Maybe you have considered getting a professional teeth whitening treatment to get rid of some stubborn tooth stains. Or perhaps you have thought about getting veneers to renew your smile. But have you considered combining these treatments and more by using cosmetic dentistry? At Southern Family Dental Care, we believe every smile is completely unique because you are completely unique. We want to help those of you in the Peachtree Corners, GA area restore your smiles and improve your overall dental health.
Many people want to improve the aesthetics of their smiles but remain unaware of the processes and procedures involved in cosmetic dentistry. Dr. Clint Baugham and our team will provide the information and guidance that will assist you in understanding the needs and process of achieving your ideal smile.
What is Involved in Cosmetic Dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry is the field of dentistry focused on both improving the appearance of your teeth, as well as enhancing the functionality of your teeth, therefore ensuring that you have good overall dental health. Cosmetic dentistry often involves a process of procedures that include making changes to your smile and teeth in order to improve your appearance. The physicians at our clinic utilize a combination of restorative and aesthetic procedures to enhance the structure of your teeth, therefore improving the appearance of your smile.
Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures
Many of the treatments that are a part of cosmetic dentistry require good oral health. If you are currently dealing with infections, advanced tooth decay, gum disease, or misaligned teeth that need braces or Invisalign, then these conditions need to be cleared up first.
Unless you are planning on making the jump to veneers, professional teeth whitening is essential for brightening your teeth. When in-office whitening is performed, we do not just whiten your teeth, we carefully polish them to complement your complexion.
Teeth whitening procedures are perhaps the easiest and most popular cosmetic treatments. These treatments can boost the color of stained or dull looking teeth. Both in-office and take-home kits can help patients to see dramatic whitening results in a relatively short period of time. As dental fillings cannot be whitened, the filling can be replaced with natural-looking tooth-colored restorations that ensure you get the flawless white smile that you are looking for.
Teeth-whitening procedures are painless. We do recommend you avoid food and drinks that are prone to staining such as coffee, tea, soda, and berries, in order to maintain your new whiter smile.
Bonding is great for repairing minor cosmetic damage. Dental bonding is a cosmetic and restorative practice that uses a soft composite resin material to address chips and cracks on otherwise healthy teeth. Referred to often as tooth bonding, this treatment can also be used to alter the appearance of a discolored tooth or to address minor gaps between teeth. The composite resin can be color-matched to your natural teeth. It is a pliable material that can be shaped as is needed.
First our dentist will match the composite resin color to that of your surrounding natural teeth. With this, you are assured of natural-looking results. Tooth bonding is easy, painless, and only takes one office visit. Be sure to care for your teeth and avoid biting into hard foods and surfaces (for example, opening up packages with your teeth or chewing on pens), as these habits can damage your newly bonded tooth.
Crown treatments are another essential part of cosmetic dentistry. Dental crowns can help restore more severely damaged and diseased teeth. Even if you are getting veneers, you may need crowns or bonding treatments for your rear teeth, or simply to maximize your control over even the smallest aspects of your smile.
The dental crown is a cap that is custom designed to fit your tooth. It fits smoothly over the tooth that has structurally suffered as the result of damage or decay. It can also be used to alter the shape of your tooth if it is misshapen or discolored.
Porcelain crowns serve the dual purpose of being both restorative and cosmetic solutions. Teeth that have been chipped, cracked, or restored through root canal therapy can be reinforced and protected by porcelain crowns. Crowns can be made in any shape, size, and color needed. This makes them one of the best cosmetic solutions, for a range of concerns.
Porcelain crowns can provide you with the straight and even smile that you are hoping to achieve with cosmetic solutions.
When considering improving your smile, dental veneers are one of the most powerful options available. These are thin, often porcelain, shells that cover the front of your teeth. With veneers, you can control every element of your smile — you choose the hue, size, height, and shape of your teeth. Veneers require a big commitment. Getting them requires the underlying enamel to be filed down, which means there is no going back to your natural teeth after veneers.
Porcelain veneers are a great way to immediately transform the aesthetics of one or more teeth. Many get dental veneers on each of the teeth that are visible when they smile, to conceal minor gaps, discoloration, and other cosmetic concerns.
Dental veneers can also address minor issues with spacing and alignment. Dental veneers can be used to disguise minor alignment and spacing issues.
Botox is an injectable treatment, approved by the FDA. It is typically used to treat and reduce fine lines and wrinkles on the face. The smoother appearance you receive from receiving Botox restores your youthfulness as well as your confidence.
Botox can also be used for other reasons, including to treat temporomandibular jaw (TMJ) disorders, such as bruxism, which is clenching or grinding your teeth while you sleep. Botox treatments allow your jaw to relax, which can help reduce bruxism and the jaw pain, earaches, and headaches often associated with it.
Botox treatments only take about 20 minutes to complete. The botox is injected into your skin with a fine needle. Botox treatments last approximately three to four months before they need to be retreated.
Schedule Today with Your Cosmetic Dentists in Peachtree Corners, GA
There is nothing better for your smile, both aesthetically and functionally, than cosmetic dentistry procedures. If you are near the Peachtree Corners, GA area and interested in learning more about all of the treatments available that we offer as part of our cosmetic dentistry services, then give Southern Family Dental Care a call today at 470-410-9774!