Posts for tag: Cosmetic Dentistry
Now that the holidays are behind us and spring is ahead of us, winter doldrums may be setting in. If you are feeling a little blah, it might be time for a pick-me-up—and what better way to lift the spirits than by giving your smile a boost?
There are several ways to achieve a more attractive, confident smile, depending on your individual dental situation. Here are some possibilities:
Teeth Cleaning. If it sounds simple, it is! During your regular cleaning appointment, in addition to getting rid of plaque and tartar that cause dental disease, we use a polishing paste that removes surface stains.Not only will your teeth feel smoother, they'll look brighter.
Teeth whitening. If your teeth are yellowed, they can take the pizzazz out of your smile and make you look older. Professional teeth whitening is an easy way to upgrade a smile, and we can control the level of whitening—whether you want dazzling Hollywood white or a more subtle shade.
Dental bonding or veneers. If your teeth have gaps, chips, discoloration or a poor shape, dental bonding or veneers may be in order. Bonding is a way to repair minor defects in a single visit by applying tooth-colored material to the tooth. Veneers, which can be applied in as little as two visits, are thin porcelain shells that cover the entire front surface of your tooth. With both bonding and veneers, we custom color-match the materials so your smile looks completely natural, only better.
Crowns, bridges or dental implants. If you have a tooth that is not sustainable on its own, a lifelike crown can replace the visible part of the tooth, making it look good as new. If you have one or more missing teeth, a crown or bridge supported by dental implants can look and function like natural teeth.
Orthodontic treatment. If your teeth are not as straight as you'd like, orthodontic treatment can dramatically improve the appearance of your smile and give you newfound confidence. This original “smile makeover” is not just for teens; people of all ages undergo orthodontic treatment. Not a fan of traditional metal braces? Not to worry—you may be a candidate for clear orthodontic aligners, which are nearly invisible and can be removed for meals and special occasions.
Gum surgery. If your teeth seem small or you think your gums show too much when you smile, changing the contour of the gums through periodontal plastic surgery can have a big impact on the look of a smile. Reshaping the gums also helps the teeth appear more prominent.
As you see, there is an array of options for enhancing your smile, and we're more than happy to help you develop a treatment plan that is right for you. So consider sprucing up your smile and boosting your spirits with a tip or two from this list.
Dorit Kemsley isn't shy. Best known to fans as an outspoken and sometimes outrageous cast member of the reality show Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Kemsley is never reticent about “mixing it up” with fellow castmates or their significant others. Recently, though, she confessed to something that left her less than confident: her smile.
Kemsley has been self-conscious about her smile because her teeth looked noticeably short, worn down from an unconscious habit of grinding her teeth. Although teeth grinding is more common among children (who normally grow out of it by adolescence), it can persist into adulthood, usually from difficulties managing high stress (a likely component in the fashion designer/reality show star's busy life).
Stress-induced teeth grinding can occur during waking hours or, more likely, during deep sleep. The accumulating, long-term effects from the habit can lead not only to worn teeth but to weakened gum support, a high risk of tooth fracture or jaw pain and dysfunction.
So, how do you know if you grind your teeth, especially if it's only happening at night? Typical signs include sore jaws after awaking from sleep, increased tooth pain or sensitivity or, like Kemsley, a noticeable difference in your tooth length. Your family or sleeping partner may also complain about the “skin-crawling” noise you make during the night.
There are ways to lessen the effects of teeth grinding. The first step is to have us verify the underlying cause for the habit. If it's tension from stress, then you might reduce the habit's occurrences by learning better stress management or relaxation techniques through individual counseling, group support or biofeedback therapy. We can also fit you with a mouth guard to wear at night or through the day that reduces the force generated during teeth grinding.
And if you've already experienced accelerated tooth wear like Kemsley with a resultant “small teeth” smile, you might pursue the same solution as the RHOBH star: dental veneers. These thin, life-like wafers of porcelain are custom-made to mask imperfections like chips, staining, slight tooth gaps and, yes, worn teeth.
Veneers are often less expensive and invasive than other cosmetic techniques, yet they can have a transformative effect, as Kemsley's Instagram followers have seen. In conjunction with other dental treatments needed to repair any underlying damage caused by a grinding habit, veneers are an effective fix for the smile you present to the world.
If you suspect you may have a grinding habit, see us for a complete examination. From there, we'll help you protect your teeth and your smile.
At Stone Family Dentistry in Charleston, SC, Dr. Denise Stone can enhance your smile and oral health with the help of cosmetic dentistry. Whether you are living with severe discoloration on the enamel, chips/cracks in their tooth structure, or have missing teeth, Dr. Stone has an excellent array of services to help preserve your pearly whites as long as possible.
To learn more about the types of cosmetic dentistry procedures provided, read on, and schedule a consultation to determine which would be best for you.
What is Cosmetic Dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry includes services that improve the size, shape, color, and appearance of one or multiple teeth. The goal is to improve the functionality, aesthetics, and overall appearance of your smile. Although most of these procedures are typically elective, others offer restorative characteristics as well.
Benefits of Cosmetic Dentistry
There are many advantages to restoring the appearance and health of your smile, such as:
- A boost in self-esteem and confidence
- Prevent further dental damage
- A strengthened bite and chewing force
- Improved oral health
Types of Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures
These are just a few of the popular cosmetic dental treatments Dr. Stone offers from her Charleston office. A complete list can be found on our website. After evaluating your teeth and gums during an oral examination, and discovering what you hope to achieve as a result, she can determine the best type of cosmetic dentistry procedure for you.
- Bonding - tooth-colored resin material bonds to enamel and is shaped and polished to match your natural shade
- Orthodontics - traditional braces or clear aligners move the teeth into their correct position for better alignment
- Porcelain veneers - wafer-thin custom shells that fit over the surface of enamel to improve their appearance
- Crowns and Bridgework - a tooth-shaped cap that restores strength, size, and function
- Professional teeth whitening - uses a safe and effective bleaching agent to eliminate discoloration
If your smile could use a minor or total makeover, consult with Dr. Denise Stone to determine which type of cosmetic dentistry procedure is the best course of action for your specific case. During your initial visit, she will address your smile goals, as well as any questions or concerns you may have. For more information about cosmetic dentistry and other services provided at Stone Family Dentistry, visit our website. For appointment scheduling in our Charleston, SC, office, please call (843) 556-6566.
Isn’t it time that you felt more confident in your smile?
In this day and age, there is no reason for people to feel embarrassed by their smiles. Here at Stone Family Dentistry in Charleston, SC, our cosmetic dentist, Dr. Denise Stone, offers the latest aesthetic treatments and techniques to tweak common imperfections and to give people the smiles that they’ve always wanted. Are you contemplating your cosmetic dentistry options? Here’s what you should know,
What is Cosmetic Dentistry?
While preventive dentistry provides you with the dental care you need to prevent cavities and keep your teeth/gums healthy, cosmetic dentistry’s main focus is on the look of your smile.
Cosmetic dentistry can be a great option for any healthy adult in Charleston, SC, who wants to enhance their teeth, gums or overall appearance of their smile. Here are some of the most popular cosmetic treatments that we offer:
While there are ways to whiten teeth on your own, they are often slow-to-work and provide disappointing results. Conversely, professional bleaching options provide quick results and dramatic improvements.
Professional bleaching is the perfect option for those looking to get a whiter smile before their wedding day or a special occasion. For those who would like to brighten their smiles on their own schedule, we provide at-home whitening kits.
If one of your teeth is slightly cracked, stained or misshapen, dental bonding can help reshape it. During treatment, Dr. Stone will apply a tooth-colored resin to these areas of the tooth to cover imperfections and to improve its appearance. Once the resin is shaped, it’s hardened into place as a permanent solution to the issue. Bonding is a great and affordable way to enhance your smile.
If you wish to alter the shape, size, color, or alignment of your smile, dental veneers could be the solution. These fingernail-sized porcelain shells are bonded to the front of teeth in order to hide common imperfections. The porcelain is also matched to the shade of your teeth to give you natural results. Veneers can improve misshapen or oddly shaped smiles while covering stains, gaps between teeth, and other flaws.
Interested? Give Us a Call
Your dream smile is waiting. Call Stone Family Dentistry in Charleston, SC, today at (843) 556-6566 to discuss your cosmetic dentistry options with Dr. Stone.
Damage, discolorations, and other tooth issues don't have to be permanent smile issues. Your Charleston, SC, dentist, Dr. Denise Stone of Stone Family Dentistry, offers teeth whitening, veneers, and other cosmetic dentistry treatments that can renew the look of your teeth!
Brighten your smile with teeth whitening
Stains from dark-colored foods and beverages can dull your once-bright smile. Your Charleston dentist uses professional-strength hydrogen peroxide to safely break apart stains in your tooth enamel. In-office treatment only takes about an hour and can lighten your teeth by three to eight shades. Take-home kits are also available if you want to touch up your whitening results occasionally or want to whiten at home.
Hide flaws with dental veneers
Dental veneers improve flaws by concealing them behind a layer of plastic or porcelain. The tooth-shaped shells are about as thick as a contact lens yet completely cover a variety of imperfections. Your dentist may suggest veneers if you want to change the length or shape of a tooth, make the gaps between teeth disappear, or conceal cracks, chips, or uneven surfaces. Stain-resistant veneers also offer a long-lasting alternative to teeth whitening.
Replace missing teeth with bridges, dentures, or dental implants
If you're like most people, you probably took your ability to chew for granted until you experienced tooth loss. Although appearance is a key consideration after the loss of one or more teeth, it's not the only effect of tooth loss. For example, jawbone deterioration is common in those who have lost teeth, and eating becomes much more difficult with a damaged smile.
Fortunately, one of these options can make your smile full again:
- Bridges: Bridges are a good choice if you've lost one or two teeth. These restorations consist of one or more artificial teeth between two anchoring crowns.
- Dentures: Dentures a good choice if you've lost either all of your teeth or several in a row. Partial dentures are used to replace several missing teeth, while full or immediate dentures restore your smile if you've lost all of your upper or lower teeth.
- Dental Implants: Unlike bridges or dentures, implants restore both the roots and crowns of missing teeth. Consisting of dental crowns connected to jawbone-bonding-titanium implants, these restorations are very comfortable and feel nearly identical to natural teeth. Implant-supported dentures offer an alternative to traditional full dentures.
Need some cosmetic dentistry work? Give us a call!
Upgrade your smile with one of our cosmetic dentistry treatments! Call our Charleston, SC, office today at (843) 556-6566 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Stone.