Cosmetic Dentistry in Grand Rapids

Cosmetic Dentistry

Creating beautiful, confident smiles

Cosmetic dentistry is done to improve conditions such as gaps, chips, stained or yellowing teeth, crooked teeth and more. Improving ones smile can go a long way to increasing confidence. Whether you are looking for a full smile makeover or just a small touch up, we will work with you to achieve your goals.

Dr. VanderLugt and Dr. Mulder have over 43 years of combined experience helping patients achieve beautiful and healthy smiles. They use tried and true techniques to give you the best looking results while being as gentle, conservative and minimally invasive as possible.

We are proud of our ability to handle a wide variety of cosmetic concerns. However, our doctors are never over-zealous in recommending treatment. We believe what makes us special is our superior artistry, our first-rate materials and equipment and, of course, our dedication to our patient’s oral health.

Complimentary Cosmetic Consultation

Complimentary Cosmetic Consultation We offer a free cosmetic consultation so you can find out about the different treatment options available and get any of your questions answered. This consultation includes:

  • Consultation with the doctor
  • Smile evaluation
  • Discuss your goals for your smile
  • Visual exam
  • Digital photographs
  • Learn about the different procedures
  • Get your questions answered
  • Written treatment plan

To make an appointment, call 616.455.8400 or click here to request an appointment online.

Our approach to a beautiful, natural smile makeover

We use an excellent lab and the best materials available in order to ensure a durable and very natural looking smile. Helping you achieve your ideal smile is important to us, and we have competitive rates to assist you get the smile makeover you would like.

  • Consultation – The first step is a consultation with the doctor where you will discuss your smile goals. You will be shown examples of what different procedures can do.
  • Study Model – Impressions are made and a study model is created for use in planning your treatment.
  • Photos & X-rays – We use photos and low-radiation, high-accuracy digital images.
  • Wax-up – Depending on the complexity of the case, a diagnostic wax-up may be made. This is used to show you what your teeth will look like and can be adjusted for your approval.
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    You will discuss your goals for your smile with the doctor so he knows exactly what you want to achieve.

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    Photos and digital X-rays are used to plan your treatment.

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    A wax model is used to design your restoration and adjustments are made until you are happy.

  • Shade matching – To ensure an attractive, natural look, the right shade is chosen for your dental restoration.
  • Temporaries – Depending on the procedure, temporaries are made to keep you looking good until your restorations are ready. This also allows you to make sure you like the look of your restoration.
  • Seating appointment (veneers) – The doctor removes the temporaries and tries on your new veneers. If you are completely satisfied, your veneers will be permanently placed. If any adjustments need to be made, they will be sent to the lab and then placed when they are perfect. We make sure you are 100% satisfied with your new restorations.

Conditions we can fix with Cosmetic Dentistry

Among the conditions we can fix with cosmetic dentistry and some of the techniques used to fix them are:

  • Stained, discolored or yellow teeth – This is usually handled with whitening, or veneers if appropriate.
  • Broken, chipped or cracked teeth – Veneers can give you an amazing transformation. Depending on the situation, we also use crowns or dental bonding.
  • Teeth that are too small or irregularly shaped – Veneers can give you a new beautiful look. Dental bonding is another option for building up and reshaping teeth.
  • Gaps in teeth – If from a missing tooth, a dental implant or bridge can restore that area. Veneers or dental bonding can also cover gaps. For some, orthodontia may be the right choice.
  • Crooked teeth – Braces, veneers or even dental bonding can make a difference here.
  • Gummy smile or uneven gums – Laser gum recontouring or veneers are used to even out or reshape the gum line.

Procedures we use to create your great-looking new smile

After careful diagnostics, Dr. VanderLugt and Dr. Mulder work out the best procedures and techniques to fit your smile and personality. Your cosmetic treatment plan may involve one or more of the following tools:

Cosmetic Dentistry - Porcelain VeneersPorcelain Veneers

Our doctors use superlative-quality all-porcelain e.max® or Empress® veneers that last long and fit perfectly.

Porcelain Crowns

Our crowns are of the highest quality materials and look beautiful. Dr. VanderLugt has made thousands of crowns for his patients and will make them look natural and blend in with the rest of your teeth.

Dental Bonding

An economical alternative to veneers, dental bonding can be used to reshape teeth or repair cracked or chipped teeth.

Cosmetic Dentistry - WhiteningTeeth Whitening

We custom make Venus White® Pro whitening trays for convenient, reliable home use.

Orthodontics

Dr. Mulder provides both traditional wire and ceramic braces to straighten your teeth for a more beautiful smile.

Cosmetic DentistryOnlays and Inlays

When a filling isn’t enough and a crown is too much, an onlay or inlay can be a perfect restoration.

Gum Recontouring

We use a gentle, non-invasive laser to reshape a gummy smile or uneven gum line.

Tooth-Colored Fillings

Dental composite material is used to create natural-looking fillings that blend in with the rest of the tooth. We can also replace your old amalgam (metal) fillings with aesthetic tooth-colored ones.

To make an appointment, call 616.455.8400 or click here to request an appointment online.