Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry is really coming into its own. Trend-watchers say that every day, more and more people are choosing it to improve their smiles, with the procedures that are available at The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte.

We all want to look our best. But cosmetic dentistry isn’t about vanity; it is good for your dental health. For example, straight teeth in the correct position are easier to care for, and make for a healthier mouth. That probably explains why clear braces are among the most popular cosmetic dentistry options; they can straighten your teeth, and are almost undetectable as you wear them.

Clear braces are not, of course, the only cosmetic dentistry option. Teeth whitening is one of the most popular procedures out there. A lot of people try to get whiter teeth at home, and there is a nearly bewildering selection of over-the-counter whitening products on the market. But none of them – not toothpastes, strips, or gels – can match the power of professional-grade teeth whitening.

Also in demand are porcelain veneers. They can completely transform the appearance of your smile, and like other cosmetic dentistry, are minimally invasive. A thin layer of tooth enamel is removed before veneers are permanently attached to your teeth. After that, you’ve got a mega-watt smile.

These and other cosmetic dentistry procedures can be completed without any pain at all. So if you’re looking to upgrade your smile, or simply restore integrity to yellowed or damaged teeth, The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte has a procedure for you. We have extended evening and weekend hours to fit any schedule. Set up an appointment with us today.

Contact The Steele Creek Dentist:

704-461-0143

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4815 Berewick Town Center Dr
Charlotte, North Carolina
28273

 


Top 10 Reasons To Visit Your Dentist

Visit Your Charlotte DentistYou smile deserves regular attention. If you haven’t been to the Steele Creek Dentist for a dental checkup in a while, consider the following:

  1. Check Up: It’s time, and this is the best way to prevent dental problems.
  2. Clean Up: Our dental hygienist is ready to give you a super clean smile.
  3. Brush Up: If it has been a while since your last dental visit, it’s probably time to come in for a refresher course on proper dental hygiene.
  4. Avoid Pain: If you have dental pain and have been putting off a trip to the dentist, come in now, because we specialize in relieving dental pain.
  5. Fillings: We can find and fill all your dental cavities in almost no time at all. This will help you avoid more painful problems down the road, and helps some of those sensitivities to hot and cold.
  6. Prevent Gum Disease: We’ll assess the health of your gums and suggest treatments or practices that are available to help you improve the health of your gums.
  7. A Whiter Smile: We can help. We have tooth whitening options available that will enhance your smile and make your teeth whiter.
  8. Tooth Replacement: If you are missing a tooth, we can help restore your smile with the latest in tooth replacement technology.
  9. Cosmetic Dentistry: Considering making improvements to your smile? We can help you analyze the options.
  10. Confidence: Nothing brings you more confidence than a healthy,  smile.

At The Steele Creek Dentist, our dental checkups and cleanings are something to smile about. We also offer general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next appointment with us today.

Contact The Steele Creek Dentist:

704-461-0143

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4815 Berewick Town Center Dr
Charlotte, North Carolina
28273

 

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What Does Your Dentist Need To Know?

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For good dental health, you should visit The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte twice a year for a cleaning and checkup. This is a good time to make sure that you are brushing and flossing properly. It is also important that you discuss issues related to dental health.

Make sure to tell us about any medications that you are taking. If you are using any tobacco products, we need to know that, too. We might be able to offer you a program that can help you stop.

Furthermore, let us know if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. If you have any type of eating disorder, you should also discuss this. Ditto if you have a special health issue such as a heart condition. Oral health is an integral part of your overall physical health and cannot be isolated.

Your regular check-up is also the perfect opportunity to inquire about cosmetic dentistry procedures. We can combine multiple procedures to give you a total smile redesign. If you have ever wondered what a new smile could do for you, now is the time to find out!

At The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte, we offer general and cosmetic dentistry. We make seeing us as convenient as possible with evening and weekend hours. Schedule your next appointment with us today.

Contact The Steele Creek Dentist:

704-461-0143

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4815 Berewick Town Center Dr
Charlotte, North Carolina
28273

 

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Cosmetic Dentistry vs. General Dentistry

Charlotte Cosmetic DentistryThis article from The Steele Creek Dentist explains how general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry are different.

General dentists are dedicated to preventing and treating oral diseases such as cavities and gum disease. When a problem is diagnosed, let’s say, a cavity between two teeth, a general dentist will determine the best way to restore the tooth involved.

Cosmetic dentists perform elective dental procedures that make a smile more attractive. Cosmetic dentistry procedures available at The Steele Creek Dentist include teeth whitening, tooth-colored fillings, dental bonding, veneers, inlays, onlays, and dental crowns.

Some dentists provide both general and cosmetic dentistry services. In some cases, there is a cosmetic component to restorative procedures. For example, if a dental patient comes in after receiving an injury that chipped a front tooth, the tooth needs to be restored to avert decay. The tooth is also less structurally sound, so it is vulnerable to further damage. In addition, the tooth affects the overall appearance of the smile. Depending on the specifics of the damage, there are several restorative options. Dental bonding, porcelain veneers, and crowns are all used to repair a damaged tooth.

As you can see, there is not always a definitive line between general and cosmetic dentistry. At The Steele Creek Dentist, we provide both, along with pediatric dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact The Steele Creek Dentist:

704-461-0143

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4815 Berewick Town Center Dr
Charlotte, North Carolina
28273

 

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Two Hints For When You’re Too Tired To Brush

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Too tired to touch a toothbrush? We’ve all been there. The team at the Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte are committed to helping patients maintain good dental hygiene and to correct imperfections that can lead to inhibited confidence and self-assurance.

WIth that in mind, we are offering two good ideas for overcoming exhaustion in favor of brushing and flossing late at night.

Idea #1 Drag Tongue Along Teeth
As you lie in bed after a long thankless day, and realize you forgot to brush, drag your tongue over your teeth a few times. Mentally review how plaque and tartar form. Within 48 hours they can start the dirty work of eating away at the teeth. See if that motivates you to jump up and give your mouth two minutes of gentle, thorough cleaning.

Idea #2 Scrutinize the Food You Eat
Another convenient and simple approach is to pay attention to what’s going into your mouth throughout the day. The higher the sugar content, the sooner the teeth will need a brushing to avoid harm. Swish with water after coffee, tea or soda if brushing isn’t going to happen soon. Chewing sticky candy leaves debris all over in the mouth as does bread and crackers. Keep this in mind and commit to take care of the particles as soon as possible.

Shredded meat can remain lodged between teeth for days if you don’t pull it out with floss. Plan to floss or brush after eating if possible. With each particular type of food, learn to assess the effect it could have on your smile. Make the decision to brush before you are tired. By simply visualizing and committing, you reduce the likelihood of hemming and hawing later when you’re yawning and fading and have to choose between settling into bed and spending 2 minutes cleaning your teeth.

We know a long day of work or play can wear anyone out. Likewise, we know consistent brushing will lessen buildup and help prevent decay and gum disease. And we know that sometimes cavities need filling, chipped teeth need fixing, crooked teeth need straightening, and wisdom teeth need extraction.

The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte offers general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact The Steele Creek Dentist:

704-461-0143

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4815 Berewick Town Center Dr
Charlotte, North Carolina
28273

 

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What Is More Valuable Than A Diamond?

Charlotte cosmetic dentistryMiguel de Cervantes once wrote that “Every tooth in a man’s head is more valuable than a diamond.” But the author of Don Quixote could never have imagined that dental implants, available in Charlotte from The Steele Creek Dentist, would one day be a viable replacement for lost teeth.

A dental implant is a titanium post anchored into the jaw bone. When an artificial tooth is fitted to it, an implant functions just like a natural tooth.

With a dental implant, you can talk, chew, and brush like normal. Eat that steak. Laugh out loud. Sing at the top of your lungs!

The dental implant procedure has advanced beyond the experimental stage, and moved into mainstream dentistry. With implants you can replace a single tooth, or they can be used to anchor a set of dentures.

The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte offers dental implants, as part of our general and cosmetic dentistry. Find out more by scheduling a consultation with us today.

Contact The Steele Creek Dentist:

704-461-0143

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4815 Berewick Town Center Dr
Charlotte, North Carolina
28273

 

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Do You Eat A Smile-Healthy Diet?

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This post from The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte explains how specific foods and eating behaviors affect our teeth.

The Sugar Problem
Sugars get converted by bacteria in the mouth to acids. It is the acids that begin to attack enamel and initiate decay for men and women of all ages. Fruits have high water content which can dilute the effects of the sugars they contain and get the saliva flowing so they aren’t really forbidden. It’s the chocolate bars, hard candies, cookies, cakes and pies that are.

Acidic Food Coupling
Oranges, tomatoes, lemons and the like should be eaten as part of a meal to minimize the acidic effects. It is a good idea to eat a variety of healthy foods such as cheeses, chicken, other meats, nuts and milk. The calcium and phosphorus will encourage tooth remineralization.

Timing of Meals
The more often you eat the more often your teeth are subject to the decay process. This can be tempered by picking healthy snacks. And keep in mind, the later at night you eat the more likely you are to not only eat unhealthy foods, but to skip oral hygiene altogether.

At The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte, the dental health of each patient is our primary concern. We offer general and cosmetic dentistry services. Schedule your next cleaning and checkup with us today.

Contact The Steele Creek Dentist:

704-461-0143

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4815 Berewick Town Center Dr
Charlotte, North Carolina
28273

 

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Energy Drink Warning For Charlotte

Griers Fork Smile RedesignThe subject of this blog post is energy drinks and how they can weaken your teeth. At The Steele Creek Dentist, we are seeing more and more patients with tooth enamel erosion caused by repeated consumption of sports drinks.

Most of these men and women take good care of their teeth, brush and floss, and come into The Steele Creek Dentist for a twice-yearly exam and deep cleaning.

But guess what? If you drink energy drinks regularly, your enamel can erode even if you practice oral hygiene.

Beverages like Red Bull, Rock Star, and Monster are a cocktail of powerful acids and other enamel-eroding ingredients. Most of them contain citric acid, fruit juices, loads of sugar, and a potent chemical that gives them their bright fluorescent color.

We are concerned by this significant oral health risk.

Here is an excerpt from a recent CNN story: “Researchers at the University of Iowa’s College of Dentistry found the energy drinks and sports drinks eroded the enamel more than soda and fruit juices.”

We need to add the caveat that soda and fruit juices also contain acids that can weaken teeth.

If your teeth have enamel erosion, whatever the cause, The Steele Creek Dentist can restore your smile with general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact The Steele Creek Dentist:

704-461-0143

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4815 Berewick Town Center Dr
Charlotte, North Carolina
28273

 

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Are You At Risk For Bone Recession?

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We all know that a healthy smile requires decay-free teeth and healthy gums, but how often do we appreciate our jaw bone? Our teeth need a strong firm foundation to remain healthy and beautiful.

Today’s post looks at bone recession. Occasionally, a patient experiences bone recession in their jaw which can cause tooth loss and other problems. However, it is generally the other way around. The bone loss occurs as a result of a lost tooth because the blood supply and stimulus required for maintaining healthy bone is taken away.

Let’s look at the most common causes of jaw bone recession:

Extracted Teeth
Bone is living tissue and needs stimulation to stay healthy and retain its size and density. Biting, chewing, talking and all the other normal mouth functions keep the portion of the bone surrounding the tooth root healthy. When a tooth is extracted, the bone that used to anchor the tooth root recedes as if it understands that it is no longer needed. A dental implant provides stimulation similar to the natural tooth and can prevent bone recession.

Gum Infection
A gum infection can result when gum inflammation goes untreated and progresses to periodontitis. With periodontitis, the gums pull away from the teeth creating pockets which provide the perfect breeding ground for the detrimental infection.

Gum infections can proceed undetected, though there are usually warning signs. Swollen, painful gums, loose teeth, and gums that bleed when brushed are symptoms of periodontitis. The infection dissolves bone as the gums pull away from the tooth. Inadequate oral hygiene increases the risk of gum disease but other factors can compromise gum health. These include smoking (no surprise here), hormone levels, diseases that lower immune system effectiveness, medications that cause dry mouth, and genetic predisposition.

Abscessed Tooth
An abscess is a pus-filled pocket of infection that occurs in the nerve and roots of a tooth. As the infection attacks the tooth and bone tissue it creates a space that fills with pus. There are several treatments for a tooth abscess including antibiotics to kill the infection, a root canal, or extraction, if required.

If you would like to replace a missing tooth with an implant, but don’t have enough bone at the implant site, you might be a candidate for bone grafting. Bone grafting may sound like major oral surgery but it is really a routine procedure performed in a dental office.

The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte provides general and cosmetic dentistry, including dental implants. Schedule your next appointment with us today.

Contact The Steele Creek Dentist:

704-461-0143

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4815 Berewick Town Center Dr
Charlotte, North Carolina
28273

 

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Don’t Put Off Your Dental Exam

comprehensive dental deep cleanings CharlotteNo matter what age you are, as long as you have teeth, dental exams are an important part of keeping your smile healthy and beautiful! At the Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte, we’re here to help.

Knowledge is Power
Dental exams are often put off because they can be seen as unnecessary. But exams are truly one of the best methods for preventative care.

At each check up, our hygienists will thoroughly clean your teeth. Once they are polished sparkling clean, your teeth and gums will receive a comprehensive analysis. They will be inspected for cavities, recession, excessive wear, and other problems. Catching them early is crucial so  they don’t turn into larger issues.

Innovative Dental Technology
Technology is moving swiftly, so it’s essential to find a dental office that has the latest instruments to ensure your check up is detailed and comprehensive. At The Steele Creek Dentist, we have state-of-the-art technology that is used for your exams. If a problem is detected, an appropriate, individualized treatment plan will be designed.

Peace of Mind
After your entire mouth has been examined, we will detail what is necessary moving forward. Whether that’s flossing more often or discussing major fixes such as braces, we will make sure that you get all the information you need to ensure your smile is bright and beautiful!

Checkups and cleanings at The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte are essential to your dental health. We also provide general and cosmetic dentistry.

Contact The Steele Creek Dentist:

704-461-0143

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4815 Berewick Town Center Dr
Charlotte, North Carolina
28273

 

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