Posts for category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Find out how a simple crown or bridge could improve your smile.
Whether you have cracked a tooth on food that was just a little too hard or you are dealing with a sports-related accident, there are many reasons why you might need to come into our Huntersville, NC, office for some restorative dentistry treatment. Supplying simple solutions such as dental crowns and bridges, Dr. JC Duncan can help you restore your damaged smile!
What is a dental crown?
Okay, so we know that most people know what a crown is by now—however, that doesn’t necessarily mean that everyone explicitly understands how they work. So, let us clear up any misconceptions or confusion around dental crowns!
A crown is a hollow, tooth-shaped cap that is custom-made to cover the entire visible portion of a tooth to the gum line. Following installation, a crown naturally becomes the new and stronger outer layer for a tooth, making the treatment ideal for protecting weak or damaged teeth.
Even though crowns can be made from a few different materials, our Huntersville, NC, general dentist understands how important it is to get a restoration that looks like the real thing. Accordingly, we offer crowns that are made from tooth-colored materials like porcelain or ceramic.
What is a dental bridge?
At this point, you may be wondering why crowns and bridges are mentioned together. Well, that’s because crowns are actually an integral part of a dental bridge! A bridge is designed to fill the gap or gaps in your smile with realistic looking replacement teeth. In order to hold this false tooth in place, dental crowns are placed on either side it, allowing the restoration to be anchored to its neighboring natural counterparts.
Once the crowns have been cemented into place by your dentist, the false-tooth-containing-bridge can be cemented to the crowns, thus filling in the tooth gap. Crowns are great for either replacing a single missing tooth or two teeth in a row.
Give us a call!
Interested in crowns and bridges? If so, contact our Huntersville, NC, office today to schedule a consultation with one of expert dentist. Restoring your smile is easy—just dial (704) 948-1300 and leave it to Dr. Duncan!
Find out how to keep your teeth looking and feeling their best after teeth whitening.
You just turned to our Huntersville, NC, cosmetic dentist Dr. JC Duncan for professional whitening treatment and you are in love with your whiter smile. So, how do you keep your results looking their best for as long as possible? While you can turn to professional in-office whitening for a refresher, we know that the goal is to maintain your results so that you don’t have to keep coming in for whitening treatment. Here’s what you can do,
Maintain Good Oral Hygiene
This involves brushing a minimum of twice a day and flossing daily. After all, the only way to keep teeth looking their best is to provide them with as thorough an at-home cleaning as possible. To keep your smile looking its best you may choose to brush with whitening toothpaste.
Just don’t forget to brush your tongue too, as bacteria can build up on the tongue and spread to your teeth and cause stains. When you brush you should be spending a minimum of two minutes each time brushing your teeth. Floss once a day, preferably before bedtime.
Avoid Stain-Causing Foods and Drinks
One of the best ways to keep your teeth looking their whitest is to avoid the foods and drinks that caused the stains in the first place. While we know that some foods and drinks may be difficult to avoid altogether, it’s at least important to limit exposure to your smile if you want to keep your teeth white. Some of these offending foods and drinks include,
- Coffee and tea
- Sodas and energy drinks
- Citrus foods
- Processed foods
- Dark-colored condiments (e.g. tomato sauce)
If you have to enjoy that morning cup of coffee it’s recommended that you drink chilled and through a straw, as this can limit how much contact your teeth have with the dark liquid.
Come in for Professional Cleanings
Even with the best at-home dental care in place, you will still need to visit your Huntersville dentist every six months for professional cleanings and to make sure that your teeth and gums are healthy. During these cleanings we can remove minor surface stains that have built up over the last six months, allowing you to keep those whitening results for longer.
Use At-Home Whitening Products
You may also choose to use some whitening products from the comfort of your own home. Talk to your dentist about professional at-home whitening for keeping your results fresh or turn to over-the-counter methods as a way to prevent stains from forming.
If you are interested in getting professional teeth whitening in Huntersville, NC, then call our dental office today to find out if you are an ideal candidate for this cosmetic treatment. Get started on a brighter smile by calling (704) 948-1300!
Find out how professional teeth whitening works.
There are many people who can benefit from getting teeth whitening from our Huntersville, NC, cosmetic dentist Dr. JC Duncan. No matter whether you’re not getting the results you want from whitening toothpastes or you really want to “wow” everyone with a more vibrant smile, it’s time to find out how professional teeth whitening can do just that.
Professional teeth whitening works a bit differently from over-the-counter methods, which makes it more effective and reliable for removing surface stains and for giving you an all-over whiter smile. The first difference is the bleaching gel. Now, any bleaching gel will contain either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. These active ingredients work to breakup stain molecules on the surface of your teeth.
Of course, the percentage of the active ingredient is very small in over-the-counter whitening products, which means that you will have to leave the whitening gel on your teeth for a longer period of time to see results. The whitening gel that our Huntersville, NC, dentist uses, on the other hand, has a much higher concentration of the peroxide, which means that we only need to apply it and leave the gel on for 10-15 minutes at a time throughout your one-hour whitening treatment to get the results you want. After just one whitening session, many patients’ smiles were up to five shades whiter, and many of them got exactly the results they wanted in one in-office whitening treatment.
We also understand that in-office whitening might not be in the budget. Or perhaps you prefer to have full control over the whitening process. Whatever the case might be, you can save money and still get a whiter smile by turning to our at-home whitening treatment. With custom-fitted whitening trays and effective whitening gel, you could get the results you want in as a little as one week.
If you are ready to feel confident in your smile once more than it’s time to turn to the cosmetic dentistry experts here at Huntersville, NC. Call our office today to schedule a consultation. A brighter smile can be yours!
Have you been considering orthodontic treatment, but just can't get past the idea of wearing metal braces for a few years? The Invisalign system offers a more attractive option. Our Huntersville, NC, dentist, Dr. JC Duncan helps his patients improve their smiles with the discreet orthodontic alternative.
What is Invisalign?
The Invisalign system relies on a system of removable aligner trays that gradually realign teeth. Constructed of clear plastic, the trays are designed to fit your teeth snugly without drawing attention to your orthodontic treatment. Before you receive your aligners, your Huntersville dentist will take digital images, impressions, and X-rays that will be used to prepare a 3D image of your teeth. The 3D image is used to design aligner trays that will improve the appearance and position of your teeth. Each upper and lower tray should be worn for 20 to 22 hours a day and replaced with the next set in the series approximately every two weeks.
Who can benefit from Invisalign?
Invisalign may be a good choice for you if:
- You're unhappy with the appearance of your smile. Whether your teeth are crooked, overlap, or protrude, Invisalign can correct your issue and boost your self-esteem.
- You have a bite problem. Invisalign is an excellent choice if you have an underbite, overbite, crossbite, or open bite. In addition to affecting the way your teeth look, bite issues can also make chewing difficult and lead to receding gums, eroded enamel, higher risk of gum disease, headaches, and other problems.
- You don't have a severe orthodontic issue. Invisalign corrects mild-to-moderate issues, which are the most common type of orthodontic problems. If you have a more severe issue, metal braces will probably be the better option.
- Your teeth have shifted with age. It's not unusual for your teeth to change position a little as you grow older. Invisalign can restore your original smile. Many adults will only need to use the aligners for about one year.
- You're looking for an uncomplicated option. There's no need for complicated cleaning procedures or food restrictions with Invisalign. In fact, you'll remove the trays when you eat and brush or floss your teeth.
Would you like to find out if you're the perfect candidate for Invisalign? Call our Huntersville, NC, dentist, Dr. Duncan, at (704) 948-1300 to schedule your appointment.
Learn about crowns and bridges from your Huntersville dentist.
A Gallup poll found that up to a third of Americans didn’t visit the dentist’s office in the course of a year. Unfortunately, the longer you avoid going to the dentist’s office, the higher the chance of dental problems that may require restorative work. If you’ve been looking for a restorative solution for your smile, crowns or bridges may be your best option. Learn more about these common dental treatments by exploring a few frequently asked questions.
What Is the Difference Between Crowns and Bridges?
A crown is a whole covering, commonly made of porcelain, metal or ceramic material, that replaces the enamel layer of the tooth. It is bonded on top of a healthy rooted tooth that needs strengthening and protection. A bridge is a device that uses two crowns to fill in a gap in the smile from a missing tooth. The crowns cover the two adjacent teeth, called abutments. The center of the bridge called a pontic, is a false tooth that is designed to fit in with the rest of your smile.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Crowns?
Since a crown is only a superficial covering, the inner parts of the tooth have to be healthy to support it. A dentist must examine the inside of the tooth using X-rays to confirm that the tooth is healthy enough for a crown. Patients who have root canal therapy are also candidates for crowns.
Who Needs Bridges?
Someone who has one or two missing teeth and wants a reasonably secure and semi-permanent solution may benefit from bridges. The bridge is needed to help make it easier to process food, maintain the structure of the jawline and give the patient a smile to be proud of. The abutment teeth have to be healthy enough to support a crown. Generally, a good candidate for a crown will likely also be a good candidate for bridgework.
How Long Will These Dental Solutions Last?
A crown or bridge can last for between five to 15 years or even longer if you take care of your teeth. But no worries, because when the time comes your dentist can redo the crown or bridge and give you another 15 or more years to enjoy your new smile.
Contact your Huntersville Dentist
Call your Huntersville dentist to find out if a crown or bridge can help give you a better smile. These two restorative treatments can help fix a number of common dental problems.