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What is Cosmetic Dentistry?

What is Cosmetic Dentistry?

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What is Cosmetic Dentistry? Dentist Holland, MI

Cosmetic dentistry is a form of oral care designed to improve the appearance and overall health of your teeth. If you’ve ever felt self-conscious of your smile, modern dental care may have cosmetic opportunities for you.

Cosmetic dentistry is able to fix:

  • Chipped teeth
  • Cracked teeth
  • Small gaps between front teeth
  • Stained or discolored teeth
  • Tooth decay
  • And more…

At Macatawa Smiles, we’ll help you explore your options for cosmetic dentistry so you can make an informed decision.

Here’s some basic information to start you on your journey toward a healthier and more attractive smile.

Teeth Bonding

Teeth bonding is an affordable smile makeover we can do in one appointment.

Your dentist will apply a tooth-colored composite resin to a specific tooth or multiple teeth. Then, they’ll go over it with a special LED light to harden the resin.

It may sound simple, but dental bonding is able to repair teeth that have minor decay, chips, cracks, or stains.

Inlays & Onlays

Inlays and onlays are used as a way to stop tooth decay.

If one of your teeth has a small cavity, we may try to fix it with an inlay or onlay. These options are generally the go-to when something like a cavity is too big for a filling but too small for a crown.

Once we remove your decayed tooth structure, we’ll take impressions of your teeth to send to the lab. This does mean that, unlike a filling which is applied directly to your tooth, a dental inlay or onlay often requires a second appointment.

While you wait for your permanent inlay or onlay to return from the lab, we’ll place a temporary cover over the tooth. This helps protect your tooth in the meantime.

When you return for your second appointment, we’ll remove the temporary restoration and replace it with your new, permanent dental inlay or onlay.

Porcelain Veneers

A veneer is a wafer-thin porcelain shell your dentist bonds to the front of your tooth.

Veneers are able to restore the look of your teeth if you have minor cracks, chips, or discoloration. Your dentist may even recommend porcelain veneers to close small gaps between front teeth.

During your first appointment with us, we’ll remove a small amount of enamel from the fronts of your receiving teeth. This is done to make room for the veneers so your teeth won’t seem large or bulky.

While your veneers are created by an outside lab, we’ll place temporary covers over your teeth. When you return for your second appointment, your permanent dental veneers will be ready.

To learn more, check out our blog post on the 5 benefits of porcelain veneers.

CEREC® Same-Day Crowns

Our dentist uses CEREC technology to design, make, and place a dental crown in one appointment.

A CEREC crown covers the entire visible portion of your tooth above the gum line, restoring your tooth’s natural strength and appearance. Your dentist may recommend a crown if your tooth was made fragile by a large filling, cavity, or multiple dental procedures.

With CEREC, Dr. Habecker can create a crown that matches your tooth’s natural enamel, so you don’t have to worry about having gold or silver teeth.

Take-Home Teeth Whitening

What if you just want a brighter smile? Well, you’re in luck.

Maybe you’ve tried over-the-counter whitening products but didn’t see great results with them. Don’t worry, you’re not alone and there is a solution.

If you’re tired of seeing discolored teeth in the mirror, we can provide you with a personalized, professional teeth whitening kit. The kit would include custom teeth whitening trays with a variety of shade options available that you can use from the comfort of your own home.

Next time you see us, ask Dr. Habecker if you’re a candidate for professional teeth whitening.

During your first appointment with us, we’ll take impressions of your teeth so that we can create the custom whitening trays. When you return for your second appointment, we may slightly adjust the fit so it rests comfortably in the mouth.

Then, you’re all set to use your teeth whitening kit at home and see your smile shine bright.

Ready to Schedule an Appointment?

Dr. Habecker and his team are dedicated to helping you achieve your best smile. To schedule an appointment with your Holland dentist, feel free to call Macatawa Smiles at (616) 396-7524 or use our online form.

This blog post has been updated.


Dear Patient Family,

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a difficult time for all of us. Many of you have been forced to wait for dental care and we appreciate your understanding while we kept our office closed to follow orders from the Governor's Office.

We are happy to say that we are opening our office for all patient treatment on June 1st, 2020. Our hours of operation will go back to normal, Monday-Thursday 8am - 5pm. We want you to know that there will be some changes at your next appointment. Please be patient with us as our protocols will inevitably change as new guidelines are released.

  • We ask that you use our parking lot as the waiting room.
  • Please wear a mask when you come into the office and leave it on until entering the treatment room. Homemade is acceptable.
  • Only the person receiving treatment should come in the building, all others will be asked to wait in the car if at all possible. The exception will be for our minor patients who may have one parent accompany them.
  • We will be asking you some questions when you arrive at the office and we will also be taking your temperature.
  • We will not be able to offer magazines, drinks, or toys at this time as they cannot be disinfected to our standards. Eventually this will change and we will be happy to offer our amenities once again.

These changes have been made to adhere to the latest CDC guidelines and for the benefit of our patients and our staff. We want you to know that our office has always taken the safety of our patients very seriously and that we will continue to follow the highest levels of sterilization and disinfection to keep you protected. If you would like more information on what measures we have taken we would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

We cannot say how excited we are to see all of our patients again and to provide for their dental needs. We look forward to seeing all of your smiling faces soon!

Dr. Habecker and Team