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If you are uncomfortable with the way your teeth appear and avoid smiling for pictures and laughing freely when out with friends – you are not alone. It is estimated that around one-third of American adults are unhappy with their smile due to a number of imperfections, such as crooked, stained, misshaped, or chipped teeth.

What if there was a way for you to enrich your social life, improve your professional success, and boost your self-esteem just by enhancing your smile? Cosmetic dentistry provides just that opportunity. Below are some of the many ways you can dramatically transform your smile with a routine visit to your local dentist.

Teeth Whitening

Teeth that have lost their sheen or are stained, yellowy, or gray can age you and inhibit the attractiveness of your overall appearance. Because enamel is porous, over time, your teeth are naturally affected by what you consume. Certain dark-colored beverages and foods, such as chocolate, coffee, dark sodas, black tea, and dark berries can all stain your teeth. Other factors include smoking and the natural age progression.

With the advancement in professional teeth whitening protocols – you can achieve a whiter smile in under a week – and in some cases – just one day! Many dental offices today offer both in-office and take-home whitening services to make treatment as convenient as possible for their patients. In-office treatments are ideal for patients that need instant results for a special event, such as a wedding or class reunion to help them look their best. If time is not a concern, teeth whitening trays can be custom-made and provided to you along with professional strength gel so you can whiten your smile in the comfort of your home. Patients typically see results in one to two weeks.

Porcelain Veneers

These ultra-thin porcelain shells are designed to cover the front surface of teeth to conceal a variety of cosmetic blemishes, such as chipped, crooked, worn, or severely stained teeth. Patients with multiple concerns find this treatment extremely beneficial as a means for positively altering their smile, rather than choosing three to four individual treatments. Since veneers are made with durable materials, patients can enjoy lasting results for 15 to 20 years.

In addition, veneers are made from realistic porcelain, custom-made to fit seamlessly over the affected tooth. Each veneer will be carefully fabricated in such a way to match the natural shape and size of your teeth, yet lightened just enough to restore the sparkle back to your smile.


With the introduction of clear aligner trays into the dental industry, patients today can discreetly straighten their smile without unsightly and uncomfortable metal brackets. These virtually invisible trays are made from safe, BPA-free materials, custom-made to fit smoothly over your teeth. At the beginning of treatment, you will be given a series of trays that will need to be worn consecutively for two weeks at a time, rotating to the next one in the series until treatment is completed. To be the most effective – it’s imperative that you wear your aligners for at least 20 hours a day.

The primary benefit clear aligners provide is their subtlety and comfort. However, another significant benefit includes their ability to be removed so you can enjoy all your favorite foods without the fear of damaging a bracket or wire. Straighter teeth are easier to keep clean – so in addition to improving your appearance and self-confidence, you can maintain a healthier smile and prevent costly restorative treatments in the future.

Contact Carolina Oaks Travelers Rest

There are many benefits to choosing cosmetic dentistry as a means for achieving the smile of your dreams. Our team of trustworthy and highly-trained dentists at Carolina Oaks Dental Care Travelers Rest offer a variety of cosmetic dentistry treatments to fit your needs. To learn more about the treatments we provide and how they can benefit you personally – contact our Travelers Rest, SC office online or by calling (864) 836-8416.

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