Dr. Bruce Matthews, DDS

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Cosmetic Dentistry

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Educating yourself about you and your family's dental health is a smart thing to do, and that's why we've included a list of commonly asked questions below.

Your comfort is our biggest priority, and that's why we want you to have as much information as possible. If you can't find your question or have an additional one, please contact us at your earliest convenience.

Cosmetic Dentistry

At the office of Bruce E. Matthews, DDS, we provide patients in Wilmington, DE with comprehensive, quality cosmetic dentistry. We use modern materials to correct smile imperfections and leave you with the naturally healthy-looking smile you have always dreamed of.

Custom Zirconia Crowns

One treatment we offer that will dramatically improve your smile is zirconia crowns placement. We customize your zirconia crown to fit over a decayed or damaged tooth for a functional, longer-lasting alternative to crowns made from porcelain, ceramic, or gold.

Porcelain Vs. Zirconia for Dental Crowns

While porcelain crowns have always been prized for their natural-looking appearance, zirconia crowns are becoming more widely used. The reason is that zirconia has proven to be superior in many ways to porcelain as a dental material. Zirconia is stronger, stands up better to wear and tear, and gives a better overall appearance.

Porcelain crowns have a reputation for chipping over time, while zirconia is virtually indestructible. The benefit for the patient is a strong and durable tooth crown that can last 10 to 15 years with proper care. In some cases, a zirconia crown can provide a lifetime of service.

Call Us to Learn about the Benefits of Zirconia Crowns

If you need a dental crown and are looking for a dentist in Wilmington, DE that offers zirconia, we would love to schedule an appointment for you with Dr. Matthews. He will evaluate your dental needs and explain why zirconia crowns are an excellent choice to repair broken or decayed teeth. 

woman with dental lumineers in wilmington deIf you’re looking for a quick and effective way to make some cosmetic changes to your smile, Lumineers are an option you may want to consider. Lumineers can alter the appearance of your smile dramatically, and can be placed in just two visits to our Wilmington dental office.

What Are Lumineers?

Lumineers are wafer-thin shells designed to replicate the appearance of your natural dental enamel. They are bonded to the surface of your teeth and can correct a number of problems:

  • Severely stained teeth
  • Unsightly spaces between teeth
  • Crooked or misshapen teeth
  • Uneven gums and teeth

Advantages Of Lumineers

One important advantage of Lumineers over traditional veneers is that they are much thinner, and, in most cases, we don’t need to make any changes to your natural teeth. Traditional veneers are thicker, making it necessary to remove some of your natural tooth structure to make them fit properly.

Since we don’t change the shape or appearance of your teeth with Lumineers, they can be removed if at some point you change your mind. Lumineers are durable and resilient and with proper care can last as long as 20 years. They are also generally more affordable than traditional veneers.

Contact Our Dental Office To Learn More

If you would like to learn more about Lumineers and the difference they can make to your smile, please contact our office. We will be happy to make an appointment to discuss Lumineers as well as your other cosmetic options.


Dental bonding in Wilmington, DE, also called cosmetic bonding, is a way to camouflage tooth flaws. It is an inexpensive and noninvasive process that allows you to smile with confidence again.

To learn whether your tooth flaws are suitable for cosmetic bonding, we have you come in for an assessment with our cosmetic dentist. Your dentist will tell you what to expect with cosmetic bonding, so you’ll enjoy a predictable result.  

If dental bonding is sufficient to conceal your tooth flaw, your dentist prepares cosmetic resin—the same material used in tooth-colored fillings. We apply this resin to your tooth flaw, sculpt it, and rely on a special light to set the compound. In most cases, we can complete this treatment during a single office visit.

Tooth bonding can conceal cracks, chips, discoloration, small spaces between teeth, and minor shape issues. Your dentist will tell you how to best care for bonded teeth.

Other cosmetic dentistry options include:

  • Professional teeth whitening
  • Dental Lumineers
  • Tooth-colored crowns
  • Invisalign
  • Six Month Smiles
  • Dental implants

For Cosmetic Dentistry, Contact Your Cosmetic Dentist in Wilmington, DE

Are you ready to schedule your consultation? Do you have questions about bonding or other cosmetic options for our dental team? Reach out today to get started.

teeth whitening for dentist in wilmington deIt's natural for our teeth to lose their luster and shine over time. There are many factors that contribute to the discoloration or dulling of your smile such as:

  • Certain medications
  • Aging
  • Genetics
  • Foods such as berries, tomatoes or marinara sauce, soy sauce, and curries
  • Beverages such as coffee, tea, red wine and cola
  • Smoking or tobacco use

You can try to avoid certain foods, or rinse with water after consumption to try to reduce the affects of discoloration. Teeth whitening in Wilmington may also be a good option for combating stains and discoloration.

Professional Teeth Whitening In Wilmington, DE

We offer professional whitening that is designed to eliminate stubborn discoloration and quickly deliver results. The whitening system we utilize is fast and effective and it uses a higher strength whitening gel than you can get with over-the-counter products. Our whitening gel also has specific ingredients designed to reduce and even eliminate the sensitivity that some patients experience with teeth whitening.

Call Our Dental Office To Learn More

If you've tried whitening your teeth with little to no success, our doctors are happy to discuss other options for improving your smile. Cosmetic dentistry offers a number of very effective options for enhancing the appearance of your teeth. Give our office a call today to learn more about the possibilities for your teeth.


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