What goes through your mind when you hear the phrase “cosmetic dentistry”? Do you wonder what exactly it is? Does it sound unimportant or maybe, if you’re in a judgy mood, even a little vain? Cosmetic dentistry is a service that we at the Carolina Dental Alliance are proud to offer throughout our offices, and we want to tell you why.
According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, “Cosmetic dentistry is dentistry aimed at creating a positive change to your teeth and to your smile….Esthetic dentistry must complement the overall general and oral health of the patient.”
The way we see it, cosmetic dentistry is about bringing out the best in you. In other words, most a lot of people come to the dentist to fix or avoid problems: cavities, gum disease, a fractured tooth, etc., and we all agree that those things are important. Cosmetic dentistry goes a step further, though, and helps you move toward positivity, beauty, and confidence. We aren’t just troubleshooting; we are envisioning the best you.
Here are some of the services we offer to help cultivate your confidence and your smile.
Your smile is very important. Studies have repeatedly shown the personal, social, and even professional value of a smile. Often the difference between a good smile and a great smile is the whiteness of the teeth. Certain methods of teeth whitening can actually damage your enamel and harm your teeth. The professional whitening performed by our office is considered to be the most effective and safest method available and can last up to five years.
Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain or plastic cemented over the front of your teeth to change their color or shape. Veneers are used on teeth with uneven surfaces or teeth that are chipped, discolored, oddly shaped, unevenly spaced or crooked. Little or no anesthesia is needed. Veneers have a longer life expectancy and color stability than bonding, and highly resist permanent staining from coffee, tea, or even cigarette smoking. Getting the best fit for your veneers typically entails at least three appointments: diagnosis and treatment planning, preparation, and bonding.
Bonding is a process in which an enamel-like material is applied to a tooth’s surface, sculpted to an ideal shape, hardened, and then polished for an ideal smile. Bonding isn’t as resilient as other forms of restoration, so we usually recommend it for small chips and gaps or cavities. Still, it can be a helpful solution for certain situations.
If you have questions about cosmetic dentistry, please reach out to us at (864) 576-0995! We’d love to be part of helping you find your best smile!