Home Teeth Whitening
For a brighter, more youthful smile, we provide convenient and highly effective Opalescence home teeth whitening. First, we will fabricate clear, comfortable trays, custom-made to fit your teeth. Then, at home, you will fill the trays with professional-strength whitening gel that we provide. You will wear the trays for two to four hours a day, depending on your doctor's instructions. Total treatment time will last between two and six weeks, based on the level of whitening you desire. You can simply discontinue treatment when your teeth reach the desired shade, and re-use your trays for touch-ups as needed.
Porcelain veneers are thin, custom-made shells that your doctor will permanently attach to the front surface of your teeth to instantly improve color, shape, size, and alignment. In the past, patients had to wear temporary veneers for a few weeks while their permanent veneers were fabricated at a dental lab. At Palmetto Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, we have eliminated this waiting period by implementing CEREC® CAD/CAM technology: our doctors can design, fabricate, and permanently affix custom-made veneers in just one visit.
Utilizing the same tooth-colored composite resin that we use for dental fillings, our dentists can also address chips, cracks, small gaps, and discoloration of the teeth with dental bonding. During this procedure, your doctor will apply composite resin to the front surface of a tooth to achieve the desired appearance. Composite resin is a durable dental plastic, mixed with tiny glass particles for a natural, semi-translucent appearance that mimics tooth enamel. Composite resin will be shaped, smoothed, and polished after it is applied, concealing a variety of minor cosmetic imperfections without altering any of the natural structures of the tooth.
Patients with a "gummy smile" may be dissatisfied with their appearance, as excess gum tissue can cause teeth to appear stubby and small. An asymmetrical gumline can also cause teeth to appear different sizes. At Palmetto Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, we are here to help you achieve a smile you are proud of. Our doctors employ a safe, precise, and minimally invasive soft tissue laser to reshape gums. The laser seals the gums as it removes excess tissue, eliminating the need for stitches. Patients generally experience few if any significant side effects, and very little down time.
Invisalign® offers a convenience and comfort never before possible with orthodontic therapy: a series of clear, custom-made, removable aligners that gently shift teeth toward their ideal position over the course of a nine to 18-month period. Gone are the days of traditional braces with metal brackets and wires, dietary restrictions, and years of treatment. Invisalign® is discreet, fast, and convenient, as you can remove the aligners when you eat, or for special occasions. You will wear each set of aligners for approximately two weeks before moving on to the next set. Every six weeks, you will come to our office for a quick checkup and pick up your next few sets of aligners.
If you need more than one cosmetic procedure to achieve a renewed, youthful, and vibrant smile, our doctors may suggest a smile makeover. After a consultation to discuss the cosmetic results you would like to achieve, the doctor will review your medical history and perform a thorough oral health exam. He will then work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that will deliver the smile you desire. Your smile makeover may include tooth-colored restorations, veneers, Invisalign®, gum contouring, dental bonding, teeth whitening, and other restorative or prosthetic procedures.