Cosmetic Dentistry Cary, NC
Smiles matter—probably more than we realize. Volumes of research confirm the influential role of smiles on our relationships and our self-esteem. If you're confident, you smile more. If you smile more, you feel more confident. But what if you don't want to flash your smile because you're embarrassed by bad teeth? If this is the case for you, you may be the perfect candidate for cosmetic dentistry.
What Is Cosmetic Dentistry?
When you are looking for someone to improve the overall look of your smile, you are looking for a cosmetic dentist. This is because cosmetic dentistry is the field of dentistry that focuses on cosmetic procedures to help a patient’s teeth and gums to look amazing. While cosmetic dentistry services often serve a practical purpose, often times they are completed for aesthetic reasons.
Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures
Because there are different procedures that fall under the umbrella of “cosmetic dentistry,” it’s important to understand the different procedures that a patient can undergo to improve the appearance of their teeth and gums. Some very popular cosmetic dentistry procedures include:
There may be a time in which you crack or chip your teeth biting something or getting into an accident. If the crack or chip is minor, or if you have a discoloration in your tooth or teeth, dental bonding may be an option. Dental bonding is a simple procedure that involves a dentist bonding a piece of ceramic to a tooth to cover minimal damage. This is an affordable procedure, and a great option for minor fixes.
Veneers are a good mid-way point between dental bonding and a dental crown. A veneer is a tooth replacement prosthetic that is great for damage that involve a portion of the tooth, but not enough of the tooth that a new dental crown is needed. Like a dental crown, a veneer involves reshaping the tooth, creating a custom prosthetic and placing that prosthetic to improve the appearance and functionality of a tooth.
When most people think of cosmetic dentistry, they think about procedures that only involve the teeth. In reality, the gums can be adjusted as well. If you have what is known as a “gummy smile” and would like to have more of your teeth showing, speak with your dentist about gum contouring.
An extremely popular procedure in the field of cosmetic dentistry is teeth whitening. This procedure allows a patient to remove stains, brighten their teeth and remove a lot - if not all - of the discoloration in their teeth. This is done using a solution that brightens and whitens the teeth.
While patients will often opt for in-office whitening services, the option of at-home whitening is also available. If you decide to whiten your teeth at home, make sure that you visit your dentist first. While there are over-the- counter at-home kits available, these can be risky. You’ll want your dentist to check your enamel to ensure that your teeth can properly handle the whitening solution. Your dentist will also be able to create a custom mouthpiece for you, and will provide you with the highest-quality solution.
Make sure to visit your dentist about teeth whitening, and see if it is a good solution for your needs.
There are situations where a tooth cannot be repaired and needs to be pulled. There are also times in which accidents occur in which a tooth is knocked out. If this is the case for you, you can speak with your dentist about whether dental implants are an option for you.
Dental implants involve the installation of a titanium rod into the jawbone, which holds a replacement tooth in place. Because of the installation into the jawbone, dental implants are stronger than other replacement options, and look very natural.
While dental implants are an excellent tooth replacement option, they are not for everybody. Implants are a little more costly than other replacement options, and they require the jawbone to be strong enough to handle the implant. If you have a strong enough jawbone, though, you should consider dental implants as a replacement option.
If a tooth has been compromised more severely, but isn’t damaged to the point where it needs to be removed, dental crowns are an excellent option. This procedure is often done to handle situations that involve cracks, chips or decay. When placing your dental crown, your dentist will reshape the tooth to fit the replacement. They will then create a custom prosthetic to fit your individual mouth and smile. From there, they will place the crown.
Crowns are an excellent tooth repair option that are both aesthetically pleasing and practical.
Finding the Right Cosmetic Dentist
One of the first places that you can look for cosmetic dentistry services is with your general dentist. They may be able to provide the procedure that you are looking for. If they are unable to, you can also ask for a referral.
Another way to find an excellent cosmetic dentist is by looking online. By searching online, you can find different practices that offer cosmetic dentistry services, and you can read reviews on those practices. You can also check out their websites, and see what sort of cosmetic dentistry
procedures those practices specialize in.
For outstanding cosmetic dentistry services, consider Wake Dental Care. Wake Dental Care provides a variety of cosmetic dentistry services that are performed by qualified cosmetic dentists that will discuss different cosmetic dentistry options with you, and will help you to find the perfect procedure for your needs.
Dentists You Can Trust
We take the time to explain treatment and use the latest in dental technology to ensure a conservative approach to your dental care. We have specialized eyepieces and special decay-detecting dye to be sure we can see the smallest amount of decay and remove only the diseased portions of the tooth. Our iTero scanner allows us to scan your teeth and create restorations with world-class accuracy.
Dr. Jim Bohn
Dr. Bohn is a native of Pennsylvania. He earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology at Penn State University and a Doctorate of Medical Dentistry from Temple University School of Dentistry.
Dr. Jerry Allen
Dr. Jerry Allen was born and raised in Eastern North Carolina. He received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery (D.D.S) with Honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.