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 COSMETIC DENTISTRY

COSMETIC DENTISTRY
This can be anything done to correct imperfections in the appearance of the mouth. Anyone who is unhappy with their smile can have it fixed. The upper teeth show, usually, only when smiling, while the lower teeth remain hidden. This is reversed when talking, with the upper teeth remaining hidden while the lower teeth show. The color, alignment, spacing as well as regularity of the teeth are the characteristics that give the overall appearance. Any of these can be repaired to give a stunning look to the mouth.


We offer a wide variety of cosmetic options. Some of these options are whitening, smile design, recontouring of the shape of the teeth, veneers, bonding, and all ceramic/porcelain crowns.

WHITENING - INCLUDING Boost
This is the procedure of making teeth whiter, and therefore more attractive. Our office uses several methods: Boost, passive tray whitening, and professional strength white strips.

Boost is a revolutionary tooth whitening procedure. It's safe effective and fast, very fast. In just over an hour, your teeth will be dramatically whiter. The convenience of Boost in comparison to days of using strips or wearing trays makes it the perfect choice for the busy individual. The Boost Whitening procedure is simple. It begins with a short preparation to isolate your lips and gums. The clinician then applies the proprietary Boost whitening gel that is activated by mixing only no light needed like any other chaiside system out there. Teeth typically become at least six to ten shades whiter, sometimes more. A fluoride treatment completes the procedure. You'll be amazed with the results. In most cases, teeth get even whiter the first few days after the procedure. Trays with gel are recommended afterward for maximum whitening and maintenance.

The tray method involves having impressions taken from which laboratory fabricated custom vinyl trays are made. A carbamide peroxide gel is placed in these trays and the trays with gel are worn for about 3 hours, or overnight. The entire process takes 3-4 weeks of daily use. Three different strengths of gel may be used, however the higher the strength the greater the likelihood of reactions or tooth sensitivity. The tray method is recommended for badly stained teeth, such as tetracycline staining, and it may take several months of use to see significant color improvement. For maintenance of whitened teeth the trays should be used every several months.

The end results whether using trays at home or doing Boost is the same. The cost of the tray method is about half compared to Boost, and there is usually less post-treatment sensitivity.

Here is a video to view: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yavr44liHmA


VENEERS
Veneers are a dental procedure in which a covering is placed over the outside (visible area) of the tooth. Veneers are usually only done to the part of the teeth that are visible when talking or smiling. The procedure most of the time is done directly in a single visit.  There are two types of veneers, first being made of composite which has some color instability and wear fatigue over time; second is porcelain which does cost more but has longer lasting aesthetics and wear fatigue in comparison.

The advantage of veneers versus crowns is that much less tooth material is removed, and the procedure is generally less uncomfortable. Veneers are recommended for teeth that have large fillings or little tooth structure. 


SAME DAY MAKEOVERS

Patients can now get 6-12 crowns made in a single day, where you come in and have the teeth prepared, scanned, and within a few hours cemented in place.  Patients appreciate this versus having to wear temporaries for a few weeks. Note: Most patients are able to have this done, but there are a few that must come back few days later.  We will let you know at pretreatment visit if you are a good candidate.

 


 

102 Sea Island Parkway
Suite J
Ladys Island, SC 29907
O(843)271-6353
F(843) 379-0157
Sea Island Dentistry PC    |     102 Sea Island Parkway Suite J, Ladys Island, SC 29907    |     (843) 271-6353