117 E. Holly Blvd., Brandon, SD 57005

Cosmetic Dentist - Sioux Falls, SD

Improving Appearances with Safe and Effective Treatment

A woman lying in the leaves and smiling Most people value the personal and professional benefits of an attractive smile. Yet many people – up to 40% of the population – are dissatisfied with their teeth. At Wehrkamp Dentistry, our cosmetic dentist can evaluate your smile and suggest cosmetic enhancements that can restore confidence and health. Enhancements include fixing chips, closing gaps, whitening teeth, straightening teeth, reducing a gummy smile, or a complete smile makeover through porcelain veneers or a combination of other procedures and treatments. If you’re ready to get started, contact us today to schedule an appointment.

Benefits of Cosmetic Dentistry

Two young women hugging and smiling When considering cosmetic dentistry, it is likely that you are considering the many benefits it can offer, such as:

At Wehrkamp Dentistry, we not only care about the health of your smile but it’s overall aesthetic, too!

Cosmetic Dentistry Options

A young guy having his teeth whitened Our cosmetic dentists may recommend a variety of different treatments based on your wants and needs. These procedures are very conservative, and in the hands of a skilled cosmetic dentist like Dr. Scott Wehrkamp and Dr. Mauri Heesch, we can offer results that rival that of porcelain veneers or crowns. Take a look at our smile gallery to see some of the amazing results we’ve had with composite restorations.

Teeth Whitening

A shade guide being used to determine color on a male patient’s smile

White teeth convey youth and self-confidence. The problem is not everyone is born with perfectly white teeth. Genetics, aging, medications, foods, and beverages all play a role in the color of your teeth, and over time, you’ll begin to notice the shade of your teeth begin to change. Fortunately, you can have a brilliantly whiter smile without harming your tooth enamel and Wehrkamp Dentistry can help. We offer advanced whitening solutions to be used at home or coupled with in-office treatment.

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A young woman pointing to her smile Porcelain veneers cover natural teeth to conceal and improve a variety of flaws and imperfections at once. Veneers are thin shells of dental porcelain, which cover the front surface and the leading edge of teeth. The result is a completely personalized smile, matching the exact size, shape and shade that you desire. To ensure that your smile looks and feels completely natural, Brandon dentists Dr. Scott Wehrkamp and Dr. Mauri Heesch work with a highly specialized dental lab to custom-design porcelain veneers that look extremely life-like.

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Crown Lengthening (Gum Lifts)

A woman inserting a clear aligner Crown lengthening is a simple cosmetic procedure that can be performed in our office, often in one visit. When excess gum tissue is present, it can be problematic for not only your appearance but your oral health as well. By removing the unnecessary tissue, teeth become elongated and smiles become more even. During your consultation, we’ll talk with you about your options, what to expect during the procedure, and the outcome you want to achieve.

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A group of friends smiling Invisalign uses clear plastic aligners to gently shift teeth in the appropriate direction. Designed to correct crooked, gapped, overcrowded teeth, and even bite alignment problems, Invisalign is a clear alternative for patients looking for a more subtle, discreet way to improve their smile. If worn according to the instructions provided by our team, which is 20-22 hours each day, you can expect to see results anywhere between 12-24 months, which is significantly quicker than with traditional metal braces.

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Cosmetic Smile Design

A young woman talking to her medical professional Digital imaging is a wonderful tool that we use to help our patients visualize the end results of cosmetic and restorative work. By simply asking the right questions, taking various photos of your current smile, and keying in the correct input into the computer, we can generate a graphic image to demonstrate accurately how your procedure will affect your smile makeover. We also use digital photography and work closely with our ceramists to ensure the desired result is achieved. Cosmetic smile design is a big part of our practice!

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Understanding the Cost of Cosmetic Dentistry

Every patient is different, so the needs, factors, and type of cosmetic dentistry used will determine how much you can expect to spend on your treatment. If a minor chip is all that needs fixing, you will pay much less than someone who requires a full set of porcelain veneers. Everything from the type of cosmetic treatment to the number of teeth being treated will be taken into consideration. Even the materials used and any pre-cosmetic work (i.e. tooth extraction for Invisalign or periodontal therapy prior to veneers) that needs to be completed will be factored into the overall cost.

Cosmetic Dentistry FAQs

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Do you have questions about cosmetic dentistry? If you’re considering one of our many available services, there is a good chance you would like some clarification regarding the processes and what life will be like after your treatment. Meeting with our cosmetic dentist in Brandon will allow you to express any concerns and ask as many questions as you would like. But before your appointment, we invite you to review the answers provided below, as many of our patients have come to us with similar inquiries. Once you’re ready, feel free to call our office and schedule an appointment.

Is Cosmetic Dentistry Expensive?

The truth is that cosmetic dental treatments do require an investment on your part; however, there is a common misconception that its price tag is only designed for Hollywood’s elite. This is simply not the case. Nowadays, many dental offices (including ours) have partnerships with third-party financing companies like CareCredit. Instead of having to pay the full amount upfront, you can enroll in a low-to-no-interest payment plan that allows you to break up the cost into monthly installments.

How Can Cosmetic Dentistry Change Your Life?

Cosmetic dentistry does more than improve your aesthetics. It also allows for better oral health. Just because you’re addressing stains, chips, cracks, or even gapped teeth doesn’t mean your smile as a whole won’t benefit from these treatments. Yes, your teeth will look complete or appear closer together, but the reality is that food will not easily become trapped in between your teeth anyone and put you at risk for decay or gum disease. You’ll also better protect your soft oral tissues from lacerations caused by a chipped or cracked tooth.

Not only will you possess greater oral health, but your personal and professional life will take a turn for the better because of the renewed confidence you have in your smile.

What is the Difference Between a Dentist and a Cosmetic Dentist?

All licensed dentists must first obtain a bachelor’s degree before going on to earn a dental degree (i.e., DDS, DMD) from an accredited institution. After graduating, it is the decision of some individuals to pursue additional education and training in specialty fields (i.e., orthodontics, pediatrics, endodontics, prosthodontics, etc.). Although cosmetic dentistry is not considered a “specialty” field by the American Dental Association (ADA), interested dentists need to pursue continuing education courses and advanced training.

Placing veneers, performing teeth whitening treatments, and administering gum recontouring are just a few of the many services that require extensive training and experience to perform correctly and successfully.

At our dental office, Dr. Wehrkamp is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and achieved accredited status in 2008. This allowed him to join 286 professionals in the world who have this prestigious designation. He also maintains a cosmetic and comprehensive approach to dentistry.

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Preventive Dentistry Periodontal Treatment Restorative Dentistry Full-Mouth Reconstruction Cosmetic Dentistry Teeth Whitening Porcelain Crowns & Veneers Crown Lengthening Orthodontics Cosmetic Smile Design