Cosmetic Dentistry

A beautiful smile is more than just an aesthetic achievement—it has the power to truly transform multiple aspects of a person’s life. At 818 Dental, we understand that an attractive smile can significantly boost self-confidence, improve social interactions, and lead to a more positive professional image. Our team of Durham, NC specialists are dedicated to collaborating with patients to bring their unique vision to life, creating dream smiles tailored to each patient’s unique desires. Read below to learn how we can enhance your smile!

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are an advanced and highly customizable solution to a wide array of dental imperfections. These thin shells are designed to adhere to the front surface of a tooth to conceal discoloration, staining, chips, or even gaps and misalignment. Each veneer is meticulously crafted from high-quality dental porcelain, which mimics the light-reflecting properties of natural tooth enamel for a stunning, natural appearance. They can be used to achieve subtle changes by masking imperfections, or can be applied to multiple teeth to give your smile a completely new look. 

Porcelain veneers are durable, stain-resistant, and remarkably transformative in only two appointments. When cared for properly, they can last up to 12 years before requiring replacement.

  • The multi-step process begins with a comprehensive consultation to assess your oral health and understand your desired outcome. 
  • Next, our skilled dentist prepares your teeth by gently removing a minimal amount of enamel to create room for the veneers. 
  • We then take precise impressions of your teeth, which are used to design your custom veneers. 
  • During the fabrication process, a dental laboratory will tailor each veneer to perfectly match your vision for tooth shade, shape, and size.
  • Once your veneers are ready, we carefully bond them to your teeth, ensuring a comfortable fit and exceptional longevity.

Composite Veneers

Composite veneers offer a more conservative and budget-friendly alternative to porcelain veneers while still providing impressive results. 

  • Our expert team begins the process by selecting a composite resin material that closely matches your tooth color. 
  • Then we will carefully apply the resin in layers, shaping it to cover any targeted imperfections. 
  • Each layer is hardened with a special curing light to ensure strength and durability. 
  • Once the final shape is achieved, our dentist will polish the composite material to a natural-looking finish. 

The entire process can often be completed in a single appointment, providing an instant smile transformation. Composite veneers also have the advantage of being reversible, as they do not require the removal of enamel. If properly maintained, they can last up to eight years.

Tooth Whitening

Tooth whitening is an increasingly popular and non-invasive method to enhance the appearance of your smile. The treatment is designed to remove stains caused by food, beverages, and aging, as well as to brighten the overall color of your teeth.

Our professional whitening service offers several advantages over over-the-counter alternatives, making it the preferred choice for those looking to enhance their smile. By opting for professional treatment, patients can experience a more effective, safe, and customized treatment tailored to their individual needs.

  • Our practice’s professional treatment uses higher concentrations of whitening agents compared to over-the-counter products, resulting in more dramatic and longer-lasting results. 
  • These professional treatments are carefully monitored by dental experts, ensuring the whitening process is both safe and efficient.
  • Another advantage of professional tooth whitening is the level of customization available. 
    • Our team will assess the patient’s oral health, consider their specific needs, and design a personalized treatment plan to achieve the desired shade of brightness. This tailored approach is not available with store-bought products, which often provide a one-size-fits-all solution that may damage the tooth enamel.


Invisalign is a revolutionary orthodontic treatment that uses a series of clear, removable aligners to gradually straighten teeth without the need for traditional metal braces. These virtually invisible aligners are custom-made from a smooth, comfortable, BPA-free plastic material that fits snugly over your teeth. Invisalign offers a discreet and convenient solution for patients seeking orthodontic treatment without compromising their appearance or lifestyle.

  • The treatment process starts with an in-depth consultation and digital scans of your teeth, which our experienced team use to develop a personalized plan tailored to your specific orthodontic needs. 
  • Advanced 3D imaging technology is employed to create a series of aligners designed to gradually move your teeth into their ideal positions.
  • Each set of aligners is worn for approximately two weeks before moving on to the next set in the series, gradually aligning your smile.

Invisalign is a powerful representation of the advancements in orthodontic treatment, offering an effective and aesthetically pleasing solution for those seeking a straighter smile. With this modern approach, you can achieve the perfect smile you’ve always wanted while enjoying the benefits of a discreet and comfortable treatment experience.

At 818 Dental, we understand that each person has a unique vision for their dream smile, and our compassionate team is dedicated to making that dream a reality. Together, we’ll set out to transform not only your smile but also the way you perceive yourself—bringing to light a new level of confidence and self-assurance.

Take the first step toward embracing the power of your smile—contact 818 Dental today and discover the transformative potential of our exceptional cosmetic dentistry services. Your journey to an extraordinary smile begins here.

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