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Love Your Smile Again

Filed under: Cosmetic Dentist Brittany Speed @ 8:00 am

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!

Porcelain Veneers

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. 

Cosmetic Bonding

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!

Teeth Whitening

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.

Achieve the White Smile of Your Dreams

Filed under: Cosmetic Dentist Brittany Speed @ 8:00 am

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.

CEREC Crowns – One Day Crowns

Filed under: Cerec Crowns,Cosmetic Dentist,Knoxville Dentist Brittany Speed @ 12:11 pm

If you have never heard of a CEREC Crown or One Day Crown, Cornerstone Dental is happy to introduce you.

If you have found that you need a crown, your previous experience (or what you may have heard) is that you would need two appointments – one for preparation and placement of a temporary crown and one for placement of the permanent crown.  However, with CEREC®, that is not the case.

What is a crown?

A crown is essentially a tooth-shaped protective dental cap that restores a tooth’s shape, size, strength and appearance, and fully encases the visible portion of the tooth that lies at or above the gum line.   (more…)