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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!

By Garner Family Dentistry
May 28, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: veneers  

Find out how these porcelain restorations can improve the appearance of your smile.

Do you feel self-conscious about your smile because of discolorations, gaps between your teeth, or other common imperfections? If you said “yes,” then our Mount Pleasant, SC, cosmetic dentist, Dr. Cynthia Garner, has a simple solution that could give you a whole new smile veneersin just two visits.

What are dental veneers?

A veneer is a very thin shell often made from porcelain that is bonded to the front surface of a tooth to alter and enhance its shape, size, or color. Veneers are often placed when someone is dealing with widespread cosmetic flaws that affect multiple teeth. In this case, veneers can even be placed on all teeth that are visible when you smile.

You may want to consider getting dental veneers if you are dealing with,

  • Discolorations and stains
  • Chips and cracks
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Worn teeth
  • Misshapen or malformed teeth
  • Slightly crooked or misaligned smiles

Pretty much any flaw that solely impacts the appearance of your teeth (as opposed to the integrity) can be hidden with the help of dental veneers. Want to get a straighter smile but your minor alignment issues don’t seem significant enough to warrant wearing braces for months? Getting veneers can easily provide you with a straighter smile without ever needing braces.

What should I know about getting dental veneers?

In order to get dental veneers, our Mount Pleasant, SC, dentist will need to first examine your smile and make sure that your teeth are healthy and strong enough to support veneers. After you have been approved for treatment, our dentist will remove a very small amount of enamel from the front of each tooth to make room for the veneers.

Once the teeth have been prepped, we will also need to take impressions of your teeth. These impressions will then be given a dental lab so that they can create veneers that are perfectly fitted to your smile. In the meantime, temporary veneers will be applied to the front of your teeth to protect them until your permanent veneers are ready to be bonded to your smile.

After your veneers have been sent back to our Mount Pleasant office, we can install bond them to your smile in a single procedure, giving you a completely rejuvenated look!

Give us a call!

If you are interested in learning more about dental veneers and how they can improve your smile, then call our office today at (843) 884-6002!

By Garner Family Dentistry
February 12, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: teeth whitening  

How a teeth whitening treatment from your dentist in Mount Pleasant, SC, can give you a great smile

If you want to rejuvenate your smile, a professional teeth whitening treatment is the choice to make. You can achieve a beautiful, bright teeth whiteningwhite smile that will make a great impression. Your smile is your trademark, so make your smile stand out. Dr. Cynthia Garner at Garner Family Dentistry in Mount Pleasant, SC, can help rejuvenate your smile.

There are many lifestyle habits like smoking and drinking coffee that can make your smile dull and dingy. Aging is also a big reason why your smile might not be as white as when you were younger. As you age, your enamel becomes thinner so you see through to the layer underneath, called dentin. Dentin is yellow, and gets even darker with age. That’s why your smile isn’t as white as it could be.

You can reverse the effects of tobacco and coffee. You can also take back what the years have done to your smile. Professional teeth whitening brightens and whitens your smile and offers many benefits.

Did you know…

  • You can whiten your smile up to 8 shades whiter
  • Your whitening results can last up to 5 years
  • Treatment is quick, often taking only about an hour
  • Professional whitening has been rigorously tested for safety and effectiveness

When you choose professional teeth whitening from Dr. Garner, you can expect excellent results quickly and safely. Over-the-counter whitening treatments don’t offer the same safety or effectiveness. In fact, some over-the-counter products contain chemicals and abrasives that can make your teeth more sensitive.

Your professional teeth whitening treatment begins with prescription-strength whitening gel placed on your teeth. The gel is activated using a high-tech ultraviolet light. You can achieve excellent results in about an hour.  For those that prefer home whiting kits, Dr. Garner also provides tooth whitening kits with prescription strength whiteners.  Professional teeth whitening is a great choice if you have a special event coming up, or you just want a great-looking smile!

If you want to rejuvenate your smile, choose professional teeth whitening! Just pick up your phone and call Dr. Cynthia Garner at Garner Family Dentistry in Mount Pleasant, SC, today!

By Garner Family Dentistry
October 06, 2017
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: tooth recontouring  

Find out if this simple cosmetic solution is all you need to get the perfectly shaped smile you deserve.

Did eating something a little too hard cause a small chip in a tooth? Has a slightly misaligned smile caused some teeth to look slightly tooth recontouringasymmetrical in length or size? Are your canines a bit too sharp and pointy? If you said yes, then our Mount Pleasant, SC, family dentist, Dr. Cynthia Garner, has just the easy fix you need to reshape these teeth and buff out minor aesthetic defects.

What is tooth recontouring?

This easy, painless and non-invasive cosmetic dental procedure is designed to remove very small amounts of enamel in order to improve the surface, size or shape of one or more teeth. This is one of the most conservative ways to alter minor imperfections in your teeth and to improve the overall look of your smile.

Who is this treatment right for?

If you have minor cosmetic imperfections that cause chips, pits in the surface or other shapely imperfections, then it’s time to talk to our Mount Pleasant dentist about whether recontouring could get your smile back on track.

Just remember that this simple procedure won’t be able to tackle more serious defects and should not be considered an alternative option for getting dental bonding or dental veneers; however, this treatment can be combined with other cosmetic options to achieve the perfect smile.

What should I expect from treatment?

First, we will need to examine your teeth and also run a series of X-rays to make sure that your teeth are healthy enough for cosmetic treatment. During the actual procedure, we will remove trace amounts of enamel from teeth. This will help us reshape and contour the tooth to get the perfect shape, size and surface smoothness. Once the tooth or teeth have been reshaped, we will give them a final polish.

Whether you have questions about tooth recontouring in Mount Pleasant, SC, or you are ready to find out what cosmetic dentistry could do to improve the look of your smile, don’t hesitate to call Garner Family Dentistry to learn more.

By Garner Family Dentistry
August 22, 2017
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: veneers  

Sometimes the simplest solution is the best when you have a minor tooth imperfection. Mt. Pleasant, SC, dentist Dr. Cynthia Garner of VeneersGarner Family Dentistry explains how dental veneers, a simple, yet effective, cosmetic dentistry treatment, can help you improve your smile.

Veneers offer smile-changing benefits

Veneers, thin pieces of porcelain that are designed to fit your teeth perfectly, can conceal many types of flaws in teeth and also completely change the appearance of your smile. Because many dental flaws only affect the enamel on the front surfaces of your teeth, veneers offer a fairly easy way to hide these imperfections.

You'll need to visit our Mt. Pleasant office twice to receive veneers. During the first visit, we'll prepare the tooth removing a very thin layer of enamel to ensure a comfortable fit for your new veneers. A dental lab will create your veneers using impressions taken in our office. In most cases, your new veneers will be ready in about a week or two. When you visit for the second time, we'll use water to temporarily attach your veneers to check the fit and make any adjustments that may be needed before we permanently attach them to your teeth.

How can veneers help me?

Veneers are often used to correct these cosmetic issues:

  • Minor Imperfections: Imperfections don't have to be large to affect your smile. Even small chips, pits or cracks can make you feel self-conscious about your appearance. Veneers cover these flaws completely.
  • Gaps: Braces are very effective in closing large gaps, but when the spaces between your teeth are small, veneers offer a simpler option.
  • Shape and Length Issues: Veneers are often used to ensure that your teeth look more uniform. They cover twisted, crooked and pointed teeth and can even extend the length of teeth.
  • Discolorations and Stains: Our society values a bright smile, but teeth naturally come in a variety of shades. If you would like to whiten your smile, adding veneers to your front teeth can completely transform your smile. They're also a good choice if one or two teeth are discolored.

Would you like to transform your smile with veneers? Call Mt. Pleasant, SC, dentist Dr. Cynthia Garner of Garner Family Dentistry at (843) 884-6002 to schedule an appointment.