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By Rick K. Harrison, DMD, PA
April 08, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Isn’t it time you felt more confident in your smile?

Do you feel embarrassed about your smile? Our Jacksonville Beach, FL, cosmetic dentist Rick K. Harrison, DMD, PA understands the importance of having a beautiful smile, which is why our team offers everything from veneers to implants to help you get your smile back on track.

Minor Cosmetic Procedures

If you are looking to make smaller adjustments to your smile then you probably don’t need a cosmetic treatment designed to make serious alterations. There are several ways in which our dental team can fix even minor problems to improve the overall shape and color your smile. These quick, non-invasive treatments include,

  • Dental bonding: By applying a tooth-colored resin to a tooth, we can easily cover small discolorations, gaps between teeth and chips. If a tooth is a little misshapen and you want it to look like the rest of your teeth, then bonding may be the simplest approach.
  • Teeth and gum reshaping; If you have a tooth that is just a bit too pointy or gums that seem to take over your smile then reshaping or recontouring may be right for you. We can remove trace amounts of enamel to reshape teeth while also removing excess gum tissue to reveal a more even smile.
  • Teeth whitening: Want to get a visibly whiter smile in just a single dental visit? If so, then professional chairside teeth whitening will help you get the whiter teeth you want in less than one hour. It’s a great option for someone who wants a beautiful smile before a special occasion or big event.

Getting a Smile Makeover

If you have issues that affect your smile as a whole, then the treatments above may be able to address one or two of the issues but not all of them. In this case, you may be more likely to benefit from these cosmetic treatments,

  • Dental veneers: Want a smile that wows? If so, our Jacksonville Beach, FL, dentist can place dental veneers, which can completely reshape, resize, whiter and realign your smile just by placing these thin porcelain shells over the front of your teeth. Veneers can be placed on teeth that are visible when you smile, helping you to achieve a brand-new look.
  • Invisalign: If you want to fix your crooked smile without the whole world knowing, this completely clear, nearly invisible system can help you straighten your smile quickly and efficiently. It’s great for teens and adults.


Are you interested in getting dental veneers? If so, Jax Beach Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in Jacksonville Beach, FL, can help you determine whether this is the ideal treatment for you. Call us today at (904) 241-4237.

By Rick K. Harrison, DMD, PA
December 14, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

The holidays have officially begun! Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve, it’s fairly certain you’re going to be spending time with lots of folks. From family gatherings to neighborhood open houses to the office holiday party, you’ll find yourself rubbing elbows with all the in-laws and out-laws in your social orbit. And because it’s the season of cheer, you’ll probably smile—a lot.

So, before the festivities go full tilt, take a little time to freshen up that wonderful smile of yours. Here are a few suggestions for having a smile this holiday season that you’re confident to put on display.

Dental cleanings. While professional dental cleanings primarily remove any lingering disease-causing plaque and tartar, they can have the secondary benefit of improving your smile’s appearance. So, if it’s close to time for your regular dental visit or you would simply like to give your teeth a quick polish, schedule a cleaning appointment for a little extra holiday sparkle.

Teeth whitening. You can gain a noticeable increase in smile brightness with a professional whitening application. With our advanced bleaching solutions and techniques, we can precisely control the level of brightness you desire, from a more subdued natural white to a dazzling “Hollywood” shine. And with care, the effect could last for several months or even years with an occasional touch-up.

Bonding. A chipped tooth can stand out from your smile like a smudge on a masterpiece painting. In many cases, though, we can repair minor chips and other defects by bonding composite resin to the tooth in a single visit. The process is simple: We color-match the resin to the tooth, then apply, shape and cure it. Your tooth will look good as new.

Porcelain veneers. For a more durable and comprehensive solution, consider veneers for dental flaws you do not wish to live with. These thin wafers of porcelain are permanently bonded to the front of teeth to mask chips, heavy staining or slight misalignments. And they are quite affordable compared to more extensive cosmetic restorations.

All of these cosmetic options can fit into most people’s budgets and don’t take a lot of time in the dentist’s chair. Veneers are the one slight exception: These require more than one visit to the dental office because they are custom-made for you in a dental lab. Also note that veneers often require the permanent removal of tooth enamel, so the tooth will require a veneer or other restorative covering from then on.

All in all, though, it doesn’t take much to put some much-needed zing back into your smile. In most cases, it only takes one visit—just in time to brighten up your holiday season.

If you would like more information about smile enhancement, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “Porcelain Veneers.”

By Rick K. Harrison, DMD, PA
December 09, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

As December brings the old year to a close, it’s a great time to set goals for the year to come. This might include a major life change, such as a new job—or even a new romance! If one of these items is on your list for 2019, a smile makeover may be just the thing to help you get there.

Having a great smile can give your self-confidence a real boost. It can also affect how you are perceived by others. According to a survey by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, 99.7% of adults believe a smile is an important social asset and 96% believe an attractive smile makes a person more appealing to members of the opposite sex. At the same time, three quarters of adults feel that an unattractive smile can hurt a person’s chances for career success.

If you aren’t pleased with your smile and want a new look, we can help you figure out which cosmetic dental treatments could be right for you. The answer might be something simple—like an overall brightening of the smile with professional teeth whitening, or fixing a small crack or chip in a single tooth with cosmetic tooth bonding. If you’re unhappy with worn-down or crooked teeth, dental veneers or orthodontic treatment might be the way to go. In fact, many adults find that orthodontic treatment with clear aligners is a great way to get a beautiful, straight smile without drawing attention to the fact that a makeover is in progress.

Of course, it’s not only important for your smile to look good but also for your whole mouth to stay healthy. So if you are experiencing any tooth pain, unusual mouth sores or gum problems, it’s time for you to come in for an exam. And if it’s been a while since you’ve had a dental checkup and professional teeth cleaning, why not make an appointment for early in the year? Don’t start the new year with last year’s dental problems!

If you would like more information about cosmetic dental treatments or preventive dentistry, please contact us or schedule a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “How Your Dentist Can Help You Look Younger” and “Dental Hygiene Visit.”

By Rick K. Harrison, DMD, PA
September 30, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

The mark of a great dental restoration is that you can’t see it. It’s there in plain sight, but others observing your new and improved smile can’t tell the difference between the restoration and your natural teeth. Everything looks, well, natural.

That’s the great advantage of dental porcelain. A dental technician with technical skill and artistic flair can form this inorganic, ceramic material into a life-like replica of your tooth, with a shape and color that blends in with the rest of your teeth. And because of its strength properties, porcelain restorations can hold up to the normal chewing and biting forces in your mouth, as long as you use prudence when biting down on hard substances.

Porcelain is also highly adaptable to different kinds of restorations. For natural teeth still viable but no longer attractive, porcelain can be the main ingredient in two very popular and effective restorations, the veneer and the crown. Although the porcelain material is the same for both, their construction and application are quite different.

Veneers are very thin laminated layers of dental porcelain custom-colored and shaped for bonding to the outer visible portion of a tooth. They’re a great solution for relatively decay-free teeth that have minor to moderate defects like chipping, slight misalignment or heavy staining. They often require some permanent removal of tooth enamel to ensure their appearance isn’t too bulky, but causes minimal impact to the tooth.

Crowns, on the other hand, are complete tooth replicas that are bonded in place over an existing tooth like a cap. They’re a good choice for teeth in which the root and inner layers are still viable, but the tooth has been significantly damaged by decay or trauma. They’re also useful as a protective cover for teeth that have undergone root canal treatment. But unlike the minimal impact of veneers, crowns require significant tooth alterations to accommodate them.

In either case, though, the end result is much the same: both crowns and veneers can be fashioned to precisely mimic the shape, color and texture of natural teeth. In skillful hands, these porcelain restorations can transform your smile for the better and no one but you and your dentist will ever need to know.

If you would like more information on porcelain restorations, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”

By Rick K. Harrison, DMD, PA
March 28, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental stains can take a serious toll on both your smile and your self-esteem. Luckily, you no longer have to live with your stained or teeth whiteningyellowed teeth thanks to professional teeth whitening treatments. But how do these treatments work? Are they the best option for you? Find out how you can say goodbye to your dental stains for good with Dr. Rick Harrison at Jax Beach Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Jacksonville Beach, FL.

What can I expect from a teeth whitening session?
Teeth whitening treatments begin with a consultation to discuss your expectations for your results and allow you to ask any questions or address any concerns you may have about your whitening session. Your dentist will then place whitening gel on your teeth, where it stays for about an hour. The whitening gel uses chemical reactions between the gel itself and the stains in your teeth to break down the bonds which hold the stains’ molecules together. This dissipates the stain, providing a brighter, whiter appearance. Teeth whitening sessions normally last about 45 minutes to an hour and occur right in your dentist’s office.

Can teeth whitening benefit my smile?
Teeth whitening is a cosmetic procedure, and the aesthetic benefits speak for themselves. A brighter, whiter smile you feel proud to show off boosts confidence and builds your self-esteem, allowing face-to-face encounters to be more enjoyable. As with other cosmetic procedures, teeth whitening can provide priceless results and help you feel great about the way you look.

Professional Teeth Whitening in Jacksonville Beach, FL
Your Jacksonville Beach, FL dentist is trained in FDA-approved teeth whitening procedures, allowing them to be stronger and more effective in a shorter amount of time than over-the-counter whitening products. While over-the-counter treatments do provide some results, they generally take weeks of continued use to provide the same or less dramatic results as a single professional whitening session performed by your dentist.

For more information on teeth whitening, please contact Dr. Rick Harrison at Jax Beach Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Jacksonville Beach, FL. Call (904) 241-4237 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Harrison today!