Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic Dentistry in Lawrence, KS

When you look in the mirror, do you find yourself wishing you could improve the shade of your teeth? Are you reluctant to smile when at an important social event or during a job interview? If so, cosmetic dentistry services provided by an experienced professional could be just what you need!

At the practice of Keith Jones, DDS, we understand how significant a beautiful and healthy smile is for everything from smiling and laughing to chewing and speaking. This is why our Lawrence dentist offers a wide range of aesthetic procedures and fully customized treatments backed by four decades of experience. Whether you’ve experienced a recent dental trauma or simply wish to brighten your smile, our solutions are designed to enhance visual, functional, and oral health issues. Call today to schedule your cosmetic consultation!


What Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments Do You Offer?

Dr. Jones and our team believe oral health and dental beauty often go hand-in-hand. When you visit us for cosmetic dental care, we help you achieve a smile that is as healthy as it is visually appealing. In addition to enhancing overall aesthetics, almost all of our cosmetic treatments combine solutions designed to address multiple issues, from deep discoloration to decay, damage, wear, and missing teeth.

Our Lawrence dentist proudly provides the following services designed to rejuvenate your smile:

Our team also believes that cosmetic dentistry solutions should always be safe in addition to delivering stunning results. Therefore, we are an amalgam-free dental practice. This means that each treatment we provide uses the highest quality materials that are natural-looking, durable, and entirely safe for the body.

The Benefits of Amalgam-Free Cosmetic Dentistry

In addition to providing seamless aesthetics, amalgam-free materials offer lasting strength and durability for fillings, crowns, bridges, and veneer treatments. While amalgam was once widely used to help repair decayed or damaged teeth, this material includes traces of potentially toxic mercury and has a less natural appearance. Amalgam-free materials such as composite resins and porcelain offer numerous benefits that also help improve the overall health and appearance of the smile.

Continue reading below to discover more about our enamel-colored and body-safe materials.

Composite Resin

Composite resin materials are typically made of a non-toxic ceramic and plastic compound. Because dental composites mimic the appearance and sheen of natural teeth, they are commonly used for fillings, veneers, and other cosmetic-based treatments.

White composite materials:

  • Often require less drilling or tooth alteration than metal materials.
  • Can be blended to match the natural shade of any tooth in your smile.
  • Provide quick and effective repair as they bond well with natural enamel.
  • Often harden within seconds.
  • Cause fewer instances of tooth sensitivity.
  • Can be easily repaired if damaged or worn over time.
  • Are the preferred solution for replacing old amalgam fillings.

3d render of teeth with dental composite filling over white background

Porcelain Materials

Porcelain materials combine a ceramic-like mixture of feldspar, glass, silica, and other nonmetallic compounds which are then molded and fired using extremely high temperatures. Dental porcelain is world-renowned for its resilient, durable, and natural-looking qualities.

Porcelain materials:

  • Allow for complete color customization of your crown, veneer, or bridge.
  • Offer long-lasting durability and can withstand constant chewing and biting.
  • May last upwards of 15 years, especially crowns.
  • Are completely stain-resistant; They will never become dull or discolored.
  • Are safe for the body with no long-term side effects other than extremely rare allergies to dental materials.
  • Are surprisingly low maintenance and don’t require specialized care, only regular brushing and flossing.

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Why Choose to Whiten My Smile Professionally?

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While there is an endless amount of whitening options available today, professional solutions are specifically made to lighten your smile safely, effectively, and quickly. Perhaps the most popular cosmetic service, professional teeth whitening uses specialty-grade formulas that can only be applied or administered by a licensed expert. This means years’ worth of staining can be significantly reduced or eliminated with minimal tooth sensitivity and no enamel damage compared to over-the-counter solutions.

What Are My Options for Professional Teeth Whitening?

Portrait of a smiling woman whitening her teeth with gel and plastic braces, sitting on the couch at home

In this busy day in age, you may find it difficult to make it into the dental office for a whitening procedure. This is why Dr. Jones provides Venus® Whitening Pro take-home kits that are completely customizable and make for a truly comprehensive way to lighten your smile comfortably, in the convenience of your own home. This method of professional teeth whitening allows you to be in total control of when, where, and how you’ll achieve the dazzling smile you’ve always wanted.

A single short office visit is all that’s needed for our dentist to create and customize your whitening trays based on the precise images of your smile taken with our digital impression technology. Your kit comes with the whitening solution and easy-to-follow application instructions to better ensure beautiful results through safe treatment and overall even whitening.

How Did My Teeth Become Stained?

Dark foods, such as berries and tomato sauce, contain strong pigments that easily attach to the surfaces of your teeth, causing discoloration. A diet high in sugar and simple carbohydrates contributes to more bacteria that discolor teeth. Dark beverages, such as soda, tea, and red wine also contain pigments rich with color that stain your smile.

While foods, drinks, and smoking are the most common causes of enamel staining, they are not the only reasons why your teeth have lost their luster. Other forms of dental staining include discoloration of the dentin, the layer past the surfaces of your teeth. This kind of yellowing can happen because of trauma, genetics, or taking certain medications.

Because this type of discoloration doesn’t always respond to professional teeth whitening, our team offers CEREC crowns and porcelain veneers to help renew the youthful glow of your smile.

What are Porcelain Veneers?

woman getting veneers

Veneers are thin pieces of durable porcelain or composite resin materials used to re-create the natural characteristics and appeal of your teeth. Veneers are fully customized to the specific shade, shape, and contours of your smile. After an extremely detailed consultation, the veneers are crafted in a lab and are then bonded to your teeth. In addition to providing smiles with uniformity, veneers are also used to address multiple aesthetic and functional issues.

How Can Veneers Help My Smile?

When strategically placed on the surfaces of teeth, veneers can address a wide range of dental issues. The seven most common include:

  1. Severe discoloration
  2. Minor to moderate dental chips, cracks, or fractures
  3. Severely worn or misshapen teeth
  4. Dental gaps between teeth
  5. Mild dental misalignment
  6. Uneven or crooked teeth
  7. Tooth Sensitivity

How Long Do Veneers Last?

Because veneers are made from the highest quality of porcelain or composite resin materials, they have been known to last from 10 to 15 years! The longevity of your veneers heavily relies on proper oral hygiene, a healthy diet, and bi-annual visits to our office for preventive care.

Rejuvenating Dental Appeal with CEREC Crowns

Keeping a smile beautiful also involves maintaining a strong foundation of oral health. Sometimes, to protect that foundation, teeth may need to be treated for decay or damage and restored with a crown. Dental crowns are ideal tooth prosthetics for repairing teeth with more severe damage. They work by encasing the entire structure of a vulnerable tooth, renewing its size, strength, and shape as well as improving appeal.

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While traditional crowns require multiple visits to the dental office to obtain impressions to send to a lab and place a temporary prosthetic until your next visit, our in-office CEREC technology eliminates these steps altogether. Same-day crowns provide just that - reliable crown treatments the same day from start to finish. This means that Dr. Jones can diagnose and prep your tooth, take digital impressions, craft your customized restoration, and place your new crown within a single office visit!

CEREC computerized imaging and in-house milling machine allow us to provide you with a beautiful and durable crown the same day you come in for restoration treatment. CEREC crowns are also metal-free, helping to preserve a healthy and natural dental structure.

How Dr. Keith Jones Provides Crowns in a Day

finished dental implant in the CEREC dental milling machine

CEREC technology involves CAD/CAM imaging technology being used to design your crown within only a few hours. The process of creating our same-day crowns includes taking digital impressions of your tooth, which provides us with a computerized guide for fabricating your tooth prosthetic. We then take a single block of porcelain and load into the milling device, which crafts and shapes your restoration.

Thanks to this state-of-the-art technology, we can not only provide you with a lifelike and durable crown, but we can also transform your smile with safe and convenient treatment that does not compromise quality.

Are There Cosmetic Options for Replacing Missing Teeth?

Absolutely! The restorations used to replace lost teeth are more lifelike, natural-looking, and longer-lasting now than ever! Dr. Keith Jones is passionate about restoring smiles to their full health, function, and beauty. In addition to offering full-mouth reconstruction treatment plans, he also provides beautiful dental prosthetics designed to replace one-to-all missing teeth when supported by dental implants.

Our implant-supported restorations include:

  • Porcelain crowns that are affixed to one dental implant to replace a single missing tooth completely.
  • Porcelain fixed bridges that replace two to several missing teeth in a row when supported by two implants.
  • Partial dentures which restore multiple teeth missing in a smile and use two or more dental implants for lasting security.
  • Complete dentures that replace an entire smile of missing teeth in the upper, lower, or both jaws. They can use 4-8 implants for long-lasting support.

When your restoration is affixed to implants, you have the freedom of a secure and fully-functional smile designed to last a lifetime.

Helping You Achieve Your Most Radiant Smile Yet

Dr. Keith Jones is proud to offer individuals throughout Lawrence, Baldwin, Eudora, Perry, and Douglas County, KS, with the personalized cosmetic dentistry they deserve. Our entire dental team understands that your smile is unique. We also know that you require a specific plan that is completely customized to you.

Our dentist takes the time to consult with you, addressing your concerns and answering your questions, allowing you to make the best choices that provide the dazzling results you desire.

Obtain your dream smile today! To get started, contact our office to schedule your consultation!


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