Cosmetic dentistry doesn’t only give you a beautiful smile to show off. It also can help with many oral health issues — or prevent those issues from forming. So what cosmetic dentistry services are offered at Dentistry of the Queen City? Learn more about getting cosmetic dentistry in Charlotte, NC.
What is Cosmetic Dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry involves the practice of giving you a whiter and straighter smile. We believe that everyone should have a smile that they’re not afraid of showing off. However, cosmetic dentistry is also focused on giving you a healthier smile. While improving the aesthetic value of your smile, we also want to make sure it’s healthy and won’t cause problems down the road.
A wide range of services can fall under the cosmetic dentistry umbrella. These include:
Invisalign has truly revolutionized the practice of orthodontics. If you want a straighter smile, we can determine if Invisalign is right for you. An alternative to traditional metal braces, Invisalign slowly rearranges your teeth with clear plastic aligners. These liners are customized to your smile and changed about every two weeks to continue moving your teeth into the ideal position.
The aligners used are barely noticeable, letting you straighten your teeth with no worry. You can take them out to eat and go through your normal oral health routine, making them less restrictive than metal braces.
Getting a straighter smile can help prevent decay in between crooked teeth. It’s often harder to clean those areas. In addition, crooked teeth can lead to a misaligned bite, which can cause issues with teeth grinding or TMJ disorders.
Porcelain veneers can fix many cosmetic issues that you have with your teeth. They can cover discolored teeth, repair chipped and cracked teeth, fill in gaps you may have in your smile, and improve the appearance of crooked or misshapen teeth.
As a permanent cosmetic solution, these can last the rest of your lifetime. Made of durable dental ceramic, porcelain veneers are resistant to staining and breaking. This makes them a solid option if you’re looking for a perfect smile that’s going to last.
If you’re concerned about having a fully permanent restoration done to your teeth, dental bonding is another option. It’s also often cheaper than getting porcelain veneers. Dental bonding can fix most of the problems that porcelain veneers can. This includes chipped teeth, discolored teeth, and gaps in the smile.
Dental bonding is made of a composite resin material that’s molded and shaped to your tooth. This material is then hardened and polished so that it matches the look of your other teeth. Depending on how well you take care of it, tooth bonding can last anywhere from three to ten years.
It’s natural that our teeth lose their brilliance over time. Through aging and certain habits, teeth aren’t always as white as they used to be. Often drinking beverages like coffee or tea, as well as smoking, can cause staining and discoloration on your teeth. This can also be caused by certain medications.
At Dentistry of the Queen City, Dr. Greg Reece offers KOR teeth whitening. While this process is very extensive, it’s worth it for the benefits it provides. KOR utilizes both at-home and in-office treatments to give you the smile you’re looking for. Over the course of six to eight weeks, you’ll get a whiter smile as well as decreased tooth sensitivity.
Charlotte, North Carolina Cosmetic Dentistry
Dr. Reece and the rest of our accomplished staff are here to give you a healthy, beautiful smile. Call us today or schedule an appointment online!