Posts for tag: cosmetic dentistry
How cosmetic dentistry from your dentist in Mount Pleasant SC can improve your smile.
It’s only natural to think that you are stuck with the smile nature gave you. The truth is, you can change just about anything that bothers you about your smile, thanks to cosmetic dentistry!
Dr. Cynthia L. Garner at Garner Family Dentistry in Mount Pleasant, SC offers a wide variety of cosmetic dentistry procedures. The only question is, which procedure is right for you?
If you don’t like the way your smile has grown dull, yellow, or stained, consider a professional teeth whitening treatment. You can whiten your teeth up to a dazzling 8 shades, and your results can last up to 5 years! That’s better than any over-the-counter whitening treatment. Professional teeth whitening is safe too because all materials and methods have been rigorously tested and approved by the American Dental Association.
If you are upset by the cracks, chips, or tooth wear on your teeth, consider a cosmetic bonding treatment. Bonding uses a material called composite, which can be matched closely to the color of your teeth. After your bonding treatment is complete, your smile will appear whole again, free of minor damage.
If you want to make a dramatic change in your smile, porcelain veneers might be the right procedure for you. Veneers are thin laminates of sparkling, stain-resistant porcelain that are cemented onto the front surfaces of your teeth. Veneers can hide both minor and major issues like cracks, fracture lines, areas of lost tooth structure, discolorations, and other defects. In some cases, veneers can be used to camouflage alignment issues like rotated or crowded teeth, overlapping teeth, or gaps between teeth.
These are just a few of the many cosmetic dentistry procedures available to improve your smile. To find out more about how cosmetic dentistry can help your smile, call Dr. Cynthia L. Garner of Garner Family Dentistry in Mount Pleasant, SC at (843) 884-6002. Call now!
As far as your appearance goes, the most important teeth you have are those in the “smile zone.” These are the teeth most visible when you smile—and the ones that awkwardly stand out if they're chipped, worn or otherwise flawed. More than any other teeth, they determine how inviting your smile is to others.
You might think you'll need extensive cosmetic dental work to fix these kinds of dental defects. But that may not be necessary: We may be able to use a dental material known as composite resin to repair the defects in your “smile zone” teeth in one office visit.
Composite resins are a combination of ceramics and plastics that have been around for some time. They've only recently come into wide use, though, with the development of new techniques to bond them to tooth surfaces. They're ideal for chips, cracks, or decayed areas where front teeth make contact with one another. They may also be used occasionally to reshape irregular or misaligned teeth.
You'll first need a complete dental examination to determine if composite resin bonding is an appropriate approach for your situation. If so, we'll begin by preparing the tooth surface to better accept the resin material. We'll then apply the liquid form of the material in layers, along with other agents to increase the material's strength. Each layer is cured (hardened) before applying the next layer.
As the layers build up, we shape the material to achieve a normal tooth appearance. We'll also incorporate your individual color shadings, so that the prepared tooth blends well with surrounding natural teeth. In effect, the procedure requires as much artistry as technical skill to create a natural look.
Though not as strong as porcelain veneers or crowns, composite resins are durable if not subjected to heavy biting forces. And for a few hours in the dentist's chair with minimal tooth preparation, a composite resin treatment can create a dramatic and exciting change in your appearance.
If you would like more information on composite resin bonding, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Artistic Repair of Front Teeth With Composite Resin.”
At the first-ever Players Weekend in August 2017, Major League Baseball players wore jerseys with their nicknames on the back. One player — Cleveland Indians shortstop, Francisco Lindor — picked the perfect moniker to express his cheerful, fun-loving nature: “Mr. Smile.” And Lindor gave fans plenty to smile about when he belted a 2-run homer into the stands while wearing his new jersey!
Lindor has explained that he believes smiling is an important part of connecting with fans and teammates alike: “I’ve never been a fan of the guy that makes a great play and then acts like he’s done it 10,000 times — smile, man! We’ve got to enjoy the game.”
We think Lindor is right: Smiling is a great way to generate good will. And it feels great too… as long as you have a smile that’s healthy, and that looks as good as you want it to. But what if you don’t? Here are some things we can do at the dental office to help you enjoy smiling again:
Routine Professional Cleanings & Exams. This is a great place to start on the road toward a healthy, beautiful smile. Even if you are conscientious about brushing and flossing at home, you won’t be able to remove all of the disease-causing dental plaque that can hide beneath the gum line, especially if it has hardened into tartar, but we can do it easily in the office. Then, after a thorough dental exam, we can identify any problems that may be affecting your ability to smile freely, such as tooth decay, gum disease, or cosmetic dental issues.
Cosmetic Dental Treatments. If your oral health is good but your smile is not as bright as you’d like it to be, we can discuss a number of cosmetic dental treatments that can help. These range from conservative procedures such as professional teeth whitening and bonding to more dramatic procedures like porcelain veneers or crowns.
Tooth Replacement. Many people hide their smiles because they are embarrassed by a gap from a missing tooth. That’s a shame, because there are several excellent tooth-replacement options in a variety of price ranges. These include partial and full dentures, bridgework, and dental implants. So don’t let a missing tooth stop you from being Mr. (or Ms.) Smile!
If you’d like more information about oral health or cosmetic dentistry, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”
There are a lot of ways to improve the appearance of your teeth. Some methods can be quite involved like crowns or bridgework, which require extensive alteration of teeth to accommodate them.
Other methods, though, can achieve stunning results with less tooth reduction or alteration to your teeth. Porcelain veneers are one such alternative that literally puts a new face on your teeth. A dental veneer is a thin layer of restorative material (usually porcelain) that is bonded to the outside of a tooth to cover blemishes. They’re an excellent choice for dealing with otherwise healthy teeth with mild to moderate chipping, wearing, staining or slight misalignment.
Veneers can be fashioned to match the shape and texture of the prepared tooth, as well as coloring that blends with neighboring teeth. They’re created by skilled dental lab technicians who use porcelain powder mixed with water to create layers of pliable porcelain laminated together to achieve the appropriate thickness and shape. The veneer is then oven-fired to produce a strong, durable product.
Their use in various dental situations does require some tooth preparation, though normally not as much as other restorative measures — usually no more than 0.5 mm of surface enamel. Removing this small amount will ensure the veneer doesn’t look too thick and bulky once bonded to the tooth.
There are some situations, though, where veneers aren’t the best choice: because they’re mainly a cosmetic solution, they can’t remedy problems like poor tooth position and bite or large discrepancies in root position. And teeth that are heavily decayed may require more extensive dental work to repair and preserve them.
In the right situation, though, veneers can make a huge difference to your smile and last for years, as long as you practice effective oral hygiene and don’t subject them to abnormal biting force (no cracking hard shell nuts with them — they can shatter). In skilled hands, veneers can transform your teeth from embarrassing to dazzling.
If you would like more information on porcelain veneers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Smile Design Enhanced with Porcelain Veneers.”
Don’t you want a quick and simple solution to get a more vibrant smile? We thought so!
Have at-home whitening kits from your local drugstore and whitening toothpastes just not given you the results that you had hoped for? Do you still notice yellow, stained teeth from all those years of coffee drinking? If you are looking for a quick fix then it’s the perfect time to turn to our Mount Pleasant, SC, cosmetic dentist, Dr. Cynthia Garner, to learn more about in-office teeth whitening.
How does professional teeth whitening work?
There is a reason teeth whitening has become one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry options in Mount Pleasant. After all, this is one amazing and fast way to remove dental stains and to get a more vibrant smile that you’ll actually notice.
Of course, there are many different reasons why teeth can stain and turn yellow over the years, including:
- Certain foods and drinks
- Taking antibiotic for long periods of time
- Trauma to a tooth
- Excessive fluoride intake
- Tobacco consumption
Professional teeth whitening works by breaking up the stain molecules that have formed on the enamel, or outer portion of your tooth. Stains caused by smoking or by consuming certain foods and drinks like red wine or coffee can be broken up successfully with our in-office system.
Not only that, but the inner portion of the tooth soaks up the hydrogen or carbamide peroxide (the active ingredient) found within the whitening gel to make the tooth appear lighter and more radiant.
What whitening option is right for me?
The choice you make about whether in-office or at-home whitening is right for you is one you can discuss with our Mount Pleasant cosmetic dentist before you take the plunge. If you have some pretty serious stains then you may want to consider getting in-office whitening because the bleaching gel is much stronger, so you’ll see results more quickly.
However, if you are looking to save some money while also getting a brighter smile then you may just want to consider the at-home whitening approach (and no this doesn’t mean those over-the-counter whitening kits you’ve been using). Your dentist also offers an at-home system that is much stronger than anything you’ll get in your oral care aisle. Custom whitening trays coupled with strong whitening gel ensures that you see results with continued use in just a couple of weeks.
Have questions about professional teeth whitening? Ready to find out what amazing results lie behind this cosmetic treatment? Then it’s time you called Garner Family Dentistry in Mount Pleasant, SC, to find out if this is the right treatment for your smile.