Transformative Cosmetic Dentistry in Mt. Holly
In recent years, more and more patients are investing in cosmetic dentistry. Research shows this investment may be wise since employment polls indicate that patients with attractive smiles are more likely to be hired for a new job or promoted. In addition to the possible professional and personal benefits of having an attractive smile, dental studies show that patients who are proud of their smiles are more likely to take care of their oral health. Whether you’re looking to brighten, straighten, or otherwise perfect your smile, we offer a variety of cosmetic dentistry solutions to help you achieve your goals. Contact Mt. Holly Family Dentistry to schedule your cosmetic dentistry consultation today.
You’ve seen it on the Extreme Makeover TV show. Those ugly ducklings turned into swans. We’ve been doing smile makeovers for many years, and I can tell you that there can be amazing transformations. Unattractive teeth be turned into beautiful, brilliant smiles, but the changes go far beyond teeth. Our patients tell us heartwarming stories about their increased self-confidence and comfort in social situations. People, who have always hid their smile behind their hand or simply didn’t smile, now smile all the time. The lack of self-consciousness and higher self-esteem can be a life enhancing change.
With computer imaging, we can show you what your new smile will look like before we begin. In this way, you can actually help design your smile. It only takes a few minutes to take the photos, and we do offer a complimentary consultation.
Porcelain veneers are cosmetic restorations that attach to the front surfaces of teeth quickly and effectively concealing any number of chips, cracks, gaps, and stains. In the past, a large amount of surface enamel needed to be removed to prepare the tooth to receive the restoration. Innovations in the technology used to craft veneers and the materials they’re made from make today’s porcelain veneers are extremely thin, .2 mm or about the thickness of a fingernail. Despite the thinness of the veneers, they are still very durable lasting for more than a decade with proper care. The process is simple. We may need to remove a minimal amount of enamel from the surface of teeth to ensure the veneer blends into the natural smile line. Then, we capture impressions of the prepared teeth that are used to craft the custom veneer, and we place a temporary veneer to allow the patient to get used to the look and feel. Once we receive the final restoration, patients return to our office to exchange the temporary for the custom porcelain veneer, transforming even the most flawed teeth into picture-perfect smiles.
Many patients want to brighten their smiles. You’ve likely seen the commercials promoting countless over the counter whitening toothpastes, mouthwashes, strips, gels, and more, and after trying these products, patients often come to us with one question, “Does professional teeth whitening actually work?” The answer is simple – yes. The primary difference between whitening on your own and working with our team is that dentists know when patients’ teeth will respond to whitening, and we won’t recommend this procedure unless we know you’re a good candidate. At Mt. Holly Family Dentistry, we’re happy to offer both in-office and take-home teeth whitening kits that deliver smiles up to ten shades brighter over the course of treatment.
All whitening products rely on essentially the same method – oxidation. You may be familiar with oxidation from science class, and typically, the effects are seen as negative. Rust, rotting foods, and aging skin are all examples of oxidation. However, when it comes to teeth, oxidation is a good thing. Most whiteners use hydrogen or carbamide peroxide as the active whitening agent, and these products work by creating bubbles of oxygen that surround the molecules that stain teeth, destroying the bond between stains and tooth enamel.
Over the counter whitening products are less effective for two reasons. First, the dosage of peroxide is too low to be effective. These doses are regulated with patients’ safety in mind. Higher doses like those available from our team can cause damage to soft tissue and other concerns. Thus, supervision by a trained dental professional is necessary. Second, the application methods do not adequately prevent saliva from accessing the teeth. Saliva neutralizes the oxidizing effects of peroxide, rendering the entire whitening treatment ineffective.
Our treatment options use higher doses of hydrogen or carbamide peroxide, and for those patients who choose to whiten at home, we provide custom crafted application trays that keep the whitening agent on the surface of their teeth, preventing possible damage to soft tissue and sealing out neutralizing saliva.
Digital Smile Design
Have you ever looked at your smile and wondered what it would look like if it was brighter, straighter, the gaps between teeth were smaller, or any number of other changes? You’re not alone. Many patients visit our office for cosmetic dentistry consultations who want to transform their smiles, but they just don’t know where to begin. At Mt. Holly Family Dentistry, we use digital smile design to offer patients a preview of what their smile could look like with any number of changes. We can demonstrate the results of whitening, porcelain veneers, tooth replacement, and any number of other restorative or cosmetic treatment options.
We use a simple process known as digital smile design to offer patients the opportunity to view the possible results of any number of cosmetic services before ever beginning the treatment process. We start by taking pictures of patients smiling. Next, we use a special computer software to apply various treatment options for patients to preview. Some patients know right away which service is right for them, but there’s no rush. We’re happy to provide copies of the images for patients to take home, share with friends and family, and get feedback on. Our goal is to ensure every patient feels 100% confident in the treatments they select, and giving patients the opportunity to preview possible results has proven to be a great way to ensure they fully understand their treatment options and potential results.