Cosmetic Dentistry

According to a study conducted for the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, a straight, bright, sincere smile can make you feel more confident as well as impact the way others perceive you. Below are the results of before cosmetic dental treatments and after treatment. The social psychologist who performed the study concludes that the appearance of ones smile can make a difference in social situations.  Below are the results of the survey. Participants were not told that they were looking at dentistry or teeth specifically, but were asked to make snap judgments rating each person for the ten characteristics, on a scale of one to ten, with one being “not at all,” and ten being “extremely.”

Characteristic Average “Before” rating “After” rating Increase
Attractive 4.6 5.9 1.3
Intelligent 5.9 6.5 .6
Happy 6.2 6.8 .4
Successful in their career 5.8 6.7 .9
Friendly 6.3 6.8 .5
Interesting 5.4 6.1 .7
Kind 6.0 6.4 .4
Wealthy 4.9 5.9 1.0
Popular with the opposite sex 5.0 6.2 1.2
Sensitive to other people 5.6 6.1 .5


If you are ready to get the smile you have always wanted to be remembered for, Drs. Sanjiv Shah and Morris Velilla in Novi, Michigan can change your smile and your life. If you have crooked, chipped, discolored or decayed teeth, our compassionate and skilled dental team can give you the smile you have always wanted. There are multiple treatment options depending on your individual needs. Find what best describes your desires below and see how we can provide personal care for your spectacular smile!

I want to straighten my teeth

invisalign-logoIf you have a smile that needs straightening, we offer Invisalign® clear correction to gradually straighten your smile. Invisalign® is a teeth-straightening system for the folks who want to straighten their teeth without the bulk and discomfort of metal brackets. Clear aligners are made just for you. You wear each aligner for a few weeks and then move on to the next while your teeth gradually straighten. Patients who choose Invisalign® love that the aligners are removable for eating and brushing.  For more information on Invisalign® clear correction check this out.

Another option for teeth straightening are porcelain veneers. Veneers can change your smile dramatically in a short period of time. Drs. Sanjiv Shah and Morris Velilla can sculpt beautiful porcelain veneers that fix gaped teeth, crooked teeth, and discolored teeth. Veneers are thin coverings that are bonded to the visible surface of teeth. They are extremely thin yet also extremely durable. You will have a series of consultations before your final veneers are placed. The doctors will make sure you are involved in every decision along the way. Veneers can enhance your smile and your life.

I want a whiter smile

When surveyed, people listed the whiteness of a persons smile to be the second characteristic they notice after straightness. Drs. Sanjiv Shah and Morris Velilla offer various options for teeth whitening. If you have yellowed, dull, or discolored teeth you can choose in-office laser teeth whitening or a take home option. In-office laser whitening can dramatically whiten your teeth in a single office visit. The doctors apply a specially formulated gel to the teeth and with the use of specialized light the teeth are whitened. If you prefer to whiten in the comfort of your own home the doctors will make custom bleaching trays just for you. You will receive special bleaching gel to put in the trays and wear over the course of a few weeks.

Porcelain veneers are also a great way to get a straight white smile that lasts for years.

I’m interested in learning more about my cosmetic dentistry options

If you want to get a personalized plan to recreate your smile, Drs. Shah and Velilla can’t wait to create a custom plan just for you. From a simple in-office whitening to a full smile makeover, we are the best place for your cosmetic dentistry needs in Metro Detroit. If you have any questions, or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact your Detroit Metro dentists, Drs. Shah & Velilla, at our Novi dental office today at (248) 427-9003.

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