Bright And Healthy Smiles

Most people agree that bright and healthy smiles are more attractive than dull smiles. At Durham Dental Group, we use cosmetic dentistry to give our patients bright, healthy and beautiful smiles they love.

Cosmetic dentistry is very versatile. It creates positive changes to your smile with a blend of function and appearance.

The procedures of cosmetic dentistry can correct a range of issues, such as:

  • Stains
  • Crooked or misshapen teeth
  • Cracks
  • Chips
  • Gaps
  • Uneven gumlines

Put all of this together, and it’s fair to say cosmetic dentistry not only improves your smile, it can make you look younger.

Procedures

These are some of the most common cosmetic dentistry procedures:

  • Teeth whitening
  • Porcelain veneers
  • Clear braces
  • Crowns
  • Dental implants

One of the biggest benefits of cosmetic dentistry is that it not only improves the appearance of your smile, it makes them healthier and stronger. And with stronger teeth, you’ll get more out of life.

Cosmetic dentistry from Durham Dental Group can give you the bright, health, and beautiful smile you’ve always wanted. Call our office to schedule your next cleaning and checkup today!

Contact Durham Dental Group:

919-322-3585

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

202 W NC Highway 54 Ste 201
Durham, North Carolina
27713

 

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Do You Have The Most Common Dental Problem?

Durham Teeth WhiteningAt Durham Dental Group, we restore decayed teeth to create smiles that are both healthy and beautiful. Recent advances in techniques and materials have made the impossible not only possible, but affordable, too.

Decay is easily the most common dental problem and the second most common ailment in the nation (number one is the common cold). If you have one or more teeth with decay, it’s time to take care of them.

Fillings, inlays, onlays and crowns are used to restore teeth for our Durham cosmetic dental patients. Even the most basic procedure – filling a cavity – has evolved. There are several types of new materials available including porcelain and composite resin. Each has specific strengths and aesthetic considerations. Durham patients who replace silver amalgam with tooth-colored fillings love getting the metal out of their smile.

Inlays and onlays are more extensive restorations. There are two types: direct or indirect. Direct inlays and onlays are made on the spot and applied in one visit. Indirect inlays and onlays are fabricated in a dental lab. They usually require a second visit but the results are well worth the extra trip.

When a patient has a tooth that cannot be restored with an inlay or an onlay, a natural-looking crown is the answer. At Durham Dental Group, we create crowns that blend in perfectly with the rest of your teeth. Let us show you some photos of patients who have received smile makeovers – you will not see any “Chiclet” crowns that stick out like a sore thumb.

At Durham Dental Group we offer general and cosmetic dentistry, including crowns. Call for an appointment today.

Contact Durham Dental Group:

919-322-3585

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

202 W NC Highway 54 Ste 201
Durham, North Carolina
27713

 

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Creating Memorable Smiles At Durham Dental Group

Creating Memorable Smiles at Durham Dental GroupA smile takes but a moment, but the memory of it lasts forever. You can make your smile memorable with a cosmetic dentistry smile makeover at Durham Dental Group in Durham.

Cosmetic dentistry is a broad term that means dentistry with an emphasis on aesthetics. But it isn’t just about appearance; it can be good for your dental health, too.

For example, straight teeth in the correct position look great, but they are easier to care for, and make for a healthier mouth. That probably explains why clear braces are among the most popular cosmetic dentistry options; they can straighten your teeth, and are almost undetectable as you wear them.

Also in demand are porcelain veneers. They can completely transform the appearance of your smile, and like other cosmetic dentistry, are minimally invasive. A thin layer of tooth enamel is removed before veneers are permanently attached to your teeth. After that, you’ve got a mega-watt smile.

These and other cosmetic dentistry procedures can be completed without any pain at all. So if you’re looking to upgrade your smile, or simply restore integrity to yellowed or damaged teeth, we have a procedure for you.

At Durham Dental Group, we want all our patients to have memorable, healthy teeth. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry, including clear braces and porcelain veneers. Schedule an appontment with us today!

Contact Durham Dental Group:

919-322-3585

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

202 W NC Highway 54 Ste 201
Durham, North Carolina
27713

 

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Teeth Whitening: Do It Right

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As the years go by, our teeth naturally lose their luster. Dark colored foods and drinks speed up the process, but even people who avoid coffee, wine and cola are not immune to yellow or gray teeth. Want to brighten up your smile? Have you considered cosmetic dentistry? Cosmetic teeth whitening at Durham Dental Group is one of the quickest and most affordable ways to look younger and more attractive.

Does Teeth Whitening Hurt?

Though some people experience a little short-term sensitivity, most experience no pain at all.

There are several different methods for whitening teeth but each uses a solution containing peroxide to remove the stains that have accumulated in the microscopic cracks in your tooth enamel.

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First of all, the strips, mouthwashes and paint-on whiteners use a lower concentration of whitening agent than in-office methods. They rarely remove all of the stains on your enamel. If you have gum disease, cavities, crowns, dental bonding, or porcelain veneers, we recommend a consultation first. You are always better off having teeth whitening performed by a professional. This will protect your existing restorations and ensure the best possible results.

Don’t assume that whitening offered at mall kiosks is risk-free. The industry is largely unregulated and the staff often have little dental training. Do you really want to take chances with your smile?

At Durham Dental Group, we brighten smiles with cosmetic dentistry every day.  We’ve got extended evening and weekend hours for your convenience. Call to schedule an appointment today!

Contact Durham Dental Group:

919-322-3585

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

202 W NC Highway 54 Ste 201
Durham, North Carolina
27713

 

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Smile More, Live Better

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If you feel that you have unattractive teeth, you may not smile very often. At Durham Dental Group, we use cosmetic dentistry to improve teeth and improve smiles, every day.

Do you think frequent smiling has an effect on your life? You bet it does.

In addition to making us happier, smiling improves our quality of life in many ways.

1.  Look Younger and More Attractive

It doesn’t take a scientific study to verify this fact. No matter your age, you always look better with a smile on your face.

2. Smiling Minimizes Stress

When you smile, your brain releases feel-good chemicals that reduce your stress level.

3. Smiling Bolsters Your Confidence

Who doesn’t want to enjoy more self-assurance?

4. Smile For Success

Researchers have established several ways smiling can improve the chance of a positive outcome in personal and professional pursuits. These benefits stem from the fact that smiling impacts your behavior as well as the behavior of the people with whom you interact.

5. Help People Trust You

Authentic smiles that involve the mouth, cheeks, and eyes, portray honesty and trustworthiness.

How would your life improve if you loved your smile?

Cosmetic dentistry from Durham Dental Group can transform your smile into something spectacular. Call our office to schedule an appointment today!

Contact Durham Dental Group:

919-322-3585

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

202 W NC Highway 54 Ste 201
Durham, North Carolina
27713

 

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Smile Makeovers: First Things First

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Do you like your smile? Do you ever think there is room for improvement? At Durham Dental Group, we use the techniques of cosmetic dentistry to perform smile makeovers that improve the appearance of our patients’ smiles.

A smile makeover can produce dramatics results in your overall appearance. Even a small change can have a big impact, and give you a boost in your confidence and self-esteem.

Maybe there’s something about your teeth you don’t like. It could be a chipped tooth, a gap between a couple of teeth, too much gum tissue when you smile, or teeth that have lost their youthful luster over the years. It might even be a missing tooth. You can identify the things you don’t like, and we can use cosmetic dentistry to fix them.

The procedures available include:

  • Porcelain veneers
  • Bonding
  • Dental implants
  • Teeth whitening

Any or all of these procedures can be used to customize your smile, according to your exact specifications.

Cosmetic dentistry is not foolproof, and you’ll need to take good care of your teeth once your smile makeover is complete. But with proper care, you should have a breathtaking smile for years to come.

At Durham Dental Group, we offer general and cosmetic dentistry services that keep your smile in tip-top shape. Schedule your next checkup with us today.

Contact Durham Dental Group:

919-322-3585

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

202 W NC Highway 54 Ste 201
Durham, North Carolina
27713

 

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A Wise Investment That Pays Off Every Day

You may not sport a sparkling 3-carat diamond on your finger or zip around town in a shiny Ferrari, but you can flash a celebrity-caliber smile. Cosmetic dentistry from Durham Dental Group is an investment in you, and it pays off every single day.

There are a number of cosmetic dentistry procedures available. The most popular are teeth whitening and porcelain veneers. Clear braces have generated a lot of interest, too.

While creating beautiful smiles is our goal with any cosmetic dentistry procedure, it isn’t that simple. The overall objective is ensure the health and function of our patients’ smiles, along with their appearance.

Our teeth are subjected to a lot of wear and tear, and even the brightest smiles can become dull over the years. If you teeth have unsightly chips or cracks, cosmetic dentistry can address them with porcelain veneers. Veneers are thing shells of medical-grade porcelain that are attached to the front of your teeth to produce a smile your friends will envy.

These and other cosmetic dentistry procedures can all be drawn together into a smile makeover that leaves you with a brilliant, dazzling smile. A smile makeover brings out your very best!

At Durham Dental Group, our cosmetic dentistry will leave you saying “Wow!” We also offer children’s dentistry. Schedule your next cleaning and checkup with us today.

Contact Durham Dental Group:

919-322-3585

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

202 W NC Highway 54 Ste 201
Durham, North Carolina
27713

 

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Lighten Up!

Lighten Up In DurhamThis post from Durham Dental Group is for people with stained teeth. Do you think your teeth are too stained for teeth whitening to have any effect? Think again.

There are two types of stains on teeth: intrinsic and extrinsic.

Extrinsic stains are caused by dark colored foods and drinks, smoking, and normal aging. Durham Dental Group cosmetic dentistry patients with extrinsic stains achieve great results from both in-office and take-home teeth whitening systems.

Intrinsic stains form on the inside but can be seen from the outside. Tetracycline, excessive fluoride, trauma, and aging can cause intrinsic staining for unfortunate men and women. Though these stains are harder to remove, many patients with intrinsic staining can whiten their teeth with take-home whitening kits. The process often takes longer, but with persistence, intrinsic stains can be lightened.

In addition to teeth whitening, Durham Dental Group provides a full menu of general and  cosmetic dentistry. We also offer children’s dentistry for your little ones. Schedule an appointment today.

Contact Durham Dental Group:

919-322-3585

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

202 W NC Highway 54 Ste 201
Durham, North Carolina
27713

 

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What’s The Difference Between An Inlay And An Onlay?

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If you have tooth sensitivity or pain when you chew with your back teeth, the surfaces may be damaged. One corrective measure is the use of an inlay or onlay made of metal, composite resin, or porcelain, from the dentist at Durham Dental Group.

Inlays are very strong, and shaped to fit a hole in a damaged tooth. The choice of an inlay or onlay depends on how much decay and tooth loss has occurred.

An inlay resembles a filling and fills a small part of the tooth, while an onlay covers one or more of the cusps on the top of the tooth. In other words, an inlay fills a hole without changing the shape of the tooth, while an onlay builds up the tooth surface to restore its initial dimension.

The procedure begins with a extensive evaluation, oral x-ray, and an impression. The damaged area will be removed and then the inlay or onlay will be formed to accurately fit your tooth and bite. While it is being made, your tooth will have a temporary restoration piece to cover and safeguard the vulnerable area.

Finally, the inlay or onlay will be placed and permanently bonded to the tooth. Since the procedure requires removal of damaged tooth material, restoration fabrication at the lab, and the placement on the tooth, it will take a few appointments to carry out the process.

Inlays and onlays guard the tooth from further damage, provide natural function, and are durable and inconspicuous.

At Durham Dental Group in Durham NC, we offer general and cosmetic dentistry, and pediatric dentistry for our youngest patients. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Durham Dental Group:

919-322-3585

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

202 W NC Highway 54 Ste 201
Durham, North Carolina
27713

 

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Is Your Smile In A World Of Hurt?

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Do you have extreme tooth damage, bone loss, or few or no teeth still intact? This post from the Durham Dental Group describes cosmetic dentistry, and is for those whose mouths are in a world of hurt.

First off, we feel for you. We understand how severe dental troubles influence you every day of your life.

Whatever the cause of the condition – chemotherapy, recreational drug use, eating disorder, severe mouth injury, disability, inadequate oral hygiene, or simply poor overall health – there is hope.

Full mouth reconstruction can restore your previously healthy, pleasing smile or give you the stunning smile you never had. Patients who undergo full mouth reconstruction regain their confidence to smile, eat, and speak normally. How would that impact your life?

Replacing missing teeth and adding bone through grafting restores underlying facial structure, improving or preventing that “sunk-in” look that occurs when teeth are gone and the jawbone recedes.

Full mouth reconstruction (sometimes called full mouth restoration) is a term which refers to a combination of cosmetic dentistry procedures that restore a smile for people with multiple damaged or missing teeth. Treatment may include any combination of the following procedures: crowns, inlays/onlays, dental bonding, white filling replacement, dental implants, porcelain veneers, implant-anchored dentures, gum contouring, soft tissue grafts, bone grafts, and teeth whitening.

Dental implants are usually the best tooth replacement for those with missing teeth. A dental implant consists of a titanium post surgically inserted into the jaw bone to replace the root of the missing tooth. The post integrates with the bone to provide a strong foundation for the abutment and crown. Dental implants are indistinguishable from natural teeth, in both form and function.

Crowns (sometimes called caps) are used when there is enough viable tooth structure that the tooth doesn’t need to be extracted. A crown adds strength to a tooth that has a large filling or has been injured. A crown can fix a bite misalignment and is usually needed after a root canal. In a dental implant procedure, attaching the crown to the abutment is the final step.

Durham Dental Group offers a full menu of cosmetic dentistry procedures to meet every need. We have extended and weekend hours, too, for the busiest schedules. Call our office today to set up an appointment.

Contact Durham Dental Group:

919-322-3585

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

202 W NC Highway 54 Ste 201
Durham, North Carolina
27713

 

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