Cosmetic Dentistry

Do you avoid smiling? Do you cover your mouth with your hand when you laugh? Does your smile not reflect who you really are? Are you ready for a change?

If so, you’re in the right place!

Cosmetic dentistry is one the things we are best known for. Changing smiles is what we love to do, and we’re good at it! A new smile can literally change a life, and it’s extremely rewarding to see people smiling more and looking happier with their new smile.

Dr. Highsmith is one of five AACD (American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, accredited members in North Carolina. There are over six thousand AACD members but only about two hundred and fifty accredited members worldwide. The process is grueling, requiring razor sharp photographs of your work being scrutinized by very picky examiners trying to find things wrong with it. Most dentists who start the process do not finish it. The result is you have the option of having a beautiful smile makeover right here in Western North Carolina!

Not only that, just next door to Dr. Highsmith is Kent Decker CDT, the only AACD accredited dental laboratory technician in North Carolina! We have worked with Kent for 30 years, and use his artistry on most of our cosmetic cases. We typically send our Neuromuscular reconstruction (bite changing, TMJ or severe wear) cases to Bob Clark at Williams Dental Laboratory. Bob was the very first LVI Master dental technician, so we have the very best working on your cases!

AACD Direct Bonding case

Regardless of where you come from or what language you speak, your smile is an important form of communication. It instantly portrays your personality, self-image and how you feel about the people you’re with.

A healthy, attractive smile is an important facet of life-it impacts your health, self-esteem and relationships, both personal and professional.

  • Do you feel awkward or self-conscious about your smile?
  • Do you cover your mouth when you talk or smile?
  • When the camera shutter opens, do your lips close? Do you hate close-up shots?
  • Do you avoid wearing bright lipstick because you’re afraid of highlighting your teeth?
  • Have you ever grown a mustache or beard to help hide your smile?

Nearly half of adults surveyed say they would like to make some improvement in the appearance of their smile. – AACD Survey Findings

For most people, an appealing smile is an important part of the overall impression a person makes. An American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry® (AACD) survey found:

  • More than 92% of adults agree that an attractive smile is an important social asset.
  • Nearly as many, close to 88%, say they always remember someone with an especially attractive smile.
  • 85% agree that an unattractive smile makes a person less appealing to people of the opposite sex.
  • 74% agree that an unattractive smile can hurt a person’s chances for career success.

Many adults want to change their smiles. Some want to correct problems they have had since childhood such as discolored, gapped, or crooked teeth. Others want to fix conditions they’ve developed over time, like cracked or worn-down teeth, to help create a more youthful smile.

If you are unhappy with your smile, contact us for a smile analysis. We now have the technology and training to improve any smile! The main criteria is what you want your smile to look like. In most cases, we can use one of several methods to show you what your new smile will look like!

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