Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry refers to the various dental procedures and treatments that aim to improve the appearance of a person's teeth, gums, and overall smile. Unlike conventional dentistry, which focuses on oral health issues such as tooth decay or gum disease, cosmetic dentistry primarily concentrates on enhancing aesthetics.

By addressing both functional and aesthetic aspects of oral health care through various cosmetic dental techniques, holistic dentists emphasize an individual's overall well-being rather than focusing solely on one aspect. They understand that having a healthy mouth also involves feeling confident about one's appearance.

When considering any cosmetic dental procedure or treatment plan tailored specifically for you, it is crucial to consult with a qualified dentist who practices holistic dentistry principles. A holistic approach ensures that all aspects of your oral health are considered in conjunction with your overall physical and emotional wellness. Remember: Dr. Hatland specializes in providing comprehensive, holistic dental care while paying attention not only to the functionality but also to the beauty of your smile! With his expertise and commitment towards patient satisfaction using safe and natural methods wherever possible, you can achieve the smile of your dreams. 

How Cosmetic Dentistry Fits into a Holistic Approach

In the realm of holistic dentistry, the focus goes beyond just treating dental problems. It encompasses a broader perspective that takes into account the overall health and well-being of an individual. And this is where cosmetic dentistry plays a significant role.

Cosmetic dentistry procedures not only enhance the appearance of your smile but also contribute to your overall oral health. Aesthetically pleasing teeth can boost self-confidence and improve quality of life. However, from a holistic standpoint, it's important to ensure that any cosmetic procedures are carried out with careful consideration for the long-term effects on your oral and systemic health.

One example is tooth-colored fillings, which not only restore decayed or damaged teeth but also blend seamlessly with natural tooth color, preserving aesthetics while avoiding exposure to potentially harmful materials like mercury found in traditional amalgam fillings. Another popular cosmetic procedure is teeth whitening, which helps remove stains and discoloration caused by various factors such as food, beverages, smoking, or aging. From a holistic perspective, it's essential to use safe and non-toxic whitening agents that don't harm enamel or cause sensitivity.

By incorporating these cosmetic treatments within a holistic approach to dentistry, patients can achieve both aesthetic improvements and optimal oral health outcomes. This ensures that every aspect of their dental care aligns with their overall wellness goals.

With Dr. Hatland's expertise in both holistic dentistry principles and advanced cosmetic techniques, you can trust that your smile will be transformed using safe materials and methods tailored specifically for your unique needs — all under one roof! 

Common Cosmetic Dental Procedures 

When it comes to achieving a beautiful smile, cosmetic dentistry offers a range of procedures that can help enhance the appearance of your teeth and gums. Here are some common cosmetic dental procedures that can transform your smile: 

  • Teeth whitening: This is one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures. It involves the use of bleaching agents to remove stains and discoloration from the teeth, resulting in a brighter and whiter smile. 
  • Dental veneers: Veneers are thin porcelain shells that are bonded to the front surface of teeth. They can effectively cover up imperfections such as chips, cracks, or gaps between teeth. Veneers provide a natural-looking solution for achieving a perfect smile. 
  • Dental implants: For patients with missing teeth, dental implants offer an excellent option for restoring their smiles. Implants are surgically placed in the jawbone and act as artificial tooth roots to which crowns or bridges can be attached. 
  • Invisalign®: This orthodontic treatment uses clear aligners to gradually shift misaligned or crooked teeth into proper alignment. Invisalign® is a discreet alternative to traditional braces and provides excellent results without drawing attention to your treatment. 
  • Dental Bonding: Bonding involves applying tooth-colored composite resin material directly onto damaged or discolored teeth. The resin is then shaped and polished to blend seamlessly with natural teeth, improving their appearance. 
  • Gum Contouring: Also known as gum reshaping, this procedure helps correct issues like excessive gum tissue (gummy smile) or uneven gum line by removing excess gum tissue or reshaping it for better symmetry. 

These are just some examples of common cosmetic dental procedures that can contribute significantly towards enhancing your overall appearance while promoting good oral health. 


In a world where appearances matter, cosmetic dentistry has become increasingly popular. People are seeking ways to improve their smiles and boost their self-confidence. However, it is important to approach cosmetic dentistry from a holistic perspective.

Holistic dentistry focuses on the overall health and well-being of the individual, taking into consideration the interconnectedness of oral health with the rest of the body. By incorporating this approach into cosmetic dental procedures, we can ensure that our patients not only achieve beautiful smiles but also maintain optimal oral health.

Dr. Hatland, an experienced dentist who specializes in holistic dentistry, understands the importance of considering both aesthetics and long-term oral health outcomes for his patients. With his expertise and commitment to providing personalized care, he can guide you through your cosmetic dental journey while keeping your overall well-being in mind.

Whether you're looking to whiten your teeth, straighten misaligned teeth, or fix imperfections like chips or gaps, Dr. Hatland offers a range of safe and effective treatments tailored to meet your specific needs. Visit our dental offices in Indianapolis, IN, or Lincolnwood, IL, to learn more.


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