Ryan M. Buckwalter, DDS, FICOI, FAGD

1420 Greenbrier Place
Charlottesville, VA 22901


How to Achieve a Perfect Smile with Cosmetic Dentistry Services

As schoolchildren, we learn the importance of brushing our teeth and visiting the dentist: doing so protects our physical health, smiles, and confidence. Yet we may not realize an entire branch of dentistry is geared toward improving teeth’s appearance. Cosmetic dentistry services are treatments—such as whitening, veneers, and enamel-colored fillings—that achieve a dazzling smile. If you’ve ever felt self-conscious about your smile, speak to your dentist about how cosmetic dental options can help.

Waynesboro, VA, residents can turn to Hillcrest Dental for all such needs. Our office provides general, cosmetic, and oral surgery services to individuals and families throughout the region. We always deliver comprehensive treatment options without sacrificing personalized, patient-centered services. To learn more about our legacy of smiles or request a free smile consultation, call (434) 973-2224 or visit our website today!

Below, we explain the goals of cosmetic dentistry and how its procedures can benefit you:

What is Cosmetic Dentistry?

Just as people exercise and diet to improve their appearance, they use cosmetic dentistry to feel better about their smiles. These procedures and treatments whiten and straighten teeth in particular, whereas general dentistry enhances oral health (including gums) generally. The most popular options include teeth whitening, cosmetic dentistry veneers, orthodontics (including invisible braces), and more.

Popular Cosmetic Dentistry Treatment Options

  • Teeth whitening
    Among the best-known cosmetic treatment options, teeth whitening washes stains and plaque from their surface while restoring their enamel color. This process evens their color and brightens their appearance (whereas teeth bleaching polishes them beyond natural coloring). While over-the-counter whiteners are available, professional treatments deliver the best results.


  • Dental veneers
    Cosmetic dentists may suggest veneers for blemishes that teeth whitening cannot counteract. These thin porcelain or resin composite pieces fit atop teeth and cover surface damage. They help create an even, symmetrical appearance by correcting broken, unusually shaped, abnormally small, or otherwise afflicted teeth. Dentists grind and shape veneers before bonding them semi-permanently to teeth.


  • Enamel-colored fillings

Some teeth damage is too deep or painful to correct with a veneer to cover up. In these cases, tooth-colored fillings pull double duty by repairing the damage and mimicking the appearance of natural enamel. Such fillings also protect teeth against further damage.

  • Dental implants
    While fillings can replace gaps and chinks in teeth, they cannot supplant an entire tooth. Dental implants fulfill this role instead. To install one, a dentist first inserts the implant’s body portion in place of the missing tooth’s root. Once that heals, they will add the abutment and artificial tooth atop it. Dental implants thus fill gaps between teeth with material that looks and feels like enamel.


  • Orthodontics & Invisible Braces
    Many adults still shudder at the memories of awkward and uncomfortable metal braces. Yet orthodontics has advanced so that clear braces and invisible aligners are now readily available. These products gently push and pull teeth into alignment over several several. Hillcrest offers young- and full grown-adult patients options from 6 Month Smiles, a certified orthodontics provider.


Comprehensive Cosmetic Dentistry Services Available in Waynesboro, VA

You need not cover up your smile any longer: make an appointment at Hillcrest Dental for cosmetic dentistry services! Our team can straighten and whiten your teeth for a flawless look that will make your confidence soar. Hillcrest serves individuals and families throughout Waynesboro, VA, and the surrounding region. Call (434) 973-2224 or visit our website to learn about our dental services and schedule an appointment!

  • "I am very pleased with how my appointment went yesterday. Everyone was really friendly. They explained everything to me about the procedure and stayed late to assure I was comfortable with the work I had done. Dr Ryan Buckwalter and his assistants were awesome. I highly recommend them for any dental work. Thank you."

    Donnette M.

  • "I was having toothache pain in my lower jaw. I called the next day to make an appointment and was given an appointment time for the very next day. I saw Dr. Ryan, who is knowledgeable, caring and has great people skills with his patients. I made another appointment to come back and have the work done."

    Denise K.

  • “Dr. Buckwalter and his assistant did a wonderful job with our 8 year old today. While they were busy talking teeth, my 3 year old was enjoying his new lip balm and balloon! Finished up with a treat from Starbucks with our gift card. So glad our kiddos don’t fear the dentist. More like they want to keep stopping in."

    Logan D.

  • “Unbelievable experience with Dr. Ryan Buckwalter. Night and Day difference from my last dental experience with another dentist. I no longer fear the dentist!”

    David S.