Ryan M. Buckwalter, DDS, FICOI, FAGD

1420 Greenbrier Place
Charlottesville, VA 22901


What Problems Can Cosmetic Dentistry Fix?

Your smile is as distinct as your fingerprint. Every tooth in it not only grew in differently but has also received particular wear-and-tear. So, creating your perfect smile will require careful consideration. Thankfully, cosmetic dentistry services can correct common oral ailments: plaque stains, chipped teeth, uneven gums, and more.

If you are unhappy with your teeth or your smile, reach out to Hillcrest Dental in Charlottesville, VA. Our practice stands on a tradition of personalized, friendly care from a staff of committed professionals. We offer everything from general care to oral surgery services and can perform routine cleanings as well as complex treatments. Whether you’re seeking emergency care or a long-term practitioner, reach out to Hillcrest Dental and receive a free consultation.

Below, we discuss the various teeth and oral health issues that cosmetic dentistry can correct:

Cosmetic Dentistry Solutions


Remove plaque stains

The most common cosmetic dentistry service, teeth whitening (or bleaching) involves eliminating stains and discoloration due to plaque. The benefits of teeth whitening include its non-invasive nature, modest price tag, and effective outcomes. Many folks with no cosmetic dentistry experience find whitening a great starting place.

While over-the-counter whitening products exist, their results are inconsistent. Only a professional dentist can guarantee that you get the most out of your treatment.

Mend chipped or cracked teeth

Although some patients might consider it a general dentistry treatment, repairing chipped or cracked teeth qualifies as cosmetic. If the breakage is relatively minor, it can be fixed with one of two treatments: dental bonding or veneers.

Bonding calls for a dentist to apply tooth-colored putty directly onto the damaged area. This can correct chips as well as fill small cavities. On the other hand, veneers involve a porcelain shell to be attached to the front surface of a tooth. This, again, covers the damaged or discolored areas.

Repair moderate damage to teeth

A dentist can use dental caps (also called crowns) to correct moderately damaged teeth. “Moderate” damage may result from breakage or disease, but determining this requires a dentistry professional’s insight. Nevertheless, caps can last decades and so – if supported by strong oral health – may permanently “fix” damage. They can also be applied to correct the size and shape of teeth.

Replace missing or badly damaged teeth

When a tooth suffers severe damage or is missing entirely, a dentist may use a dental implant to replace it. While patients may again feel that this qualifies as general dentistry, its effect on one’s appearance also makes it cosmetic. Although they require a commitment to install, a tooth implant can revolutionize one’s oral health.

Permanently artificial teeth include a root and crown. They look and feel natural so that you can live without worrying about their functioning.

Correct crooked teeth

Other common forms of cosmetic dentistry, braces and aligners straighten one’s teeth to create a symmetrical smile. Crooked teeth can undermine self-esteem and cause further problems: gum disease, difficulties with chewing, and other problems. Thus, straightened teeth can improve one’s confidence and support long-term oral health.

Adjust the gumline

While many folks pay little attention to the gums on which teeth sit, others worry over them. Due to several factors, gums can grow excessively, become uneven, or recede. However, gum contouring treatment from a dentist can correct the appearance and shape of your gums. The laser used for this procedure can cause some minor soreness, but that tends to fade away in a few days.

Professional Cosmetic Dentistry Services Available in Charlottesville, VA

Make the most of your smile by seeking out cosmetic dentistry services at Hillcrest Dental in Charlottesville, VA. As an institution since 1953, Hillcrest offers a range of services to handle routine care and specialized treatments. When you’re a patient at our practice, you’re family – we want you to enjoy our options and your oral health. Reach out to us today at (434) 973-2224 or fill out our online form to request an appointment and get a free consultation.

  • "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.