Do you have discolored teeth? Are you looking for a treatment to add structure to chipped or broken teeth?
As an experienced cosmetic dentist in Greer, SC, Dr. Carraway can transform patient’s smiles with porcelain veneers, dental bonding, and teeth whitening treatment. These treatments not only enhance the smile but can improve the health of the teeth and gums. Addressing the tooth structure and color often motivates patients to maintain their results and the brand new look of their smiles.
What is Cosmetic Dentistry?
Dentistry has always tried to accomplish the functional goal of treating dental decay, preventing tooth loss, and preserving healthy teeth for life. However, in recent years, dentistry has moved beyond functional goals to include the cosmetic goal of creating beautiful smiles. The innovation of our understanding of how teeth can be moved, whitened, and reshaped has allowed cosmetic dentists to dramatically improve the appearance of a patient’s smile. Cosmetic dentistry is not one area of study; it is important to understand multiple aspects of dentistry and integrate that understanding into a comprehensive study of esthetics.
Integrating the study of facial esthetic with the treatment choices of Invisalign, teeth whitening, teeth reshaping, dental bonding, and porcelain veneers can give patients the beautiful smile that they have always wanted. Every smile is different, so it is important to begin the cosmetic dental journey with a consultation.
Cosmetic dental care is beneficial in supporting the overall health and aesthetic of teeth:
Dental veneers can cover misshapen, discolored, or damaged teeth. Crafted from porcelain ceramic, tooth veneers are thin shells that cover the front of the tooth enamel. Veneers are permanent solutions for patients with injured or stained teeth. In addition, dental veneers are stain-resistant and can keep patient’s smiles bright for years to come.
Tooth bonding cures a durable biocompatible material onto the tooth enamel. Like dental veneers, tooth bonding addresses chips, cracks, and other injuries or inconsistencies in the dental structure. Dental bonding material can also be color-matched to natural teeth. With tooth bonding, our patients can fix their smiles with results that blend in seamlessly.
We provide professional in-office and take-home teeth whitening treatments to brighten our patient’s smiles. Each method of professional teeth whitening treatment that we offer is different, but each comes with brilliant results. Professionally whitening teeth leads to more effective results. Compared to store-bought toothpaste, strips, and treatments, our professional solutions last.
Cosmetic Dentistry FAQs
Want to know more about cosmetic dentistry? Read answers to common questions many patients have about cosmetic dental care below:
How can I whiten severely stained teeth?
Patients with severe stains that do not react to professional teeth whitening may require porcelain veneers or dental bonding treatment. These cosmetic solutions cover the teeth and can brighten the smile. Tooth bonding and dental veneers are cured to the front of teeth and are the best for visible teeth in the front of the mouth.
Are dental veneers permanent?
Yes, our porcelain veneers are meant to last for many years. Compared to dental bonding treatment, tooth veneers are a permanent cosmetic treatment. Patients can ensure long-lasting results by continuing to care for their smiles at home with routine oral hygiene. We also recommend dental appointments every six months. At regular appointments, we can keep track of the veneers and ensure that they fit properly and look natural.
How long are professional teeth whitening treatments?
The length of your treatment time will depend on which whitening method you choose. We provide Opalescence whitening treatments that patients can receive in-office or take back home. Our team will discuss the approximate treatment length of each option with you before you choose.
What are the best options for treating chipped and cracked teeth?
Dental veneers and tooth bonding can both treat dental injuries. Porcelain veneers cover the front of teeth while tooth bonding is molded and sculpted onto teeth. While both dental veneers and tooth bonding address the same problems, they come with different pros and cons. Porcelain veneers are permanent but can sometimes be more costly than dental bonding. Tooth bonding is more economical but often requires more frequent repairs over time. At a dental consultation, we can help you decide which option fits your needs the best.
Schedule a Dental Appointment Today
Do you want to treat cosmetic dental problems with professional treatment? Request a dental consultation with us on our website or contact Dr. Carraway for an appointment by calling 864.383.9711. We serve patients from Greer, Taylors, and the surrounding area. Please let Dr. Carraway or a member of his dental team know if you have any further questions about cosmetic dentistry. They will be happy to work with you on your specific concerns and create a custom treatment plan.