Teeth Whitening

Cosmetic Dentistry

If you’re not completely satisfied with the appearance of your teeth, it’s time for a visit to Dr. Clary. He’s the cosmetic dentist Ames IA residents turn to for smile improvements — because today’s dentistry goes beyond filling cavities and cleaning teeth. With options ranging from teeth whitening to porcelain veneers and complete smile makeovers, we can make even the most damaged teeth truly shine. Keep reading to learn more about how you can achieve the smile you’ve always dreamed of at Expressions Dental!

Professional Teeth Whitening

Professional teeth whitening rejuvenates teeth that have darkened over time. Coffee, tobacco, and certain lifestyle factors take a toll on the shade of your teeth – but the Epic10 Laser and Opalescence can transform your smile. The Epic10 Laser is an in-office whitening system that that produces maximum results within 1 hour. The Epic10 Laser has been known to produce less post-whitening sensitivity. Opalescence is a convenient, at-home whitening system that removes stains for a more youthful smile. Opalescence uses custom-fit trays that hold the bleaching gel right up against your teeth, for the best, whitest results possible.

The benefits of professional teeth whitening are many compared to over-the-counter methods. They include:

  • Professional-strength bleaching gel for maximum whitening
  • Custom-fit trays hold gel as close to the teeth as possible (and don’t expose gums or other sensitive tissue to the bleaching solution)
  • Active ingredients in Opalescence rebuild tooth enamel

Porcelain Veneers

For teeth that are affected by multiple imperfections, like chips, cracks, or severe stains, porcelain veneers provide an almost instant smile transformation. Dental veneers are ultra-thin coverings applied directly to the front surface of the teeth that show when you smile to dramatically improve their size, shape, or color. Made of beautiful porcelain, the devices look and feel just like your natural tooth enamel. The only difference? Porcelain is highly stain-resistant, meaning your veneers stay the same beautiful shade of white for years to come.


Adults and older teens can avoid wearing metal braces with Invisalign, the clear braces solution that’s helped millions of people worldwide improve misaligned teeth. Invisalign uses a series of clear plastic trays to place focused pressure on problem areas throughout treatment, gradually improving the alignment of the bite. The Invisalign aligners are comfortable, custom-fit, and removable, meaning absolutely no modifications to diet or cleaning are necessary during orthodontic treatment.

Aesthetic Recontouring

When small changes can make the biggest difference, aesthetic recontouring is the best solution. This method can rebuild, reshape, or otherwise modify the appearance of imperfect teeth. A more affordable alternative in cosmetic dentistry, aesthetic recontouring repairs small chips or breaks, bulges or pits on the surface of teeth, or irregularly shaped teeth.

Cosmetic Bonding

Using a tooth-colored composite resin, we can restore the health and appearance of a tooth using cosmetic bonding. The putty, made of smooth plastic and glass particles, is hardened with a special light to close small gaps between teeth, reshape teeth, improve the shade of teeth, or to protect worn teeth from further damage. Cosmetic bonding may be combined with aesthetic recontouring for the best results.

Complete Smile Makeovers

Sometimes, a multi-faceted approach must be taken to get truly fantastic smile results — and that’s what we call a complete smile makeover! This method may use several cosmetic and restorative services to dramatically improve the appearance and function of the smile.

Let’s Get Started Today!

If you’re ready to see what your best smile looks like on your, don’t wait to get in touch with your cosmetic dentist at Expressions Dental, Dr. John E. Clary. Please request your appointment to discuss your options in cosmetic dentistry today.