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Adam Spriggs DDS & Kate Dolin DDS

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Cosmetic Dentistry

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Cosmetic Dentistry

cosmetic dentistry | durham nc | the smile shopCosmetic Dentistry Options at The Smile Shop

It’s not uncommon for adults to have cosmetic issues with their teeth. If your jaw is misaligned, your teeth might move or become chipped or worn down. If you had braces previously, your teeth can shift for a variety of reasons, causing gaps between teeth, overlapped teeth, and crooked teeth. The good news is that cosmetic dentistry in Durham, NC can help you feel good about your smile again!

Here are a few common dental problems and how cosmetic dentists fix them:

Chipped, gapped, or irregularly shaped teeth. Composite buildups (or bonding) are a versatile way to fix teeth that are not uniform or teeth that are damaged. Porcelain veneers - thin shell-like covers for teeth - are another option for a flawless-looking smile.

Discolored or stained teeth. Professional teeth whitening is one of the easiest, most cost-effective ways to brighten your smile. If your teeth are too deeply stained to benefit from teeth whitening, porcelain veneers or dental crowns can help.

Damaged or treated teeth. If a tooth is damaged or needs a root canal, a dental crown can restore the tooth to function and look normal. This “cap” encases the tooth and closely matches other teeth in appearance.

Misaligned teeth. If you dream of having your teeth straightened, “invisible” braces and clear aligners such as Invisalign work well for busy adults.

cosmetic dentistry | smile makeover | durham ncGet the Smile You Want with Cosmetic Dentistry

If you are unhappy with the esthetics of your smile, the first step is to make an appointment with Dr. Dolin or Dr. Spriggs with The Smile Shop. Like every person is unique, so are your smiles and teeth. At the consult, we will complete a comprehensive exam to evaluate every aspect of your smile and go over all the options to give you the smile you’ve been dreaming of!

Composite bonding
White composite fillings material can be used to improve the shape of your teeth. Most commonly it is used to fix small chips in your teeth or close gaps between your teeth. Composite bonding is the most conservative option because little to no tooth structure needs to be removed. 

Veneers are thin porcelain partial crowns that are customized to your teeth and cemented onto your tooth. Veneers are great to improve not only the shape of your teeth but also the color.

Crowns, sometimes referred to as caps, go all the way around your tooth. Teeth that have had sufficient decay or trauma may benefit from crowns due to their strength. Your smile and teeth can be designed to the perfect shape and color and greatly improved esthetically. 

Orthodontics, also known as Braces
Straightening your teeth to a more optimal position can help the esthetics of your smile tremendously. Braces can be performed with traditional metal form brackets or clear Invisalign retainers. Orthodontic treatment is an option that would take the longest to achieve but would be very conservative and long-lasting.  

We have plenty of options to improve the shape of your teeth and overall the happiness you have with your smile. Please contact our Durham, NC office today to make an appointment. We look forward to improving your smile

Cosmetic Dentistry at The Smile Shop

Many dental procedures improve the appearance of your teeth as a secondary benefit. For example, a crown for a chipped, decayed tooth may enhance your smile when the crown is right cosmetic dentistry | morrisville ncin front. Tooth-colored composite fillings also restore teeth while preserving a natural look. However, with cosmetic dentistry, the sole purpose is to fix teeth and gum imperfections.

Whether you’d like to fix a single crooked tooth or transform your entire smile, you can turn to cosmetic dentistry in Durham, NC, for solutions. Here are a few problems cosmetic dentistry can fix:

  • Discolored or stained teeth
  • Teeth that are shorter or smaller than the others
  • Irregularly shaped teeth
  • Teeth with gaps between them or missing teeth
  • Chipped or cracked teeth
  • Misaligned teeth

Cosmetic dentistry options such as veneers, teeth whitening, orthodontics, and dental bonding can help you feel confident about your smile again. Some treatments also can strengthen your teeth and make them more functional at the same time, such as crowns and dental implants.

As advances in modern dental technology have made a perfect smile possible, cosmetic dentistry has become increasingly popular in the United States. Call us today to learn how to take your smile to the next level!

Teeth Whitening Options in Durham, NC

Teeth can become stained for multiple different reasons. Bleaching can be a great option to brighten up your smile!

teeth whitening | durham Over the counter white strips – Most people have seen bleaching strips available at their local pharmacy or grocery store. These aren’t custom fabricated for your mouth and can lead to gum irritation from excess bleach.

Custom trays for take-home whitening – With this option, impressions are taken of your teeth so we can fabricate bleaching trays customized for your smile. This way, we can better control the bleaching agent to only contact the teeth and less of the surrounding gum tissue.

In-office booster whitening – If you want whiter teeth and don’t want to wait for results, in-office whitening could be a good option. Results are typically noticeable after just one visit.

Individual tooth whitening – We can often whiten only a single tooth. A single tooth could become discolored due to trauma that resulted in a root canal. We have bleach specifically designed to work on individual, root canaled teeth.

No one option is best for everyone. Our team is knowledgeable about the various options available. If you are interested in a brighter smile, please don’t hesitate to ask us for more information!

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