Dentistry involves art as much as it does science. In addition to treating cavities, Dr. Parry can also correct the flaws that make you embarrassed to smile. Are you bothered by the crack in your teeth? Are your teeth not as white as you want them to be? Get in touch with us to set up a cosmetic consultation; the various options for cosmetic dentistry in Summerfield, NC that Magnolia Shores Family Dental offers will give you teeth that you can be proud to show off each and every day.
Many of the best smiles that you’ve seen on television have been enhanced with porcelain veneers. These are very thin covers that are attached to the front of the teeth with a special adhesive. Veneers are very commonly used to make cosmetic corrections because they can hide multiple flaws at once; this can include any chips or cracks that are visible on the enamel, minor cases of misalignment, certain stains, and noticeable gaps in your smile.
Older guests might think of crowns and fillings as being made of metal, but nowadays, that doesn’t have to be the case at all. Both the appearance and function of your smile can be completely restored with restorations made from tooth-colored ceramic or composite resin. These materials can perfectly mimic tooth enamel to the point where they even reflect light the same way. And thanks to the durability of these restorations, you can enjoy your new, natural-looking smile for many years before replacements are needed.
Maybe you don’t need an entire smile makeover, but there are a few imperfections on one or two teeth that you want to address. A small amount of composite resin can fix small cracks and hide minor discoloration; it can also increase the size of a tooth and close smaller gaps. Bonding normally takes between 30 and 60 minutes to complete, and the procedure is so simple that there’s normally no need to numb your mouth beforehand or schedule additional appointments.
You probably don’t want to wear braces to the office or your next family gathering, but that doesn’t mean that you have to give up on a straighter smile. Invisalign is an alternative to traditional orthodontics that uses clear plastic aligners that are virtually invisible when worn. Said aligners will gradually reposition your teeth and correct any irregularities in your bite without getting in the way of your favorite meals or your daily brushing routine.
Have you been getting less than stellar results using typical over-the-counter whitening products? The KoR whitening system is unique in that it can restore the teeth’s ability to absorb oxygen, which helps erase stain molecules that have penetrated the enamel. You can have professional whitening performed in our dental office (which normally takes about an hour), but we also offer take-home kits with personalized trays if you’d rather have the procedure done in your own home.
Have you ever heard of a “gummy smile”? It’s what happens when there’s an excessive amount of gum tissue when you pull back your lips, leaving your teeth looking shorter than they should. With a soft tissue laser, we can remove the extra tissue and shape the gum line as needed. This procedure is called “gum recontouring”, and it can help your teeth stand out to create a dazzling smile. A similar procedure called “crown lengthening” is used to make room for dental restorations.
Virtual Smile Design software gives you a preview of how veneers, teeth whitening, or other cosmetic procedures will transform your smile. Using special software, we can adjust digital pictures of your teeth to simulate specific treatments. You can take these pictures home with you and show them to your family. With this technology, you can plan carefully and figure out which treatments are best for you.
If you’re unhappy with one or multiple aspects of your smile, there are a variety of cosmetic dental treatments available that can give you newfound confidence. However, opting for a procedure of any kind is a big decision, so it’s understandable that you have some questions. We’re here to help! Here are the answers to some of the most common questions we are asked about cosmetic dentistry in Summerfield. If you don’t see the information that you’re looking for below, don’t worry. Give us a call and we’d be happy to address your questions and concerns.
Many people associate cosmetic dentistry with expensive treatments. This is likely due to the fact that dental insurance rarely covers cosmetic treatments, so you will typically need to pay out of pocket. Improving your smile might seem expensive at first, but you need to consider the investment you’re making in your self-esteem, confidence, and quality of life.
The lifespan of your results will vary depending on which treatments you are undergoing. Some last longer than others. Quick, easy treatments, like teeth whitening and direct bonding, tend not to last as long as more extensive treatments, like veneers. Some treatments, like gum recontouring, almost always produce permanent results. Orthodontic treatment, like Invisalign, can potentially last a lifetime as long as you continue to wear your retainer. Generally, the better you care for your smile, the longer you can expect your results to last.
Many patients are hesitant to commit to treatment because they are worried about the procedure being painful. We do everything we can to ensure that you are comfortable during your treatment. Most cosmetic treatments are non-invasive. Bonding and whitening shouldn’t even require a local anesthetic. For treatments like veneers where your tooth needs to be reshaped, the area will be numbed with a local anesthetic. We also offer a couple of sedation options that can help patients feel extra relaxed. You might experience some residual soreness, but this should be mild and temporary.
For most of the history of dentistry, the focus was preventing and treating dental problems. However, in the last few decades, modern techniques, technology, and knowledge have led to most people having better dental health. This gives more people the option to focus on the appearance of their teeth instead of just repairing damage. Cosmetic treatments have become more affordable as well, giving more people access to the treatments they desire.