiful smile that you’re proud of, but it should also be completely functional, too.
Crooked teeth are one of the most common cosmetic problems seen in our office. They’re unseemly and can make you want to hide your smile. But crooked teeth also come with many oral health problems. They’re harder to clean than normal teeth. Particularly when they’re overlapping, they’re harder to clean between. Plaque and tartar build up in the areas that you can’t reach, making you more likely to develop tooth decay or gum disease.
Crooked teeth also lead to an uneven bite, one of the most common ways to develop a TMJ disorder. The jaw isn’t tracking properly, so the joint begins to wear down. Your jaw pops and clicks, and you may have trouble opening and closing your mouth properly. Pain radiates throughout your jaw, face, and head. Straightening crooked teeth can help you avoid a variety of oral health problems.
At our office, we offer Invisalign to straighten crooked teeth and fix your bite. Instead of metal brackets and wires, clear plastic aligners slowly shift your teeth into place. You can take them out to eat and perform your oral healthcare routine. Adults also prefer them as a subtle way to shift their teeth. Invisalign helps you get a beautiful smile while assisting your bite and oral health problems.
Cosmetic Dentistry FAQs
What’s the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedure?
Teeth whitening is the most popular cosmetic service. Everyone experiences tooth discoloration at some point in their life. Our tooth enamel wears away over time, exposing more of the off-white dentin layer underneath. If you have lifestyle habits like drinking coffee or smoking, you face further problems with discoloration. Professional teeth whitening is a solution that can brighten your teeth by multiple shades.
What makes a good cosmetic dentist?
The best way to find a quality cosmetic dentist is to see if they’re a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Dr. Catanzano is a proud member of this association. Membership offers continuing education and other ways to help its members excel in the field of cosmetic dentistry.
Is cosmetic dentistry worth it?
Most of our patients would argue that, yes, cosmetic dentistry is worth it. Not only does it give you back confidence, but it can also have benefits for your oral health. Cosmetic dentistry is more affordable than ever before, so it’s also more cost-effective than it was in the past.
Do I need cosmetic dentistry?
There are many cosmetic dental concerns that can be treated with cosmetic dentistry. This includes discolored teeth, chipped teeth, cracked teeth, crooked teeth, or gaps in your smile. If any of these things bother you or are making you feel less confident in your smile, cosmetic dentistry is a good choice.
Do cosmetic dental procedures hurt?
No, cosmetic dental procedures don’t come with any pain. Anesthetic doesn’t need to be used for any of the services. With Invisalign, you may experience some soreness as your teeth adjust to each new aligner. Teeth can also become slightly sensitive during whitening treatment or preparing the tooth for a porcelain veneer.
Does insurance cover cosmetic dentistry?
No, cosmetic procedures typically aren’t covered by dental insurance. However, we accept CareCredit and have other financing offerings so that you can afford the care you need.
Request a Comprehensive Dental Exam Today
Do you want a brighter smile? Maybe you want to straighten your crooked teeth. Call Foxhall Smiles for cosmetic dental services at 202-315-2188. You can also request an appointment online with Dr. Catanzano anytime.