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 865-290-1058. 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 865-290-1063 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 865-290-1056 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.
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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) 290-1060 and stopping at our office at 8912 Town and Country Circle, Suite #1.