Cosmetic Dentistry in Charlotte, NC
Your smile is one of your greatest assets as 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 options for cosmetic dentistry that can help you enhance your appearance.
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 appearance, and she can make treatment recommendations that will meet your needs.
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.
- Is there an affordable way to enahnce my smile?
- My teeth are crooked, what are my options?
- What are my options if I want to improve my smile with teeth whitening?
- Which procedures are included in a smile makeover?
- What are porcelain veneers?
- Do I have to have metal fillings if I have a cavity?
Teeth Whitening To Improve Your Smile
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 in short appointments at our office.
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 in order to protect 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 at our office so you can enjoy the freedom to update your look before your next special event or vacation.
Dr. Gentry can help you determine which system will best meet your needs.
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 even 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.
Porcelain Veneers and Crowns
If you have teeth that have suffered from larger fractures or need significant repairs, porcelain veneers or dental crowns may be the solution. Veneers are thin layers of porcelain designed to fit over your teeth and cover imperfections, while a crown replaces an entire tooth structure that has been fractured or damaged by decay.
Porcelain veneers allow your Charlotte cosmetic dentist to change the shape, shade, and size of your teeth, so you can completely redesign your smile. So if it’s a “Hollywood” smile you want to achieve, 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.
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 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 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.
Are you living with teeth that are crooked or overlap? 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 for the health of your jaw joint.
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 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 Dr. Gentry for your cosmetic consultation, she will perform an examination and discuss any concerns such as cavities or other treatment 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.
Are You Ready to Learn More? Contact Gentry Dental
Contact our Charlotte dental office today to learn more and to arrange a convenient time to meet with Dr. Gentry.