Cosmetic Dentistry in Charlotte, NC
Your smile is one of your greatest assets, and it’s one of the first things people notice when they meet you. If it makes the right impression, it has the power to take you to the next level in your personal and professional relationships.
What do your teeth say about you?
If you’re not satisfied with the appearance of your smile or the impression that it makes, there are a number of cosmetic dentistry options available in our Charlotte, NC dental office.
Dr. Gentry has had numerous hours of advanced training in the field of cosmetic dentistry, and she understands that it takes both skill and artistry to create dazzling smiles. The first place to start on your cosmetic dentistry journey is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Gentry where you can discuss your goals and desires for your smile, and she can make treatment recommendations that will meet your needs.
If you’re considering cosmetic dentistry, contact our Charlotte, NC dental office today at 704-554-1007.
You might be surprised to learn that there are many cosmetic dentistry options that will help you achieve the look you’ve always wanted. Here are some common questions we hear about cosmetic dental services and their answers.
- What are my options if I want to improve my smile with teeth whitening?
- What is cosmetic dental bonding?
- What are porcelain veneers?
- Do I have to have metal fillings if I have a cavity?
- My teeth are crooked. What are my options?
- What is a smile makeover?
- When is the best time for cosmetic dentistry?
What are my options if I want to improve my smile with teeth whitening?
One of the easiest ways to update your smile is with teeth whitening, and we have great options for you at Gentry Dental. We offer two options for in-office whitening, which will deliver amazing results with short appointments!
We also offer take-home whitening trays, which are a great option for patients who want the opportunity to whiten their teeth at home whenever they like. We’ll create custom fitting trays, determine which strength whitening gel is best for you, and show you how to properly apply the gel to your trays. Proper application protects your gums and soft tissues from excess gel. Then you’ll head home to whiten at your leisure, and you’ll enjoy your whiter, brighter smile in approximately two weeks.
We also sell additional whitening gel in our office so you can enjoy the freedom to update your look before your next special event or vacation.
Dr. Gentry or our dental hygienist can help you determine which system will best meet your needs.
What is cosmetic dental bonding?
It is normal for your teeth to suffer some wear and tear over the years. Eating certain foods and other daily lifestyle choices you make can cause minor fractures, chipping, and discoloration to your teeth. And these small issues can cause you to feel self-conscious about your smile. Sometimes all your teeth need to make a huge impact on your smile are some quick updates and repairs. We can often achieve this with cosmetic bonding.
Bonding utilizes the same material used for dental fillings, which is composite resin. Composite bonds directly to your teeth and is shaped to complement your smile. It is a procedure that is non-invasive, quick, and effective that Dr. Gentry typically completes in one short visit. Bonding also tends to be less expensive than other cosmetic treatments, so it is an affordable way to achieve the look you desire.
With excellent home care and regular dental checkups, you can make the most of your bonding, which can sometimes last for ten to twelve years.
What are porcelain veneers?
If you have teeth with small fractures, discoloration or minor gaps in between, porcelain veneers may be the solution. Porcelain veneers are thin porcelain shells designed to fit the fronts of your teeth and cover imperfections.
Porcelain veneers allow our top Charlotte cosmetic dentist to change the shape, shade, and size of your teeth, so you can completely redesign your smile. In other words, if it’s a “Hollywood” smile you want to achieve, porcelain veneers may be the best solution.
Dr. Gentry utilizes CEREC technology, which makes achieving your dream smile fast and effective, as most restorations such as crowns and veneers require only one appointment.
Do I have to have metal fillings if I have a cavity?
Most of us will suffer from tooth decay or a cavity and have the need for a dental filling at some point in our lives; the good news is that we no longer have to live with the unsightly look of metal amalgam fillings. Composite resin is now the material of choice for dental fillings. Besides its more aesthetically pleasing appearance, it offers numerous other benefits for patients:
- Composite resin is easy to work with and can also be used for cosmetic bonding.
- It’s durable and can potentially last for many years with the right home care.
- It’s tooth-colored and custom blended to match your existing teeth, so no one will notice your dental work.
- Composite resin also requires less natural tooth structure to be removed than amalgam fillings, which allows Dr. Gentry to keep your smile intact and maintain as much of your natural tooth as possible.
My teeth are crooked. What are my options?
Are you living with teeth that are crooked or overlapping? Perhaps you never had the orthodontic treatment you needed as an adolescent, or maybe you were careless about wearing your retainer when you had previous orthodontic treatment.
Whatever the case may be, it is embarrassing living with teeth that are misaligned, and it also affects your oral health. When your teeth overlap, it is harder to keep them clean with your regular brushing and flossing routine, increasing your risk for developing issues such as tooth decay or gum disease. Crooked teeth also affect the alignment of your bite, which can cause problems with the health of your jaw.
Dr. Gentry offers solutions for aligning your teeth with Invisalign and Six-Month Smiles. Invisalign uses a clear aligner system that is virtually invisible, while Six-Months Smiles focuses on your front six to eight teeth and uses clear brackets and wires to move those teeth.
Both of these systems offer efficiency and discretion; treatment takes only a matter of months so you don’t have to wait too long to enjoy your beautiful new smile. Both systems also focus on discretion for adults who don’t want orthodontic treatment to interfere with their lives.
As a certified provider, Dr. Gentry can determine which orthodontic system will best suit your needs and lifestyle and guide you through the process from start to finish.
What is a smile makeover?
If most or all of your teeth need repair, look no further than Dr. Gentry. She can customize a plan for your specific needs that may include dental crowns, porcelain veneers, dental implants, or invisible braces. Because we offer so many treatment and procedure options, Dr. Gentry can create the aesthetics you want for your smile while also restoring function to your teeth and bite.
Since smile makeovers often involve multiple treatment procedures, your treatment plan can sometimes be split into phases making it more convenient and cost-effective to fit your smile enhancements comfortably into your budget and busy schedule.
When is the best time for cosmetic dentistry?
In order to achieve the best outcome for your new smile, it is important to complete the basics such as a thorough cleaning to ensure that your gums and teeth are healthy and able to support the cosmetic treatments you desire.
When you meet with our Charlotte NC cosmetic dentist for your cosmetic consultation, she will perform an examination and discuss any concerns such as cavities or other treatments that should be completed prior to starting cosmetic dentistry.
Taking care of these types of concerns first builds a stable foundation for the treatment that will help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted.
In many cases, restorative and cosmetic dentistry go hand in hand, especially for smile makeovers. Restoring your teeth back to optimum health will often also give you the aesthetics you want. Dr. Gentry will craft a plan for you that will not only help you reach your goals for the appearance of your smile, but also help you achieve exceptional oral health in our Charlotte, NC dental office