Cosmetic Dentist in Charleston, SC
Innovations in dental technology have made a trip to the dentist's office an entirely new experience for millions of Americans - thanks to a relatively new field called cosmetic dentistry.
The main goal of traditional dentistry is to keep your teeth healthy and free of disease and decay; cosmetic dentistry takes oral hygiene to a whole new level, with a concentration on enhancing the overall look of your teeth. With cosmetic dentistry, even getting a cavity filled can be an opportunity to improve your smile.
The smile is our window to the world, and it's the first thing that makes an impression on people we meet. So it's no wonder that more and more people are turning to cosmetic dentistry for corrective procedures and aesthetic enhancement.
So whether you want to fix a chipped tooth or get a complete smile makeover, we can help you achieve the smile you've always wanted. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact us today at (843) 577-6453.
Full Mouth Reconstruction & Extreme Makeovers
Full mouth reconstruction is the use of many methods of dentistry to create the correct relationship between gums, bones, muscles, and teeth. The mouth is a complex machine; without a proper bite, chewing can become impaired, teeth can become worn, the jaw and neck can become sore, and even migraines can occur. Dental bonding, porcelain veneers and crowns, dental implants, and teeth whitening are all potential procedures used in a full mouth reconstruction. The result is a perfect smile!
Crowded teeth, poor dental care and the age of your teeth all can contribute to this condition. When your teeth are out of ideal alignment, enormously destructive forces begin to attack teeth. Every time your jaw closes, the damage continues. Tooth breakage and pain of the jaw, neck and head often ensue. In addressing and correcting these problems, not only do patients find relief, improved function and better oral health, but they are also delighted to achieve a beautiful smile line and more youthful appearance.
With full-mouth reconstruction, the entire mouth is beautified with a more comfortable bite and less tension in the jaw and neck.
If you have worn, broken, decayed or missing teeth, or if you suffer from a bad bite and if the appearance of your entire smile is keeping you down, contact Tatum Dentistry to learn more about what Dr. Vicki Tatum and her team can do to restore your smile.
Do you have a crooked, uneven smile? Do you have gaps or cracks in your teeth? Would you like to fix these problems, but you don't want to deal with braces or you don't like the way you would look with braces? Now you can fix your teeth, and your smile, in just three office visits. How? With Instant Orthodontics, Dr. Tatum can create straight teeth, in far less time than traditional braces.
Instant orthodontics involves the artistic application of porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers, also known as dental veneers, are thin strip of porcelain that are bonded to the front surfaces of your teeth. Porcelain veneers look, feel, and function the same as your natural teeth.
Porcelain veneers can give you the beautiful celebrity smile you have always dreamed of. During your visit, Charleston, SC dentist Dr. Vicki Tatum will discuss your desired look and determine which teeth need veneers. Porcelain veneers can help to shape your smile by adding length, width, or balance to any or all of your teeth. Next, preparations are made and Dr. Tatum will take an impression of your teeth. This impression is used to construct your veneers and make a model for you. This model is applied to your teeth. If any changes are needed, Dr. Vicki Tatum can make these adjustments for you. Your permanent veneers will then be created and you will return one last time to have your veneers bonded to your teeth.
During your second visit, this model is applied to your teeth. If any changes are needed, Dr. Vicki Tatum can make these adjustments for you. Your permanent veneers will then be created and you will return one last time to have your veneers bonded to your teeth.
Some patients choose to have their teeth whitened when they have veneers applied.
Tooth Whitening is a simple procedure and this allows for a more consistent color throughout your smile.
What are Veneers?
One of the most popular and effective developments in cosmetic dentistry, veneers are thin, custom made casings that cover the front side of your teeth. Veneers are used to correct uneven teeth, worn enamel, discoloration, chipped teeth and irregular spacing, and can last over 20 years. In some cases, veneers can serve a restorative purpose and can protect a damaged tooth from further harm.
What Does the Procedure Involve?
After a thorough examination of your teeth, which may include X-rays and taking impressions of your teeth, your dentist will remove a thin layer of enamel from your teeth. Then he or she will create an impression and send it off to a laboratory to create the veneer. While the mold is being created, your dentist may provide you with temporary veneers. Finally, the veneer's size and color are given one last adjustment before they are cemented to your tooth on your second visit.
What Are the Advantages of Veneers?
Veneers can give your teeth a more natural, aesthetically pleasing appearance and are stain resistant and soft on gums. In some cases, veneers can serve a restorative purpose and can protect a damaged tooth from further harm.
Types of Veneers:
• Porcelain • Resin Composite • Durathins
Since porcelain veneers are more resistant to stains and chipping, they are generally more expensive. Durathins are a particularly popular type of porcelain veneers that do not require your teeth to be shaved. A custom-made set of Durathins can be installed in 2-3 visits and is proven to last over 20 years.
Will My Insurance Cover Veneers?
As this procedure is elective and primarily cosmetic, most dental insurers will not cover veneers. Talk to Dr Tatum about the financing options available.
The information in the article is not intended to substitute for the counsel and expertise of a medical professional. We encourage you to discuss any decisions about treatment or care with Dr. Vicki Tatum, to make the most informed decision.
Procera© Dental Crowns
Today, more and more of patients are asking for dental crowns that do not contain metal or other alloys. At our office, we offer the state-of-the-art Procera© all-ceramic crowns.
Procera all-ceramic crowns, possess high esthetic quality as well as excellence in functionality and longevity. Their finish and natural look are unparalleled by traditional metal-core crowns. Insertion is easy and results are immediate.
To find out more about how Dr. Vicki Tatum and her team can renew your smile using Procera® crowns, please contact our office today at (843) 577-6453.
Teeth Whitening - Zoom Whitespeed
Discover your brightest smile with Zoom Whitespeed In-Office Whitening!
Tooth whitening is the number one cosmetic dental procedure performed in America and it's extremely popular in Charleston and Charleston County. Teeth whitening or bleaching can be done safely and effectively a number of different ways.
Take home tray bleaching is the most commonly used approach, however a one hour power bleach can be done to brighten your smile before that special evening or occasion. Having your teeth whitened by a professional is one of the easiest ways to brighten and invigorate your smile, with results lasting longer than other methods.
If you are ready to enhance your smile with a teeth whitening procedure, please email or call Tatum Dentistry at (843) 577-6453 to schedule your complimentary teeth whitening consultation.
Cosmetic Imaging - See What a Great Smile Would Look Like
It’s called an “advanced cosmetic imaging system.” We just call it amazing! With our cosmetic imaging system, professional cosmetic simulations let you see how you would actually look after cosmetic dental treatment. We simply take a digital photo during your visit and send the image to the lab. Shortly, you receive stunning “before” and “after” pictures that clearly show the intended results of treatment. You’ll see clearly how you’d appear with a more appealing smile. You are able to share the pictures with family and close friends as you consider treatment.