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Cosmetic Dentistry - Hardy Smiles

Cosmetic Dentistry Services at Hardy Smiles

Research shows that most people are unhappy with some aspect of their smile- whether due to discoloration, misalignment, broken/chipped teeth, or other reasons. The good news is that cosmetic dentistry services can resolve most of these issues.

Cosmetic dentistry enhances the aesthetics of your teeth, giving you the confidence to smile brightly. Whether you are looking to whiten your teeth, straighten misaligned teeth, repair chipped teeth, or replace missing teeth, the team at Hardy Smiles offers a comprehensive range of cosmetic dental treatments to meet your needs.

Our Services

Dr. James Hardy and the team at Hardy Smiles offer the following cosmetic dental services to improve the appearance of your smile:

Teeth Whitening

The primary factors that cause tooth stains include food, beverages, smoking, and aging. Our professional teeth whitening services can help you achieve a brighter, whiter smile. We offer both in-office and take-home whitening options to fit your lifestyle.

  • In-Office Teeth Whitening: Our in-office treatment uses a powerful whitening agent activated by a special light, making your teeth several shades whiter in just one visit. This quick and effective procedure typically takes about an hour.
  • Take-Home Whitening Kits: For those who prefer the convenience of whitening at home, we provide custom-made trays and professional-grade whitening gel. Simply wear the trays for a specified period each day, allowing you to enjoy a whiter smile within weeks.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are thin, custom-made shells typically placed on the upper 6 to 8 teeth. They are designed to resolve issues including discoloration, minor misalignments, and chips/cracks, providing you with a natural, long-lasting enhancement to your smile.

Veneer Process

Typically, porcelain veneers require two appointments.

  • Consultation and Planning: We’ll discuss your goals and take digital impressions of your teeth.
  • Preparation: A small amount of enamel is removed to make room for the veneers.
  • Bonding: The custom veneers are bonded to your teeth with a strong adhesive, creating a beautiful new surface.

Veneers are highly resistant to stains and can last for many years with proper care.

Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is an affordable way to repair minor imperfections such as chips, cracks, or gaps between teeth. The process involves applying a tooth-colored resin that is shaped and polished to blend seamlessly with your natural teeth. Bonding is typically completed in one visit, making it a quick and effective solution for small cosmetic adjustments.

Invisalign Clear Aligners

For those looking to straighten their teeth without traditional braces, Invisalign clear aligners offer a discreet and comfortable alternative. These virtually invisible aligners are custom-made to fit your teeth and gradually move them into the desired position.

How Invisalign Works

Invisalign takes six to eighteen months, depending on the type and severity of your misalignment:

  • Consultation: We’ll assess your teeth and create a personalized treatment plan.
  • Custom Aligners: You’ll receive a series of aligners, each worn for about two weeks.
  • Gradual Adjustment: Each set of aligners gently shifts your teeth into place.

Invisalign is ideal for treating a variety of issues, including crowded teeth, gaps, and mild to moderate bite problems. Plus, the aligners are removable, allowing you to eat, drink, and care for your teeth with ease.

Dental Crowns

Dental crowns restore the shape, size, and strength of a tooth that has been damaged or decayed. Made from high-quality materials that blend seamlessly with your natural teeth, our crowns provide a durable and aesthetically pleasing solution.

When to Consider a Crown

There are several reasons you may want to consider getting a dental crown, including:

  • Protect a weak tooth from breaking.
  • Restore a broken or severely worn tooth.
  • Cover and support a tooth with a large filling.
  • Hold a dental bridge in place.
  • Cover misshapen or severely discolored teeth.

This process involves two visits: one for tooth preparation and impressions, and another for placing the permanent crown.

Tooth-Colored Fillings

Replace old, unsightly metal fillings with toothcolored fillings that match your natural teeth. These fillings not only improve the appearance of your teeth but also provide a strong and durable solution for cavities. The composite resin used in tooth-colored fillings bonds to the tooth structure, providing additional support.

Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings

There are several benefits of tooth-colored fillings:

  • Aesthetically pleasing, blending with natural teeth
  • Less tooth removal compared to metal fillings
  • Versatile for repairing decayed, chipped, or worn teeth

Smile Makeovers

If you are interested in a full smile transformation, you may want to consider a smile makeover. This process is a combination of two or more of the above procedures to address all of your aesthetic concerns, giving you the smile of your dreams.

Smile Makeover Process

The steps in the smile makeover process include:

  • Consultation: We’ll discuss your goals and evaluate your dental health
  • Treatment Planning: A personalized plan may include teeth whitening, veneers, bonding, crowns, or Invisalign
  • Execution: We’ll schedule and perform the necessary treatments to achieve your desired results

A smile makeover can dramatically enhance your appearance and boost your confidence.

Why Choose Hardy Smiles for Cosmetic Dentistry?

There are several reasons you should choose to work with Dr. Hardy and the team at Hardy Smiles for your cosmetic dentistry needs:

  • Experienced Professionals: Our team of skilled dentists has extensive experience in cosmetic dentistry, ensuring high-quality results.
  • Personalized Care: We take the time to understand your goals and create a treatment plan tailored to your unique needs.
  • State-of-the-Art Technology: We use the latest dental technology and techniques to provide efficient, comfortable, and effective treatments.
  • Comfortable Environment: Our modern, welcoming office is designed to make your visit as pleasant and stress-free as possible.

What to Expect During Your Visit

Your journey to a beautiful smile begins with a comprehensive consultation. During this visit, we will:

  • Discuss Your Goals: We want to understand your vision for your smile. Whether it’s whiter teeth, closing gaps, or a complete transformation, we’ll listen to your desires and concerns.
  • Examine Your Oral Health: A full examination, including digital X-rays and possibly 3D imaging, helps us assess the current state of your teeth and gums.
  • Create a Treatment Plan: Based on your goals and oral health, we’ll develop a customized treatment plan. We’ll explain each recommended procedure, answer any questions, and provide an estimated timeline and cost.

Schedule Your Consultation Today

Ready to enhance your smile? Contact Hardy Smiles at (919) 726-9825 to schedule a consultation with our cosmetic dentistry experts. We are located at 122 Jolly Street in Louisburg.

We’ll discuss your goals, explore your options, and help you achieve a smile that radiates confidence and beauty.

Frequently Asked Questions

We encourage our patients to ask questions when they have them. Below are a few of the most common questions we’ve gotten about cosmetic dental services:

What is cosmetic dentistry, and how can it benefit me?

Cosmetic dentistry refers to dental procedures that improve the appearance of your teeth, gums, and overall smile. Unlike general dentistry, which focuses on oral health and treatment of dental issues, cosmetic dentistry emphasizes aesthetics. Benefits include whiter teeth, straighter alignment, repair of chipped or broken teeth, and overall enhancement of your smile, which can boost your confidence and self-esteem.

The longevity of cosmetic dentistry treatments varies depending on the specific procedure and how well you maintain your oral hygiene. For instance:

  • Teeth Whitening: Results can last from six months to two years, depending on your diet and oral care habits.
  • Porcelain Veneers: These can last 10-15 years with proper care.
  • Dental Bonding: Typically lasts 3-10 years, depending on the location and how well it’s maintained.
  • Invisalign® Clear Aligners: The results of Invisalign can be permanent, though some patients may need to wear a retainer to maintain alignment.

Regular dental check-ups and good oral hygiene practices can help extend the life of your cosmetic treatments.

Most cosmetic dentistry procedures involve minimal discomfort, and many patients find them to be relatively pain-free. Local anesthesia is commonly used to numb the treatment area, ensuring that you remain comfortable throughout the procedure. For treatments like teeth whitening, you might experience temporary sensitivity. More extensive procedures, such as placing veneers or crowns, may involve some discomfort, but this can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain relief medications. Your dentist will discuss pain management options with you before starting any treatment.

The cost of cosmetic dentistry procedures varies widely based on the type of treatment, the complexity of your case, and your geographic location. Unfortunately, since these procedures are typically elective, dental insurance will not cover them. Here are some average costs:

  • Teeth Whitening: $300 to $1,000, depending on whether you choose in-office treatment or take-home kits.
  • Porcelain Veneers: $900 to $2,500 per tooth.
  • Dental Bonding: $100 to $400 per tooth.
  • Invisalign® Clear Aligners: $3,000 to $8,000 for a complete treatment.
  • Dental Crowns: $500 to $3,000 per crown.

It’s important to consult with your dentist for an accurate estimate based on your individual needs. Some cosmetic treatments may also be covered in part by dental insurance if they provide functional as well as aesthetic benefits.

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