Family Cosmetic Dentistry in Madison, TN

By Dr. Thomas Martin
Also known as esthetic dentistry, cosmetic dentistry allows the patient to retain an all-white smile, even with dental restorations. Cosmetic treatments also improve the appearance of dental flaws, like discolored enamel, crowded or twisted teeth, widely spaced teeth, and chipped or malformed teeth.

At Martin Dental Studio, Dr. Thomas Martin offers family cosmetic dentistry so that your loved ones can enjoy a beautiful, confidence-boosting smile. In today’s blog, you’ll learn about:

  • How a Family Cosmetic Dentist Is Different
  • Cosmetic Dentistry for All Ages
  • Statistics and Research About Smile Enhancements
  • Benefits of Family Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Your First Consultation

How a Family Cosmetic Dentist Is Different

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Patient Experience

All dentists complete a dental degree, either a DDS or DMD, to prove proficiency in general dentistry, which includes preventive, restorative, and prosthetic dental care. Dr. Martin earned his DDS from Indiana University School of Dentistry and offers general dentistry, as well as family cosmetic dentistry and dentoalveolar surgery in our beautiful and modern Madison dental office.

Dr. Martin believes that all dentistry should have a cosmetic element because beautiful, natural-looking teeth not only improve oral health, but they have a great impact on a positive self-image. Our team wants you and your loved ones to smile with confidence, knowing you look fantastic. When you look good, you feel good!

Whenever possible, Dr. Martin uses tooth-colored materials for dental restorations, and our US-based dental lab creates durable, beautiful restorations and prosthetics. Building on a foundation of good oral health with cosmetic restorations, patients can opt for purely cosmetic treatments to further improve the appearance of teeth, gums, and smiles.

Cosmetic Dentistry for All Ages

Young children may not care about having an all-white smile, but as kids grow, the importance of esthetics grows, as well. Dr. Martin offers:

  • Teeth whitening for ages 14 and older
  • Invisalign transparent orthodontic aligners for teens and adults
  • Porcelain veneers for patients 16 and older
  • All-white fillings and crowns
  • White-faced stainless steel crowns for children
  • Dental bonding to reshape widely spaced, chipped, or malformed teeth
  • Dental contouring to smooth sharp edges on teeth
  • Natural-looking replacement teeth (bridges, partials, dentures, dental implants)
  • Gum tissue sculpting and crown lengthening
  • Full-mouth rehabilitation

Benefits of Cosmetic Dentistry

A Big Confidence Boost

It’s no stretch to say that after cosmetic dentistry, a patient looks in the mirror and feels more confident than he did prior to cosmetic treatments. In fact, one of the aspects our team loves most about family cosmetic dentistry is witnessing the sheer pleasure our patients experience upon that first look at their reflection. In many cases, tears of joy are shed.

Let’s look at the research:

  • The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) found that 99.7% of Americans “believe a smile is an important social asset.” 
  • Further, 96% of adults think an attractive smile makes a person more appealing to potential romantic partners. 
Improves How Others Perceive You

In our technological age, people see you in person and online. In fact, if you google your name, you may find images of yourself that you didn’t even know were published. When it comes to making a great first impression on potential employers, and on clients and coworkers, your smile holds the keys to success.

  • Beall Research & Training of Chicago published research showing that people with attractive smiles appear more intelligent, successful, wealthy, kind, and interesting than those with sub-par smiles.
  • According to Kelton Research’s survey for the AACD, 48% of adults see a person’s smile as the most memorable feature after a first encounter, even more so than what a person says. 
  • Another survey by Kelton Research found that after teeth whitening, job candidates were more likely to be hired and make a higher salary than those who didn’t whiten before the interview.
  • Over 70% of adults also believe that an unattractive smile harms career success.

Additionally, teeth whitening can shave years off of your perceived age. White, bright teeth and a big smile make a person look youthful and full of life.

Better Oral Health

Because cosmetic dental restorations repair damaged teeth, oral health is improved. Cavities can be repaired with custom-tinted composite resin fillings for an all-white smile. Cracked and deeply chipped teeth, as well as those with large cavities, no longer require a metallic cap. Instead, a porcelain, porcelain fused to metal (PFM), or zirconia crown will look natural among existing teeth.

Beyond the beauty of cosmetic restorations, patients are often motivated to take better care of their teeth and gums after investing in cosmetic dentistry. This yields better oral health!

Resistance to Dental Stains

Porcelain, ceramic, and zirconia don’t stain as quickly as natural tooth enamel, neither are they affected by chemical teeth whitening. Patients often opt for professional teeth whitening prior to having veneers, bonding, white crowns, and bridges or partials. By making natural tooth enamel sparkling white beforehand, restorations can be colored to match bright enamel. When tooth enamel begins to stain, the restorations will look more obvious–but the solution is simply undergoing another teeth whitening treatment.

Bite Alignment (Good Occlusion)

Crowded teeth are prone to cavities because it’s difficult to clean all the plaque and debris from between them. To correct dental alignment and occlusion (how upper and lower teeth fit together when the mouth is closed), Invisalign’s clear, removable orthodontic aligners offer an inconspicuous alternative to metal braces. Dr. Martin uses Invisalign for both teenagers and adults.

Keep Your New Smile Beautiful

When you invest the time and finances into family cosmetic dentistry, the importance of taking care of your smile as a personal asset takes a front seat. To maintain your family’s attractive smiles, follow these tips:

  1. Brush twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush
  2. Floss once a day, before brushing teeth
  3. Brush for two minutes at a time
  4. Attend six-month checkups and cleanings at Martin Dental Studio
  5. Use a straw when drinking carbonated, sugary, or acidic beverages
  6. Re-whiten teeth when necessary
  7. If you notice any abnormalities in your teeth or gums, see Dr. Martin immediately
  8. Avoid chewing hard or sticky foods
  9. Don’t use your teeth to rip or pull on objects; they’re for eating and smiling only

Your First Consultation

We know how precious your family’s smiles are to you, because we feel the same way. If you’re seeking family cosmetic dentistry in Madison, TN, call Martin Dental Studio at 615-865-2260 today. We are open from 8 to 5, Monday through Thursday, and we’re accepting new patients now. Dr. Martin and our team deliver good, honest dentistry to our patients. We value you and have taken measures to make you and your loved ones feel comfortable, confident, and well cared for in our dental office.