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By Garner Family Dentistry
December 10, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Everyone wants to have a bright smile, but your pearly whites can lose some of their brightness if you drink tea and coffee, you smoke, or as you grow older. Professional teeth whitening is a quick and easy way to restore your white smile and the results will last. Dr. Cynthia L. Garner is a dentist at Garner Family Dentistry in Mount Pleasant, SC. She offers in-chair teeth whitening.

Professional Teeth Whitening Vs. At-home Whitening

Mount Pleasant dental patients have found that having their teeth whitened at Garner Family Dentistry is much better than using an over-the-counter whitening kit because:

  • Quicker results: Professional whitening can be done in an hour or less. DIY kits can take several weeks to achieve the desired results.
  • Better results: In most cases, in-chair whitening can lighten your teeth by up to eight shades. Because home kits use weaker bleaching agents, they can only whiten your teeth 1-2 shades.
  • More even results: Often, DIY kits don’t whiten the teeth evenly and some stains may be left behind. Dr. Garner is there to ensure that this does not happen with professional whitening.
  • Lasting results: Once you have had professional whitening, the results can last for over a year. After that time, you can have a top-up treatment every six months or so to maintain your bright smile.
  • No damage to gums: Because Dr. Garner has had specialist training in professional teeth whitening, she knows how to protect your gums and mouth tissue from the bleaching agents used to whiten teeth. This means that you will not have any discomfort during the procedure, and you will not suffer from gum or tooth sensitivity after the procedure. There is a risk of both of these problems with DIY whitening kits.

If you live in Mount Pleasant and you would like to find out more about professional teeth whitening call Dr. Garner at (843) 884-6002 to schedule a consultation.

By Garner Family Dentistry
October 20, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: veneers  

Veneers can change your smile by improving the appearance of flawed teeth. Veneers are thin laminates that cover the front surface of teeth with cosmetic imperfections, such as discolorations or chipped edges. By concealing problem areas, veneers can transform your smile into the one you have always wanted. We offer custom veneers at Garner Family Dentistry in Mount Pleasant, SC, where Dr. Cynthia Garner can help you achieve the smile you desire.

How Veneers Help

Veneers can change your smile by addressing a broad range of cosmetic concerns. Once your custom veneers are placed on the teeth, imperfections disappear and your smile appears flawless. Veneers can dramatically improve the appearance of teeth with the following issues:

  • Chipped
  • Cracked
  • Crooked
  • Oddly shaped
  • Stained or discolored
  • Surfaces that are rough or uneven
  • Excess spacing between teeth

One of the reasons veneers are such an effective option for enhancing your smile is that they look completely natural. Veneers are commonly made from porcelain, a material that looks just like tooth enamel. Another reason veneers look so much like natural teeth are that they are custom made for each patient for the best possible fit. The experienced dentist at our office in Mount Pleasant can help you decide if veneers are the right option for renewing your smile.

Additional Benefits of Veneers

There are several other benefits of veneers beyond looking totally natural and the ability to completely transform your smile. One additional benefit of veneers is that, in addition to looking like natural teeth, they function like them as well. Veneers are strong enough to withstand biting and chewing so you can still enjoy your favorite foods. Another benefit of veneers is that they are easy to care for and can be brushed and flossed just like natural teeth.

Veneers can change your smile to one you absolutely love. Whether you wish to improve the appearance of a chipped tooth or one that is discolored, veneers can help. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Cynthia Garner to learn more about improving your smile with veneers by calling Garner Family Dentistry in Mount Pleasant, SC, at (843) 884-6002.

By By Garner Family Dentistry
February 18, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: teeth whitening   Cosmetic  

Dr. Cynthia Garner of Garner Family Dentistry in Mount Pleasant, SC, provides her patients with cosmetic dentistry procedures to beautify their smiles, regardless of whether the issue is severe discolorations or teeth that are crooked, chipped, or broken.

Here are a few cosmetic dentistry procedures that we offer:

Teeth Whitening

Teeth are porous, and these pores collect bacteria as well as various particles from food and beverages. Teeth whitening is when your dentist uses a bleaching agent that penetrates those pores and whitens stains. After the procedure, your teeth will be several shades lighter and last for about two to three years, depending on your teeth and your lifestyle. For a longer-lasting effect, make sure you avoid smoking, chewing tobacco, drinking too much coffee or tea, and eating stain-causing food.

Dental Bonding

This non-invasive technique is used to remodel damaged teeth. Your Mount Pleasant dentist uses tooth-colored resin, made of bisphenol A-glycidyl methacrylate (BIS-GMA) and an inorganic filler like silica, in order to treat dental imperfections such as stains, cracks, chips, and gaps between teeth. The resin is applied, shaped and hardened with a dental laser during a quick and discomfort-free procedure. Prior to treatment, your dentist must first treat any cavities or underlying issues, but most patients quickly become candidates once these problems are addressed.

Dental Veneers

Veneers are custom-made, wafer-thin porcelain shells that are cemented to the surface of teeth to conceal discolorations, minor misalignments, and cosmetic damage. Some enamel is removed from the surface of teeth to prevent veneers from protruding, resulting in perfectly-fitting restorations and a fully rejuvenated smile.

Contact Us

If you're interested in learning more about cosmetic dentistry from Garner Family Dentistry, then don't hesitate to call Dr. Cynthia Garner in her Mount Pleasant, SC, office at (843) 884-6002 today to schedule an appointment!

By Garner Family Dentistry
October 24, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Improving your smile can be as simple as taking advantage of one or more of the cosmetic dentistry procedures offered by Garner Family Dentistry. Your Mount Pleasant, SC, dentist, Dr. Cynthia Garner can help you brighten a dull smile, repair damage, conceal imperfections and even replace missing teeth with one of the procedures.

Is your smile dull or yellow?

Teeth whitening is a popular choice when teeth are stained or dull. During an in-office whitening session, your Mount Pleasant dentist applies hydrogen peroxide gel to your teeth. The gel safely destroys stain-causing pigments that dull your smile and offers immediate results. You also have the option of take-home whitening kits.

Dental veneers are another option if your smile is yellow, dull or stained. Wafer-thin porcelain veneers only cover the front surfaces of your teeth and don't require any changes to the structure of your teeth. Your dentist will only remove a tiny amount of enamel to ensure a perfect fit. Veneers are available in many shades of white, allowing you to select the ideal level of whiteness.

Are your teeth damaged, or do you have a few flaws?

Veneers are also a good choice if you have a small chip, shallow crack or another imperfection. The restorations can even change the shape and length of teeth and close small gaps.

Bonding repairs chips, hides discolorations, closes gaps and changes the appearance of oddly shaped teeth. Composite resin, a flexible, plastic-based material, is added to your teeth, shaped, then hardened with a curing light.

A dental crown is an excellent option if your tooth is broken or fragile. Hollow crowns slip over teeth once they've been prepared. Crowns are also used to conceal discolored teeth and change the shape and length of teeth.

Are you missing teeth?

Restoring missing teeth improves your appearance, but that's not the only benefit of restoration. After you lose a tooth, nearby teeth may drift toward the opening in your mouth. Shifting teeth affect the alignment of your bite and may make it more difficult to remove plaque, particularly if your teeth start to overlap.

Bridges, dentures or dental implants restore missing teeth and boost your self-confidence. Bridges consist of one or more artificial teeth attached to crowns on either end. Dental implants are synthetic root substitutes that bond to your jawbone and are topped with crowns. Removable dentures replace all of your upper or lower teeth and are also available as implant-supported dentures.

Are you ready to improve your smile with a cosmetic dentistry procedure? Call your Mount Pleasant, SC, dentist, Dr. Cynthia Garner at Garner Family Dentistry at (843) 884-6002 to schedule your appointment.

By Garner Family Dentistry
August 29, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

How tooth-colored fillings from your family dentist in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina can help your smile

If you need a dental filling, you don’t have to put up with unsightly metal fillings. Why not choose a state-of-the-art dental material that Smileactually enhances your smile? Why not choose tooth-colored fillings? Dr. Cynthia Garner at Garner Family Dentistry in Mount Pleasant, SC, offers a full range of dental services including tooth-colored fillings to help your smile.

Tooth-colored fillings offer many benefits. When you choose tooth-colored fillings, you will enjoy:

  • A cosmetically beautiful tooth restoration, because tooth-colored fillings are virtually invisible to people around you; they enhance your smile instead of detracting from it.
  • A strong tooth restoration, because a tooth-colored filling actually bonds with your tooth surface, holding it together.
  • A metal-free tooth restoration, because tooth-colored fillings use a liquid resin material known as composite

The process is easy, too. Your Mount Pleasant, SC, dentist will simply remove any decay and apply an etching material to create small, porous openings for the composite to attach to. Then, a bonding material is applied, which binds the composite to your tooth structure.

The composite is selected by color-matching to your natural teeth. This provides a virtually invisible appearance to your filling. The liquid material is applied and sculpted to match the natural contours of your teeth, and the material is hardened with a blue light. That’s all there is to it!

If you need a dental filling, you owe it to yourself and your smile to choose tooth-colored fillings. To find out more about the benefits of tooth-colored fillings, call (843) 884-6002 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Garner at Garner Family Dentistry in Mount Pleasant, SC, today!