Cosmetic dentistry in Tennessee

It’s All in Your Smile: Cosmetic Dentistry

A smile can say a lot about someone. But some people can be self-conscious about their smiles because of discolored, chipped or crooked teeth. That’s where cosmetic dentistry can help. With whitening, bonding, and veneers, Dr. McGee can give you a perfect smile!

Dental Whitening: Your Path to a Brighter Smile

Whitening your teeth is the easiest and least expensive option available for restoring your white smile. With custom bleaching trays made during an office visit, patients can apply whitening gel directly to discolored or stained teeth at home at their convenience. This will create a brighter, whiter smile with little investment of time or money. 

Some considerations to consider when deciding on dental bleaching is that dental restorations such as tooth-colored fillings, porcelain crowns, and porcelain veneers do not whiten. You will need to discuss this with Dr. McGee before moving forward with a whitening plan. 

Whitening your teeth with bleaching trays should make your teeth 2-6 shades lighter depending on the type of staining. Most patients see a difference within a week to ten days of using the whitening trays. 

How Long Teeth Whitening Lasts

Longevity of the results varies depending on how much coffee or red wine you drink on a daily basis. If you should notice the need for more whitening, the good news is that the maintenance is a much shorter process than the initial teeth whitening procedure, and often only requires a few applications.  

Bond... Dental Bonding, That Is

Another great option for improving the appearance of your teeth when whitening cannot remove the stains and veneers or crowns are unnecessary is dental bonding. Cosmetic bonding is a simple, cost-effective and painless way to repair gaps in your teeth, chipped teeth or spots or stains that are unable to be removed with whitening trays. 

Dental bonding shapes the tooth without having to remove any of the tooth structure and rarely requires anesthesia. This process bonds a composite material to your tooth that looks, acts and feels like the real thing. Bonding is a simple, quick technique that gives immediate results and is less expensive than veneers. 

Veneers: Your Path to a Perfect Smile

Dental bonding isn’t always the best option for dealing with stains, gaps and crooked and chipped teeth. Veneers look more like your natural tooth, create a stronger, long-lasting bond with your tooth and do not stain like composite bonding.

Dr. McGee will discuss all the options for a whiter smile with you to help determine what the best treatment for you is. Once you have decided on the design of your new smile, treatment can begin. The veneer procedure involves two or more visits. During the first visit, Dr. McGee prepares the teeth to have veneers placed on them. Minimal reductions to the teeth are made to properly shape the teeth so that the teeth will not be too bulky once the veneers are placed and to help with specific smile corrections.

A mold of the prepared teeth is sent to a dental lab for fabrication of your custom veneers. Temporary veneers cover your teeth while your custom veneers are being made at the lab. The temporary veneers are esthetic, life-like, and often can reflect the final result once the custom veneers are placed.

Once the custom porcelain veneers arrive from the lab, you would return for a visit to have them placed on your teeth. At this visit, you will have the opportunity to see how your custom veneers look on your teeth. You can evaluate the shape, size, and color and decide whether you like them or wish to have changes made. Once you have approved the custom porcelain veneers, Dr. McGee will use a special dental bonding cement to adhere them to your teeth. If you decide that you would like changes to the veneers to be made, they can be sent back to the lab for further customization.