Posts for tag: cosmetic dentistry

By Joel E. Johnson, DMD, PA
March 26, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Veneers SmileHow porcelain veneers from your dentist in Columbia, SC, can give you a new smile

Does your smile need a little freshening up? Is your smile dull and uninteresting? Is your smile compromised by chipped, cracked, or damaged teeth? If you answered yes to any of these questions, it’s time for you to discover the magic of porcelain veneers. They are the go-to treatment to give you a beautiful, flawless smile. Dr. Joel E. Johnson in Columbia, SC, offers porcelain veneer treatment to give you a new smile.

Porcelain veneers are thin, beautiful laminates of sparkling porcelain. These laminates are permanently cemented on to the front surfaces of your teeth. Veneer treatment is conservative, because Dr. Johnson only removes enough tooth surface to compensate for thickness of the veneers.

Porcelain veneers are a versatile treatment that will freshen up your smile by covering up many cosmetic and aesthetic issues with your teeth, including:

  • Excessive tooth wear due to aging or grinding
  • Chips caused by everyday wear-and-tear
  • Cracks or fracture lines caused by trauma
  • Discolorations due to medications or genetics

Veneer treatment may also be able to hide alignment issues including gaps between your teeth, or tooth overlap and tooth rotation. Dr. Johnson will discuss whether veneers are the right choice, or if conventional orthodontics are the best treatment for alignment issues.

Porcelain veneer treatment is a popular choice to refresh smiles because porcelain looks just like natural tooth enamel. It reflects light, so your new porcelain veneers will sparkle just like natural tooth enamel. Unlike natural tooth enamel, porcelain resists stains, so your smile will stay bright for years, even if you drink coffee or smoke.

If you need to refresh your smile, porcelain veneers can help. They can hide both minor and major problems with your teeth, giving you a smile that makes a statement. To find out more about porcelain veneers and other cosmetic, restorative, and preventive dental services, call Dr. Joel E. Johnson in Columbia, SC, today!

By Joel E. Johnson, DMD, PA
January 24, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

When you think of cosmetics, do you think of your dentist? Well, you should if your dentist is Dr. Joel Johnson in Columbia. Expert in a wide array of services which improve smile appearance and self-image, Dr. Johnson can makeover your smile, giving you a look that's both realistic and highly functional.

What is cosmetic dentistry?

It's that branch of modern dentistry which improves smile aesthetics--that is:

  • Tooth shape, size, and color
  • Smile alignment
  • How much tooth structure and gum tissue shows when a person smiles
  • Repair of obvious defects such as hairline cracks and gaps

Many cosmetic services, such as professional teeth whitening, are budget-friendly, one-visit and simple to execute. Others, however, require modern diagnostic, imaging, and fabrication techniques such as Dr. Johnson's ED Digital fabrication processes for crowns, veneers and bridges. Whether used singly or in combination, aesthetic services from your dentist in Columbia render youthful, bright smiles which really last.
Types of cosmetic dental services
 
Dr. Johnson confers with his prospective cosmetic dentistry patients before beginning any treatments. He performs a complete examination and takes digital X-rays to ensure your treatment plan is built on a foundation of good oral health.
Also, you and your dentist will discuss the improvements you wish to achieve. Are ragged tooth edges detracting from your healthy smile? What about tooth color? Are tobacco stains so stubborn you think nothing can ever whiten them? Is your smile crooked, gapped, or crowded? These are the details you and Dr. Johnson will address to arrive at solutions that are practical, transforming and affordable.
Available cosmetic services
 
Your cosmetic dentistry plan will be tailored to include some of the following treatments as you and your dentist determine best. Dr. Johnson offers:

  • Composite resin bonding, an efficient, one-visit repair of chips, cracks, gaps, and other small flaws using a durable and lifelike blend of acrylic and glass
  • Porcelain veneers, or dental laminates, shells of ultra-thin ceramic which camouflage larger defects such as deep stains, mild crookedness, and misshapen tooth structure
  • Porcelain crowns, durable and beautiful jackets of fine porcelain which support and beautify damaged teeth
  • Professional teeth whitening, an in-office or at-home service which applies powerful peroxide gel, lifting deep dental stains from tooth enamel
  • ClearCorrect invisible aligners, a faster, more discreet way to correct moderate orthodontic problems without the intricacies and inconveniences of traditional braces

A smile made just for you
Get it from cosmetic dentistry expert, Dr. Joel Johnson. Learn more during a one-on-one consultation with this caring and skilled dentist. Call the office for an appointment in Columbia, SC, (803) 788-2555. If you're a new patient, ask about free bleaching with your initial cleaning and examination.

By Joel E. Johnson, DMD, PA
December 24, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers   cosmetic dentistry  

VeneersDo you need veneers from your Columbia, SC, dentist, Dr. Joel E Johnson?

Veneers are wafer-thin coverings that are placed on the teeth's surface to act as strong substitutes for tooth enamel. Veneers create a natural-looking surface when bonded to the surface of your teeth. Veneers, like natural tooth enamel, are tough and translucent, however, they do not stain like natural teeth.

Versatility of Porcelain Veneers

Veneers beautify your smile by providing good tooth color, shape, and proper alignment. Veneers can improve any of the following characteristics:

  • Color: Teeth become stained by foods and drinks, smoking, chewing tobacco and aging.

  • Size & Shape: Teeth become worn down from teeth grinding habits and naturally irregular-shaped teeth.

  • Alignment & Spacing: Veneers can close small gaps between teeth and/or make minor adjustments to correct tooth alignment.

Limitations of Veneers

Veneers aren't always the answer. You may need orthodontics because veneers can't be used to:

  • Correct severely misaligned teeth
  • Close large dental gaps
  • Extreme tooth decay and decay
  • Severe trauma due to an accident or tooth grinding

Steps to Creating a New Smile with Porcelain Veneers

  • First, visit Dr. Joel Johnson's Columbia, SC, office to discuss what you don't like about your teeth discuss and whether veneers can solve the issue
  • Once you and your doctor have agreed upon a plan, your dentist will remove small amounts of enamel off the surfaces of your teeth
  • Next, your dentist will create a mold of your teeth and send it to a laboratory to create veneers
  • You'll then receive a temporary set of veneers while your permanent set is being manufactured
  • Finally, your permanent veneers are cemented onto your teeth.

If you are interested in a new smile with veneers, call your Columbia, SC, dentist's office today to learn more at (803) 788-2555! With dental veneers, you can rejuvenate your smile and get to living your best life!

By Joel E. Johnson, DMD, PA
December 10, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental CrownFor your best personal appearance, self-confidence, and oral health, a complete smile serves you best. That means no failing teeth, gum disease, or smile gaps. If you're concerned about missing teeth or about a tooth or two that are weak or symptomatic, consult your dentist in Columbia, SC, Dr. Joel Johnson. He offers durable and lifelike porcelain crowns as well as crown-supported bridgework so that your smile is absolutely perfect.

What is a dental crown?

Made of realistic, superior-grade ceramic, a dental crown replaces damaged, discolored, or misshapen tooth enamel above the gum line. Crowns support bridges, which are prosthetic appliances composed of one or more artificial teeth in a row. Your dentist in Columbia also uses crowns to restore dental implants and to finish root canal treatments. Crowns return life and function to a deficient smile, and they last a decade or more with good at-home and in-office care.

Should you consider a crown?

If Dr. Johnson recommends that you receive crowns, you definitely should heavily consider having the treatments. From examination, X-rays, and oral impressions, the entire crown process happens at Dr. Johnson's office. Additionally, in most cases, the entire treatment happens in just one visit.

Dr. Johnson carefully crafts crowns digitally using a computer-aided design and manufacturing processes. That's why you can have your restorations in just one day.

Here are the benefits of crowns:

  1. Crowns replace substantial amounts of damaged enamel. Tooth decay, oral injury, infection, and congenital malformation are just some of the reasons why a tooth would require a crown.
  2. Weak, cracked, or decayed teeth do not improve by themselves. The problems only worsen over time, progressing to infection and eventual tooth loss. Crowns halt the damage and support the healthy portions of your tooth.
  3. A crown allows you to keep your natural tooth and its root system. While extraction of a failing tooth may seem preferable because of its lower cost, tooth loss translates to weaker bone, less gum tissue, poor oral function, and a noticeable smile gap.
  4. Crowns are beautiful, realistic in shape, size, and color and last for many years. Furthermore, when they do wear out, they can be replaced.

Caring for crowns

Maintaining your crown is just as important as maintaining your natural teeth and gums. Dr. Johnson recommends the standard American Dental Association guidelines: floss daily and brush twice a day. Also, if you grind your teeth, consider wearing a custom-fabricated night guard to protect your crown and natural teeth from premature wear and other health issues that bruxism causes.

Time for a consultation?

You want a great looking and functioning smile for life. So, contact the office team at Dr. Joel Johnson's Columbia office to schedule your personal crown consultation. Get the facts so that you can make a good decision for your oral health. Phone (803) 788-2555.

By Joel E. Johnson, DMD, PA
November 09, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Porcelain VeneersHow dental veneers from your dentist in Columbia, South Carolina, can rejuvenate your smile

Are you dealing with a dull, boring smile? If so, it’s time you discovered the benefits of dental veneers! Veneers can give you a memorable, beautiful smile—an important element in establishing good relations both professionally and socially. Your smile is often what people remember most about meeting you, so you want your smile to stand out. Dr. Joel E. Johnson in Columbia, South Carolina, can help you discover the magic of dental veneers.

The Basics

So, what are dental veneers? They are thin laminates of beautiful porcelain which are cemented onto the front surfaces of your teeth. One great benefit of dental veneers is that they are a conservative dental treatment. Only minimal tooth surface is removed, just enough to accommodate the thickness of the veneers.

People love dental veneers because they offer benefits like these:

  • They give you a permanently brilliant, white smile
  • They reflect light, so they look just like natural tooth enamel
  • They resist stains, even if you drink coffee or smoke

You can also change the color and shape of your teeth with veneers. Additionally, you can hide aesthetic issues such as:

  • Chips, cracks, and fracture lines
  • Excessive tooth wear and erosion
  • Poorly aligned, rotated, or crooked teeth
  • Gaps between your teeth or tooth overlap

The Procedure

Your dental veneer journey begins with a consultation appointment to discuss the look you want to achieve, general aspects about the treatment, and how to care for your veneers. Molds are made of your teeth which allow skilled dental artisans to custom-make your veneers. Once they're created, the veneers are permanently cemented and you will be the proud owner of a gorgeous new smile!

Dental veneers can help rejuvenate your smile if it has become dull, boring, and ordinary. Veneers can help take back what the years have done to your smile, making both you and your smile look young and beautiful.

Interested? Call our Columbia Office Today!

You deserve to have your best smile, and dental veneers can help. Don’t wait to get the smile you’ve been waiting for. Get started by calling (803) 788-2555 for Dr. Joel E. Johnson in Columbia, South Carolina, today!



Columbia, SC Dentist
Joel E Johnson, DMD, PA
9 Office Park Ct.
Columbia, SC 29223
(803) 788-2555
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