Cosmetic Dentistry Columbus, GA

As a cosmetic dentist, Dr. Albert Caves focuses on improving aesthetics, health, function, and quality of life. Cosmetic dentistry in his Columbus, GA office can help achieve facial balance and improve bite function. Dr. Caves takes a comprehensive approach to cosmetic dentistry to ensure comfortable and long-lasting results. Cosmetic dental services are one of the dental services we offer patients in our dental office in Columbus, GA.

Since your smile is the first thing people notice about you, you want a smile you are proud to show off. More than just good looks, the teeth help you chew, form words, and support the lower face, cheeks, and lips.

Cosmetic Dentistry in Columbus, GA

What is Cosmetic Dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry is a branch of dentistry focused on aesthetics. The goal of cosmetic dentistry is to improve the appearance of the smile. Dr. Caves believes that form follows function. Each patient receives a comprehensive evaluation as the foundation for any treatment.

During this examination, Dr. Caves will:

  • Check the teeth for signs of wear and decay
  • Screen for oral cancer
  • Evaluate the jaw joints and muscles

For cosmetic dentistry to be successful, he must identify and treat the underlying causes of your cosmetic problems. This will ensure long-lasting results without repeat problems.

Cosmetic Dentistry in Columbus, GA

New advances in cosmetic dentistry make having a beautiful smile easier than ever. Dr. Caves provides a complete range of cosmetic dental procedures to help you achieve your smile goals. Each treatment is designed to fix tooth damage or imperfections. Your cosmetic smile makeover may include one or more of the following cosmetic dentistry treatments:

Porcelain Veneers

Dental veneers are thin porcelain shells that cover the front of teeth. We use veneers made of porcelain because they are strong and natural-looking. Our dental team can design custom dental veneers to hide almost any dental imperfection. While they are stronger, more stain-resistant, and offer better durability, they are permanent. To learn more about the benefits of dental veneers, see Porcelain Veneers.

Teeth Whitening

We offer professional teeth whitening treatments for patients with deep tooth stains. This popular cosmetic treatment is effective at creating brighter and whiter smiles. With a professional teeth whitening system, you will receive even results with less sensitivity. The treatments are safer and more effective than any store-bought teeth whitening product. To learn more about the whitening options we offer, see Teeth Whitening.

Dental Implants

Implants are the gold standard for replacing missing teeth. We recommend implants to secure single crowns, bridges, or dentures. We must implant between 1 to 8 titanium implant posts into the jaw bone to secure these dental restorations. Here, they will fuse to the bone to create a stable foundation to hold the replacement teeth. No matter how many teeth you are missing, dental implants will provide you with the natural-looking and functioning tooth replacement option. To learn more about the dental implant process, see Dental Implants.

Dental Crowns

A tooth crown is like a cap that encases an entire tooth to restore it. We custom-create them from dental impressions so they will look and feel natural. A dental crown is a necessary dental restoration covering damaged, decayed, or stained teeth. They can also attach to a dental implant to replace a single tooth. We provide same-day dental crowns with CEREC. With CEREC and CAD/CAM technology, Dr. Caves can take impressions, mill crowns, and place crowns in his office in a single day. To learn more about the crown-making process, see Dental Crowns.

Dental Bridges

A dental bridge is a prosthetic dental restoraiton that we use to replace one or more missing teeth. This restoration helps close the gap left by the one or several consecutive missing teeth. We can anchor a custom dental bridge to adjacent teeth, called abutment teeth, or dental implants. We prefer to use dental implants because they provide a more aesthetic solution. A custom dental bridge will help restore function, close the gaps in your smile, and maintain the alignment of your remaining teeth. To learn more about the various types of dental bridges we offer, see Dental Bridges.

Cosmetic Dental Fillings

A dental filling is a restorative treatment that we use to repair tooth cavities, minor fractures, or minor tooth blemishes. The procedure involves removing the bad part of the tooth and filling the space with the material that will suit you best such as amalgam, composite resin, gold, or ceramic to restore the tooth’s function and integrity. We offer patients alternatives to metal fillings. White fillings use composite resin to fill teeth with natural-looking materials. To learn more about the benefits of cosmetic fillings, see Dental Fillings.

Composite Bonding

Dental bonding uses tooth-colored materials to cover discolored and damaged teeth. This quick and affordable treatment benefits patients with minor cosmetic problems. Dr. Caves will apply the tooth-colored resin material to a portion of the tooth and harden it with a special light to repair and improve its appearance. Dental bonding is a cheap, versatile treatment we can use to fix chipped, cracked, or discolored teeth and can close gaps between teeth​. To learn more about advantages and disadvantages of dental bonding, see Composite Bonding.

Cosmetic Dentistry: Before and After






See more cosmetic dentistry photos in our Smile Gallery.

Do I Need Cosmetic Dentistry As I Age?

Many patients will find that they need cosmetic dental care over time. Multiple factors can contribute to increased cosmetic treatment:

  • Medications: Many medications have side effects that affect the appearance and health of the smile. Dry mouth, tooth stains, and other symptoms may require dental treatment.
  • Medical Conditions: Similarly to medications, conditions like diabetes, affect your oral health and the look of teeth.
  • Injury: Life can be unexpected. If you suddenly injure one or more teeth, you will need treatment to repair your teeth.
  • Dental infection: Sustaining an infection can lead to cavities that damage teeth.
  • Natural wear: Tooth wear is a natural concern patients face over time.

You can experience problems like chipped, cracked, and discolored teeth. Older restorations may also need replacement as they discolor or wear down. We will recommend whitening if you experience

However, if you only have one discolored tooth, we may recommend dental bonding treatment. Bonding uses tooth-colored material to cover one or more teeth. If you have deep tooth stains that do not react to whitening treatment, veneers may be right for you. Veneers can cover all of the teeth that show when smiling.

How to Maintain your Cosmetic Dentistry Results

Maintaining the results from your cosmetic dentistry treatments requires a proactive and consistent approach to oral hygiene. It may even involve altering your lifestyle habits to help protect your results.

Sticking to a habitual dental care routine is the most important thing you need to do. This routine should involve brushing your teeth two times a day, use only fluoride toothpaste, floss every day, and use an antibacterial mouthwash to minimize plaque buildup and prevent decay. Regular dental check-ups and cleanings every six months are vital to maintaining and monitoring your dental health and cosmetic results. Dr. Caves will examine and help you maintain your cosmetic dentistry work at each dental appointment.

In addition to good oral hygiene practices, we suggest you remain mindful of your dietary habits. Most importantly, you should try to avoid foods and beverages that lead to stained teeth, such as coffee, tea, red wine, and certain berries. If you consume these items, rinse your mouth with water immediately. It may be wise to use a straw because it will minimize contact with your teeth. Certain life style habits like smoking or chewing tobacco should be avoided at all costs. These unhealthy habits will cause significant discoloration and damage to dental work, not to mention they are bad for your overall health.

If you suffer from teeth grinding during sleep, it is vital to protect your teeth at night. A custom mouthguard, called a night guard, will protect porcelain veneers, dental crowns, and other cosmetic enhancements from wear and tear. By combining diligent oral care with mindful lifestyle choices, you have a better chance at protecting your cosmetic dentistry results so they last longer.

To Renew Your Smile, Book a Consultation for Cosmetic Dentistry in Columbus, GA

Consider cosmetic dentistry for a more beautiful, healthy, and comfortable smile. Contact Dr. Caves’ office in Columbus, GA, at (706) 407-4851. You may also schedule your cosmetic consultation online.