Aesthetic Dentistry at Minnehaha Family Dentistry

Teeth, when they pertain to a smile, play a large part in a person’s appearance in the United States, especially when first impressions are concerned. A great looking smile can do a lot for a person, particularly when it comes to personal empowerment. Cosmetic dentistry has been a mainstay in the U.S. for quite some time. Implants are widely popular, but for many, implants can look unnatural and out of place.

The natural beauty of a smile can be appreciated by all, and cosmetic dentistry alone has a hard time completely capturing that natural beauty. Aesthetic dentistry, on the other hand, has gained popularity throughout the United States as a way of capturing the ‘perfect’ smile by focusing on the natural elements of the mouth and jaw as a whole.

Enhancing Natural Beauty

But what is aesthetic dentistry? Rather than being one thing, aesthetic dentistry is the culmination of a number of different treatments and procedures that work together to produce a perfectly natural smile. The aim of aesthetic dentistry is to maintain the natural beauty of the smile rather than create a non-natural smile through cosmetic procedures alone. While some may think aesthetic dentistry is just the removal and replacement of teeth, aesthetic dentistry utilizes cleanings, veneers, teeth whitening and cosmetic dentistry to perfectly emulate the natural smile and mouth.

Aesthetic Dentistry Services

Our aesthetic dentistry uses a combination of different services and treatments in order to produce the most natural smile for you.<h3>Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry is the practice of procedures geared toward improving a smile. These procedures include bleaching, bonding, crowns, veneers, contouring, and reshaping. The main purpose of cosmetic dentistry is to create a positive improvement in the appearance of the smile.


Cleanings play a big part in proper mouth hygiene by removing dental plaque from teeth and helping to prevent cavities, gingivitis, and periodontal disease. A cleaning also includes polishing, which helps protect teeth from plaque accumulation in the future.


Veneers are wafer-thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored materials (generally porcelain or plastic) designed to cover the front surface of a tooth in order to improve the appearance. Veneers are used on teeth with uneven surfaces. They can also be used on teeth that are chipped, discolored, oddly shaped, unevenly spaced or crooked.

Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is widely used to lighten teeth and brighten the smile. The most popular teeth whitening technique is bleaching, which utilizes chemicals to whiten the teeth and lighten stains.

Your Smile, Perfected

By utilizing the above procedures and treatments, aesthetic dentistry focuses on improving the entire mouth rather than just one part of it. It’s an all-inclusive approach to achieving the best smile possible, one that accentuates natural beauty.

It’s also important to note that aesthetic dentistry goes beyond just replacing teeth. All aspects of the smile (lip color, the shape of the gums, the placement and geometry of the teeth and the actual teeth themselves) are considered and addressed in aesthetic dentistry.

We are enthusiastic about helping you achieve a happier, healthier you. Our friendly and caring team works together to offer you and your family the best treatments available.

If you’d like to know more about our family dental services, contact us at (360) 693-8181.