Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you, and Cornerstone Dental Arts is here to help you achieve a healthy and beautiful smile you will love!
How can I get get a healthy and beautiful smile?
The most important part of dental health is preventative care. A good at-home oral hygiene routine and regular dental checkups, cleanings and x-rays are vital to maintaining a healthy smile.
At home, you should brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day. Regular brushing and flossing prevent bacteria from growing and leading to painful and problematic gum disease. Keep a travel toothbrush and toothpaste plus floss in your purse or desk at work and make sure to get any stuck food out of your teeth between meals. When flossing, get between all your teeth and move the floss back and forth carefully. If you have a tough time reaching your back teeth with regular floss, try individual flossers. Many patients report that they have an easier time getting all their teeth flossed effectively with a flosser. When you brush your teeth, be sure to use a good toothpaste as recommended by your dentist. Use the amount as directed on the tube and brush all areas of your teeth and tongue. Don’t miss those hard to reach spots in the back! Spend at least two minutes brushing every nook and cranny of your mouth, and rinse with clean water when you’re done.
Even if you have an excellent at-home routine, you still need to see the dentist twice a year for a professional cleaning. When you come in for your dental checkup, we’ll do a deep cleaning and flossing, remove plaque and stubborn tartar, and take x-rays. You can also expect a head and neck exam for cavity detection and as a screening for oral cancer.
If you are still unsatisfied with your smile despite good oral hygiene, you can explore cosmetic dentistry. According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, there were over 3 million cosmetic dental patients in 2016 alone! If you think cosmetic dentistry might be for you, call us to set up a consultation. At Cornerstone Dental Arts, we offer multiple services that can take your smile to the next level!
As one of the most comprehensive cosmetic treatments available, porcelain veneers are a great option if you have multiple cosmetic flaws. They can straighten slightly misaligned teeth, fill in large gaps, fix small chips and cracks, and even instantly whiten your teeth.
Metal-Free Dental Crowns
If you have visible damage to one of your front teeth, the last thing you want is a solution that draws more attention to your mouth. For this situation, you want a solution that offers both restorative and cosmetic dentistry, and our metal-free dental crowns fit the bill! These all-porcelain crowns look and feel natural and can even restore all of your tooth’s lost strength.
A small chip or crack can have a surprisingly negative effect on your entire smile. With cosmetic bonding, you can have that fixed in an hour or less! Your dentist will apply a putty-like composite to your tooth and use it to sculpt away any imperfection. Once it looks exactly how you want it to, they harden it with a curing light. The results are immediate!
At Cornerstone Dental Arts, we offer multiple ways to get the bright white smile you’re looking for. If you want a quick fix, come in for KOR Teeth Whitening. With one in-office visit, we can eliminate years of deep stains and make your smile brighter than ever! If you prefer to whiten your teeth in the comfort of your own home, we can provide you with a customized Nite/Day At-Home Whitening Kit. It takes just two weeks to make your teeth look up to eight shades whiter.
Will insurance cover the cost of dentistry?
We know that affordable dental care is very important, which is why we at Cornerstone Dental Arts provide a number of convenient payment options to make achieving your best smile yet easier than ever. If you have any questions or concerns about the cost of your care, please let us know. We are always willing to work with you!
While we do not contract with any dental insurance, we are happy to submit claims to any insurance carrier.
If you do not have dental insurance, don’t worry! We are pleased to offer our exclusive Cornerstone Patient Loyalty Program. It provides all of the rewards of dental insurance without any of the hassle. There are no deductibles, no annual maximums, no exclusions, and no waiting period. With a small monthly membership fee, you’ll receive doctor exams, two cleanings per year, all the x-rays you may need, topical fluoride treatments, and even a 15% discount on any additional treatment.
You can’t deny the effects of a dazzling straight smile. Not only does it enhance your appearance and provide a boost to your self-esteem, but it may correct a variety of dental issues as well. However, as people will quickly realize, there is more than one option when it comes to achieving straight teeth. Here, we will discuss two of the most common options: traditional braces and Invisalign.
Understanding what each option is and what it can offer for your smile will help patients identify which solution may be right for them. Your smile is as unique as you are, and Cornerstone Dental Arts is dedicated to making sure the appropriate method is selected!
Understanding the Orthodontics Process
The orthodontics process starts with an initial evaluation. At this time, the orthodontist will examine your teeth and determine which steps should be taken to correct alignment. You may need additional x-rays and possibly teeth removal to make room for your new smile. No matter which course of action is chosen, patients should expect to have impressions made of their teeth. The patient’s age, condition of their teeth, and long-term goals are considered in order to determine the best course of action moving forward.
Why You Should See a Specialist
At Cornerstone Dental Arts, we want our patients to have the peace of mind they deserve. We are specialized in orthodontics, and we offer a background of experience focused specifically on this type of dental care. If you are considering your options for straight teeth, turn to the professionals you can count on. Specialists not only have years of experience, but they stay abreast of the latest technology and options, so you are sure to receive the best care possible.
Straight Teeth is More than a Cosmetic Issue
It’s certainly true that many people simply want their smile to look better. However, make no mistake that crooked teeth are more than just a cosmetic issue. Not only can improper alignment cause jaw pain and tension, but it could make it difficult to chew, smile, or speak.
Additionally, crooked teeth may make it harder to clean during brushing properly. Improper oral care can lead to a host of problems, including cavities, gingivitis, and other dental diseases.
Alignment issues may also create bad habits, such as grinding. Over time, the repetition of grinding can significantly wear down teeth and lead to the need for even more dental work down the line.
Not to mention, a crooked smile can wreak havoc on a person’s self-esteem. We often underestimate how much our smile matters in social situations. It can be especially difficult around the workplace, or even when communicating with our family and friends. If your smile is less than perfect, you may find yourself avoiding certain activities. If you want a better smile that can save your confidence and your health, then you’ll want to check out a couple of our straightening options!
When it comes to choices, traditional braces are usually what first comes to people’s minds. This method is well-known, trusted, and the most durable option out there. Modern metal braces options aren’t as noticeable, but they are just as reliable as the traditional braces from years past.
Generally, younger patients are offered traditional braces simply because they are cost-effective and can handle a certain level of neglect that is common with children. Special care should be given to cleaning around metal brackets and bands to ensure that the smile remains healthy throughout the treatment process. Children tend to appreciate the numerous vibrant rubber bands that allow them to customize their smiles a little bit more.
Invisalign is a terrific option for people who want a virtually invisible treatment plan. Adults and teens typically prefer this method because it is a less noticeable option that still yields incredible results. This method allows us to slowly transform the smile over time without the need for obvious metal braces, which may offer peace of mind to the hesitant patient.
The series of plastic metal trays slowly align the teeth allowing correction to occur in a series of weeks and months. Patients simply have to remove the trays when eating or brushing their teeth. Wear time varies based on the existing condition of the teeth. Typically, patients should expect to wear the trays for at least six months. Patients appreciate the subtle appearance and dramatic results!
Straight teeth can transform a person’s look and attitude. If you’ve noticed that your smile has impacted the way that you live, then perhaps you should consider orthodontic treatment.
At Cornerstone Dental Arts, we understand that each patient is unique and requires a customized approach. Fortunately, we offer a variety of orthodontic solutions to meet your needs. Contact us today to learn more at (865) 531-7117!
Everybody wants a straight, white smile. Not only can a flawless smile make you look more friendly and approachable, but it also gives you a self-esteem boost. If you’ve been suffering from a less than perfect smile, then it’s time to do something about it.
We understand that imperfections with your teeth can have a lasting impact on a person. That’s why we’re here to help! Let’s discuss teeth whitening options as well as a variety of additional services that can help you get back the smile that you deserve!
What Are the Options for Getting a White Smile?
At Cornerstone Dental Arts, we understand that a white smile can leave a lasting impression. That is why we offer KOR Teeth Whitening as an in-office treatment. In a single treatment, we can remove years of stains and blemishes so that your teeth look as white as possible.
However, if you prefer an in-home whitening system, we offer that as well. While the market may be saturated with take-home teeth-whitening systems, our system actually works. In as little as two weeks, your teeth could be up to eight shades brighter!
Deciding between the two options may take some time. Most people prefer to use the in-office treatment and then follow up with the in-home system as maintenance care.
What Are the Pros and Cons of Whitening?
Of course, as with any treatment, there are a few pros and cons that you should keep in mind.
The pros are:
- You will have a whiter and brighter smile
- It’s fast and convenient
- It’s affordable
The cons are:
- Some people experience teeth sensitivity
- Stains can come back without proper care
- You will have to do maintenance whitening treatments
Be sure to talk with your dentist about the pros and cons that may impact your exact situation. It’s always best to be as informed as possible when making dental decisions.
What is Cosmetic Dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry is a type of dentistry in which the procedures are done to enhance a person’s appearance. Many people elect a variety of cosmetic treatments in order to regain their confidence and look and feel their absolute best.
How Does Cosmetic Dentistry Go Beyond Aesthetics?
While it’s true that cosmetic dentistry can make a person look better, the treatments actually go far beyond that. Not only can it help with alignment issues, but it could also relieve some of the anxiety and stress that people may feel about their teeth.
What Are the Options?
Cosmetic dentistry includes a variety of options, including:
- Metal-free dental crowns: Metal crowns can look unsightly. If you have a chipped tooth (especially a visible one in front of your mouth), then a metal-free dental crown may be the right option for you.
- Whitening systems: Whether you choose the in-house treatment or opt for the take-home option, you are sure to feel much better about your
- smile once it is as white as can be!
- Porcelain veneers: Porcelain veneers look very similar to your natural teeth. In fact, nobody will know you’ve had work done just by looking at it!
Not only do these options correct a variety of problems, but they do so in a way that keeps a person’s appearance in mind.
Contact Cornerstone Dental Arts
Cosmetic dentistry may be the right option for you! If you are less than happy with your smile, then it’s time to talk to the professionals. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation. Our knowledgeable staff is there to answer your questions and provide the help you need to get the smile that you deserve. Give us a call at (865) 531-7117.
Sometimes, there is just a little something that you wish could be improved about your smile. Nothing major, just a simple fix that can be done quickly and effectively to transform your teeth slightly, but significantly, at least in your eyes. From a slight chip to that one tooth that always seemed a bit shorter than the rest, if we can fix it, you’ll feel so much better. And it’s all thanks to the wonders of cosmetic bonding, something we do to make your dental dreams come true.
Cosmetic bonding is a process we highly recommend at Cornerstone Dental Arts that works quite well in such a situation. This relatively quick and totally pain-free process is an excellent fixer-upper for spacing or small gaps between teeth you’d prefer were closed up, minor chips or cracks that have been bothering you, discoloration or dullness that doesn’t let you smile with that “mega-watt” shine, or slight crookedness that has always shaken up your confidence. Bonding is also useful for minimal reshaping or rebuilding when a veneer or denture is far more work than needed to achieve your goal.
The layered resin compound which makes up the bonding material will match your natural tooth color flawlessly and finely fill in those less than perfect places you have always wished looked better. When you do not need a total overhaul, something more basic, yet beautifying like bonding is the answer. Here is more information about cosmetic bonding, and why it may just be the dental solution you have been seeking. Suddenly, that slight crack will be history!
How is the Cosmetic Bonding Process Done?
The entire process is straightforward and comparatively simple when you consider other more major dental work one might require. First, we will gently roughen (etch) the surface of your tooth ever so slightly so the bonding material (in liquid form) can best adhere to the tooth. Once it fully hardens and sets in place, we will artfully and carefully shape or sand down the bonded area to perfection and polish it smoothly so it matches the natural tooth as far as shine and texture. The resulting appearance is completely natural. No one will know it’s not part of your natural tooth…unless you tell them.
The whole cosmetic bonding process can be done during one visit to the office since the bonding agent is formed to your tooth right here. There are no impressions of the teeth or bite to be taken and sent to a lab to create the bonding material. This process is far less involved than other procedures that require follow up visits until final results are accomplished. Bonding is looking better and better!
How Long Will the Bonding Work Last?
Bonding is quite durable, but it is not as strong as your natural teeth. The bonded areas can chip or break, so be extra careful if you tend to clench your teeth, while you are eating hard foods or candy, and definitely do not use your teeth as “tools” to open bottles and things of the sort. Additionally, the bonded areas may stain more readily than natural teeth, so pay attention to what you eat and drink, as well as smoking. That said, the results of cosmetic bonding last an average of 3-5 years, potentially many more when you practice good oral hygiene habits.
How Do I Care for My Bonded Tooth/Teeth?
Just like natural teeth, practicing good oral hygiene habits every day is a must. Brush and floss your teeth regularly, at least twice per day. And don’t forget to keep up with your regular dental exams here at Cornerstone Dental Arts. Essentially, treat the bonded teeth as you would your other teeth, just pay more attention to their color and connection to the tooth. If you see any staining or discoloration, before whitening on your own, see one of our dentists. The bonded area may not whiten the same as your natural tooth, so we will guide you through the process. Also, you may want to avoid consuming coffee, tea, wine, chocolate, and other foods and drinks known for staining. If you do choose to consume these items, brush completely to avoid allowing the stain to set in. If you believe you grind or clench your teeth at night, this can affect the bonded regions and how long they hold up. We may choose to fit you for a nighttime bite plate to help you with these conditions.
Are you ready for cosmetic bonding? Before long, your teeth will be more beautiful than ever, done simply and affordably. If you have any questions regarding bonding or want to schedule a consultation with a Cornerstone Dental Arts dentist, please give us a call at (865) 531-7117. We look forward to seeing you and perfecting your smile with the benefits of bonding.
How ‘bout a stunning smile to make your summer even brighter? Of course, a dazzling smile is a year-round reward, but why wait any longer when the perfect smile you have been longing for is no longer out of reach? With porcelain veneers, you can have a smile that you thought only movie stars could flash. They are so natural looking, feel and function like your real teeth, and will give your self-esteem a boost that you just won’t believe.
Whether you need a minor cosmetic change or something more significant, porcelain veneers will change your smile for the better. Our team of dentists are not only technically savvy, but artfully advanced to make every smile look simply stunning.
Read on for more information about porcelain veneers, why they could be the clear cosmetic choice for you, and what is involved in the process. You’re probably smiling already!
What Porcelain Veneers are Made of and How The Process Goes
Porcelain veneers are made of porcelain (obviously), but they are crafted into thin shells that look just like real teeth. There is no “one size fits all” when it comes to their creation – each “tooth” is custom-made to fit and feel fabulous for the patient who’ll be wearing them.
As for placement, it will be a two-visit process to our practice. During your first appointment at Cornerstone Dental Arts, we will prep your teeth by removing a very thin layer of the enamel. This won’t damage the teeth or cause discomfort, but it will allow for room for the porcelain veneers to be placed over top. You do not want the veneer to protrude unnaturally or look too thick, so this minor removal allows for these cosmetic concerns. Once the enamel is carefully removed, we will take impressions of your teeth which will be sent to the lab where the veneers will be designed. While they are being crafted, temporary veneers will be placed over your teeth in the interim.
Once the veneers are ready (a few weeks at most), you will return to the office for your second (and final) appointment. With a special adhesive process, we will attach them to your teeth for a strong hold that will last for many happy years with proper care (details on care below). They will function just like real teeth, but look so much better. Another perk? They won’t stain!
Who is a Good Candidate for Porcelain Veneers?
If you have any of the following situations with your smile that you’d like to correct, you may be a good candidate for porcelain veneers. Of course, talk to your dentist to determine if porcelain veneers will correct the condition to your satisfaction.
- Chipped teeth
- Cracked teeth
- Stained/dull teeth
- Slightly crooked teeth (too crooked may require orthodontic work)
- Broken teeth
- Teeth are too long or too short (or mismatched)
- Bite is off/misalignment
- Spaces/gaps between teeth
Some patients have a series of teeth that can benefit from the beauty of porcelain veneers while others only have a tooth or two that need work. Every patient has specific needs and desires, and the Cornerstone Dental Arts team is here to hear your goals and recommend a smile-improving solution.
Caring for Your Porcelain Veneers
Just like your natural teeth, teeth with veneers over top need to be taken care of properly. While they are super strong and durable, it does not mean they do not need good care to last to their full capacity. Here are some simple but important tips to follow to help keep your veneers in tip-top condition:
- Schedule (and keep) your dental cleaning exams. Your teeth need to be checked and cleaned, including your veneers. Plus, if they happen to chip or seem to be faulty in any way, we can figure that out right away before the issue leads to potential further damage. Twice a year is what is generally recommended in terms of regular oral exams.
- Do not clench or grind your teeth. This will wear away at the porcelain, not to mention the potential it has to affect your other teeth and jaw. If you think you may be clenching or grinding while you sleep, talk to your dentist about wearing a night guard at bedtime to prevent damage.
- Do not whiten your veneers. They will remain nearly flawless if you practice good oral hygiene habits. They will not whiten like natural teeth and can become discolored due to the bleaching agents in most whiteners.
- Brush and floss twice daily as you would regularly for excellent overall oral hygiene.
Are you ready to reveal a brand new smile? Porcelain veneers may be exactly what you need to smile like your favorite celeb. Give us a call at (865) 531-7117 for more information or to schedule a consultation with one of the Cornerstone Dental Arts dentists.
Invisalign clear braces have revolutionized the way orthodontics has taken shape. For those who have put off straightening their teeth because traditional braces were not what they were hoping for, this more appealing option is ideal.
We all know that traditional metal braces can get the job done well; plenty of people have worn them with great results. But the metal aesthetics and comparatively longer wear time is not necessarily what today’s savvy dental patient is seeking. Particularly for adults who are aiming for straighter teeth, a mouth full of metal is not exactly the look they are going for. Teens may see it as a “right of passage,” but after a certain age, the idea of reverting back to junior high isn’t on the top of their list. Not to say teens can’t benefit from Invisalign too, it’s just a mentality that comes with maturity that doesn’t involve metal.
So, let’s get into the ins and outs of Invisalign – why these clear braces are so amazing, how they work, and why here at Cornerstone Dental Arts, so many patients prefer this orthodontic alternative to traditional metal wire and bracket braces. Clear is the “cool” way to get teeth in tip-top form, perfecting smiles and creating better alignment that patients are proud to show off. Read on for more specifics and to learn if Invisalign is right for you.
How Do Invisalign Clear Braces Work?
First things first. Invisalign are not “braces” in the traditional sense that most people are used to. There are no wires or brackets, and they can even be removed by the wearer. Essentially, Invisalign is made up of a series of clear flexible plastic trays that fit snugly over the teeth and are replaced periodically as the teeth shift into the desired position over time. They are custom designed at the Invisalign lab, so each patient’s trays are unique for their orthodontic needs. Some people require more trays and others less, depending upon the severity of the spacing, crookedness, crowding, etc. They slip right over the teeth, feel comfortable, and are barely noticeable to others. What could be better?
When Can I Remove My Invisalign Clear Braces?
Ideally, you will keep your Invisalign clear braces on as much as possible during the day and while you sleep. They must be removed during eating and brushing/flossing. This periodic removal is another great perk Invisalign offers. Since they can be taken out during eating, there are no food restrictions like there are with traditional braces. Additionally, you can even whiten your teeth while using Invisalign.
Am I a Good Candidate for Invisalign Clear Braces?
When you come to the Cornerstone Dental Arts office for an orthodontic consultation, we will discuss your existing condition and see if these clear braces will work for you. Not everyone is an ideal candidate depending on the severity of the corrections required to achieve a stunning smile. Most patients can benefit from Invisalign, so hopefully you will fall into that category. We won’t know until we assess your smile, so make your appointment ASAP to find out.
How Long Will I Wear My Invisalign Clear Braces?
Every case is different, but one thing remains constant – on average, patients need to wear Invisalign for a significantly shorter period than required with traditional metal braces. Yet another bonus to these clear braces. This shorter time span for treatment until final results are seen makes wearing Invisalign so successful. And patients see the results as they move along with the process, observing the subtle shifting until the process is complete.
Pros of Invisalign Clear Braces Summed Up
· Clear – barely detectable
· Quicker results than traditional braces
· Removable for eating and hygiene
· Comfortable to wear
· No wires or brackets
· Simple in every sense
· Eat anything
· Clean teeth as usual
· Whiten if you wish while wearing
Are you seeking a straighter smile but traditional metal braces are simply not for you? Invisalign clear braces may be the answer you have been searching for to achieve the straighter smile you have been seeking. Come in to Cornerstone Dental Arts and your consultation will clue you in if you are a good patient for these creative clear aligners. One of our dentists will give you the scoop, get you started if Invisalign is right for you, and set you up for a smile you will be more than satisfied with. No more crooked, crowded, spaced-out, or otherwise unattractive teeth. And it can all be yours without unsightly metal braces. Invisalign is the clear answer. Come on in and let’s get things straight!
Contact Cornerstone Dental Arts at (865) 531-7117 to set up an appointment today. A member of our friendly front desk staff will answer any questions you may have and get you in as soon as possible. Your straighter smile is just around the corner at Cornerstone Dental Arts.
At Cornerstone Dental Arts, our professionals are here to help patients in the area of Knoxville, TN achieve a smile that makes them proud and confident. When misalignment is a concern, it is important for patients to speak to a dentist about the options available. However, many patients fear bringing up the misalignment of their smile due to concerns that they may be referred to an orthodontist for metal bracket and wire braces. With continued advances in today’s field of dentistry, patients can now reposition their smile without conventional braces and with a practically invisible alternative known as Invisalign braces.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a special method of repositioning the teeth without the use of brackets and wires. Our dentists, including Drs. Joe Griffin, Joshua Kimrey, Ben Stroud, and Michael Williams may offer Invisalign treatment to patients who have mild to moderate misalignment. From the starting point, Invisalign uses clear, medical-grade plastic trays custom-made for the patient. These trays are worn over the teeth and gently move them over several months. By the end of treatment, patients have a beautiful smile—without ever covering their dental arch with metal!
Who is a candidate?
The best patients for Invisalign braces are teenagers and adults who understand the importance of complying with their treatment. These patients may have mild to moderate misalignment. If patients are not a proper candidate for Invisalign, they are referred to an orthodontist that our team trusts. Invisalign can address:
- Crooked teeth
- Gapped teeth
- Overbite and underbite
- Turned teeth
- Overcrowding (sometimes with extractions prior)
How does Invisalign work?
When patients come into Cornerstone Dental Arts with an interest in a better aligned smile, our dentists will evaluate them and determine if they are proper candidates for Invisalign. If patients choose to move forward with Invisalign, digital impressions are taken of the smile’s current alignment. The dentist will digitally send these impressions to the Invisalign laboratory where a series of plastic trays is designed to bring the smile to proper alignment. When patients receive their trays, they will start wearing the first one at least 20 hours a day for two weeks. Then, they switch to the next tray in the series. They complete their treatment in this manner until the final tray is worn and the smile is transformed!
How do Invisalign braces compare with traditional orthodontics?
While some patients with more several misalignment may still be better suited for traditional braces, many of our patients are excited to find out that Invisalign might be right for their needs. There are many benefits to Invisalign orthodontics when compared with more conventional means:
- First and foremost, patients love the ability to reposition the teeth within the smile without having to cover their teeth with brackets and wires.
- Patients find it easier to maintain their oral health and wellness because the trays can be removed and the teeth brushed and flossed as normal.
- Patients can smile with confidence even while wearing their trays, knowing that their smile is changing each and every day.
- Keeping the trays clean is easy, and compliance with treatment ensures that the results desired are the results achieved.
How long does it take to complete the process?
Most patients who seek out Invisalign for smile alignment are excited to find out that they can transform their smile in around one year or less. Patients with more severe misalignment may need to use their trays for up to 18 months. The time needed to get the patient from start to finish with Invisalign trays is determined by the number of trays used. Each tray is worn for two weeks, so progression through the process is determined with this in mind.
Is Invisalign painful?
Absolutely not! While some patients may experience a day or two of mild discomfort when they switch to their next tray, most of our patients find this to be easily addressed with over-the-counter pain medications. Some don’t find it bothersome at all. The movement of the teeth happens in a very gradual manner, but these small changes occurring from tray-to-tray are what makes the treatment a solution for misalignment that our patients enjoy!
Ready to take charge of your smile’s alignment?
Malocclusion and misalignment can be improved with the use of Invisalign, a revolutionary alternative to more traditional braces. The team at Cornerstone Dental Arts of Knoxville, TN is here to help patients achieve the smile of their dreams with a discreet yet effective orthodontic solution. If you are interested in learning more about Invisalign, we welcome you to visit our practice by scheduling a consultation appointment with our team. Drs. Joe Griffin, Joshua Kimrey, Ben Stroud, and Michael Williams can be reached by calling (865) 531-7117 and stopping at our office at 8912 Town and Country Circle, Suite #1.