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By Three Fountains Family Dental Inc
January 27, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

What you’re about to learn about cosmetic dentistry could make you smile.

We place a lot of importance on the appearance of our smiles. How often do you notice someone’s smile? Most of the time, right? So, it doesn’t come as much of a surprise that many people turn to our West Columbia, SC, dentists Drs. Peter and Brooke Stoltz for cosmetic dentistry. After all, the cosmetic treatments we offer can help your smile look and feel its best, which also means that you look and feel your best. Want to know more about cosmetic dentistry? You’ve come to the right place!

New Year, New You

The New Year is often the time that people turn to our West Columbia, SC, dental team to discuss the ways in which cosmetic dentistry can give them the more confident appearance they want. After all, a beautiful smile can boost your self-esteem and even take years off your face. Here are just some of the ways in which cosmetic dentistry can help you,

Correct Minor Imperfections

A slightly chipped front tooth or a small discoloration can still leave you feeling self-conscious. Luckily, we also offer more conservative cosmetic options such as dental bonding, tooth contouring and gum reshaping to buff away small chips and unevenness in your teeth, while also filling small gaps between teeth and hiding small discolorations.

Brighten Your Smile and Get Rid of Stains

It’s natural for our smiles to become a little dull and dingy over the years. Even our favorite white t-shirt starts to fade with time; however, our team offers professional teeth whitening, which can get your smile several shades whiter and easily remove those stubborn stains. If you want a brighter smile to start the New Year out right, then it’s time to talk to us about teeth whitening.

Fix Misshapen or Misaligned Teeth

If you are dealing with widespread imperfections that impact several of your teeth, then you may wish to talk to us about dental veneers. Veneers are how many of those Hollywood stars have such perfect smiles. These thin porcelain shells are bonded to the front of your teeth to craft a brand-new smile that hides imperfections and alters the length, shape, alignments and color of your teeth.

Whether you have questions about cosmetic dentistry or you’re ready to sit down with our West Columbia, SC, dental team here at Three Fountains Family Dental Inc. to take the next steps, call our office today at (803) 755-0039. We would be happy to discuss options that are right for you and to get clear on your smile goals.

By Three Fountains Family Dental Inc
January 21, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
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Mike Tyson made a splash when he faced off against sharks during the Discovery Channel's Shark Week 2020. But there's bigger news for fans of the former undisputed world heavyweight champion: After a 15-year absence, he will enter the ring again for two exhibition matches in the Fall. However, it's not just Tyson's boxing action that made news during his 20-year career. His teeth have also gotten their fair share of press.

Tyson used to be known for two distinctive gold-capped teeth in the front left side of his mouth. He made headlines when he lost one of the shiny caps—not from a blow by a fellow pugilist but from being headbutted by his pet tiger as Tyson leaned in for a kiss. Tyson's teeth again garnered attention when he had his recognizable gold caps replaced with tooth-colored restorations. But the world champion may be best known, dentally at least, for his trademark tooth gap, or “diastema” in dentist-speak. Several years ago, he had the gap closed in a dental makeover, but he soon regretted the move. After all, the gap was a signature look for him, so he had it put back in.

That's one thing about cosmetic dentistry: With today's advanced technology and techniques, you can choose a dental makeover to suit your individual taste and personality.

An obvious example is teeth whitening. This common cosmetic treatment is not a one-size-fits-all option. You can choose whether you want eye-catching Hollywood white or a more natural shade.

If your teeth have chips or other small imperfections, bonding may be the solution for you. In dental bonding, tooth-colored material is placed on your tooth in layers and then hardened with a special light. The material is matched to your other teeth so the repaired tooth fits right in. This procedure can usually be done in just one office visit.

For moderate flaws or severe discoloration, porcelain veneers can dramatically improve your appearance. These thin, tooth-colored shells cover the front surface of the tooth—the side that shows when you smile. Veneers are custom-crafted for the ideal individualized look.

Dental crowns can restore single teeth or replace missing teeth as part of a dental bridge. Again, they are manufactured to your specifications. With restorations like crowns and veneers, the smallest detail can be replicated to fit in with your natural teeth—even down to the ridges on the tooth's surface.

And if, like Mike Tyson, you have a gap between your teeth that makes your smile unique, there's no reason to give that up if you opt for a smile makeover. Whether you would like a small cosmetic enhancement or are looking for a more dramatic transformation, we can work with you to devise a treatment plan that is right for you.

If you would like more information about smile-enhancing dental treatments, please contact us or schedule a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Cosmetic Dentistry: A Time for Change.”

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Love at first sight—it's an endearing notion found in movies and novels, but perhaps we're a little skeptical about it happening in real life. Then again, maybe it does once in a blue moon. ¬†According to supermodel Gisele Bündchen, something definitely happened the first time she met pro quarterback Tom Brady in 2006. And it all began when he smiled.

“The moment I saw him, he smiled and I was like, 'That is the most beautiful, charismatic smile I've ever seen!'” Bündchen said in an article for Vogue magazine. That was all it took. After a three-year romance, they married in 2009 and have been happily so ever since.

Both Brady and Bündchen have great smiles. But they also know even the most naturally attractive smile occasionally needs a little help. Here are three things our happy couple have done to keep their smiles beautiful—and you could do the same.

Teeth whitening. Bündchen is a big proponent of brightening your smile, even endorsing a line of whitening products at one point. And for good reason: This relatively inexpensive and non-invasive procedure can turn a dull, lackluster smile into a dazzling head-turner. A professional whitening can give you the safest, longest-lasting results. We can also fine-tune the whitening solution to give you just the level of brightness you want.

Teeth straightening. When Bündchen noticed one of her teeth out of normal alignment, she underwent orthodontic treatment to straighten her smile. Rather than traditional braces, she opted for clear aligners, removable trays made of translucent plastic. Effective on many types of orthodontic problems, clear aligners can straighten teeth while hardly being noticed by anyone else.

Smile repair. Brady is a frequent client of cosmetic dentistry, sometimes due to his day job. During 2015's Super Bowl XLIX against the Seattle Seahawks, Brady chipped a tooth, ironically from “head-butting” his Patriots teammate Brandon LaFell after the latter caught a touchdown pass. Fortunately, he's had this and other defects repaired—and so can you. We can restore teeth as good as new with composite resin bonding, veneers or crowns.

This superstar couple, known for their advocacy of all things healthy, would also tell you a beautiful smile is a healthy one. You can help maintain your smile's attractiveness with daily brushing and flossing to lower the risk of staining and dental disease, regular dental visits, and “tooth-friendly” eating habits.

And when your teeth need a little extra TLC, see us for a full evaluation. You may not be in the spotlight like this celebrity couple, but you can still have a beautiful smile just like theirs.

If you would like more information on ways to enhance your smile, please contact us or schedule a consultation.

By Three Fountains Family Dental Inc
March 13, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Focusing on the aesthetic side of your smile rather than its functionality, cosmetic dentistry can renew your smile in just a few dental Cosmetic appointments. However, choosing the best treatment for your smile is crucial to getting the results you want. Find out more about cosmetic dentistry and some common procedures with Dr. Peter Stoltz and Dr. Brooke Stoltz at Three Fountains Family Dental in West Columbia, SC.

Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures in West Columbia, SC, Include:

  • Bonding: Dental bonding allows your dentist to repair small imperfections in the teeth, such as a chip. Your dentist applies the bonding materials directly to the tooth and shapes them into the final form.
  • Crowns: A porcelain dental crown covers a tooth on all visible sides to stabilize and protect it, normally after a root canal.
  • Bridges: Made from porcelain to match the natural teeth; a bridge spans over a gap in the smile to replace a missing tooth.
  • Veneers: Also made from porcelain, dentists cover the surface of a tooth to restore its appearance. A veneer can cover a single tooth to improve its appearance or all the teeth to truly overhaul your smile.
  • Whitening: Teeth whitening is one of the fastest, least invasive ways to give your smile’s appearance a boost.
  • Dental Implants: Dental implants are a restorative dental procedure which replaces a missing tooth. Unlike other options, such as bridges, an implant stands on its own via a titanium fixture implanted directly into the jawbone under the missing tooth.

Cosmetic dentistry can benefit your smile in many ways. Don’t hesitate to begin your journey to a more beautiful smile.

For more information on cosmetic dentistry, please contact Dr. Peter Stoltz and Dr. Brooke Stoltz at Three Fountains Family Dental in West Columbia, SC. Call (803) 755-0039 to schedule your appointment today!

By Three Fountains Family Dental Inc
March 07, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Cosmetic dentistry, though largely optional and meant to improve the appearance of your smile, can also help improve the functionality of cosmetic dentistryyour teeth. With help from your cosmetic dentist, you can finally have the smile you have always wanted, whether that means repairing a small imperfection on an obvious tooth or completely overhauling your smile to make over your entire look. Find out more about cosmetic dentistry and what it can do for you with Dr. Peter Stoltz and Dr. Brooke Stoltz at Three Fountains Family Dentistry in West Columbia, SC.

What is cosmetic dentistry? 

Cosmetic dentistry focuses on improving the appearance of your smile rather than repairing a broken tooth to make it function correctly. Cosmetic treatments are not necessary to chewing or eating and only serve to give you a look you love. However, many cosmetic treatments can also restore a tooth and, on the other hand, many restorative procedures also improve a tooth aesthetically.

Popular Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures

  • Veneers: Dental veneers act as a facade, covering the surface of the tooth to completely renew its appearance. The veneer itself is a super-thin shell of porcelain which can change the shape, length, width, and color of the tooth.
  • Dental Implants: Dental implants permanently replace a missing tooth with a natural-looking prosthetic tooth. Your dentist implants dental implants directly into the jawbone, where they remain for the rest of your life to form a sturdy foundation for your replacement tooth.
  • Zoom Teeth Whitening: Zoom teeth whitening is a procedure which can take place in a single dental visit and provide big results. You can work with your dentist to determine the strength of the treatment and ensure that you get the look you want.
  • Dentures: Patients missing all their teeth can benefit from dentures, which replace an arch of missing teeth to allow patients to eat, chew, speak, and smile once more. Dentures can be a traditional, full denture, a partial denture which incorporates any remaining healthy teeth into its design, or even an implant-supported denture which takes advantage of dental implant technology to stay permanently in the mouth.

Cosmetic Dentistry in West Columbia, SC

For more information on cosmetic dentistry, please contact Dr. Peter Stoltz and Dr. Brooke Stoltz at Three Fountains Family Dentistry in West Columbia, SC. Call (803)755-0039 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!