Imagine that you only have seconds to make a good first impression. With the added emphasis on FaceTime, Zoom meetings, selfies, and social media posts, your smile is one of the first things people see. Cosmetic dentistry has increased in recent years, and for good reason. We all want beautiful, healthy smiles.
Genesis Family Dentistry in Uptown Charlotte offers a range of general and cosmetic dentistry services to help patients smile beautifully.
What is Cosmetic Dentistry?
A beautiful smile can boost your confidence and make you feel better about yourself. It is also healthier. When your teeth are straight and even, they are easier to clean. There are fewer hard-to-reach areas where bacteria can linger. Cosmetic dentistry improves the aesthetic and function of the smile.
Cosmetic Dentistry Defined
Cosmetic dentistry involves making a positive change to your teeth and smile. Defined as procedures that alter the appearance of the teeth or gums, this may involve a number of procedures. Treatments complement the patient’s overall oral health and range from simple to complex and everything in between.
Top 3 Affordable Procedures for a Confident Smile
Changing your smile is a simple way to boost your confidence and improve your physical appearance. From a quick color enhancement to a complete smile makeover, there is a vast range of cosmetic procedures. Improving your smile does not have to be expensive. There is something for every budget and need.
Our food and lifestyle choices cause the teeth to turn yellow over time. Red wine, coffee, tea, tomato-based foods, and tobacco products cause unwanted discolorations. Teeth whitening is a popular, go-to treatment for many. It is quick, effective, and convenient.
Stop wasting money on over-the-counter strips that move around in your mouth and don’t work well. Professional teeth whitening with a dentist is simple, non-invasive, and affordable. Treatments are done with high-quality products for a dramatically whiter smile in less time.
Cosmetic bonding is a durable, economical option for small smile corrections. The treatment usually only requires one appointment and patients can leave the office with an improved smile.
Dental bonding involves using a tooth-colored material to address dental imperfections. First, the tooth is etched and a tooth-colored resin material is applied. The putty-like material is sculpted into the appropriate size and shape. After the resin hardens with a special light, it is polished to match the adjacent teeth.
Cosmetic bonding may be used to correct the following issues:
- Gaps or spacing issues between teeth
- Chipped teeth
- Decayed teeth
- Misshapen teeth
- Exposed roots if the gums recede
A dental crown is a cap that is placed over a damaged tooth or one with imperfections. This protects and restores the tooth so it can once again function naturally without further interfering with the tooth’s structure. Although crowns are often considered general or restorative dental treatments, they can be used to improve the smile as well.
Custom dental crowns are created using impressions of the patient’s teeth and detailed notes from the dentist regarding the size, shape, and color of the adjacent teeth. These details ensure the crown matches the surrounding teeth for a natural-looking result.
Crowns are an affordable option to cover chipped or broken teeth, discolorations, and misshapen teeth.
Additional Cosmetic Dentistry Options
Cosmetic dentistry treatments are available for all budget levels. For a more complete smile makeover, orthodontics and veneers are slightly more expensive initially than the treatments above. However, with proper oral habits, the results are longer lasting so you pay less later for additional dental work.
Although straight, even smiles are beautiful, the thought of metal brackets and wires is unappealing to many teens and adults. Invisalign is the standard in clear aligner trays for orthodontic needs. The BPA free plastic trays are made from impressions of the patient’s teeth for a fully customized treatment.
The trays are comfortable, do not move, and are not immediately visible to other people. The Invisalign trays rely on gentle pressure to gradually shift the teeth into their appropriate position. A series of trays is used.
Invisalign trays should be worn for 20-22 hours per day. They can be removed for eating, drinking, and caring for the teeth. When worn as directed, patients see their results faster and have a reduced chance of needing a longer treatment and saves you money on future orthodontic work.
Once a treatment only for the Hollywood elite, porcelain dental veneers are now available to all. Veneers are ultra-thin shells of porcelain that are applied to the front of the teeth to change their appearance. Depending on your budget and needs, veneers can be applied to a single tooth for a minor correction or to an entire set for a smile makeover.
Veneers are matched in size, shape, and color to the surrounding teeth to ensure a result that looks and feels natural. The porcelain material matches tooth enamel in color and opalescence. They can be used for the following corrections:
- Chipped teeth
- Cracked or broken teeth
- Gaps or spacing issues
- Crooked teeth
- Discolored or stained teeth
Genesis Family Dentistry
Genesis Family Dentistry in Charlotte offers comprehensive general and cosmetic dentistry options. Our dentists provide gentle, affordable dental care to suit our patients’ varying needs.
Let us boost your self-esteem with a selfie-worthy smile. Whether you need teeth whitening, dental bonding, dental crowns, Invisalign, or porcelain veneers, we can create a custom treatment plan based on your needs and budget. The end result is a winning, natural smile!