Runnels’ Extras: Teeth Whitening, Mouth Guards and Laser Gum Sculpting in Destin, Panama City Beach
Teeth whitening is a fantastic way for our Destin and Panama City Beach-area patients to complement their orthodontic treatment and draw more attention to the beautiful smiles Dr. Runnels has helped them achieve.
At Dr. Runnels’ offices, we go beyond traditional orthodontic treatment to ensure our patients’ smiles stay beautiful and strong with additional options such as teeth whitening and sports mouth guards. We call these options “Runnels’ Extras”, and are proud to offer them to our patients so that we can provide truly comprehensive orthodontic and cosmetic dentistry care. Learn more about teeth whitening and sports mouth guards, two of the most popular options available to Dr. Runnels’ patients.
Sports Mouth Guards
Laser Gum Sculpting
After orthodontic treatment, it is not uncommon for our patients to simply want to accentuate the beauty of their smiles by creating a brighter and more youthful appearance. No matter what your motivation is, Dr. Runnels is sure to offer the right teeth whitening option for your unique situation at his offices in Destin and Panama City Beach.
Many of our patients find that in-office teeth whitening with Dr. Runnels is the fastest way to brighten their smiles, while other patients prefer the convenience of at-home teeth whitening. Dr. Runnels can even help patients whiten teeth using their Vivera™ retainers at home. If you feel like you would benefit from teeth whitening, we invite you to contact Dr. Runnels office to learn more about the variety of teeth whitening options we offer our Destin and Panama City Beach patients.
Sports Mouth Guards
Sports mouth guards are a must-have for anyone who participates in active sports. Not only can teeth be easily broken or knocked out during contact sports, but our patients who wear braces are also at a high risk for painful cuts in their mouths when they suffer a sports dental trauma. We understand that many patients and parents of kids in orthodontic treatment may be tempted to purchase a “boil and bite” over-the-counter mouth guard, but Dr. Runnels and his team in Destin and Panama City Beach strongly recommend against this.
These “do-it-yourself” mouth guards are nearly impossible to fit properly, and it’s not uncommon for them to become stuck on a patient’s braces and cause damage or even pull the brackets entirely off the teeth. They also will prevent tooth movement. If you or your child plays sports or enjoys an active lifestyle, it’s vitally important that you contact Dr. Runnels to have a customized sports mouth guard made so that you can keep that smile beautiful and healthy for many years to come.
Contact Dr. Runnels for Teeth Whitening and More
Whether you have completed orthodontic treatment and want to brighten the appearance of your newly-straightened smile or you want to protect your smile with a custom-made sports mouth guard, Dr. Runnels is sure to offer the comprehensive treatment options you need to achieve your dream smile. To learn more about teeth whitening and other options we offer at our Destin and Panama City Beach offices, we invite you to contact us to schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Scott Runnels.
Laser Gum Sculpting for our Destin and Panama City Beach-Area Patients
Laser gum sculpting at Dr. Scott Runnels’ office is an excellent way for our patients to enhance the beauty of their smiles. Many people have what is commonly known as a “gummy smile”, when the gums fall too far below the lip line. This can make the teeth appear smaller than they actually are and can often create a more juvenile appearance to the smile. Fortunately, advances in dental technology have allowed Dr. Runnels to employ lasers to gently trim a patient’s gum line to create a more harmonious appearance. To learn more about laser gum sculpting and whether you are a good candidate contact us for your personal consultation.
What is Laser Gum Sculpting?
In the past, patients who had a “gummy smile” or gums that appeared out of proportion with their smiles could have their gums reshaped with a scalpel, which could lead to bleeding, discomfort, and a longer recovery process. Now, Dr. Runnels is able to use state-of-the-art laser technology to gently sculpt the patient’s gums into a more pleasing shape.
The first step in the laser gum sculpting process is to numb the area being treated with a local topical anesthetic. Once the patient’s comfort is ensured, Dr. Runnels uses a diode laser to gently remove excess gum tissue and sculpt the gums into a more balanced appearance. The laser Dr. Runnels uses actually cauterize the gum tissue while they cut, so bleeding and recovery time are dramatically reduced. Laser gum sculpting can be completed in one easy visit and patients experience only minimal swelling discomfort during the recovery period, which lasts less than one week.
Contact us for More Information on Laser Gum Sculpting
If you have undergone orthodontic treatment and would like to perfect the appearance of your smile or if you simply want to eliminate the appearance of a “gummy smile”, laser gum sculpting can help you achieve a more harmonious and beautiful smile in just one easy visit. To learn more about whether laser gum sculpting may help you achieve the smile of your dreams, we invite you to contact us to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Runnels.