What is Cosmetic Dentistry?

Cosmetic Dentist in Bloomfield Hills MI

What is Cosmetic Dentistry?

What is Cosmetic Dentistry? 700 500 Dr. Steimel and Dr. Loprete | Cosmetic Dentistry | Family Dentistry

Cosmetic Dentist in Bloomfield Hills MIThe goal of cosmetic dentistry is to improve the appearance of teeth that show when you smile and talk. If you’ve ever felt self-conscious about your smile, it’s time to schedule an appointment with our cosmetic dentist in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

We want to make sure you have all the facts you need to make an informed decision for your smile, whether you’re interested in professional teeth whitening or porcelain veneers. Continue reading to learn about the cosmetic services we offer patients.

What are the different types of cosmetic dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry refers to any procedure designed to improve and enhance the appearance of your smile, whether it be through lifting stains or repairing cracks. Here are the most common cosmetic dentistry procedures that we offer:

White Fillings

While fillings in the past were made of a metal amalgam that was highly visible within the tooth, today we use composite resin to create white fillings that match the rest of your smile.

Our cosmetic dentist is careful to make sure your white tooth filling is the right shade of white to match the rest of your teeth. Composite fillings don’t shift around due to changes in temperature, unlike their metal counterparts. This means that you’ll be able to enjoy a bowl of ice cream or a cup of coffee without worrying about your white cavity filling staying in place.

Porcelain Veneers

Veneers are wafer-thin porcelain shells we’re able to bond to the fronts of your teeth. Our cosmetic dentist may recommend porcelain veneers if you have front teeth that are slightly chipped, cracked, stained, or discolored. We can also use veneers to close slight gaps between teeth or cover teeth that are slightly misshapen.

To make room for the dental veneers, we’ll need to remove a thin layer of enamel from the fronts of your teeth. The entire veneers procedure takes about two appointments, and veneers can last for more than a decade with proper care. They are also more resistant to staining than your natural tooth enamel, so you’ll have white teeth for years to come.

Teeth Bonding

Our cosmetic dentist is able to apply a tooth-colored resin material to the surface of your teeth during dental bonding. He then uses a special light or laser to harden the material to your teeth. The overall effect is similar to that of veneers, but dental bonding requires less of your tooth enamel to be removed beforehand.

Our cosmetic dentist may recommend teeth bonding if you have a small cavity or chip in your front tooth. Teeth bonding can also be used to improve the appearance of misshapen teeth or close slight gaps without the use of braces. While the material is not always as sturdy as dental veneers, many people find dental bonding to be more affordable.

Teeth Whitening

We can help you achieve the white smile you’ve always wanted. Our professional whitening treatment can whiten your teeth by several shades in just one appointment without the sensitivity or potential for damage that can occur with over-the-counter teeth whitening options. Our dentist can help you determine which teeth whitening method is best for your smile.

Teeth Contouring

Do you have a slightly misshapen tooth? If so, our dentist may recommend teeth reshaping. During this procedure, we’ll use a laser or drill to gently remove tooth enamel. Cosmetic dentistry is as much an art as it is a science. By removing enamel, we’re able to effectively reshape the tooth so it’s more aesthetically pleasing.


Dr. Timothy Steimel DDS is a cosmetic dentist in Bloomfield Hills, MI that offers teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, and other dental services. To request an appointment with our cosmetic dentist, call Bloomfield Hills Dental Group of Bloomfield Hills at (248) 335-4427.

This blog post has been updated.