Durham Cosmetic Dentist

Get the Smile You’ve Always Wanted

Cosmetic Dentistry in Durham

If you feel self-conscious about your smile due to cosmetic issues like uneven teeth, gaps, or severe stains, Dr. Messenger can help! At our office in Durham, we offer a wide range of cosmetic treatments to meet the needs of every patient. We use high quality materials and modern technology to improve the appearance of your smile, and you can always trust that the results of your treatment will look beautiful and last for years! Contact us to schedule your cosmetic consultation today!

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Get a Brighter Smile

Take-Home Teeth Whitening

We offer custom-built whitening trays and take-home whitening kits. Using our take-home whitening kits, you can restore and brighten your tooth enamel in just a few weeks. For about an hour per day, you’ll wear your custom tray according to Dr. Messenger’s instructions. Your smile will become up to 5+ shades brighter, and you’ll get professional-grade results without spending any time in the dentist’s chair!

The Whitening Process

How it Works

Along with your custom-fitted whitening tray, we provide you with professional-grade whitening agents. The solution uses a peroxide to bleach away surface stains and restore the natural color of your enamel. Peroxides have volatile oxygen molecules that react violently when they contact stains, essentially “bleaching” them away and leaving your teeth bright, white and beautiful.

Improve Shape & Color

Bonding, Shaping, & Contouring

Dental bonding is a process that uses a special dental resin to reshape one or more of your teeth. This material is applied directly to your tooth, then Dr. Messenger will sculpt it to restore the shape of the tooth, and create a more beautiful smile. Bonding can be used to treat misshapen teeth, gaps in your smile, and severe stains. Your bonded tooth will look completely natural, allowing you to feel good about your appearance.

Shaping & contouring is often used alongside bonding. It involves removing a thin layer of enamel from the surrounding teeth to create a more even, pleasing smile. By removing a small amount of enamel, the teeth can be reshaped to adjust your appearance, and enhance the effects of bonding.

Enhance Your Smile


Veneers are usually made of ceramic porcelain materials, and are designed to fit over your natural teeth and cover up the front chewing surfaces. They are durable and long-lasting and can be used to treat almost any cosmetic flaw in your smile. 

It usually takes 2 appointments over a period of 2-3 weeks to have veneers placed. First, Dr. Messenger will prepare your teeth by removing a thin layer of enamel from each tooth that is receiving a veneer. This is done to ensure that your veneers fit seamlessly and look completely natural. Then, she will take impressions of your smile and send them to a dental lab, where your veneers will be custom made.

You will be sent home with a set of temporary veneers. When your permanent veneers arrive at our office, Dr. Messenger will check to ensure that they fit properly and feel natural in your mouth. Then, your veneers will be bonded to your teeth permanently, completing your treatment.

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