Dr. Ashley Covington DMD can perform a variety of cosmetic procedures to improve your smile—from subtle changes to major repairs.
There are cosmetic dentistry options to meet every need, goal and budget. If you want to make a subtle improvement, teeth whitening and tooth bonding are excellent options. To correct more significant cosmetic concerns, Dr. Covington may recommend porcelain veneers or ceramic tooth crowns.
Before any cosmetic procedure, we discuss patient goals and desires. Then we develop a plan of action that will create a unique smile to complement the patient’s overall appearance. We take into consideration many factors, such as facial symmetry, the size of features, and skin tone. Casts made from your dental impressions and wax mock-ups of crowns and veneers enable you to visualize the exciting outcome.
Don’t let an imperfect smile get you down; schedule a consultation with us and explore the possibilities of cosmetic dentistry.
What is teeth whitening?
Teeth whitening is a common and popular chemical process used to lighten teeth. Some people get their teeth whitened to make stains disappear, while others just want a brighter smile. Discoloration, which occurs in the enamel, can be caused by medication, coffee, tea, and cigarettes. Discoloration also can be due to your genetic make up or simply from aging. Teeth whitening can be performed by your dentist in the office but many years of research has shown that at-home whitening is more cost effective and last longer.
What is bonding?
Dental Bonding is the use of tooth-colored material to fill in gaps or change the color of teeth. Bonding lasts several years and often requires only a single office visit. Tooth bonding is more susceptible to staining or chipping than other forms of restoration. When teeth are chipped or slightly decayed, bonded composite resins may be the material of choice. Bonding also is used to fill small cavities, to close spaces between teeth, or to cover the entire outside surface of a tooth.
What are veneers?
Porcelain veneers are placed over the front teeth to change the color or shape of your teeth. Veneers are used on teeth with uneven surfaces; on teeth that are chipped, discolored, oddly shaped, unevenly spaced, or crooked; or on teeth that already have large fillings placed. Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain or plastic that are cemented over the front of your teeth. Veneers are used to treat some of the same problems that bonding is used to treat. Dental veneers also are an alternative to crowns.
What are tooth colored restorations?
Tooth colored restorations or fillings are also referred to as composites, because they are composed of a complex molecular structure of a resin matrix and fillers. Composites or resins were introduced in the 1960’s, and have undergone continual improvements in durability, color stability, material handling qualities, and esthetic properties. Tooth colored restorations are actually bonded to remaining tooth structure compared to silver/amalgam restorations, which are “locked” into tooth structure. This property of resin restorations makes them a very conservative approach to tooth restoration after caries removal.
Choosing a Beaufort, SC Cosmetic Dentist
One of the things that sets Dr. Covington apart from other cosmetic dentists in the Beaufort, SC area is her commitment to advanced training and education. Over the last decade, Dr. Covington has logged over 1,000 hours in continuing education. For you, this means access to the latest techniques and advancements in modern dentistry.
Think of Dr. Harper as the mouth “architect”. Starting with a precise diagnosis, he will create a strategic treatment plan and coordinate with specialists, lab technicians and other support persons to achieve the best possible results for each individual case. Meet Dr. Harper.
Cosmetic Dentistry Services
Using dental technology, Dr. Covington will assess each patient’s bite and jaw position. We will diagnose any structural issues that may be causing a cosmetic problem. Dr. Covington understands that it is just as important to determine the underlying cause of any oral health issues that may be affecting a patient’s smile. This comprehensive approach can help to ensure that the results of any procedure will be comfortable, functional and long lasting. Our dentists provide a complete range of cosmetic dental procedures including:
- Porcelain Veneers
- Teeth Whitening
- Dental Implants
- Enamel Countouring
- Invisalign Invisible Braces
- Tooth Colored Fillings
- Dental Bonding
Dr. Covington is a highly trained dentist, having attended numerous post-graduate classes to provide the most current and advanced techniques in cosmetic dentistry. Recent advances in cosmetic dentistry have made it easier for you to get the smile you’ve always wanted.
Cosmetic Dentistry: What to Expect
Dr. Covington believes that the teeth should be both healthy AND beautiful, which is why she works on improving the condition and the appearance of the teeth at the same time. Our cosmetic dentists believe the saying “form follows function” is true. When you visit Lowcountry Family Dentistry, you’ll have an experience unlike any other trip to the dentist. We are constantly updating our office to give patients the best experience possible.
We perform a comprehensive evaluation on each patient as the foundation for treatment planning. During the examination, your dentist will inspect all teeth for signs of wear and decay, screen for periodontal disease and look for instability in the jaw joints and muscles.
This comprehensive approach ensures successful outcomes from cosmetic dentistry. You can be sure that your results will be natural looking, comfortable and long lasting.
Schedule Your Consultation for Cosmetic Dentistry
If you’ve been searching for a local cosmetic dentist to help you get the smile you’ve always wanted, contact us to schedule a consultation with your Beaufort dentist. We invite you to schedule a consultation with our dentist office to see what your smile might look like once you have completed treatment. During your consultation, our dental office encourages you to ask as many questions as you would like about the procedure you are considering having done. Lowcountry Family Dentistry is conveniently located on Lady’s Island in Beaufort, SC and we see patients from the entire surrounding areas including Port Royal, St. Helena Island, Harbor Island and Fripp Island.