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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You Be The Judge

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If you are researching smile redesigns, you have probably heard claims that cosmetic dentistry can provide you with a ‘perfect smile’ or a ‘celebrity smile.’ Are these superlatives simply exaggerations? The team at Durham Dental Group invites you to judge for yourself.

A smile makeover involves multiple cosmetic dentistry procedures which may include the following:

Dental Implants

A dental implant is a metal (usually titanium) rod implanted into the bone to replace the missing root of a tooth. The crown and supporting structure are securely attached to the post.

Orthodontia

Orthodontic options include traditional metal or ceramic braces, ‘behind-the-teeth’ (lingual) braces, and clear aligners.

White Fillings

If you had tooth decay in the past, you may have old amalgam fillings. White fillings match your surrounding teeth, significantly improving your smile without crowns.

Dental Crowns

There are many different kinds of crowns that serve different purposes. We complete an extensive examination to ensure the crown you get is perfect for you and your smile.

Inlays/Onlays

Inlays/onlays are indirect fillings, which means that they are fabricated in a lab and placed whole on the tooth. A traditional direct filling is applied to the tooth while the material is malleable and then shaped by the dentist. Where possible, an inlay or an onlay can be a less-invasive alternative to a complete crown.

Composite Veneers

Veneers can repair chips, cracks, minor tooth misalignment, tooth discoloration, unattractive tooth shape, and disproportionate tooth size.

Teeth Whitening

There is nothing like a terrific white smile to give you ultimate confidence.

Dental Bonding

Dentists use bonding to repair tooth problems caused by decay, chips, or cracks. Large spaces between healthy teeth can be filled with bonding material, and bonding can safeguard tooth roots if the gums have receded.

Enamel Shaping

Just one slightly misshapen tooth can downgrade the features of a smile even if all the other teeth have a winning appearance.

Gum Contouring

If you have a gumline that is too low or too high and detracts from the presentation, gum contouring can reshape the gumline and transform your smile.

‘Perfect smiles’ are possible—but don’t just take our word for it. Come see our smile gallery and judge for yourself. Durham Dental Group offers state of the art cosmetic dentistry. We have evening and weekend hours that fit any busy schedule. 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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Help For Tetracycline Stains At Durham Dental Group

Help For Tetracycline And Fluoride Stains At Durham Dental Group

Here at Durham Dental Group, our mission is making the smiles of all North Carolina dental patients white and bright. In this post, we are going to talk about ways to enhance your beautiful smile with cosmetic dentistry.

Maybe as a teen you were prescribed tetracycline to combat acne, but have now been left with discolored teeth. Or maybe the municipal North Carolina water you drank growing up had excessive fluoride, another cause of tarnished teeth.

If you are like many Durham adults, you have sipped thousands of dark beverages such as coffee, soda, and wine over the years – and your teeth are showing the effects. Call us today to talk about our extensive treatment plans.

One of the options we recommend at Durham Dental Group for treating discolored teeth are beautiful dental veneers (sometimes called porcelain laminates). The reason we recommend veneers is that they not only restore discolored teeth, but they can cover worn, chipped, and cracked teeth.

This is done by placing a thin composite of porcelain over the damaged tooth or teeth leaving a gorgeous, white, flawless smile. At Durham Dental Group we feel that porcelain veneers are the least invasive form of cosmetic dentistry, yet the results are stunning. The smiles of our happy Durham veneer patients are dazzling.

Durham Dental Group offers general and cosmetic dentistry. 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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Embarrassed By Your Teeth?

Blands aesthetic dentistryWhat is a beautiful smile worth? Men and women who have received a cosmetic dentistry smile makeover at Durham Dental Group say it was worth every penny.

Your smile is a part of you that you share with your family, friends, and co-workers every day. An attractive smile creates confidence. If you are embarrassed by your smile, you waste mental and physical energy trying to hide it.

How would your life improve if you felt comfortable in every social and professional setting?

If you have been trying to hide your smile for years, what inaccurate assumptions have others made about you? Do you come across as self-conscious or distant because you hardly laugh at jokes and barely crack a smile when you meet someone for the first time?

A smile makeover can completely change your life and self-image. When you quit trying to hide your teeth, you are free to put all your energy into your work, play—everything!

At Durham Dental Group in Durham, we carefully contour perfect smiles for our smile design patients.

We also make sure our smile makeover patients are completely relaxed during treatment. If you are afraid of dentists, or have had negative experiences in the past, rest assured that we understand how you feel and our caring dental team will do our best to ease your concerns.

Life is better when you love your smile. Call Durham Dental Group in Durham today! We provide general and cosmetic dentistry, and offer evening and weekend hours to fit your busy schedule.

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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Fun Floss Facts

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You probably believe that the most important thing about flossing is to do it every day. You are correct! But at the Durham Dental Group, we recommend trying out different types of floss to establish or solidify the habit, and get the flossing comfort you want.

Let’s explore some of the most common types of dental floss.

Basic floss is either a monofilament floss, which is commonly made of some kind of rubber or plastic, or multifilament, which is made of nylon or silk. Nylon floss is less pricey, more common and is sold waxed or unwaxed.

Monofilament floss will not rip or tear, and because of this, many people find that it pulls in between the teeth easier. This type of floss is commonly referred to as “glide” floss.

Both monofilament floss and multifilament floss are sold in differing thicknesses. It is useful to find the size that works best for you. Since you should not have to snap the floss between your teeth, find the thickness that allows you to gently floss.

Dental tape is nylon floss in the shape of a wide, flat ribbon. Many Durham Dental Group patients find that dental tape is the easiest floss to get between their teeth.

For those of you with braces or appliances, there are also flosses designed to be used with these devices. Make sure to meet with your orthodontist about flossing because you don’t want to break this important habit just because you’re having your teeth corrected!

A good person to give you advice about flossing is your dental hygienist. Here at Durham Dental Group, our adept hygienists are prepared to answer any questions you have about flossing, brushing habits, and even cosmetic dentistry procedures such as teeth whitening and veneers.

The Durham Dental Group provides general and cosmetic dentistry, pediatric dentistry, and other services. Schedule your next 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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Dental Veneers: 7 Fast Fixes

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This post from Durham Dental Group focuses on porcelain veneers, which are used extensively in cosmetic dentistry.

Porcelain veneers (also called laminates) are custom made to permanently cover the front part of one or more teeth. Wafer-thin, super-strong veneers can correct a variety of problems including:

1. Chips
2. Cracks
3. Stains
4. Teeth that are misshapen
5. Teeth that are too short
6. Teeth that are misaligned
7. Gaps between teeth

To create perfect-fitting veneers, we first create a model of your teeth. Following this, an experienced dental technician will use the model to make the veneers. In some veneer procedures, a small amount of the enamel from the face of the tooth has to be removed. Today’s veneer process leaves most of your healthy tooth structure.

To find out more about porcelain veneers from Durham Dental Group in Charlotte, call our office to set up a consultation. We also provide general and cosmetic dentistry. Make 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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