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Cosmetic Dentistry Is About More than Looks.

One of the most important things Bratton Dental Co. wants patients to understand is the complete meaning of cosmetic dentistry. Yes, it’s meant to help you look better and feel good about showing your teeth, but there’s a lot more to it. When teeth look their best–straight, free of chips and cracks, well aligned–they work better. Biting is more comfortable, chewing is easier, and you may find your speech is clearer. From reinforcing damaged or poorly-shaped teeth with porcelain veneers or crowns, to mending chips and cracks with composite bonding, to whitening your smile, Bratton Dental Co. offers everything you need in cosmetic dentistry in St. Joseph.

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Porcelain Veneers

This is an excellent procedure when certain teeth are discolored, shaped oddly, or damaged–but not damaged enough to warrant replacing them. First, some enamel is removed from the tooth being treated, creating a rough surface in which dental adhesive can firmly set. Then, a custom-molded, custom colored sheet of dental-grade porcelain is bonded to the tooth.

Minimal-Prep Veneers

Minimal-prep veneers are much like standard porcelain veneers, except they require much less time. You may have heard them referred to by a brand name, such as Lumineers or Durathins. They’re used when the condition of the tooth being treated is such that it requires little or no enamel removal. Ask Dr. Bratton which veneer solution is right for you.

Full-Mouth Restoration

There are situations where so many of a person’s teeth are damaged or missing–due to such things as trauma, severe decay or gum disease–that the best course of action is to rebuild both the upper and lower rows of teeth. Should you ever find yourself in this position, Dr. Bratton will work with you to map out your restoration in the most time-efficient, cost-efficient way.

Smile Makeovers

If you’re unhappy with your smile, Dr. Bratton can help you analyze what you don’t like and plan a series of procedures to get your smile where you want it to be. For instance, you may need some straightening, whitening and cosmetic bonding. Dr. Bratton believes in being conservative about treatment, so she will work with you on the least invasive way of improving your smile.

Composite Bonding

Cracked or chipped teeth are often treated with composite bonding, in which a bonding material is mixed and colored to match the shade of your teeth. That material is then applied to the damaged teeth and shaped to repair the areas being targeted. The bonding material hardens to create a tight seal.

Gum Recontouring

Sometimes, gum disease causes such deep pockets around teeth that the best solution for keeping debris and bacteria out is to literally cut away some of the gum tissue. This procedure is also used for people who, for some reason, simply have more gum than necessary covering their teeth. Dr. Bratton uses a laser diode tool for gum recontouring, minimizing bleeding and shortening healing time.

Tooth Recontouring

When teeth are uneven, have bumps of enamel on them, or need other reshaping, they can benefit from tooth contouring, in which Dr. Bratton uses a tool called a “dental bur” to literally grind down the imperfections, resulting in an even row of teeth, flatter tooth surfaces, or better proportioned teeth.

Smile Whitening

This procedure is exactly what it sounds like. Using a product called Opalescence Boost, Dr. Bratton and team will treat your teeth with several rounds of whitening agent applications, making an enormous difference in the whiteness of your teeth. You will then be given an Opalescence GO take-home kit, featuring trays that immerse your teeth in the whitening agent.


If you’ve ever heard of Botox, it was probably in connection with cosmetic surgery and removing wrinkles. In dentistry, it can also be used in certain cosmetic situations, such as improving the appearance of the lips and cheeks to better enhance your smile. Most importantly, Botox can be immensely helpful in relieving the pressure and pain of TMJ or TMD jaw conditions.

Meet Some of Our Patients

As a practice focused on serving the community, we feel it’s best that you learn about us from the community. Here’s what some of our patients have to say about trusting their teeth to Bratton Dental Co.

If you’re nervous about visiting a dentist, Dr. Bratton Is the person you need to see. She’s extremely talented but more importantly, makes you feel at ease in her office. Would highly recommend to anyone who’s searching for a new dental office in St. Joseph 10/10

- Tanner B.

Dr. Bratton is phenomenal! I first started seeing her as my dentist and we started to talk about my discomfort with my jaw. She advised on some first steps we could make to help with the pain and go from there. I feel like I’m getting my life back. She truly cares about her patients and works to find the best solutions tailored to you. I live in Kansas City but I will drive to St. Joe to continue to get her amazing care! Office and staff are fantastic too! Call and book today!

- Molly M.

I have had bad experiences at the dentist throughout my life and because of this I neglected my teeth for a long time. About a year ago I gave dr bratton a shot after someone recommended her. She has done root canals, fillings, extractions on me you name it. I no longer have a fear of the dentist. She makes sure you’re 100% comfortable. It is always a good experience going to that office and dealing with any of them.

- Jake M.