Cosmetic Dentistry Gettysburg, PA

Do you have good oral health but want more for your smile? Are you interested in brightening or straightening your smile? Cosmetic dental treatments improve the smile aesthetic and overall oral health. Gettysburg Smiles provides comprehensive cosmetic dental services focusing on health and aesthetics for a stable outcome.

Cosmetic dentistry can address various dental concerns, including damaged, stained, or misshapen teeth. Cosmetic dental treatments can close gaps between teeth, change the appearance of one or more teeth and improve the overall appearance of your smile.

Dr. Rita Tempel is a leading local cosmetic dentist and is an Accredited Member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD). This achievement is the result of years of training and experience in the use of cosmetic dental treatments to improve patients’ dental health and smile aesthetics.

Her clinical experience means that patients receive the highest standard of care using quality materials, advanced diagnostics, and the latest techniques. From the subtle to the dramatic, a smile makeover can be life-changing for many patients, giving back the ability to feel comfortable and confident when smiling. What could cosmetic dentistry do for your smile?

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Choosing the Right Cosmetic Dentist

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When looking for a cosmetic dentist, it is important to understand their accreditations and experience in cosmetic dental care. A professional cosmetic dentist must perform at a certain level to create lasting, aesthetically pleasing cosmetic restorations. 

In 2020, Dr. Tempel became an Accredited American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) member. The AACD is the world’s most recognized advanced cosmetic dentistry credentialing program for highly trained cosmetic dentists. As an AACD-accredited dentist, Dr. Tempel is dedicated to continuing education and adheres to the dental protocol to produce exceptional dental treatments.

She uses the latest techniques and materials to set clinical excellence standards. Dr. Tempel’s aesthetic skill and artistry allow her to customize treatment and prosthetics according to her patient’s needs.

Cosmetic Dentistry in Gettysburg, PA

Dr. Tempel and her team at Gettysburg Smiles offer these comprehensive cosmetic dental treatments to our patients:


Clear Invisalign aligners offer a modern alternative to braces. Patients wear these clear, discreet trays for several weeks, then switch their aligners for a new pair. Because Invisalign aligners are removable, patients can clean their smiles and eat the foods they love without restrictions. 

Porcelain Veneers

Dental veneers are porcelain sheets that cover teeth. We can use multiple veneers to cover the teeth in the smile line or the teeth that show when you smile. 

Dental Bonding

Tooth bonding treatment is similar to veneers. However, bonding treatments use biocompatible materials that we sculpt onto prepared teeth. Bonding can address smaller imperfections, like single discolored or damaged teeth. Tooth bonding is a more economical option we can color-match with natural tooth enamel. 

Teeth Whitening

Our office provides KöR teeth whitening to patients who want to treat stubborn tooth stains. This type of whitening uses in-office and take-home treatment. We provide three 20-minute treatments in our office while patients use trays and whitening gel to brighten their smiles at home. 

Cosmetic Dental FAQs

Learn more about our cosmetic dental treatments with answers to these popular questions: 

Is Invisalign painful?

Although patients may feel sore for a day or two as they get used to each new set of aligners, they will not feel severe pain. Unlike braces, Invisalign does not use any wires or metal components that can irritate the gums. 

When will I see the results of teeth whitening treatment?

Patients will need several weeks to see visible results from their teeth whitening treatment. Although KöR is a gradual treatment, results can last for many months and even years.  

Do I need dental veneers or tooth bonding treatment?

Dental veneers and tooth bonding are similar treatments that address damaged, crooked, and discolored teeth. However, dental veneers are a better option if patients want to treat many or all of their teeth in the smile line. Dental bonding is more beneficial for patients with one or two cosmetic imperfections. Bonding also adds structure to chipped or otherwise damaged teeth. 

What is cosmetic dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry is a branch of dentistry focused on enhancing the appearance of teeth, gums, and overall smile. It includes various procedures such as teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, teeth bonding, and orthodontic treatments such as Invisalign. These treatments aim to improve the dental aesthetics, symmetry, and color of your teeth. Cosmetic dentistry procedures can enhance your confidence and create a more attractive smile.

What are my options to whiten my smile?

You have several options to create a whiter, brighter smile. Options to whiten your smile include professional teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, teeth bonding, and dental crowns. Consult your dentist to determine the most suitable method based on your dental health and desired level of whitening.

Can cosmetic dentistry fix chipped or misaligned teeth?

Yes, we offer several cosmetic dentistry treatments that can fix chipped or misaligned teeth. Procedures like dental bonding, porcelain veneers, or dental crowns can repair chipped teeth. Orthodontic treatments such as Invisalign can address misalignments. These options enhance dental aesthetics, providing a more even and attractive smile while improving the overall appearance of the teeth.

Can cosmetic dentistry close gaps between teeth?

Yes, we offer several cosmetic dentistry treatments that can close gaps between teeth. Dental bonding, porcelain veneers, and Invisalign common methods. These procedures address gaps, improving the overall appearance of the smile. The treatment you will need depends on the severity of the gap and your specific needs. This will be determined in consultation with your dentist.

Are there age restrictions for cosmetic dentistry procedures?

In general, there are no age restrictions for cosmetic dentistry procedures. Many treatments, such as teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, and teeth bonding, can be performed at any age. However, the suitability of specific procedures may depend on an individual’s overall oral health. A consultation with Dr. Tempel can determine the most appropriate options regardless of age.

How do I maintain the results of cosmetic dentistry treatments?

The most important thing you can do to maintain your cosmetic dentistry results is practice good oral hygiene. This includes daily brushing and flossing as well as attending your regular dental check-ups. Avoid staining agents like tobacco and certain foods and drinks such as red wine and coffee. Also avoid habits like teeth grinding or biting hard objects that could damage restorations. Dr. Tempel will give you aftercare instructions for you follow to ensure long-lasting results. Wearing a custom mouthguard can help protect your teeth as well.

What risks or complications are associated with cosmetic dentistry procedures?

Cosmetic dentistry procedures are generally safe, but risks include temporary discomfort, tooth sensitivity, or minor gum irritation. Rare complications may include infection, uneven results, or allergic reactions to materials. To minimize these issues, follow all post-procedure care and discussing potential risks beforehand with Dr. Tempel.

Renew Your Natural Smile

Are you interested in whitening or straightening your smile? Call Gettysburg Smiles today at (717) 853-1552. Feel free to request your next dental appointment on our website. Our office serves patients from Hanover, Gettysburg, and the surrounding areas.