Teeth Whitening Solutions – Professional or DIY

teeth whitening NashvilleTeeth Whitening Solutions

If you are looking for a way to whiten your teeth you’ve likely found two options. You can pick up a store-bought teeth whitening system to use at home, or you can schedule a professional whitening appointment with Nashville Center for Aesthetic Dentistry – Dr. Dennis Wells.

  1. Whitening toothpaste should be used a minimum of twice a day. They usually contain mild abrasives that remove stains from the surfaces of your teeth. They also contain polishing agents that make them work better than standard toothpaste.
  2. Teeth-whitening gels and strips are available over the counter. Gels are applied directly to your teeth and can take several days to whiten. Strips are coated with gel and are used for 60 minutes a day over three months.

Benefits of Professional Teeth Whitening Professional dentists customize whitening solutions for each individual patient and make adjustments based on each patient’s needs. They will only proceed with a whitening treatment only after an exam to determine the cause of the tooth staining. Another advantage of professional treatment is the addition of a safe environment to complete the procedure. Because each patient receives customized treatment, there is no danger of teeth being harmed by excessive whitening. Treatments take about an hour and you will leave with visibly whiter teeth. It is faster because the products we and other dentists use are much stronger than retail products.

Benefits of At-Home Whitening You can choose to whiten your teeth at home using retail products. These store-bought whitening products are primarily less expensive and relatively easy to use. The products can last for several years and can be very effective when combined with good oral health care. However, these home whitening kits take a little more time to get results, because the ingredients in these kits are not as strong as in professional use, but the cost is considerably less.

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Posted in Smile services, Teeth Whitening, Tooth Whitening

Pros and Cons of metal vs. tooth-colored fillings

When you visit your dentist at Nashville Center for Aesthetic Dentistry for a toothache that requires that a hole, or decay, to be repaired the typical procedure is to drill out the remaining decay and fill the resulting hole. The material used to fill your tooth needs to be pliable during the repair tooth colored fillings Nashville TNprocess, but then extremely stable and durable as it lasts many years in your mouth. Dentists typically use either a functional but not attractive metal – made of a mixture of metals, including silver, tin, mercury, copper and zinc; or natural tooth-colored plastic composite fillings made from plastic and glass particles.

Each method has its own pros and cons to be aware of, and it ultimately depends on what option your dentist offers. Here are a few different characteristics these types of restorative options can or cannot offer:

  1. Natural-looking – The tooth-colored filling definitely blends in with your teeth and makes a better option for fixing teeth visible at the front of your mouth.
  2. Restyled Teeth – Tooth-colored material can help brighten and reshape the look of your smile while also repairing tooth defects, whereas the metal fillings cannot achieve this.
  3. Tooth Drilling – Another advantage of a tooth-colored filling is that it requires less drilling to be effective. The metal filling does not bond well with your bone and this is why dentists have to ream out a larger hole with more drilling.
  4. Durability – The metal filling is usually more durable than plastic composite fillings, which means less need for maintenance.
  5. Harder to install – The plastic resin filling provides the best appearance, but it is harder to install. The plastic composite material is sensitive to moisture, and it takes longer to match the filling color to your teeth. These fillings need to be installed in layers giving each one a long time to dry and cure.
  6. Cost Comparison – Because the process is more difficult, it is not surprising that the tooth-colored fillings are more expensive than the silver option.
  7. Aesthetics – Even if only used in molars at the back of your mouth, people can see the dark filling whenever you yawn, laugh, or talk. This is the primary reason patients choose to get tooth-colored.
  8. Waiting period – You will need to wait a few hours before eating after getting a silver filling but with a plastic composite tooth-colored filling there is no need to wait since it was already hardened.
  9. Allergic Reactions: One major concern with the silver option is that some patients can have an allergic reaction to the metal mixture used. If you are aware of an allergy to silver, you should not get this type of filling.

There are good options for tooth filling. You can choose either silver or tooth-colored fillings. Talk with your dentist to discuss these two options and determine which is right for you.

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Nashville, TN

Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry, Smile Makeover, White Fillings

Dental Veneers – What to Expect

Dental veneers are very durable and attractive thin overlays of tooth-colored porcelain or resin, that are intended to cover the front surface of teeth for a nicer appearance. Veneers are bonded to the front of the teeth and have the capacity to change their color, shape, or length. Aesthetic Dental – Dr. Dennis J Wells in Nashville is happy to discuss your interest in veneers.

Dental Veneers Nashville

Veneers are typically manufactured from durable porcelain or composite resin materials. The porcelain version resists stains better than resin, and they also reproduce light-reflecting properties of natural teeth. A discussion with your dentist will help you decide on the best choice of veneer material for your teeth and objectives.

Why would I consider veneers?

Dental veneers are used to address some of the following issues:

  • Brighten discolored teeth either from stains or fillings
  • Cover heavily worn-down teeth
  • Repair broken or chipped teeth
  • Create more appealing shape to misaligned teeth
  • Fill gaps between teeth

How do Dental Veneers get Installed?

A standard timeline to install veneers involves three trips to your dentist – the first for a consultation and then two more to actually manufacture and install the veneers.

Visit #1 diagnosing and planning. Here is where your dentist will inspect your teeth to ensure that veneers are a viable solution for you. You also get a chance to explain what you would like your teeth to look like and any goals or objectives you have. Your dentist may also take X-rays and / or impressions of your  teeth at this time.

Visit #2 tooth preparation. Veneer preparation usually starts with reshaping the tooth surface and removing enamel the same thickness as the new veneer, and a local anesthetic may be required. After this, an impression of your tooth will be made by your dentist, which is subsequently sent out to a dental laboratory for manufacture of the veneer. Typical turnaround times are 2-4 weeks to complete and your dentist may install temporary veneers to cover any unsightly teeth.

Visit #3 the bonding process. During the final visit, your veneer/s will be temporarily fitted it onto your teeth to verify the shape and color are correct. Your dentist will start a process of trimming your new veneer and continually refitting it for the proper bond. Next, your tooth will be cleaned, polished, and etched (roughened) to facilitate a strong bonding process. Bonding cement is then applied to the veneer and installed onto your tooth. A special light beam is pointed to the dental veneer, which activates the cement to harden quickly. After final cleanup and inspection, you are ready to go home, and you may be requested to return in a couple weeks to inspect the fit and functionality.

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Inlays, Filling, Onlays or Crowns?

Fillings vs. Inlays

In a sense, these are almost the same, except that the term “inlay” is typically used for very large cavities. Both solutions involve the removal of a pre-existing cavity and then filling that resulting in empty space, but the process of filling is how they ultimately differ. With a filling, the cleaned out empty space is filled with either an amalgam or composite material, and it’s a pretty quick process done in only one dental visit at Dr. Dennis Wells, of Nashville Center for Aesthetic Dentistry.

Inlays, Onlays, Crowns, Fillings

With an inlay, the drilled-out space is filled with one solid chunk of material that is designed in a dental lab, typically built with gold or ceramic. The completed inlay must precisely fit the shape and size of the empty space so that food and bacteria can’t get into space and cause more decay. One advantage of an inlay is that they do not shrink after being installed, as some fillings do, so there is less chance of failure. Inlays are a tough, durable surface for chewing, and are thought to be more reliable long term.

The major deterrent for dentists using inlays is the fact that many dental insurance policies will not pay for them. Instead, companies will try to lower the inlay to a filling category and only pay that lesser price, which someone ends up paying. Inlays are usually kept for patients with no insurance, who understand the charges and are willing to pay out of pocket.

Onlays vs. Crowns

Both dental crowns and “onlays” are used to repair very large areas of decay that fillings and inlays will not fix due to the size. The unique feature of an “onlay,” as opposed to an “inlay,” is that it can cover the cusp of a tooth, with an inlay only filling in between the cusps. The procedure is similar as the material is drilled and removed first, then an onlay is manufactured to the perfect size and shape of the empty space. Even more drastic, a crown will cover the whole tooth structure above the gum line.

An onlay is a less assertive restoration than a crown, if possible since less tooth material needs to be drilled out in order to attach it. But while the cost structure is similar, an onlay is a little cheaper than a crown. The onlay is always the favored solution when possible, as it requires less tooth loss. However, onlays are more difficult than crowns and require advanced skills from the dentist.

Again, cost becomes an issue when deciding between onlays and crowns. Similar to inlays vs. fillings, dental insurance is less likely to cover an onlay procedure. But since companies will cover a crown, because it is more widely chosen by dentists, onlays are left as a specialty procedure for more skilled dentists and patients with means to pay out of pocket for an expensive procedure.

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105 Powell Ct Ste 101
Nashville, TN

Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry, Dental Crowns, Sedation Dentistry

Are There any Side Effects to Tooth Whitening?

When administered by a qualified dentist like Dr. Dennis Wells at Nashville Center for Aesthetic Dentistry, teeth whitening is generally a safe and effectual approach with very few risks. In the majority of use cases, any side effects are usually caused by misuse of the whitening agent, including attempting to over-whiten.

 The most common after-effect is temporary tooth sensitivity. You can reduce this risk by discussing your sensitivity levels with a dentist before beginning a procedure and following all aftercare instructions closely.

Possible Long-Term Risks

Although there are minimal risks with teeth whitening. However, in scarce cases, some professional-grade and over-the-counter products may cause:

  • Long-term sensitivity
  • Injury to the tooth roots
  • Dissolving of enamel
  • Patchy results
  • Injury to membranes in the mouth

Additionally, patients who chronically whiten their teeth at home without the approval of their doctor can develop serious oral health concerns. Again, this type of case would qualify as a “misuse” as we mentioned previously.

It is proven that chronic overuse of peroxide-based whitening solutions can erode tooth enamel and even cause chemical burns on the soft tissue inside the mouth. These effects are rare and are typically associated with overuse or misuse.

Short-Term Side Effects

While whitening rarely causes extended negative effects, temporary tooth sensitivity can be a common result. If you do have any discomfort following a whitening treatment, talk to your dentist about solutions.

You may be more likely to experience sensitivity if you:

  • Currently have sensitive teeth
  • Notice sensitivity after teeth cleaning
  • Feel irritation after brushing or flossing

Some dentists recommend desensitizing products to help patients with sensitive teeth after whitening. Obviously, if you experience any irritation, you should temporarily suspend any scheduled touch-up whitening treatments until directed to by your dentist.

Gum Discomfort

Another possible side effect of whitening can be gum irritation, and this may result from:

  • A defective bleaching tray
  • Breakdown of the initial protective barrier
  • Overuse and misuse of a whitening solution

How to Minimize Any Risks

Scheduling your whitening with a qualified dentist is the best way to eliminate the chance of temporary or long-term or side effects. Purchasing whitening products from your pharmacy and using them is less reliable. Some cheap brands can have seriously high levels of peroxide.

Also, these products are more likely to cause patchy results. Typical side effects of store-bought whitening products occur from the misuse of the gel solution. Always discuss with your dentist before starting teeth whitening, especially if you plan to do it yourself, to decide if you are a good candidate.

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105 Powell Ct Ste 101
Nashville, TN

Posted in Aesthetic dentistry, Teeth Whitening, Tooth Whitening

Is Dental Bonding for You?

Dental Bonding to improve your smile

Nashville Center for Aesthetic Dentistry at 105 Powell Ct Ste 101, Nashville, TN 37027 offers some of the most popular procedures to revive smiles and boost confidence. Dental bonding is a procedure by which dentists can change the color, size, or shape of a tooth. This approach uses a tooth-colored resin that bonds using a curing light. The resulting bond will protect the dentin inside of the tooth from decay while enhancing the outside appearance.

Why Choose Dental Bonding?

Most patients who are considering dental bonding have issues like cracked or chipped teeth or oversized spaces between their teeth that can affect self-esteem and also contribute to oral health troubles. Bonding is also commonly used to change out old amalgam fillings and can also provide protection against infection to the root of a tooth with recessed gums. Dental bonding may also be used:

  • to fix cracked or decayed teeth
  • to alter the shape or size of teeth
  • to correct discolored teeth
  • To protect against gum recession

How the procedure works

Anesthesia is typically not necessary if the tooth shows a previous root canal or has any small modifications which don’t involve the dentin of the tooth. Here are the two primary methods of dental bonding:

  • Direct Composite Bonding – This method uses tooth-colored composite material to replace old fillings, fix cracked teeth, close spaces between teeth, and strengthen edges. This works well as a non- invasive procedure and a simple fix for cosmetic dental needs.
  • Adhesive Bonding – This bonding is used for crowns, bridges, porcelain veneers, and more involved procedures. Use it to adjust and shape to match other teeth and make sure they form a stunning smile.

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Nashville, TN

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MicroThin Dental Veneers – What to Expect

Nashville cosmetic dentistVeneers are one solution to solve cosmetic dental issues and provide great-looking results. Completed dental veneers cover the front and sides of teeth and are custom-made to blend in perfectly to complete a beautiful smile makeover. In planning for your treatment at Nashville Center for Aesthetic Dentistry, take into consideration your short-term and long-term goals, along with your budget.

Micro Thin vs Porcelain Veneers

When choosing the best dental veneers, there are several key issues to think about:

  • The overall condition of your teeth – any overwhelming cosmetic problems or tooth damage may require a permanent option such as porcelain veneers.
  • For long-term stability use porcelain veneers. They require more tooth preparation and alteration of the enamel surface which makes them a permanent restoration.
  • For a budget use MicroThin veneers. They are less costly overall than porcelain and can be the optimal medium-range solution for younger patients who will consider a more permanent solution later on.

We will discuss all aspects of your treatment plan with you to consider and help you to make the best decision for your overall oral health and personal lifestyle.

MicroThin Veneers: What to Expect

During your treatment planning, we make sure your final result will meet your expected outcome and will look as natural as possible to blend with your overall appearance. We will take into account your facial design including your unique as important factors in the process of designing dental veneers that will look great, last a long time, and improve your dental health.

After we remove a tiny amount of tooth enamel, we then first take dental impressions that are used to fabricate your unique veneers. In some cases, there is no tooth preparation needed. 2-3 weeks later, your new veneers will be permanently bonded to your teeth and polished to achieve a nice shine and natural look. Your finished MicroThin veneers will be durable and last a long time with good oral hygiene and regular dental checkups.

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Nashville, TN

Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry, Porcelain Veneers, Prepless Veneers

What to expect from your sedation dental appointment

Don’t let the fear or anxiety of dental work prevent you from getting the dental assistance you need. Below are some of the things you can expect from your sedation dental visit.

Your Sedation Dentistry Appointment

Sedation is Safe: 

Sedation is not the same as anesthesia, so it does not carry the same level of incapacitation, nor after-effects. Because a patient is not fully unconscious as in anesthesia, there is typically less recovery time, with less sense of amnesia experienced. Because a patient is mostly conscious during sedation, breathing and reflexes operate normally, with an additional benefit of providing some extra risk protection against heart conditions, strokes and stress levels.

Quicker Appointments: 

It’s common for patients to delay their dental work, because of conflicts or limitations with their work schedules. A benefit of using sedation is that, due to the relaxing effects, a dentist may be able to complete even more of the required procedures into a single visit. The minor effect of amnesia from sedation can add to the impression that work was done quickly, while also providing the additional relaxation to make the procedures go smoothly.

Easy on Your Body:

Dental sedation tends to relax any painful neck or back muscles and helps patients to sit still for long periods much easier without anxiety or discomfort.


As mentioned above when describing the effects of sedation, there is indeed some sense of amnesia after it wears off, although not near the level created by general anesthesia. Although most patients have mostly a sense of “grogginess,” some patients actually can lose the memory of the entire procedure and dental visit, which can be a positive for some.

More Effective with Less Pain:

Since the sedation causes such great relaxation effects, a sedation dentist can likely work quicker and more thoroughly than if a patient is not sedated. Tolerance to pain is somewhat increased, as anxiety decreases and relaxation sets in, which is a plus during involved procedures, and a local anesthetic may be administered as well, for complete pain relief.

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Dental Laser Treatments

Girl, Swinging, Hairstyle, SwingPeople who aren’t pleased with the look of their smile can sometimes feel self conscious, and the look of their gums can have a negative impact on their self esteem and confidence. At Nashville Center for Aesthetic Dentistry in Brentwood, we can help with every aspect of your smile’s appearance to give you a stunning smile that reflects your inner beauty.

Laser Dentistry

  • Using laser dentistry, we can use gum recontouring to raise your gum height to improve the appearance of your smile
  • Patients who love their smile share their smile with others more often and feel happier. A smile begets more smiles!
  • Laser dentistry can remove excess gum tissue gently and comfortably
  • Our soft tissue laser allows us more accuracy and precision than other dental instruments
  • Soft tissue lasers minimize bleeding and swelling

At the Nashville Center for Aesthetic Dentistry – Dennis J. Wells, DDS, our incredible dental team will consult with you on the best way to improve your smile. We can also discuss other cosmetic dentistry options, such as dental crowns, and implant dentistry. We look forward to seeing you in our office.

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105 Powell Ct Ste 101
Nashville, TN

Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry

Cutting Edge Veneers

Woman, Girl, Headphones, MusicAt Nashville Center for Aesthetic Dentistry – Dennis J. Wells, DDS, we focus on Smile Design. Our goal is always to find the most conservative way to transform your smile into a beautiful reflection of your inner self.

Over the years, we have been proud to provide cutting edge dentistry to our Nashville, Tennessee clients. In keeping with this tradition, Dr. Wells has recently pioneered a new smile design procedure about which we are very excited.

In certain cases, very thin porcelain veneers can be designed to adhere directly to the front of teeth with no removal of the enamel. This means that for some people, we can design the smile of their dreams without even drilling on their natural teeth.

This is just one way we can use cosmetic dentistry to create a customized smile for you at the Nashville Center for Aesthetic Dentistry. Call our office to schedule an appointment today.

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Nashville, TN

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Dr. Wells has been an accredited member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry since 1994, and serves on the review board as an examiner for other dentists seeking their cosmetic dentistry accreditation.

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  • Nashville Top Dentist 2017 in Cosmetic Dentistry
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  • Selected as one of the Top Dentists in America - 2005 and 2010
  • 2001 AACD Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Art and Science of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • 2005 Entrepreneur Award
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Nashville Center for Aesthetic Dentistry
Dennis J. Wells, DDS
Daniel K. Weese, DMD

105 Powell Ct Ste 101
Brentwood, TN 37027
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