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Cosmetic Dentistry

Alexandria Total Dentistry

General & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Alexandria, VA

Any dental procedure that’s used to enhance the appearance of your teeth or gums falls under the umbrella of cosmetic dentistry. Whether you’re looking for a subtle way to improve your smile or you’re in need of a more significant treatment or repair, cosmetic dentistry can boost your confidence and protect your oral health. At Alexandria Total Dentistry in Alexandria, Virginia, Daniel J. Lee, DMD, and Steven J. Lee, DDS, provide a complete range of cosmetic dental services to patients in the greater Washington, D.C., area. Call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

Cosmetic Dentistry Q & A

What is cosmetic dentistry?

The overriding goal of cosmetic dental procedures is to improve the appearance of your smile by addressing your teeth, gums, or both.

Ongoing advances in dentistry mean that cosmetic dentists have the skills, techniques, and materials they need to safely and effectively address virtually any noticeable cosmetic flaw or problem.

Cosmetic dentistry is often used to correct discolored, chipped, misshapen, or missing teeth. The team of cosmetic dentists at Alexandria Total Dentistry can use their skills to:

  • Whiten your enamel
  • Reshape your teeth
  • Close gaps between teeth
  • Correct visible bite problems
  • Restore worn teeth
  • File down overly long teeth

While cosmetic dental procedures are primarily used to enhance or restore the appearance of your smile, they can help improve your oral health as well.

What types of cosmetic dentistry services are available?

The team at Alexandria Total Dentistry offers a variety of cosmetic services. Some of the most popular procedures include:

Teeth whitening

Chairside bleaching is a safe and effective cosmetic treatment that applies powerful whitening agents directly to your teeth. As these chemicals break down, oxygen penetrates your enamel to help lift stains and make your smile several shades brighter.


Also known as laminates, dental veneers are ultrathin, custom shells made from either porcelain or composite resin. They’re designed to cover the front side of your teeth and can hide a range of flaws, including permanent stains, chips, and uneven teeth edges.


Bonding uses a tooth-colored resin material to close gaps, fill cavities, or change tooth color. It’s especially useful for repairing unsightly chipped teeth.


Porcelain crowns, or caps, are used to restore normal strength and appearance to a tooth that’s severely worn, cracked, weak, or discolored. Crowns are custom-made to match your natural teeth.


Orthodontic treatment can help straighten crooked teeth, address spacing issues, and fix bite problems. The team at Alexandria Total Dentistry offers traditional wire and bracket braces as well as Invisalign® clear aligners, a revolutionary orthodontic system utilizing removable aligners to straighten teeth.

Which cosmetic dental treatment is right for me?

Many of the cosmetic problems that affect your smile can be addressed in more than one way. If you have a chipped tooth, for example, you may be able to correct the problem with bonding, a porcelain crown, or even with veneers.

Before you can decide which treatment approach best meets your specific needs, your dentist at Alexandria Total Dentistry will perform a comprehensive oral exam to evaluate the condition and cosmetic imperfections of your teeth and gums.

Based on this evaluation, he can let you know which procedures are relevant, address any concerns you may have, let you know what kind of results you can expect from each of your options, and help you choose the treatment that’s best for you.

To find out more about cosmetic dentistry, or to schedule a visit, call the office or book an appointment online today.