Cosmetic Dentistry in Charleston, SC

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Do you feel self-conscious about your smile when you meet new people? Do you find yourself hiding your teeth in photos? When you're not satisfied with the appearance of your teeth, it can affect your interactions with other people and may give them the wrong impression.

The good news is there are lots of great options for restoring your smile with cosmetic dentistry in Charleston, whether you're dealing with crooked, discolored, or broken teeth. At James Island Dental Associates, we can create a gorgeous smile by teeth whitening, bonding, veneering, crowning, or straightening teeth. In some cases, we may even use a combination of these procedures.

Dr. Thomas and Dr. Weir enjoy creating wonderful, natural-looking smiles and will carefully evaluate your needs. They will listen to your needs and discuss what you like or dislike about your smile so that they can make the right recommendation for your lifestyle and budget.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Professional Teeth Whitening Treatments

Dental bonding

Porcelain Crowns and Veneers

Teeth Straightening

What cosmetic dental services do you offer?

At James Island Dental Associates, we offer a wide range of cosmetic dental services designed to meet our patient's needs, such as:

  • Porcelain veneers and crowns
  • Tooth-colored fillings
  • Dental implants
  • Complete dental makeovers
  • Teeth straightening
  • Dental bonding
  • Professional teeth whitening

Is cosmetic dentistry expensive?

Cosmetic dentistry is no longer for only the rich and famous! In fact, your Charleston dentist offers a wide range of cosmetic dental treatments, and we can tailor a personalized treatment plan to fit almost any budget.

What are my options for teeth whitening?

Couple from above | Charleston SC DentistIf your teeth are stained or discolored, Dr. Weir or Dr. Thomas usually recommend teeth whitening first, because this is the most conservative treatment for an enhanced smile. We can perform teeth whitening or bleaching in the office or we can give you at-home, customized trays. We take impressions to make whitening trays that are an exact fit for your mouth. Upon delivery of the trays, we will give you professional bleaching gel along with instructions on how to safely use your trays.

Typically, teeth whitening takes about two weeks to achieve optimal results. Each patient is different, so results vary, but usually, you will see your teeth get three to four shades lighter.

Why should I choose professional teeth whitening?

Choosing to whiten your teeth at James Island Dental Associates will ensure that you achieve the best results in the safest manner. Customized whitening trays protect your gums and soft tissues from any excess whitening gel that could cause discomfort. Dr. Weir and Dr. Thomas are also available with suggestions if you should experience any issues with sensitivity, which ensures that you have the best experience with teeth whitening in Charleston.

What is dental bonding?

Dental bonding is one of the most widely used methods for creating an aesthetic and harmonious smile. This less expensive alternative to porcelain veneers can also correct discolored, oddly positioned, chipped, or misshapen teeth. The process of dental bonding involves roughening the enamel surface and placing tooth-colored resin in the affected areas. Once polished, cosmetic bonding can give a wonderful result and blend flawlessly with your smile. 

What are the advantages of choosing dental bonding?

While dental bonding and porcelain veneers can repair many of the same issues, there are differences between the two treatments. We can perform cosmetic bonding in our dental office, so there is no temporary phase. Dental bonding is also less expensive than porcelain veneers. Bonding is a great way to make cost-effective improvements to your smile. 

What is a porcelain veneer?

Porcelain veneers in Charleston are a popular way to get that Hollywood smile you've been dreaming about! Veneers help mask discolored teeth, repair chips or fractures, or restoring Porcelain dental crowns | Dentist Charleston SCmisshapen teeth. Teeth veneers are also capable of changing the size, shape, and shade of your teeth, allowing you to design and create the beautiful smile you've always wanted.

Some of the advantages that veneers offer are that porcelain is stain-resistant and does not discolor like dental bonding can, and it can last many more years than bonding, depending on your hygiene routine. Because of the translucent properties of veneers, they more closely resemble natural tooth enamel.

What is a dental crown?

Unlike a porcelain veneer, a dental crown covers your entire tooth structure. It fits over the remaining tooth and closely mimics the shape and shade of your natural tooth. A dental crown is ideal for restoring function to a tooth that has been damaged by decay, fractured or cracked, or to strengthen a tooth treated with root canal therapy.

What is the process for getting a dental crown or veneer?

Porcelain Veneers

Typically, the process of planning for dental veneers includes having a wax-up made to evaluate the aesthetics, size, and shape of teeth before prepping for veneers. The patient and doctor can discuss the pros and cons of the proposed new smile.

Prepping your new smile involves thinning the enamel on the front of the teeth. The number of teeth involved varies with each patient.

Temporary veneers are worn for a period of time to evaluate your bite, speech, and function. If and when the patient is happy with his or her temporaries, a highly skilled technician makes the permanent porcelain in a laboratory. By the time your veneers are ready to be permanently placed, we have ensured they will create a beautiful new smile you will be happy with for years!

Dental Crowns

At James Island Dental Associates, we utilize CEREC technology that allows our dentists to complete a dental crown in only one visit. Dr. Weir or Dr. Thomas will scan a 3-D image of your tooth that will be used to mill a high-quality porcelain crown in our office while you wait. This means you will leave the same day as your appointment with a beautiful, fully functioning new tooth!

What is Simpli5 orthodontics?

Simpli5 is an orthodontic system that utilizes clear aligners instead of braces to move the front four to six teeth in your sight line. Simpli5 is fast, effective, and uses only five aligners worn for three to four weeks each to straighten your teeth.

Aligners are smooth and comfortable to wear. They are also removable, so you can enjoy all the foods you love during your treatment with no restrictions.

Am I a good candidate for Simpli5?

Simpli5 is an excellent choice for teens or adults who need only minor adjustments to their front teeth. It's also ideal for adults who may have had relapse of their teeth resulting from lack of retainer wear after orthodontic treatment in the past.

Dr. Weir or Dr. Thomas can determine if Simpli5 is the right treatment for you during a complete examination that includes x-rays and photos of your teeth.

Are you ready to learn more about the possibilities for your smile? Contact James Island Dental Associates today at (843) 762-1234 and let us help you create the amazing smile you've been waiting for!