Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic Dentistry for Complete Smile Transformation

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During a lifetime, your smile may experience a number of issues. Cavities happen, and normal wear is a natural occurrence after years of biting and chewing. When the smile in your reflection makes you more inclined to frown, you may be drawn to consider cosmetic dentistry in High Point, NC.

Dr. David Novak is a general and family dentist who also performs cosmetic dentistry procedures for those looking to enhance the appearance of their smile. Combining the science of dentistry with an artistic flair, he helps patients like you achieve smiles they love.

Want to know more about what cosmetic dentistry can do for your dental aesthetic? Contact our office to schedule a cosmetic consultation today!


Should I Consider Cosmetic Dentistry?

Most of us likely have something about our smile we’d like to change, but making the jump from wishing to taking action can be intimidating. However, it doesn’t have to be. Many cosmetic dental options are minimally or non-invasive, making it simple for you to achieve your ideal smile.

Consider these questions:

  • Do you like the way your smile looks in the mirror?
  • Do you cringe at the color of your teeth?
  • Are you bothered by a tooth gap?
  • Do chips, cracks, or missing teeth hold you back from smiling?
  • If you could change one thing about your smile, what would it be?

Whatever your answer, chances are good that cosmetic dentistry can help. Read on to find out more about what cosmetic dentistry has to offer.

What Can Cosmetic Dentistry Do for My Smile?

Cosmetic services work to positively impact your teeth by performing treatments that make your smile more attractive.

Some of the procedures we offer include:

  • Composite fillings – White composite resin blends in beautifully with the surrounding enamel, providing protection while also achieving aesthetics.
  • Porcelain fixed bridges – Porcelain is the material of choice for bridges as it masterfully mimics natural tooth enamel in shine and luster.
  • Porcelain veneers – Designed to conceal dental imperfections behind an attractive porcelain shell, balancing your smile’s aesthetic for your most visible teeth.
  • Teeth whitening – A single appointment is often enough to eliminate years of stains and restore your enamel’s natural brilliance.
  • Dental implants – Missing teeth are skillfully replaced thanks to implants, the only replacement option to cover both root and crown.

Cosmetic dentistry can make minor fixes or major changes. Depending on the severity of the damage, a cosmetic procedure from our High Point dentist can work wonders for your smile.

Designing Your Custom Smile

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Just as every smile is different, so is their cosmetic approach. Dr. Novak takes the time to understand you and what you want to accomplish with your smile. He helps you understand your treatment options and develop a treatment plan that keeps your situation and goals in mind.

When designing your treatment, Dr. Novak is careful to include all factors into his planning. This includes not only what issues you wish to address, but how certain treatments will impact your smile. Elements such as skin tone, smile shape, facial structure, and even the way your lips move must be carefully taken into account to ensure a flattering smile that positively reflects your personality.

Composite Fillings – Where Beauty Meets Function

When you have a cavity, getting the restorative treatment your tooth needs is the most important step. Fortunately, today’s fillings no longer have to be detrimental to your smile. With composite fillings, your teeth are strengthened and protected discreetly by fillings that blend in perfectly with your natural enamel.

Composite fillings offer numerous benefits, including:

Aesthetics: Shade-matched to your enamel, these fillings are easy to miss, and many won’t even notice that you have a filling at all.

Bonding: Composite resin bonds closely to the tooth, creating a sturdy seal and fitting smaller spaces. This allows for a smaller filling and saves more of your tooth.

Health: A smaller filling means a stronger natural tooth. Composite fillings contain no mercury or other heavy metals and are completely bio-safe.

Pure Porcelain for Crowns and Bridges

When it comes to combining restorative treatment with beauty, porcelain is the material of choice. Porcelain mimics the natural shine and translucency of tooth enamel, which helps them to enhance your dental aesthetic without being obvious.

Our office provides both crowns and bridges made from porcelain. These customized restorations can protect or replace missing teeth in form, function, and appeal. Each one is shaped to fit your unique smile, giving you confidence along with protection.

Veneers for Vibrant Smiles

When it comes to reshaping your smile, few treatments are as effective, yet minimally invasive as veneers. Thin tooth-shaped porcelain shells are designed to bond to the front surface of your most visible teeth, concealing unappealing dental imperfections within.

Top 5 Benefits of Veneers

Why are so many patients turning to veneers for their dental enhancements? With so many benefits, the reasons are clear!

  1. Balance: Veneers fit over the most visible teeth in your smile, and can be used to conceal issues that create an uneven look, such as chipped or worn teeth.
  2. Customization: Each veneer is customized to your unique smile, so your teeth appear authentic and flattering to your facial structure.
  3. Versatility: Veneers can conceal a broad number of dental issues, including chips, gaps, misalignments, worn teeth, uneven teeth, and discoloration.
  4. Gentleness: Unlike other restorations, veneers are minimally invasive. When veneers are bonded, only a thin layer of enamel is reshaped to secure the bond and ensure a natural look.
  5. Longevity: The bonding process ensures that they aren’t easily knocked off or removed. If properly cared for, veneers can last a decade or more.

How The Veneer Process Works

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Dr. Novak takes great care in designing your veneers. When it comes to veneers, there’s no one-size-fits-all. Each veneer requires carefully considering not only the shape and color of your teeth, but your facial features, skin tone, lip thickness, and other unique traits. Each one plays a role in how your smile looks and must be accounted for when designing your flattering smile.

The veneers process generally takes two visits. The first visit involves gently buffing your teeth, then sending impressions to our trusted dental lab, who will then fashion your veneers.

The fabrication process typically takes two weeks. Once they arrive, you’re invited back to our office to have your new veneers placed and bonded, and you walk out of the office with your new, appealing smile.

Are Veneers Right for Me?

Most people can receive veneers without problems. The most important thing is having a healthy foundation for veneer placement. If your teeth are weak, have decay, or you have gum disease, they are at risk. We advocate for helping each patient achieve a healthy smile before proceeding with cosmetic treatment.

How Long Do Veneers Last?

On average, veneers last somewhere between 7-15 years, with an average of 10 years. Properly caring for your veneers by regularly brushing, flossing, and not using them to bite hard substances can help them to last as long as possible. The better care you take of your veneers, the longer you’ll be able to enjoy them!

Brighter Smiles with Professional Teeth Whitening

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The sheer number of whitening toothpastes, strips, and other products makes it clear how important a white smile is to most people. When it comes to lifting years of set-in stains, professional teeth whitening offers top-level results.

A single one-hour session can lift stains and leave teeth up to eight shades brighter! Whether you want to look good for a big event, or simply want to boost your confidence, teeth whitening is a simple and effective way to enhance your smile.

How Do Teeth Get Stained?

Dental staining is a common fact of life. Years of exposure to dark or acidic foods, including coffee, soda, tomato sauce, and dark berries, allows traces of pigment to become noticeable discoloration. Tobacco use is another common cause of enamel stains.

Teeth whitening works by penetrating the enamel and lifting these stains, revealing the natural color underneath.

Some discoloration isn’t due to food or substances, but more complex issues, such as dental trauma. In these cases, a more extensive solution, such as veneers, may be needed to enhance a tooth’s appearance.

Your Teeth Whitening Options

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For professional whitening, you have two options to choose between – in-office and take-home whitening kits. Choosing between them is a matter of deciding which suits you and your needs best.

With chairside whitening, you can visit our office and have your whitening completed in a single session. Your treatment is carefully applied and monitored by a dental professional, which allows us to use the highest-strength whitening gel available.

Take-home kits are a great option for patients whose hectic schedules make extended office visits difficult. Each kit comes with a custom whitening tray shaped to your teeth, ensuring your treatment is evenly spread across your smile. You can whiten any place and time of day that’s convenient for you. Simply follow the instructions for a vibrant, beautiful smile!

Is Professional Whitening Better than Over-the-Counter Products?

Whitening products you can pick up off the shelf are a popular choice and a decent option for touching up your smile. However, these products lack the strength and efficiency of professional whitening. If you have years of stains to contend with, professional whitening will produce more effective and noticeable results.

When Should I Whiten My Teeth?

The question of when to whiten your teeth is just as important as how. If you want your whitening to have the most impact, planning ahead is essential!

When to Whiten:

  • Before a big event.
  • When getting cosmetic treatments or restorations.
  • When teeth are noticeably dull or dingy.

When NOT to Whiten:

  • After you’ve had cosmetic restorations placed.
  • When your enamel is thin.
  • If you’ve whitened your teeth recently.

While whitening is generally safe, there are a few instances where declining a whitening treatment may be the better choice.

Completing Your Smile with Dental Implants

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Missing teeth have a profound impact on your smile, as well as your dental health. With dental implants, you have a beautiful custom porcelain restoration supported by biosafe titanium implants.

As the only restorations to replace both the root and crown of a tooth, they can preserve your jaw bone and youthful facial structure, all while effectively completing your smile in function and aesthetic. Dental implants are incredibly versatile and can replace a single tooth or many according to your unique dental needs.

Your Ideal Smile is Waiting

For Dr. Novak and his team, there’s no such thing as a smile that’s beyond help. With tailored services and great attention to detail, we have the skills and services you need to help you achieve a smile you’ll love to let shine.

Ready to see how cosmetic dentistry can boost your smile? Schedule your consultation today to get started!