For many of us, getting to the dentist for necessary treatments like a cleaning, or even a filling can be difficult. Whether due to fear, busy schedules, or concerns over costs, millions of Americans forgo general and cosmetic dentistry treatments each year. According to Reuters, studies have found that less than half of American adults over the age of 65 regularly go to the dentist (at least once a year).
In addition to the elevated risk for tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health problems, skipping the dentist also means needlessly living with cosmetic issues that tarnish the smile - and quality of life - over time. Dr. Joel Johnson, your dentist in Columbia, SC, advises patients to think of regular dental care as an extension of a general healthcare and wellness plan. In many cases, a single visit for a non-invasive professional teeth whitening or cosmetic bonding procedure is enough to give new life to a damaged smile.
Cosmetic Dentistry in Columbia, SC
Dr. Johnson offers treatment options for every situation and budget. Cosmetic dentistry procedures improve the appearance of the teeth (such as whitening), and they can also be restorative, improving function, such as with broken, fractured or missing teeth. Some of the most common cosmetic and restorative dental procedures include:
- Teeth whitening - (take-home or in-office options available)
- Bonding - cosmetic bonding is one of the most affordable and efficient methods for fixing minor chips, cracks, sizing and spacing issues. It is also commonly used to seal a tooth after a root canal
- Porcelain veneers - similar to bonding, veneers can fix the size, shape, spacing and overall general appearance of the teeth, using natural looking composite resin
- Implants - the cosmetic dental crowns are attached to an implant that replaces the root of the missing tooth
Contact Your Cosmetic Dentist in Columbia, SC
Even small cosmetic improvements can have a big impact on the overall appearance of your smile. For more information, and to find the procedure that is right for you, contact the office of Dr. Johnson by calling (803) 788-2555 to schedule an appointment today.