Cosmetic Dentistry

Look Good & Feel Great

Advance Training, Techniques & Procedures – Right here in Sioux Falls, SD!

Dr. van Hofwegen is a graduate of Occlusion Connections, a world renowned post graduate teaching center. Capitalizing on the talent and knowledge of some of the most experienced dental practitioners in the field, Occlusion Connections offers a comprehensive curriculum integrating leading edge dental procedures and innovative dental technologies.

Dentists from Occlusion Connections receive the most advanced training in cosmetic dentistry techniques and procedures, which will ensure that you will have a beautiful smile. Occlusion Connections is proud to be associated with ABC’s hit show “Extreme Makeover”. This incredibly successful show has highlighted the outstanding benefits associated with cosmetic dentistry.

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Cosmetic Dentistry:
Frequently Asked Questions

What is Cosmetic Dentistry?

You might think of cosmetic dentistry as “Hollywood” – superficial beauty without the inner strength. However, in the last few years cosmetic dentistry (beauty) has merged with functional (strength) dentistry through advancements in material bonding technologies. In other words, cosmetic dentistry can now help you look good and feel great.

What are the different types of Cosmetic Dentistry?

From simple whitening to setting a crooked smile straight, advancements in cosmetic dentistry can give you the healthy smile you want and deserve. A beautiful healthy smile not only enhances the way you look, but can also have a positive impact on how you feel about yourself.

Can you replace my mercury fillings?

Yes, we can replace your old mercury fillings with new, attractive, long lasting plastic or porcelain fillings.

Over time your old mercury fillings unavoidably fail. As they corrode the mercury expands cracking the tooth structure. You can replace your existing fillings with new plastic, enhanced plastic, or porcelain materials. These are superior to the standard plastic (white) fillings and last longer.

Can you fix my 'gummy smile'?

Yes! If you put a hand in front of your mouth because of a “gummy” looking smile, gums can be easily recontoured.

How long will my porcelain veneers last?

Due to advancements in technology many of the materials used today are actually stronger than natural teeth. With regular dental check ups your veneers will keep you smiling for many years to come.

Can you fix chipped or cracked teeth?

Yes! Chipped or worn teeth can be beautifully restored with an array of veneers.

The treatment of choice for chipped, cracked or misshapen teeth is porcelain veneers. In only a couple of visits to your dentist, these beautiful and natural looking restorations will change your appearance and boost your self-confidence.

What will my insurance cover?

Your dentist will do what they can to maximize your insurance coverage. Please keep in mind that the prime mandate of insurance companies is cost containment, which does not necessarily equate to high quality dental care. Our office provides a variety of payment options to make quality dental care affordable.

Will people be able to tell that I have had work done?

Dr. vanHofwegen is carefully trained to create beautiful and natural looking smiles. Taking into account factors such as facial structure, age, and lifestyle, your smile could look as natural, or as bright as you desire – you get to decide with advice from your dentist.

What can I do about discolored teeth?

There are many whitening procedures that will give you beautiful results. At home whitening systems are available from your dentist and have proven effective for most patients. However there is a certain degree of time commitment and patience involved with “at home” procedures. In-office whitening techniques offer immediate results with superior lightening effects in only one dental visit. Certain discolorations will not be corrected with these systems, in which case patients will benefit from porcelain veneers.

How long does whitening last?

Whitening can last several years before it needs to be touched up. However personal habits such as smoking, coffee, wine, and soda consumption can impact whitening longevity. Porcelain veneers however, are stain resistant.