Cosmetic Dentistry in Lake City, FL
Your smile is one of the most powerful external traits you possess. Smiling has been proven to make you happier, reduce stress, boost your immune system, and even help you live longer. A beautiful smile can also influence others, making you appear more likable, approachable, and friendly. With such a formidable tool at your disposal, why wouldn’t you want your smile to look its absolute best? That’s where cosmetic dentistry comes in.
Cosmetic dentistry treatments can transform your teeth, giving you the smile you’ve always wanted. At Aspire Dental Group, we offer several versatile and efficient procedures that address various cosmetic issues.
What Is Cosmetic Dentistry?
The field of cosmetic dentistry focuses on improving the appearance of your smile. Some perceive cosmetic dentistry as exclusively reserved for celebrities and movie stars, but at Aspire Dental Group, we believe that everyone should have access to affordable and effective treatments, including cosmetic procedures. Cosmetic dentistry is about feeling confident and boosting your self-esteem, in the same way a great haircut or favorite outfit helps you feel like your best self.
People who can benefit from cosmetic dentistry procedures are those who have:
- Discolored teeth
- Cracked or chipped teeth
- Gaps between their teeth
- Uneven teeth
- Misshapen teeth
Cosmetic dentistry procedures require a healthy oral foundation, free from issues such as cavities and gingivitis. Our team is here to assist you in addressing these concerns, ensuring your oral health is primed for a smile transformation.
Cosmetic Dentistry Services
At Aspire Dental Group in Lake City, FL, Dr. Harvey and Dr. McNair offer leading cosmetic services to improve your smile and boost your self-confidence.
Are you looking for that perfect red-carpet celebrity smile? Dental veneers are custom-made shells, often made from durable porcelain, that fit over the front surface of your teeth. They camouflage imperfections and are one of the most effective ways to quickly and dramatically transform your smile. Veneers can help conceal:
- Stains or discoloration
- Cracks and chips
- Misshapen or crooked teeth
Veneers usually require two visits and are a virtually pain-free way to upgrade your smile. What’s more, they allow you to control the look of your smile. We will collaborate with you to personalize the size, shape, and shade of your veneers.
It’s important to note that getting veneers is a non-reversible decision. We will need to remove a small amount of enamel to allow the veneers to adhere properly, and unlike other cell structures in the body, enamel does not regenerate. An advantage of veneers is that they are extremely durable and, with proper care, they can last 20 years or more.
At your first visit, Dr. Harvey or Dr. McNair will prepare your teeth by removing some enamel from each tooth receiving a veneer. Next, impressions of your teeth will be taken and forwarded to a dental laboratory, where skilled professionals will craft your personalized veneers with precision and expertise. In the meantime, you’ll receive a set of temporary veneers.
When your custom veneers are ready, you’ll return for a second appointment. We will carefully place the veneers, finalizing the procedure. In terms of aftercare, regular brushing and flossing will help keep your veneers in good condition, but it’s still important to limit tooth-staining offenders like coffee, red wine, and tobacco. Although porcelain veneers are virtually stain-resistant, your untreated teeth are still susceptible to staining.
Dental crowns are tooth-shaped caps designed to fit over damaged teeth. They restore the affected tooth’s appearance and protect it from further harm. Like many restorative procedures, tooth-colored crowns have an added cosmetic advantage, covering up imperfections and blending into your smile seamlessly. At Aspire Dental Group, we’ll make sure your crowns look natural and match the shade of your teeth.
One important feature of our practice is our in-house crown and bridge laboratory, where a full-time ceramist oversees the customization process from inception to completion. This streamlined approach not only expedites the delivery of your crowns and bridges but also offers cost savings.
When a tooth is missing completely or beyond repair, the best restoration option is often an artificial crown attached to a dental implant. Aspire Dental Group is a Mini Dental Implant Center of America, and Dr. Harvey and Dr. McNair specialize in mini dental implant solutions. The mini implant creates a stable base for the prosthetic crown, offering a natural look and feel as well as remarkable stability.
If your missing tooth comes between two healthy teeth, a dental bridge can “bridge” the gap between them. A traditional dental bridge connects to your existing teeth using dental crowns. Our on-site ceramist can construct your bridge quickly and affordably, ensuring this process is customized to best serve your needs.
When the existing teeth aren’t healthy enough to support a bridge, we can place mini dental implants as anchors instead. Rather than using crowns on each end of the bridge, an implant bridge attaches to dental implants to support the false teeth. Implant-supported bridges offer increased stability, durability, and versatility. Because the implant attaches directly to your jaw, it replaces the missing tooth root, maintaining bone and tissue density.
Like dental crowns, bridges restore function to the teeth and revamp the appearance of your smile.
The Mini Dental Implant Advantage
We often use mini dental implants for smile makeovers where missing or severely damaged teeth compromise functionality and smile aesthetics. Compared to traditional dental implants, mini implants offer exceptional advantages:
- Smaller size: Standard dental implants average 5 millimeters in diameter, but mini implants are less than 3 millimeters wide. This enables them to fit securely into narrow spaces, providing a viable option for patients with bone loss.
- Quicker placement: Many people require bone grafting before traditional implant placement. This, combined with the two-stage implantation process, makes the treatment timeline range from six months to a year. Fortunately, we can typically place mini implants and attach the prosthetic in a single visit, allowing you to walk out of your appointment with a brand-new smile.
- Faster recovery: Because mini dental implants are placed in a minimally invasive procedure, you can expect to heal quickly. Most people feel comfortable resuming their daily activities in 24-48 hours.
- Streamlined and durable design: Mini implants have a single-piece titanium design. This not only makes them less invasive but also exceptionally strong and resistant to bacteria accumulation.
- Cost-effective solution: Even with all of these advantages, mini implants are more cost-effective and affordable than traditional implants.
Beginning Your Cosmetic Dentistry Journey
The journey to realizing your best smile begins with a simple step—contacting Aspire Dental Group to arrange a consultation with Dr. Harvey or Dr. McNair. During this consultation, your medical history will be reviewed, and a comprehensive examination of your oral health will help us determine which cosmetic procedures best suit your specific needs.
At this visit, we’ll address the topic of cost, a common concern when patients are considering cosmetic dentistry solutions. At Aspire Dental Group, we are committed to assisting you in navigating dental insurance plans and ensuring you maximize your benefits. We also offer flexible financing options through companies like CareCredit and Proceed Financing, allowing you to tailor a payment plan that aligns with your financial needs.
Revitalize Your Smile
Cosmetic dentistry can help you revamp your smile and conceal flaws like chipped, stained, misaligned, or missing teeth. At Aspire Dental Group in Lake City, FL, we’re proud to offer the latest cosmetic dentistry services and techniques. With over 45 years of combined experience, you can trust Dr. Harvey and Dr. McNair to skillfully revitalize your smile. Their commitment to superior cosmetic dentistry and patient comfort promises an experience that not only enhances your smile’s radiance but also ensures your overall well-being and satisfaction.
Give your smile the upgrade you’ve always wanted at Aspire Dental Group. Contact us today to schedule your consultation and learn how cosmetic dentistry can transform your smile.