What is Cosmetic Dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry is dentistry aimed at creating a positive change to your teeth and to your smile. Most think of tooth whitening or veneers when cosmetic dentistry comes to mind, but a cosmetic dentist can provide much more.
A skilled, experienced cosmetic dentist can help to improve your appearance, your smile, even your self-esteem, and confidence. Today, cosmetic dentistry has continued to evolve to where cosmetic dentists can address functional and esthetic patient concerns. Learn more about the benefits of cosmetic dentistry.
Your First Appointment
While we all feel we know a beautiful smile when we see one, there is no perfect smile. That’s because each person has a different perception of what is beautiful; you and your cosmetic dentist may even have a difference of opinion. So it’s important that you discover what you really like and then communicate that to your dentist. Learn more about what you should know before your first appointment.
There have been great advances in materials used in the field of dentistry in the past few years, with crowns and bridges improving by leaps and bounds. Learn more about dental materials.
Giving You Something to Smile About
No matter how much you brush, floss and take care of your teeth you may still be unhappy with the appearance of your smile. Over time, you may notice the teeth become a yellow shade or start to look worn. Or perhaps you have chipped or cracked teeth that you want repaired. Fortunately, Dr. Ruth Bailey offers a wide range of cosmetic dentistry procedures to her Knoxville, Tennessee patients. Dr. Bailey brings a wealth of experience performing cosmetic treatments and can transform your smile into something you can be proud of.
The goal of our practice is to provide you with exceptional dental care services in a warm, comfortable environment. We take the time to get to know you and understand your aesthetic concerns. Dr. Bailey recommends treatments that will give you a smile that is not only beautiful but all your own. To learn more about cosmetic dentistry contact our Knoxville dental practice today.
Porcelain veneers are an excellent way to correct the appearance of cracked, chipped, broken, badly discolored, misshapen, widely spaced, or uneven teeth. A thin, translucent shell is custom-crafted to fit each flawed tooth, and then placed onto the tooth’s surface, concealing imperfections. The entire process is completed within two office visits. Dr. Bailey begins by examining the teeth and gums, and designing a plan for achieving a picture-perfect smile. Porcelain veneers are strong and durable, and are a long-lasting treatment solution.
Composite bonding material is an enamel-like substance that is commonly used to fill dental cavities. The bonding material can also be used to correct the appearance of chipped, cracked, widely spaced, or discolored teeth. The composite bonding is color-matched to your teeth for an inconspicuous, natural look. Many individuals choose to have old silver amalgam fillings replaced with the tooth-colored dental filling as well. The substance is sculpted and then hardened using a special light. Dr. Bailey then buffs the filling material so it looks and feels just like the natural tooth.
Teeth whitening is one of the simplest, yet most effective cosmetic treatments available. Many individuals experience discoloration or staining caused by age, certain medications, or excessive coffee, tea, soda, or wine consumption. With just one Zoom!® in-office teeth whitening treatment, you can leave our practice with a smile that is up to eight shades whiter. The extra-strength bleaching gel coats the teeth, and is activated by a special dental light that is applied to the teeth for approximately 45 minutes. A take-home whitening kit is also available to patients to maintain the brilliant results for a long time.
Laser gum contouring is often used to correct smiles that are too “gummy,” or smiles that suffer from excessive gum tissue. Dr. Bailey utilizes an advanced laser system that contours the gums to achieve a more balanced smile. Laser gum contouring is also used to correct an uneven gum line. The procedure typically lasts up to one hour and is relatively pain free, as an anesthetic is administered first. Dr. Bailey is experienced in producing successful results for her patients.
AcceleDent Faster Orthodontic Treatment to Straighten Teeth
AcceleDent® Aura is an orthodontic device designed to work along with conventional orthodontic treatment to accelerate tooth movement. It was clinically proven to move teeth up to 50% faster in a U.S. clinical trial.
AcceleDent is a hands-free device, used daily for a recommended 20 minutes, during which patients can simultaneously carry out routine tasks, such as reading, watching TV, texting, or using a computer or tablet. Its exclusive SoftPulse Technology™, which generates small vibrations (or micropulses), has been reported to make the orthodontic treatment not only faster, but also more comfortable.
Contact us to talk about whether AcceleDent might be a good option for you.