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If you’ve ever scrolled through Instagram or flipped through a magazine, you’ve probably wondered how celebrities and influencers have that picture-perfect smile.

Spoiler alert: You can too!

Cosmetic dentistry services range from teeth whitening to porcelain veneers and can be combined to achieve your dream smile.

Having a smile you love is essential in living a life of confidence, which improves your overall health and wellness.

In this quick blog, we’ll go through what cosmetic dentistry consists of, why it’s worth the investment, and how you can extend the life of the smile you’ve always wanted.

What is cosmetic dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry consists of dental treatments that enhance the aesthetics of your smile.

Your dentist will discuss your smile goals with you at your initial consultation and recommend a personalized plan.

It may consist of:

  • Porcelain veneers
  • Prepless veneers
  • Porcelain crowns
  • Teeth whitening
  • Cosmetic bonding
  • Smile design
  • Invisalign®

Keep in mind:

Cosmetic dentistry isn’t a one size fits all approach.

Your dentist may recommend a combination of cosmetic treatments to ensure your dream smile comes to life.

Is cosmetic dentistry bad for your teeth?

No, cosmetic dentistry isn’t bad for your teeth.

In fact, there are many benefits of cosmetic dentistry.

Many patients experience:

  • Improved dental health
  • Reduced pain caused by misaligned teeth
  • Increased self-confidence
  • Youthful appearance

Cosmetic dentistry enhances more than your smile – it can also protect against future dental issues.

How long does cosmetic dentistry last?

How long cosmetic dental treatments last varies from patient to patient and treatment to treatment.

For example,  professional teeth whitening treatment can last anywhere between six months to 3 years, while porcelain veneers can last 20 years or longer with proper care.

You play a vital role in extending the life of your cosmetic work.

Habits like smoking and poor oral hygiene negatively affect how long your cosmetic treatments will last.

Other factors like aging and certain medications are out of your control but can also affect the longevity of your procedures.

The best way to take care of your new smile is to:

  • Brush twice a day for at least two minutes each time
  • Floss at least once a day
  • Visit your dentist for regularly scheduled exams and check-ups

Your dentist should provide aftercare tips at home to ensure the best results long term.

How much does cosmetic dentistry cost?

The cost varies from patient to patient depending on the smile goals.

Schedule a consultation with your cosmetic dentist to get an exact quote.

Keep in mind:

Cosmetic dentistry is an investment that’ll pay dividends in your confidence, life, and oral health.

Where can I find a cosmetic dentist near me?

If you’re located in the Waldorf, MD area, contact us at Bradley Olson DDS. We’ll help you achieve your dream smile with a custom cosmetic dentistry treatment plan.

Dr. Bradley Olson is a proud member of the American Dental Association… This text opens a new tab to the American Dental Association website…,, was awarded Fellowship in the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry… This text opens a new tab to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry website…, and has been selected multiple times as one of The Washingtonian’s top cosmetic dentists since 1997.

His expertise and training produce high-quality dental results that’ll last you for years to come.

Check out our Smile Design Gallery to see real patients’ before-and-after makeovers!

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Bradley Olson DDS is located in Waldorf, MD… This text opens a new tab to Google Maps… and serves neighboring communities, including La Plata, Mechanicsville, White Plains, Hughesville, Charlotte Hall, Upper Malboro, and Accokeek, MD.