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Let’s Take a Look at Cosmetic Dentistry

A woman smiling with white, healthy teeth

Cosmetic dentistry, which is sometimes referred to as aesthetic dentistry, attempts to enhance patients’ appearances by modifying or correcting visible flaws in their teeth. 

To define cosmetic dentistry is a little tricky. In some ways, most of what we do has an element of aesthetic benefit. Implants, for example, greatly improve a smile even though their functional purpose is to provide support for the other teeth and bring structural integrity to the mouth, among other purposes. Looking at it from another direction, some cosmetic dentistry procedures like teeth whitening have significant side benefits. For instance, proper, professional teeth whitening kills germs that cause tooth decay and also encourages people to take better care of their teeth, which boosts their overall oral health. 

Much of what people consider to be elective, cosmetic dentistry are procedures we provide. To meet the needs of our patients, we offer many excellent services, such as GLO teeth whitening, veneers, implants, inlays and onlays, and natural looking crowns and fillings.

Carolina Family Dental uses GLO teeth whitening products like GLO In-Office Whitening, GLO Professional Take-Home Whitening Kit, and GLO Vials - Pro Strength. We are a certified GLO Science dental practice and we’d love a chance to explain to you what that is and how it can work for you. 

Porcelain veneers are an excellent choice for a patient who wants to avoid getting a full crown or maybe has discolored, broken, or chipped teeth. A veneer bonds with a natural tooth to give a durable, more affordable alternative to crowns or a lifetime of covering a bad smile. 

An implant replaces a tooth. This aesthetic dentistry treatment is an excellent option for a patient who needs to fill in for a missing tooth. Not only does this greatly improve the smile, but it adds structural integrity and regains some of the lost functionality of natural tooth. 

When a full crown is not needed or desired, Inlays and Onlays serve as a convenient compromise. In between a filling and a crown in both size and intrusiveness, these procedures allow a patient to retain an otherwise healthy tooth yet still repair and protect the tooth from damage.

Since metal fillings and crowns are not most people’s dream for their smile, thankfully technology has provided great alternatives. Instead of metal, patients often pick the less noticeable option of natural colored fillings and crowns.

We have many goals here at Carolina Family Dental. We want you to be healthy, comfortable, welcomed, and, of course, confident in your looks. We love, love smiles and we want you to love yours, too. Contact us if you’re ready for cosmetic dentistry. We’ll give you a consultation and offer our suggestions and services based on your desires and our many years of experience. We want you to have the best smile possible! It’s sort of our jam!