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By Hilton Head Dental
February 21, 2020
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How many Americans wear braces? About four million do, and one-quarter are adults like you. If you wish to straighten your smile, but dislike metal braces, explore Invisalign clear aligners from your Hilton Head Dental Team. In their Hilton Head, SC, office, Drs. Camp-Tome, Wietecha and Barker develop Invisalign treatment plans case by case with spectacular results.

The secret of Invisalign

It lies in thin, crystal clear SmartTrack acrylic. Using sophisticated iTero scans and your dentist's skill and direction, the Invisalign lab crafts 18 to 30 pairs of acrylic aligners, each specifically designed to move your teeth to pre-determined positions.

Over the course of a year or so, your removable aligners straighten your teeth, making them healthier, easier to clean and of course, attractive. Just wear them the prescribed 20 to 22 hours a day, and change them according to the treatment plan your dentists have outlined at their Hilton Head, SC, office.

On a daily basis, you'll brush and floss your teeth as usual and clean your removable aligners with a mild toothpaste and water. Every two weeks, you'll switch aligners to the next pair in the sequence. Progress checks happen at Hilton Head Dental Team every month or so.

The benefits of Invisalign

Invisalign aligners are:

  • Discreet and unnoticeable
  • Removable for meals and oral hygiene
  • Smooth and comfortable
  • Customizable to a variety of orthodontic issues such as overbite, underbite, gaps, crowding, protruding front teeth, tooth rotation and more
  • Quick, with treatment times of six to eighteen months
  • Usable by both teens and adults
  • Perfect for patients who play musical instruments or sports
  • Not restrictive in terms of what you can eat or drink

In addition, Invisalign's innovative design process allows you to preview your smile plan step by step. And, you'll know how your smile will appear when treatment concludes and your retainer is in place.

Excited for a new smile?

Invisalign can deliver it. Contact Hilton Head Dental Team for your personalized Invisalign consultation with Dr. Camp-Tome, Dr. Wietecha or Dr. Barker. Phone (843) 681-9666.

By Hilton Head Dental
January 27, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Unhappy with the state of your smile? Here at Hilton Head Dental Team in Hilton Head Island, SC, we have a number of solutions for discolored, physically affected, and worn-out teeth. Led by Drs. Julie Camp-Tome, Benjamin Thomas Wietecha, and M. Glenn Barker, read on to learn about how our practice provides a variety of cosmetic dentistry procedures that can improve your look.

Here are a few options to think about:

  • Teeth whitening brightens your smile up to three-to-eight shades lighter and comes in two different forms. Take-home teeth whitening kits are a safe and fast way to whiten teeth. For this approach, you receive a kit from your Hilton Head Island dentist that consists of custom-made mouth trays that contain a stain-removing gel. In-office teeth whitening uses a powerful bleaching material that, when applied on teeth, removes stains in about an hour. 
  • Cosmetic dental bonding is a great cosmetic procedure that covers up aesthetic flaws with the application of a composite material. Your dentist first prepares teeth for the composite by cleaning teeth to ensure they're plaque-free. Next, they'll apply an acidic gel to open pores on the surface of teeth. The dentist will then rinse the acidic gel and apply a composite resin that matches the color of your smile. The composite is then hardened in place to create a new tooth structure.
  • Veneers resurface teeth that are damaged, stained, discolored, crooked, worn, or chipped. The doctor first examines teeth and assess whether veneers are right for you. If they decide it is, a model of your teeth will be sent to a lab where a custom set of veneers matching the color of your teeth will be made for you. When the veneers arrive after a couple of weeks, your dentist will remove enamel from the surface of your teeth and cement veneers to the surface.

Interested? Give us a call

If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment, just call Hilton Head Dental Team in Hilton Head Island, SC, today by dialing (843) 681-9666.

By Hilton Head Dental
November 05, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneer  

Do you hate smiling for the camera? Tooth imperfections and damage can make even the most confident person feel a little self-conscious veneerwhen a camera is pointed at them. Fortunately, it's easy to improve your appearance by adding porcelain veneers to your problem teeth. Offered by Drs. Julie Camp-Tome, Benjamin Wietecha and M. Glenn Barker, your family dentists here at Hilton Head Dental Team in Hilton Head Island, SC, read on to learn what dental veneers can do for you!


How veneers transform your smile

Veneers are thin, custom-made porcelain shells that your Hilton Head Island family dentist attaches to the fronts of your teeth with dental cement.

Have you been avoiding addressing your problem because you don't want to undergo complicated dental procedures? Extensive dental work isn't necessary when you choose veneers. In fact, the restorations require very little preparation at all. Your dentist will only need to remove a tiny amount of tooth enamel to ensure that your veneers fit properly.


Are veneers right for you?

Chips and shallow cracks may not affect the health of your teeth, but they can certainly have an impact on your appearance. Veneers instantly improve your smile by hiding cracks, chips, and other flaws.

Discolorations caused by antibiotics, large fillings, and other issues that can be easily concealed with veneers that match your natural tooth color. Veneers also provide an excellent, long-term whitening solution and are available in any shade of white you prefer.

If a slight gap between your teeth makes you want to hide your smile, you'll want to consider veneers, as well. The restorations offer a simple way to make those small spaces disappear.

Veneers are also a good choice if you have a short or oddly shaped tooth. They can totally transform twisted, crooked, or pointed teeth. Teeth that are naturally short or become shorter when you grind or clench your jaw at night can also benefit from veneers. If your short teeth are due to grinding or clenching, your dentist can fit you with a nightguard that will prevent damage to your veneers.


Interested? Give us a call

Enhance your smile with veneers! Call your Hilton Head Island, SC, family dentists, Drs. Julie Camp-Tome, Benjamin Wietecha, and M. Glenn Barker, of Hilton Head Dental Team at (843) 681-9666 to schedule an appointment.

By Hilton Head Dental
July 10, 2019
Category: Dentistry
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

Have questions about teeth whitening? Teeth whitening is a non-invasive dental procedure used to change the color of tooth enamel. Professional teeth whitening is a miracle solution for stubborn dental stains and yellowing teeth. Led by Dr. Julie Camp-Tome, Dr. Benjamin Wietecha, and Dr. M. Glenn Barker, Hilton Head Dental Team (located in Hilton Head Island, SC) offers professional solutions for patients who want a bright-white smile. Read on to find answers to your most frequently asked questions about teeth whitening.

What is take-home teeth whitening?

Professional take-home teeth whitening is a dentist-dispensed do-it-yourself kit to be applied to your teeth in the comfort of your home. First, your dental provider takes an impression of your teeth in the office. A customized dental tray is made for you to take home with your own kit of whitening gel. Professional take-home whitening eliminates dental stains for a whiter smile in just one or two weeks.

How is in-office teeth whitening done?

In-office bleaching is a procedure designed to whiten your smile using a combination of a whitening solution and a specially designed ultraviolet lamp. The whitening solution and lamp are used in conjunction with each other to produce maximum whitening results in the shortest possible time. In-office bleaching will make your teeth about eight shades lighter. All it takes is 60 minutes in the dentist's chair!

How long do the teeth whitening effects last?

Professional teeth whitening isn't permanent. Patients who expose their teeth to beverages and foods that cause staining may see the whiteness start to fade in a few months. Those who avoid beverages and foods that stain teeth may be able to wait one year or longer before another teeth whitening treatment is needed.

What are the risks of teeth whitening?

Professional teeth whitening is very safe when performed under the supervision of your dentist in Hilton Head Island. The two side effects that occur most often are a mild irritation of the soft tissues of the mouth and an increase in tooth sensitivity. Both of these conditions are usually temporary and disappear within a few days of completing treatment.

How do I maintain my white smile?

After your professional teeth whitening treatment, follow good oral hygiene practices. Floss your teeth once a day, brush twice a day, and rinse with mouthwash at least once a day. Avoid the consumption of products that discolor teeth. To maintain your white smile, you may also need a touch-up after a year or two.

Am I a candidate for teeth whitening?

If you have healthy teeth and gums, you may be a good candidate for professional teeth whitening. Only your dental provider can determine if teeth whitening is suitable for you after conducting an oral exam to ensure proper health. People with exposed roots, tooth decay, or periodontal disease are not good candidates for teeth whitening. These issues need to be addressed before patients seek cosmetic treatments.

Take the first step towards a brand new smile today. Don't delay! Call Hilton Head Dental Team at (843) 681-9666 right now to schedule a dental consultation in Hilton Head Island, SC, and get the smile you deserve. Professional teeth whitening can transform your smile and your life!

By Hilton Head Dental
May 14, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

You don't have to live with smile gaps and the embarrassment and reduced oral function they cause. Your Hilton Head Dental Team in implantHilton Head Island, SC, place leading edge dental implants and implant-supported prosthetics. Dr. Julie Camp-Tome, Dr. Benjamin Wietecha and Dr. M. Glenn Barker could restore your smile!

What are dental implants?

They are the best tooth replacement available today. Most teens and adults can receive them to replace teeth lost to abscess, gum disease, accident or decay, and implants are rooted in the jaw--just like real teeth.

How can that be? A single-tooth implant is made from biocompatible titanium. When your Hilton Head Island, SC, dentist surgically places a dental implant into your jaw, it immediately begins fusing to the bone. This process is osseointegration, and it secures this artificial root so it can take the substantial forces of chewing and biting just as a real tooth can.

On top of the fused implant, the dentist bonds on an extension post and customized porcelain crown. From evaluation of your jaw bone density to implant insertion to restoration with the crown, this procedure takes many months. However, once complete, the implant is just as strong and functional as a real tooth, and likely, it will stay in place for years, says the Institute for Dental Implant Awareness.

Additional uses for dental implants

Dental implants can support full dentures and bridges of various sizes, says the American Academy of Periodontology. Placed in pairs totaling two, four or six devices, these titanium wonders help partially or fully edentulous patients enjoy fully functional and attractive smiles.

The process

After Dr. Camp-Tome, Dr. Wietecha or Dr. Barker determines you have sufficient bone to receive a dental implant, they will numb the area around the empty socket, and place the dental implant.

After weeks to months of healing, depending on your particular circumstances, the dentist revisits the site and attaches a metal alloy post and porcelain crown to the implant. As you use your implant, the bond between it and your jaw bone will strengthen even more.

Living with your new teeth

Patients say that they cannot feel any difference between their natural teeth and their implants. That's how realistic dental implants are.

Concerning oral hygiene, just brush twice a day and floss as you normally would. See your Hilton Head Dental Team every six months for a professional cleaning and examination.

In addition, if you smoke or chew tobacco, seek the help of your primary care physician regarding smoking cessation treatment. Take the opportunity as a new dental implant patient to kick the habit and have healthier bone and gums underlying your implants.

Contact us

Your Hilton Head Dental Team enhances scores of smiles with dental implants. Could yours be one of them? Call our Hilton Head Island, SC, office to arrange a consultation with Dr. Camp-Tome, Dr. Wietecha or Dr. Barker: (843) 681-9666!

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