Cosmetic Dentistry in New Orleans

What is the first thing you notice about other people? If you answered “their smile,” you are with the majority.

cosmetic dentistry | dentist | new orleansIf you are unhappy with your smile because chipping, staining, tooth misalignment, or another issue is preventing people from seeing the real you, it’s time to consider cosmetic dentistry.

Cosmetic dentistry has gained in popularity over the past several years because it is more accessible and affordable than ever. Sometimes you can completely revamp your smile in just a couple of dental appointments!

If it’s time to brighten your professional and personal life with a beautiful smile, call Downtown Dental for an evaluation. A smile you can’t wait to show the world can be yours through cosmetic dentistry in New Orleans.

A Personalized Plan for Every Patient

New Orleans dentist, Dr. Richard Rathke, understands that every patient has different needs and unique goals for their smiles. While one patient may just be maintaining their good oral health, others may want to make changes to the appearance of their teeth. This is why Dr. Rathke gets to know each patient on a personal level so he can understand your goals and make the treatment recommendations that will help you achieve the best results. This is especially important for patients who want to enhance their smiles.

Dr. Rathke has completed advanced training in the field of cosmetic dentistry that allows him to bring the latest techniques and technology to his patients. So whether you just want a small upgrade to your smile, such as teeth whitening, or you're looking to make significant changes with a smile makeover, Dr. Rathke will create a treatment plan that will help you achieve your best smile.

Cosmetic Dentistry in New Orleans Creates Your Best Smile

The fields of cosmetic dentistry and restorative dentistry often overlap since repairing a tooth typically also enhances its appearance. As your cosmetic dentist in New Orleans, Dr. Rathke's goal is always to improve both the function and aesthetics of your teeth. He may even combine multiple treatment procedures to achieve a full smile makeover. Read on to learn more about our cosmetic dental procedures and what they entail.

Teeth Whitening

One of the most popular and affordable cosmetic dental treatments, teeth whitening can dramatically change the way your smile looks in just an hour or so in the dental chair.

Whether your teeth are yellowed or discolored from genetics, staining, or aging, Downtown Dental can treat them with one of our state-of-the-art whitening processes. We offer both in-office and at-home treatments.

In-office whitening treatments are safe, fast, and effective. This option is ideal for anyone with an upcoming event, such as a wedding or reunion to attend. You will leave our office the same day with immediate results you'll be proud to share with the world!

Take-home whitening systems are perfect for patients who like the idea of whitening their teeth at their own pace and in the comfort of their home. A take-home whitening kit includes custom-made whitening trays that can be used again and again so you can even update your smile in the future. Initial take-home whitening typically takes around two weeks to achieve your desired results.

Dental Bonding

Tooth bonding is a quick way to repair many types of cosmetic flaws or damage. Using a composite material that matches your smile, Downtown Dental can make repairs, close gaps, or otherwise cover up cosmetic issues, such as:

  • Fractured or chipped teeth
  • Stains or discoloration
  • Size discrepancies or oddly shaped teeth
  • Worn teeth

Dental bonding is a fast treatment since we can typically complete the procedure during one visit with Dr. Rathke; it is also less expensive than other treatment procedures, such as porcelain crowns or veneers.

Invisible Braces

cosmetic dentistry | invisible braces | new orleans If you have crooked teeth but can’t imagine yourself with a mouth full of metal brackets and wires, clear aligner technology might be just what you need. ClearCorrect uses a series of clear plastic aligners to move your teeth into place gently.

Clear aligners are also removable so that you can enjoy all of your favorite foods during your treatment, and you'll have no problems brushing and flossing your teeth. Treatment with ClearCorrect is typically fast, and we can usually complete treatment in a matter of months instead of years.

However, the best part about invisible braces in New Orleans is that no one will ever notice you are wearing them!

Porcelain Veneers

If you are looking for a red carpet-worthy "Hollywood" smile, consider dental veneers.

Veneers are wafer-thin shells of porcelain that fit over your teeth, camouflaging a multitude of different dental issues. In just two visits, you can change tooth shape, length, or color, allowing you to completely recreate the appearance of your teeth and giving you a Hollywood-caliber smile that will last for years.

During your first visit, Dr. Rathke will prepare your teeth for your new veneers and make temporary ones for you to wear while our trusted dental lab handcrafts your porcelain veneers. This takes one to two weeks, and then you'll return to Downtown Dental to have your final veneers placed. Now you're ready to share your beautiful new smile with the world!

Porcelain Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are “caps” that fit over damaged teeth, strengthening and preserving them. One of the most common uses for crowns is when a large filling has fractured a tooth, but there is not enough tooth structure left to repair the tooth.

A cap will save your tooth, giving you back its form and function, while also protecting the integrity of your tooth root. At Downtown Dental, we use porcelain crowns that blend in seamlessly with your other teeth and are metal-free, so they don’t have the telltale dark line at the gumline.

Dental Implants

If you are suffering from the loss of one or more teeth, you should learn more about dental implants. Known as the gold standard in tooth replacement, dental implants are the option that most closelycosmetic dentistry | dentist | new orleans resembles your natural tooth because they protect your dental health by also restoring your tooth root.

Made of titanium, the implant takes the place of your tooth root and integrates permanently into the jawbone, becoming a part of your dental anatomy. After they have healed, a dental crown is attached. Your implant will look and function much like your natural tooth. Tooth implants can also support appliances, such as a dental bridge, partial or full denture.

Dr. Rathke is happy to guide you through the process of replacing your teeth with dental implants if you are living with tooth loss.

Your Dream Smile Is Within Your Reach

If you are like most patients, you might have concerns that the cost of cosmetic dentistry puts treatment out of reach for your budget. However, your dentist in New Orleans offers many options to make cosmetic dentistry affordable, such as third-party and in-house financing, as well as an in-office membership plan that can help defray the cost of your cosmetic dental treatment plan. Don't let finances hold you back from your best smile; we are prepared to work with you!

Ready to have the smile of your dreams? Call Downtown Dental and find out how to make it happen. Make a cosmetic dental appointment today.