Cosmetic Dentistry

Linda Jones-Laper, DDS

Family Dentist & General Dentist located in Elkridge, MD

Do you wish you had a straighter smile? Or that your teeth were whiter? Improving the look of your teeth not only gives you a smile you want to show off, but it also imp®roves your self-esteem. Linda Jones-Laper, DDS, PC, knows how much a brighter smile can change your life. At her practice in Elkridge, Maryland, she offers teeth whitening, veneers, Lumineers®, and bonds to her patients. If you’re looking for cosmetic dentistry, call the office or book an appointment online.

Cosmetic Dentistry Q & A

Are teeth whiteners safe?

Teeth whiteners are absolutely safe. The American Dental Association closely monitors products used as whitening agents and tests them for safety. As a dentist who considers patient safety a priority, Dr. Jones-Laper only uses products deemed safe by the ADA.

Dr. Jones-Laper uses a bleaching agent to whiten teeth. The bleaching agent is able to brighten and whiten your teeth by removing both the surface and deep-set stains.

After treatment, your teeth may remain white and bright for up to three years. To improve the longevity of your teeth-whitening treatment, limit drinks that are known to stain teeth like coffee, tea, and red wine.

What are veneers?

Veneers are thin shells Dr. Jones-Laper places over the front of your teeth. The shells are made of porcelain or composite resin.

In cosmetic dentistry, veneers improve the look of your smile. They cover stained, misshapen, uneven, and gapped teeth to create a straighter and brighter smile.

Dr. Jones-Laper uses Lumineers, which are a very thin, translucent veneer. Their unique thinness allows Dr. Jones-Laper to apply them to your teeth with minimal or no grinding down of the surface of your teeth. This helps keep your natural teeth stronger. The thinner shell of the Lumineers also creates a more natural appearance and more closely resembles the color of your teeth.

It takes two visits for Dr. Jones-Laper to place the Lumineers, but once in place, they last as long as 20 years.

Veneers such as Lumineers can’t fix the shape of your teeth, but if you’re considering braces for cosmetic purposes, you may want to consider veneers instead.

What is tooth bonding?

Tooth bonding is a painless procedure that repairs broken or chipped teeth. Dr. Jones-Laper uses a composite resin to create a bonded tooth.

She places the composite resin on the tooth and shapes it to resemble the original tooth. Dr. Jones-Laper then uses a light to harden the bond. The process can take several layers of composite to create the desired look. In addition to fixing broken teeth, bonding can also cover stained teeth.

If you’re interested in improving your smile through cosmetic dentistry, call Dr. Jones-Laper’s office today or book online to schedule an appointment.