Dr. Kenneth Barney has been a trusted cosmetic dentist in Hedgesville, WV for over 25 years. He has transformed thousands of smiles with cosmetic treatments which has allowed him to provide his patients with the teeth and smile they always wanted. If you are unhappy with the appearance of your teeth, cosmetic dentistry treatments could be a great option for you. Call (304) 754-8803 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kenneth Barney to learn more.
What is Cosmetic Dentistry?
Cosmetic Dentistry is a term used to describe the use of dental procedures and techniques to improve the appearance of one’s teeth, smile and face. The focus of a cosmetic treatment is to improve the teeth in color, shape, size or placement in order to make your smile more pleasing.
Candidates for Cosmetic Dentistry
Prior to any procedure, Dr. Barney will discuss your medical history, lifestyle habits, and expectations to see if you’re a candidate for treatment. You will discuss any issues you may have with your teeth or your smile. Together, you will then decide which treatment will accomplish the results you seek.
Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments
At the dental office of Dr. Ken Barney in Hedgesville, WV we offer affordable cosmetic dentistry options to improve the appearance and look of your smile. Cosmetic dental treatments include:
• Porcelain Veneers
Veneers are porcelain covers for your teeth. They do not require removing any teeth, just a simple application of a customized cover. By covering your teeth with veneers, imperfections such as stains or chips can be masked, and your teeth can be made to appear straighter.
• Dental Implants
Dental Implants are a great alternative to dentures and for replacing missing teeth. They are false teeth made to look like your own. They are implanted into the bone underneath the gums. Unlike dentures, they are permanently in place, and can enable a person to eat foods such as corn on the cob, which were not allowed with dentures.
• Teeth Whitening
In-office teeth whitening – Professional whitening treatments are the most popular form of cosmetic dentistry, and involve a series of in-office treatments. The results last longer and are more consistent than those gained with home treatment kits.
• Dental Bridges
Dental bridges are a row of prosthetics that fill in where missing teeth should be and strengthen the surrounding teeth. This helps to stabilize the patient’s bite and keep teeth from moving out of place. When a single tooth needs to be replaced, a bridge can be used in place of complete implants or dentures.
• Dental Crowns
The crown on your tooth is the area just below the gum-line on your top row of teeth, and above the gum-line on your bottom teeth. A dental crown is a cover or cap created to cover this area and addresses a variety of tooth conditions. Teeth that contain damage or are missing entirely may require crowns to restore the appearance of the tooth and smile overall.
• Smile Makeover
Smile makeovers can involve a number of treatments, including all the above. They are typically for purely cosmetic reasons, to restore the beauty of your smile.
• Dental Bonding
Dental Bonding is a popular dental treatment to improve the appearance of a discolored or chipped tooth. Additional uses include larger cavities needing fillings, to fixing the appearance of crooked teeth, and even correcting gaps.
A bonding agent is applied to the teeth to whiten and fill in any holes, and then bonded to the tooth with a high-intensity light. The end result is a smile with white, smooth teeth that look as good as veneers. Tooth bonding can replace more expensive treatments like porcelain veneers.
• Gum Contouring
Gum Contouring treatment is used to fix gums that cover too much of the teeth, or gums that are too high. Gum contouring is an in-office surgical treatment that evens out your gum-line.
Cosmetic Dentistry Before And After
Am I Too Old for Cosmetic Dental Procedures?
It depends on the condition of your teeth and which procedure you are considering. If you would like to replace teeth with implants instead of dentures, for example, this is possible. But certain treatments, such as bonding, require that your teeth are strong and have healthy enamel.
Can I Get Teeth Whitening If I Have Sensitive Teeth?
This depends on the level of sensitivity in your teeth and which whitening treatments you use. Store-purchased treatments could leave you in pain, but in-office laser treatment may work perfectly and without sensitivity. Before performing any procedure, Dr. Barney will let you know whether you qualify.
Can Dentures Be Replaced With Dental Implants?
Dr. Barney can replace your older, bulky dentures with new implants, making your teeth permanent, enabling you to eat foods you’ve had to avoid, and eliminating your denture-care routine forever.
Is Cosmetic Dentistry Safe?
Cosmetic Dentistry with a professional like Dr. Barney is considered safe and also effective. Dr. Barney’s goal is to not only to improve the appearance of your smile but to improve the health and functionality of your smile as well.