Cosmetic Dentistry – State College, PA

Creating Beautiful Smiles & Boosting Confidence

You no longer have to settle for flawed teeth that cause embarrassment and frustration. State College dentist Dr. Devlin delivers modern cosmetic dentistry to transform the way you look and feel.

Studies show that an attractive smile is considered an important social asset. People with beautiful teeth are seen as more successful, intelligent, and outgoing. Make the most of your smile with cosmetic dentistry and feel your confidence soar!

Why Choose Us for Cosmetic Dentistry?

At our State College dental office, Dr. Devlin offers porcelain veneers to alter the shape, size, and color of teeth. If coffee, tea, soda, or other staining agents have discolored your smile, the doctor can reveal hidden brightness with professional teeth whitening. EMAX crowns and tooth-colored fillings restore dental function while letting you maintain your all-white smile.

Take a look at some before-and-after photos to get a feel for what cosmetic dentistry from Dr. Devlin can do for you, then browse our services for more information:

Cosmetic Bonding

Do you have minor imperfections in your smile that you wish would just disappear? Whether it’s small chips, slight gaps, or other cosmetic flaws, we have a quick, easy, and affordable solution. With cosmetic bonding, we can apply tooth-colored resin to the affected area before sculpting and polishing it to match the rest of your smile. This material can be used to erase small chips, correct misshapen teeth, and even fill in smaller gaps in your smile. Cosmetic bonding can be done in just one appointment that lasts about an hour, and you can walk out of our office with beautiful results.

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Teeth Whitening

Is your smile discolored or stained? Drinking coffee and wine as well as using tobacco can cause yellowing and stains in your smile, but it will also become discolored due to old age. If your smile needs an update, we offer in-office whitening to provide our patients with the confident white smile that they dream of. Using a professional-grade bleaching gel, Dr. Devlin can safely whiten teeth to remove tough stains and erase discoloration.

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Porcelain Veneers

For those with numerous cosmetic flaws like chips, cracks, gaps, misshapen teeth, and more, porcelain veneers are your best option. These custom-made, thin shells of dental porcelain are designed to cover the front parts of your teeth to conceal various imperfections. Now, in just two appointments, you can receive a completely transformed smile that will give you confidence and beauty. We offer this state-of-the-art technology to give patients the results that they deserve. Plus, dental porcelain is relatively stain-proof, which means it’ll be much harder to discolor your new set of teeth.

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Smile Makeovers

Patients with a variety of cosmetic issues may need a smile makeover. This service combines two or more of our cosmetic treatments to give patients a beautiful smile no matter the circumstances. Sometimes, we may even have to use certain restorative services like dental crowns to reach the patients’ goals. Dr. Devlin is committed to using whatever services are necessary to deliver his patients smiles that they can be proud of. Your treatment will start with a consultation, where Dr. Devlin will carefully examine your mouth before developing a personalized treatment plan.

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How to Choose a Cosmetic Dentist

Choosing the right cosmetic dentist for you can be a challenge. When making an investment in your smile, you’ll want to be sure that you’ve found a dentist who provides quality care. When looking for a cosmetic dentist, the first factor that you should consider is experience. A dentist who has a smile gallery showing off their work and decades of experience is sure to provide beautiful and lasting cosmetic services.

Dr. Chris Devlin has over 25 years of dental experience, and he takes pride in utilizing the advanced technology that modern dentistry has to offer. Even after all of his years in dentistry, he still attends continuing education courses to remain up-to-date on the latest dental techniques.

Contemporary Care, Proven Results. Your best smile begins with a visit to our State College dental office, serving BellefonteCentre Hall, Altoona, and surrounding communities. Call today to schedule your appointment with Dr. Devlin.

Understanding the Cost of Cosmetic Dentistry

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Cosmetic dentistry is elective by nature, and because of that, it normally isn’t covered by dental insurance. That means you’ll be paying for your smile transformation out of pocket – but luckily you have Dr. Devlin and the rest of our caring team here to make that process easier! We’re here to help you navigate your needs and put together a treatment plan that works with your budget. You can get the confident smile you want at a reasonable price!

Which Cosmetic Dental Service Is Right for Me?

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There are a wide variety of cosmetic services available, and the one that’s right for you will depend on what kind of changes you want to make. Most of the time, patients undergoing cosmetic treatment trying to whiten their teeth, straighten their smiles, or correct differently shaped or sized teeth. Once you’ve figured out the changes you have in mind, we can help you explore the available options:

  • Cosmetic Bonding: This is one of the cheapest cosmetic treatments available. It’s excellent for correcting minor noticeable flaws like small chips and stains. That said, it doesn’t last as long as veneers, and it may not be suitable for patients who have more extensive problems they need to correct.
  • Teeth Whitening: Teeth whitening tends to be in the mid-range in terms of cost. For people who want a brighter smile, it’s often the ideal option. However, it has no effect on tooth shape or position, so other treatments will be required to deal with such problems.
  • Porcelain Veneers: Compared to cosmetic bonding and teeth whitening, veneers tend to carry a higher cost. This is balanced out by the fact that they let you transform your entire smile at once and offer better longevity than other treatments.
  • Smile Makeovers: This is a combination of several services, so naturally you can expect the cost to be higher. A smile makeover is often the best option for making comprehensive improvements to your smile in a reasonable timeframe.

Cosmetic Dentistry Can Be an Investment Worth Making

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When you’re asking yourself, “Can I fit cosmetic dentistry into my budget?”, it’s helpful to keep the benefits of cosmetic treatment in mind. If you’re currently self-conscious about your smile, the boost of confidence and increased sense of self-esteem that you get from cosmetic dentistry can have a significant impact on your overall quality of life. A brighter smile can also have a positive effect on your relationships, your social life, and your career.

How to Make Cosmetic Dentistry Affordable

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As stated above, dental insurance does not normally include coverage for cosmetic dentistry. There are exceptions, however; it may be worth double-checking with your insurance company to see what’s available under your plan. In the meantime, there’s another way we can help you fit a smile makeover into your budget: financing. We can help you apply for a CareCredit plan so that you can pay for your treatment in smaller, manageable installments instead of all at once. Talk to our team to learn more.

Cosmetic Dentistry FAQs

There are many ways to make your smile look exactly the way you want it to, but we understand that you may also have questions about cosmetic dentistry. Perhaps you aren’t sure if it’s right for you or which treatment can best suit your needs? No matter what concerns you may have, our office is prepared to speak with you one-on-one and ensure you feel as comfortable as possible with your future treatment plan. Below, you can review some of the most common questions we’ve heard over the years regarding cosmetic dentistry for your convenience.

Does Cosmetic Dentistry Hurt?

Patients who are set on transforming their smile often ask if the experience will be painful or cause discomfort. The good news is when you choose Dr. Devlin for care, you can expect your patient experience to be comfortable from start to finish. Most cosmetic dental treatments are non-invasive; meaning whitening and bonding typically don’t require local anesthetic to perform. However, if you need veneers, we’ll make sure to numb your mouth beforehand as they do require modification of existing enamel to place. Following this treatment, there may be some minor soreness and residual sensitivity over the next few days. This is only a temporary side effect and should go away on its own.

How Can Cosmetic Dentistry Change Your Life?

Fixing imperfections in your smile is not solely about boosting your physical appearance. In fact, cosmetic dentistry can lead to multiple benefits in your day-to-day life you may not have considered before. For example, many people begin to take brushing, flossing, and attending dental regular checkups more seriously because they want to maintain their results, leading to better long-term oral health. Additionally, those who receive cosmetic treatment have a new incentive to stop poor habits that damage teeth, such as using tobacco. You may even want to avoid drinking beverages that are not only bad for your mouth, but can stain your restorations (think dark colas). The more proud of your grin you are, the more encouraged you’ll be to show it off. Just the physical act of smiling can produce feel-good chemicals called endorphins, making you happier and more confident.

Is Cosmetic Dentistry Safe?

When being performed by a trained professional like Dr. Devlin, you can expect your cosmetic dental treatment to be entirely safe. However, you’ll need to understand that not every treatment is for every patient. If we believe that a cosmetic service puts your oral health at risk, we will not recommend it. For example, following an honest assessment of your mouth, we’ll confirm if any existing dental problems like decay or gum disease need attention. We’ll also be able to determine which cosmetic services are right for you vs. ones that are not.

Is Cosmetic Dentistry Expensive?

Many people assume that cosmetic dentistry in itself is expensive, but this doesn’t have to be the case in all circumstances. For example, it’s generally pricey because dental insurance very rarely provides coverage for it. That means you’ll need to pay out-of-pocket. If cosmetic dentistry feels costly to you at first, keep in mind that you’ll need to weigh the value of the service and whether it will have a major affect on your confidence and willingness to show off your smile. Being able to smile with confidence can be priceless to some, just remember that we’re prepared to help you find the treatment plan that fits your smile needs and budget.