Your smile is one of the first things that people see. Cosmetic problems like tooth stains or damage can affect your confidence and even daily activities. If you want dental services that not only improve the look of your smile, but your oral health as well, visit Seaside Family and Cosmetic Dentistry.
We are committed to providing the highest standard of care when it comes to the aesthetics of your smile. Using high-quality materials and advanced techniques, Dr. Lauren Francis and Dr. Rawley Fuller offer cosmetic dentistry to patients in Hampstead, NC.
Cosmetic Dentistry in Hampstead, NC
Our cosmetic options offer aesthetically pleasing and long-lasting results to our patients:
Dental veneers cover the front of damaged and stained teeth. Our veneers are crafted from thin shells of porcelain ceramic, the same material we use for dental crowns. Patients who want long-lasting treatment for their cosmetic dental problems benefit from porcelain veneers. Veneers are durable, stain-resistant, and can be maintained like natural teeth.
A quicker and more economical alternative to dental veneers, tooth bonding uses biocompatible material that is shaped onto the teeth and cured with light and heat. We color-match bonding material to increase the brightness of patients’ smiles and help bonded teeth blend in with the natural enamel. Dental bonding works best on minor chips and cracks on teeth.
Professional teeth whitening treatment can brighten the tooth enamel by multiple shades. Whitening the teeth can improve patient confidence and motivate patients to maintain their results. Professional teeth whitening erases years of stains in just minutes. We repeat the whitening process for the level of whiteness that each patient desires. Our team helps patients create naturally white smiles in our dental office.
Did you know that you can get Botox at the dentist? Botox is a safe, FDA-approved treatment that can lessen the appearance of facial wrinkles and address painful symptoms of TMD. We inject Botox into the facial muscles, allowing them to relax. Relaxing the facial muscles can prevent painful headaches, jaw pain, and overall facial pain TMD patients can experience.
Cosmetic Dental FAQs
Our patients often have several remaining questions about our cosmetic dental treatments, including:
Can I whiten porcelain veneers?
No, we recommend that patients who want a brighter smile undergo whitening treatment before receiving porcelain veneers or dental bonding. Dental veneers can brighten the appearance of a smile. However, after many years, they can become discolored.
Call our office if you want to replace your veneers and we will help you get whiter and healthier teeth.
How does dental bonding compare to porcelain veneers?
Dental veneers and tooth bonding are both cosmetic treatments. Your dentist uses these treatments to address stained, broken, and damaged teeth. Although dental veneers may seem like a more costly treatment than bonding, we use quality porcelain. Porcelain veneers also provide longer-lasting results that do not require frequent repairs.
Tooth bonding offers a quicker treatment time and is best for chips and cracks in the enamel. Dental bonding is a more economical treatment than veneers.
How fast is Invisalign treatment?
Patients who follow our instructions and wear their aligners for 22 hours a day will begin seeing results within one month. Invisalign treatment has an average time of six to eighteen months. However, each patient is different. Your treatment time will depend on the severity of your orthodontic problems. Patients with only several crooked teeth will have a shorter treatment time than patients with more moderate cases of tooth misalignment.
How long does teeth whitening last?
The longevity of teeth whitening results can vary greatly from person to person. Teeth whitening treatments typically last anywhere from a few months to a year. It depends on how well you take care of your teeth. For instance, if you smoke or drink coffee regularly, your results may not last as long as someone who doesn’t engage in those habits. Likewise, if you develop good dental hygiene habits and avoid anything that could stain your teeth (like red wine or dark-colored foods), your results may last much longer.
Is it worth getting a teeth whitening procedure from a dentist?
Yes, it is worth it. A teeth whitening procedure from a dentist will give you better and faster results than over-the-counter products. A dentist will be able to assess your teeth and determine the best way to achieve the results that you are looking for.
How long do I need to wear an Invisalign tray?
Typically, you will need to wear the trays for between 22 and 24 hours per day for three to six months to achieve the best results. If you only have a few teeth that need correcting, you may only need to wear them for 8-10 hours per day. Consult with your dentist to find out what is best for you.
What is the difference between general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry?
While cosmetic dentistry deals with the overall aesthetics of teeth, general dentistry focuses on preventing and treating oral diseases. Understanding the difference between the two may help you distinguish what type of dentistry is best for your needs.
Schedule a Dental Appointment
Do you have minor chips or cracks in your teeth? Are you looking for an effective teeth whitening treatment? Call our Hampstead dental office for comprehensive dental solutions at 910-335-4392. You may also request a consultation with Dr. Francis and Dr. Fuller online. Let our team know if you have any more questions about cosmetic treatments and they will be happy to help you.