Cosmetic Dentist – Cary, NC

Create the Smile You’ve Always Wanted

Smiles should be shown off proudly, not hidden in the backgrounds of photos or behind hands. If you’re struggling with flawed or lackluster teeth, don’t settle for them – instead, restore their former glory with cosmetic dentistry from Dr. Darren Koch’s practice! Our well-trained, friendly team of dentists and staff offer a variety of cosmetic dental services that all have one great outcome: simply dazzling results. Please contact us today and schedule a consultation for cosmetic dentistry in Cary!

Why Choose Darren G. Koch, DDS, PA for Cosmetic Dentistry?

  • Fully Personalized Smile Makeovers
  • Beautiful, Long-Lasting Dental Restorations
  • Professional Teeth Whitening Solutions


Are you struggling with multiple cosmetic flaws in your teeth? Dental veneers can be the perfect treatment option for patients who don’t want to undergo multiple lengthy procedures – they even work as “instant orthodontics” in some cases! This dental restoration is designed to be very thin so it can be placed over the visible surface of your teeth, hiding years of stains, cracks, chips, gaps, and more under a beautiful, new appearance that looks natural.

The high-quality porcelain material we use for veneers is actually resistant against staining, which means patients are able to enjoy their improvements for quite some time to come. With the right amount of oral hygiene and professional maintenance from Dr. Koch and our dental team, veneers can last 15 years or longer.

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All-Ceramic Dental Restorations

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Our team is proud to offer patients dental treatment options that blend restorative improvements with cosmetic value, including all-ceramic dental restorations. These customized dental crowns, bridges, inlays, and onlays are designed to match your existing smile perfectly, allowing patients to smile with complete confidence again. Better yet, we implement digital shade determination technology to ensure even more precise results.

In addition to their lifelike appearance, other benefits of all-ceramic dental restorations include:

  • In many cases, the quality materials used allow for more conservative preparation and placement meaning more of your remaining natural tooth structure is preserved.
  • There are no metallic materials present in all-ceramic restorations, which is good news for patients with related allergies and sensitivities.
  • All-ceramic restorations offer needed durability while providing more comfort and less oral irritation in the long run.

Teeth Whitening

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Dental discoloration and stains can occur for several reasons from diet and poor oral hygiene to unavoidable factors like age. At our dental office, patients restore much-needed brightness to their smiles with at-home teeth whitening solutions. Dr. Koch is proud to offer the state-of-the-art KoR Deep Bleaching system, which helps teeth stay whiter for the long-term and minimizes sensitivity.

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Invisalign® Clear Aligners

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Straight teeth are visually pleasing, but metal brackets and wires aren’t. Fortunately, traditional braces aren’t the only option available. Invisalign clear aligners are barely noticeable when worn, which means most people won’t know you’re working on your smile. You get to keep your normal appearance while the clear plastic aligners steadily shift your teeth into their ideal positions. As an added plus, Invisalign treatment can usually be completed in 18 months, whereas normal braces typically take 24 to 36 months for final results!

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Understanding the Cost of Cosmetic Dentistry

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As you’re probably aware, cosmetic dentistry is typically not covered by dental insurance. As such, it’s important to be aware of how much a given cosmetic service is likely to cost and what you can do to make sure that the payment process doesn’t put unnecessary strain on your budget. Here’s a quick look at what you should keep in mind when it comes to the cost of cosmetic dentistry; please let our team know if you have further questions.

Which Cosmetic Dental Service is Right for Me?

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There are many different kinds of changes you may want to make to your smile, but chances are that they have something to do with the color, position, size, and/or shape of your teeth. Once you have an idea of what you’re trying to accomplish, you can start figuring out which cosmetic service is best for you. Below is a comparison of some of the treatments we offer and the costs attached to them.

  • Veneers: Veneers can be used to completely hide various imperfections. For example, they can cover stubborn stains as well as any teeth that are shaped irregularly. Veneers can be relatively costly, but they are also quite durable and offer an efficient way to make multiple corrections.
  • Teeth Whitening: If you’re bothered by a discolored smile, teeth whitening is likely one of the first cosmetic procedures that comes to mind when thinking of potential solutions. While teeth whitening can only be used to make one kind of correction, it’s usually considered quite affordable as far as cosmetic dentistry is concerned.
  • Invisalign: Are you bothered by crooked teeth? Sometimes Invisalign can be used to improve the overall alignment of your smile. Invisalign typically costs more than other cosmetic treatments. Note that the final price can vary depending on the number of aligners that you ultimately need.

Cosmetic Dentistry Can Be an Investment Worth Making

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Since you’ll likely need to pay the full cost of cosmetic dentistry out of pocket, you’ll likely want to make sure that the procedure is worth investing in before you decide to move forward. Obviously, treatments like veneers and whitening can improve your appearance, but they can offer less obvious benefits as well.

For example, many people tend to be more confident once the problems that made them feel embarrassed about smiling have been taken care of. Furthermore, having a beautiful grin to show off can help you come off as more approachable at work, and it can help you make a better first impression when you really need to.

How to Make Cosmetic Dentistry Affordable

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If you sign up for our standard adult dental membership plan, you can get $50 off home whitening as well as $500 off Invisalign. Furthermore, we gladly accept CareCredit financing, allowing our patients to pay for treatment in multiple installments broken up over several months; you’ll be able to pay at a rate that works for you.

Cosmetic Dentistry FAQs

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Are you ready to start the process of creating a better smile? Or are there a few things that you want to clarify about the cosmetic dentistry process first? Talk to our team members if there’s anything on your mind; we’ll take the time to answer your questions as fully as possible and help you make informed decisions about your treatment. The FAQs below cover a few questions that we’ve heard particularly often, so feel free to take a look before you give our office a call.

How Long Does Cosmetic Dentistry Last?

It’s important to have a good idea of how long the results of cosmetic dentistry will last before you schedule any procedures. It should be noted that the lifespan of any given cosmetic treatment won’t be set in stone; the care you give your smile is a crucial factor. If you’re practicing good oral hygiene and visiting the dentist every six months, you can keep your smile looking dazzling for a longer period of time.

Some procedures tend to deliver longer-lasting results than others. For example, teeth whitening typically lasts a few years while veneers can stay in your mouth for more than a decade.

Does Cosmetic Dentistry Hurt?

Each form of cosmetic dentistry is different, but we’ll always do what we can to keep you comfortable while we’re working on your smile. Sometimes we won’t need to do much; non-invasive treatments such as whitening cause so little discomfort that we likely won’t even need to numb your mouth first. On the other hand, if your tooth needs to be reshaped before you can receive a veneer, a local anesthetic may be needed.

What Causes the Discoloration of a Tooth?

In order to effectively treat stained or discolored teeth, it helps to narrow down the underlying cause of the problem. Some common factors include:

  • Dark-colored beverages such as coffee, red wine, and tea.
  • Use of cigarettes or anything else that contains tobacco.
  • Teeth becoming more brittle and prone to staining as a result of the aging process.
  • Certain antibiotics being used during childhood.

Some dental stains can be addressed with teeth whitening while in other cases it’s better to cover them with a veneer. Our team can help figure out what’s the best option for you based on your unique situation.

Is Cosmetic Dentistry Safe?

Our team has plenty of experience when it comes to performing a variety of cosmetic dental procedures, and we know how to keep unnecessary risks to a minimum. We will always take the time to examine your mouth for issues that might make certain procedures less than suitable for you. You can count on us to treat existing problems so that you can have cosmetic dentistry performed. Generally speaking, your smile will be safe as long as you leave your treatment in the hands of a knowledgeable dental expert.