How Can I Fix My Smile?

How Can I Fix My Smile?

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The eyes might be the windows to the soul, but a bright smile is the doorway to confidence. It’s never too late to consult your dentist about improving your smile, and the solutions can be implemented quickly, allowing you to start the new year with fresh new confidence. There are various cosmetic dental treatments available. Read on to find out which one will best suit you.

Aesthetic Contouring

If you’re looking for a quick and pain-free solution to overcrowded teeth, chips, and cracks, speak to your dentist about Aesthetic Contouring

What is Aesthetic Contouring?

Aesthetic contouring is a fast procedure that produces instant results. Your dentist will re-shape your teeth by removing small amounts of enamel with lasers and drills. While dental contouring doesn’t usually require anesthetic, gum contouring does require a strong topical anesthetic applied to the gums. The results are even teeth and balanced gums after just one session in the dentist’s chair. Your teeth may be sensitive after the procedure, so your dentist will likely recommend products to ease the sensitivity. 


Veneers are an excellent solution for patients with crooked teeth, gaps in their teeth, dental discoloration they want to cover, or general damage and wear and tear.

What are Veneers?

Veneers are a thin covering for the front of your teeth and are made of either porcelain or composite resin. Porcelain veneers are crafted from durable dental ceramics and are extremely thin and hard-wearing. These are fitted to each tooth, matching the shape and shade. A fitting for porcelain veneers is a longer process, but it produces excellent overall results. 

Composite resin veneers are fitted quickly, often in one session, and are bonded to your teeth using intense light. Although both options produce beautiful smiles, we ask patients to consider that composite resin veneers require more maintenance than their porcelain counterparts and can wear and stain more easily.

Ultimately your veneer options will be based on the state of your teeth, so make an appointment so your dentist can assess your options. 


If you’ve been wanting to straighten your teeth but are worried about how metal braces will affect your appearance, ClearCorrect is an excellent treatment. 

What is ClearCorrect?

ClearCorrect are transparent teeth aligners designed to straighten your teeth comfortably and aesthetically. Manufactured in America, the aligners are made with safe materials and free of BPA and phthalates (a group of chemicals designed to make plastics more durable). 

Your dentist can assess whether you are a good candidate for ClearCorrect, as this treatment is best for patients with moderate misalignment. If this treatment benefits you, your dentist will fit you for your ClearCorrect aligner using x-rays, scans, and impressions. We recommend that our patients wear their aligners for 22 hours daily and remove them when eating. If this sounds like a smile-brightening solution, book your appointment with us

Teeth Whitening

If you’re happy with your teeth but feel that years of drinking coffee or red wine have left their stain, teeth whitening might be for you. Cakmes Dental Studio can solve this problem for you in under 45 minutes! 

What is Teeth Whitening?

Teeth whitening changes the color of your teeth using specialized dental bleach products. The method is straightforward and can be done by your dentist or at home using dentist-approved bleaching trays. Teeth whitening will not be the answer to a brighter smile for everyone, however, as different shades of teeth respond differently to the bleaching process. Additionally, bleaching will not work on veneers or caps, as it is only effective on natural teeth. 

Our in-chair teeth whitening is comfortable and painless. The Phillips in-office whitening treatment uses more powerful ingredients and, under your dentist’s supervision, safely whitens your teeth by up to eight shades. 

If you want to whiten your teeth from the comfort of your own home, then we can provide you with custom tooth whitening trays molded to your teeth, ensuring a more effective whitening treatment than you would receive from over-the-counter products. 

Cakmes Dental Studio offers you several pain-free options to brighten your smile; make an appointment with one of our dentists, and learn which option is best for you.

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Dental Veneers

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Veneers have recently gained popularity, with many celebrities choosing to “swap out” their teeth for newer, whiter, and better ones. If that’s all that you know about veneers, we will take a few steps back. But, first, let’s go through what veneers are, why we use them, and how they can help your smile and oral health. 


Veneers are used to improve the shape and color of your teeth, but they do much more than that. On top of being a cosmetic fix to specific issues, veneers also prevent damage and decay. 


At Cakmes Dental Studio, we offer two types of veneers: porcelain and composite resin. Let’s look at the differences between these two and see what may be a better fit for you. 


Porcelain Veneers

These are thin, tooth-colored shells created in our studio that cover the front-facing side of the tooth. Porcelain veneers, also known as the original veneers, are highly durable and mimic the appearance and feel of natural teeth. 


At Cakmes Dental Studio, we offer DURAthin porcelain veneers. These veneers are thin, custom-made pieces that eliminate the need to drill, shave down, or grind the existing tooth. This stops the “vampire teeth” that many people think of, but it also preserves your natural, healthy teeth by simply adding a layer over them.


Composite Resin Veneers

Composite resin is the newest version of veneers in which resin is applied directly to the teeth in layers to create the desired look. This type of veneer is more durable than in years past, but it must be cared for properly to achieve the continuous desired look. It’s essential to note composite resin veneers wear and stain more quickly than porcelain veneers, but they are easier and quicker to repair if needed. 


Are you the right candidate for veneers?

Veneers can help transform your smile, but they aren’t the right option for everyone, especially if you clench or grind your teeth or have lower levels of enamel. Veneers are commonly used to correct:

  • Crooked or misshapen teeth
  • Spaces or gaps between teeth
  • Stained teeth
  • Broken, chipped, or damaged teeth


If you suffer from one or more of these issues, you may be a good candidate for veneers. If you’re interested in learning more about veneers, we encourage you to set up a consultation appointment. We’ll let you know if veneers can help improve your smile and which type would be best for you at your consultation. In some cases, we may recommend a combination of porcelain and composite resin veneers. 

To be a candidate for veneers, you must have healthy teeth and gums. If you don’t, our dentists can help fix the issues before we agree to add veneers. After your veneers are placed, you must continue to brush and floss regularly, as cavities can still form under or around your veneers. Attending your bi-yearly dental appointments is crucial in maintaining your veneers’ aesthetic appearance and functionality. If you have any questions or would like to set up your consultation, call us today.

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Benefits of Professional Teeth Whitening

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Have you recently been thinking about whitening your teeth? If so, you should consider getting your teeth professionally whitened instead of using at-home whitening products. Many people often feel unsatisfied with the results you get from at-home whitening kits because at-home products cannot provide the benefits that professional whitening can. At Cakmes Dental Studio, we can provide you with all of the following benefits of professional teeth whitening, so you are guaranteed to be satisfied with your results. 

Guaranteed Results in a Timely and Thorough Manner

Oftentimes, at-home whitening products take weeks or months for patients to see a difference in their smile; with professional whitening, this will never be the case. When someone gets a professional teeth whitening treatment, the whitening agent is pharmaceutical grade and works at a much greater intensity than over-the-counter whitening products have the ability to. Also, professional teeth whitening requires less upkeep because the whitening is always completed in a thorough manner. At Cakmes Dental Studio, we use the most effective teeth-whitening products on the market, and we have the ability to make your teeth up to eight shades whiter in about 45 minutes. 

Guaranteed Safety 

When using over-the-counter whitening products, there is always a safety risk involved. There is a chance your gums or teeth react poorly to the product or that you could have an allergic reaction. Professional whitening treatment is a safer option than an at-home whitening treatment because the dentist doing the whitening procedure has years of experience performing the procedure and will be able to intently monitor your teeth while the whitening is being completed. If an allergic reaction were to occur, the dentist would know exactly what to do in that situation, whereas if you had an allergic reaction at home, you would have to call your dentist or the emergency room for assistance. 

A Customizable Experience 

When you get your teeth whitened professionally, dentists are able to give you a customized experience regarding your teeth sensitivity and mouth size. All teeth have different sensitivity levels, and at-home kits don’t take that into consideration as all are the same strength and size. When someone gets their teeth professionally whitened, doctors are able to change the strength of the whitening agent in order to avoid irritating the patient’s teeth and gums. Further, all at-home whitening kits are the same size, which could work for you, or not – you don’t know until you test it out. When you receive a professional whitening, dentists are able to accommodate different mouth sizes, unlike at-home products. 

If these benefits aren’t enough to encourage you, we bet this last one will. We are running a “White Christmas” special on our Philips Zoom whitening for the month of December. It is $199 for one Philips Zoom whitening or $299 for a Philips Zoom whitening and take-home trays. If you decide to purchase one of our whitening specials, as long as you pay for it in the month of December, you will be able to use it at any time! You can even leave a voicemail or text us when our office is closed to ensure you get the deal. To learn more or schedule an appointment, click here

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Everything You Need to Know About Dental Implants

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It sounds a little scary, but a dental implant surgery can be an incredibly effective procedure for people who have lost teeth and want the security and aesthetics of having their smile back after losing a tooth or teeth. Let’s learn about dental implants, how they work, and how to care for them after completing the dental implant process.


What is a dental implant? 

A dental implant is a replacement for the root or roots of a tooth. The implant is secured in your jawbone and utterly invisible to people when you smile. The implants are then used to secure crowns, bridgework, or dentures. Dental implants restore the mouth to optimal function, stabilizing the bone, tissues, and teeth by supporting the tooth’s root structure. At Cakmes Dental Studio, we provide both Implant Crowns and Implant Supported Dentures.


Am I a candidate for dental implants?

If you’ve lost teeth, you might be a candidate for dental implants. Other important considerations are that you have adequate bone to secure the implants, have healthy oral tissue, and don’t have any health conditions that would affect bone healing. 


What is the process for dental implants? 

The first step in the dental implant procedure is preparing the site, where the implant is put in the bone and covered with a healing cap. While it heals, we can put in a temporary tooth to fill in the space and preserve the look of your healthy smile. Then the crown or dentures are secured in place once the bone has healed (osseointegration). Your tooth and your smile are now restored to optimal shape and function. Note that these steps and the procedure in their entirety often require multiple appointments.


How do I care for my dental implant? 

It’s crucial, as it is with all dental procedures, to continue practicing excellent oral hygiene. Keep your implants and natural teeth and gums clean. Also, keep your regular dental appointments, cleanings, and checkups to ensure the proper functioning of your implants. Finally, avoid bad dental habits like chewing on ice or hard candy or staining your teeth with products like tobacco and caffeine. 


The primary benefit of implants is creating excellent support for your new teeth because the bone has healed tightly around the implant. If you have lost teeth and are interested in restoring your smile with dental implants, contact us to learn more about our implant process or call us at (865) 584-6163 to schedule an appointment. 

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Your Guide to Choosing the Right Dentist in Knoxville, TN

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If you’re new to Knoxville, or if you’ve lived here for years and are still looking, finding the right dentist is an important decision to make. Cakmes Dental Studio is a family dental practice that is home to Dr. Nick and Dr. Steven Cakmes, a wonderful father-son duo who love their job and their patients. If you’re looking for the best dentist in Knoxville, TN, look no further than Cakmes Dental Studio for all of your dental needs – from general dentistry to cosmetics, and more.


There are many qualities, qualifications, and personality traits to consider when searching for the right dentist. Your dentist should have incredible attention to detail, they should be trustworthy, they should have intimate knowledge of teeth and gums, and they should have impressive manual dexterity. 


Dr. Nick and Dr. Steven possess all of those qualities and are both experts in their field. When it comes to general dentistry, they are skilled in many services – from cleanings to tooth-colored fillings, crowns and bridges to dental implants, root canals, tooth extractions, and more, you won’t find a better dentist to handle your procedure. 


Cakmes Dental Studio takes it a step further with cosmetic dentistry services, such as veneers, teeth whitening, and aesthetic contouring. Dr. Nick and Dr. Steven’s attention to detail is unparalleled. As dentists, they know that even the smallest details can make the biggest difference, and that is why they are so good at what they do. They know every detail of every project or procedure they tackle, and the results make that obvious. 


Whether you’re looking for bi-yearly cleanings, help with a crooked tooth, teeth whitening for summer, or anything else, Dr. Nick and Dr. Steven are here to answer your questions and fix your problems. 


Dr. Nick and Dr. Steven love their patients, many of whom have been treated for years, or even decades, and their patients love them back (check out the reviews to see for yourself!). Not only do they have the proper schooling and knowledge of every detail of dentistry, but they are also quite passionate about it. They attend conferences, seminars, and more, to ensure that they are always learning, staying up to date with best practices, and providing the best for their patients. 


If you’re looking for a wonderful dentist in Knoxville, TN, know that the superb dentists and staff at Cakmes Dental Studio are all you need. Their skills, work ethic, and personalities combine to create the perfect dentist, twice over! We are blessed to create an environment in which our patients feel happy, calm, and satisfied with their cleanings, procedures, and more. If you’re looking for a lifelong dentist, schedule an appointment today. 

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Veneers: Are They Right For You?

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Have you always wanted a better and brighter smile but found that whitening and braces or aligners weren’t enough or were too hard to keep up with? Veneers could be the answer you’ve been looking for. Dental veneers can protect your teeth while improving your overall appearance. There are many reasons someone may want veneers: crooked teeth, gaps between the teeth, stained teeth, and broken or damaged teeth. Veneers are a natural-looking and healthy option for anyone experiencing issues with their smile due to these common areas of concern. 

Porcelain Veneers

There are two types of veneers that we specialize in: porcelain and composite resin. Porcelain veneers are tooth-colored shells that fit over the front-facing side of each of your teeth. These shells are made in-house and have long been known for their durability and their striking similarities to natural teeth.

At Cakmes Dental Studio, we offer DURAthin porcelain veneers – an extremely thin, custom-made shell piece. Our patients’ favorite part of the DURAthin veneers is that these shells eliminate the need to drill, grind, or shave down the existing tooth. Many people have heard horror stories or seen images of veneers before the shell is replaced, oftentimes resembling sharp, chipped baby teeth, and are turned off by the idea of veneers. Utilizing our advanced technology eliminates any of the fear of shaved teeth, resulting in an improved and enhanced smile while keeping the healthy structure of the teeth. 

Composite Resin Veneers

Composite resin veneers have gained popularity due to their advancements in recent years. When going this route, the resin (a tooth-colored restorative material used to replace decayed portions of a tooth and its overall structure) is applied directly to each tooth in layers, in order to give the look and feel of natural teeth. While composite resin veneers have come a long way, they must be taken care of with extreme care and detail, more so than even natural teeth. If not properly maintained, these veneers will stain or wear at a much faster rate than porcelain veneers. 

How Cakmes Dental Studio Can Help

If you’re looking for a way to get the smile you’ve always dreamed of, veneers could be your answer. Our team is extremely skilled in both porcelain and composite resin veneers – sometimes, even a combination of the two is what a patient needs. We’ll determine the best approach for your specific wants and needs through a consultation at Cakmes Dental Studio. Keep in mind that while veneers may be able to improve the function of your teeth, their main purpose is to improve your appearance. If you think veneers could be what you’ve been missing, reach out to our team for a consultation and more information. We would love to transform your smile into a happy and healthy one. 

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Get Your Teeth Whitened – Just in Time for Summer Celebrations!

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Early summer often marks the beginning of seasonal weddings, celebrations, and other get-together events. As we enjoy spending time with friends and family, it’s no doubt that we all want to look and feel our best. Having a bright and beautiful smile can make a big difference in both your appearance and your own self-confidence. One easy way to quickly improve your smile is to have your teeth whitened. As invitations begin to pile up and masks start to come off, having your teeth whitened may be exactly what you need to achieve a bright, shining smile that you can be proud of this summer!


As we get older, our teeth naturally become less white. Consuming drinks like coffee, tea, and soda can stain your teeth over time and lead to the yellowed appearance that no one wants. While taking precautions such as brushing or rinsing after each meal, drinking through a straw, and using whitening toothpaste can help, the reality is that nothing whitens better than teeth-whitening methods used in-office by professionals.


Having your teeth whitened is an easy process, and you have many options to choose from. Most dental studios offer in-office teeth whitening procedures as well as custom tooth-whitening trays, which can be used in the comfort of your own home. Teeth whitening procedures often lead to drastic results in very little time. For example, with the Philips Zoom in-office whitening, you can unlock a smile up to 8 shades whiter in just 45 minutes. Tooth sensitivity can be a side effect for some whitening products; with the Philips Zoom in-office whitening, you’ll experience little to no sensitivity, only outstanding results. 


If you’re ready to look your best and improve your smile, consider getting your teeth whitened this summer. Cakmes Dental Studio offers a variety of cosmetic dentistry services, including teeth whitening. Not only do we provide Philips Zoom in-office whitening, but we also make custom whitening trays and offer whitening kits for our clients who would prefer to whiten their teeth at home. To schedule an appointment with our expert team for personalized teeth whitening, visit our website or give us a call at 865-584-6163. Let’s get your smile looking bright and beautiful just in time for summer!

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Aesthetic Contouring

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Anyone with chipped, cracked, or generally uneven teeth knows that smiling can be a source of insecurity. Aesthetic contouring, also known as enameloplasty or tooth reshaping, is a popular procedure that effectively improves the appearance of your smile. During this procedure, small amounts of tooth enamel are removed, smoothed, or altered in length to achieve a more desirable look. 

What Happens During Aesthetic Contouring?

Aesthetic contouring generally does not require any anesthetics when working on one or multiple teeth. For gum contouring to correct unbalanced gum lines, a strong topical anesthetic will be needed. The process will involve your dentist using a series of lasers and drills to reshape your teeth and correct any minor irregularities. These procedures typically last around 30 minutes but can vary depending on the amount of reshaping being done. Once complete, you’ll want to be extra careful about protecting the enamel on your teeth. Your dentist can recommend products and ways to prevent any tooth sensitivity and to protect your new smile. 

Benefits of Cosmetic Dental Contouring

One of the biggest benefits of aesthetic contouring is the fact that the results are instant! You’ll be able to walk out of the office on the same day as your appointment with an improved smile that you can be proud to show off. Tooth reshaping also creates permanent results so you don’t have to worry about any follow-up procedures. For this reason, aesthetic dental contouring may be a more cost-friendly option compared to braces or veneers. 

Is This Procedure Right for Me?

Aesthetic contouring is a good option for anyone with minor cosmetic dental concerns. These could include crowded teeth, small chips or fractures, uneven enamel textures, and more. This procedure will not be effective for patients with more serious cosmetic problems, which will require more extensive treatments. 

Aesthetic contouring is just one of the many cosmetic and general services we offer at Cakmes Dental Studio. If you believe that you are a good candidate for aesthetic contouring, contact our Knoxville office location at (865) 584-6163 or schedule an appointment online so that we can determine if this procedure is right for you. Let us help you achieve your healthiest and happiest smile!

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Benefits of Having Your Teeth Professionally Whitened

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One of the easiest ways to achieve a bolder and brighter smile that you can be proud of is through teeth whitening. With so many teeth whitening kits available today, it can be tempting to pick one up and try it for yourself at home. However, there are a significant number of benefits for getting your teeth professionally whitened rather than using a DIY kit at home. Check out a few of the many benefits of having your teeth professionally whitened! 

Dental Staff Are Experienced

When you choose to head to the dentist to have your teeth whitened, you know you can trust the experienced and knowledgeable dental staff. The staff is professionally trained and has the equipment needed to perform the service as safely and effectively as possible. Also, whitening trays bought from the store are typically one size fits all which means that gel could leak from the tray potentially harming your gums and mouth. 

Professional Services are More Effective

At-home whitening kits often have a much lower concentration of hydrogen peroxide rendering them not as effective in achieving a dramatic shade change as you would see with in-office treatments. Professional products are much stronger which means that you’ll be able to see more noticeable results in less time. 

Dentists Can Monitor Your Dental Health

Anytime you stop in the office for a teeth whitening procedure, your dentist can evaluate your teeth and gums prior to beginning to make sure you have proper dental health. Any signs of gum problems or tooth decay will be treated prior to beginning the whitening to ensure that the products used don’t cause any pain or harm. Additionally, your dentist may notice underlying causes for teeth staining and can help identify ways to protect your teeth from future staining. 

At Cakmes Dental Studio, we offer some of the latest technologies and services to help you safely and effectively whiten your smile. Our Philips Zoom in-office whitening service brightens your teeth up to 8 shades whiter with little to no sensitivity. Our office also offers custom-fitted tooth-whitening trays to be used at home with whitening gel. 

Call (865) 584-6163 to schedule an appointment or visit our website to schedule an appointment online. Right now, we are running a half-off promotion for our Philips Zoom in-office whitening service, making it just $199 instead of the regular $399. This offer is only valid through the end of the year so make sure to take advantage of it and achieve your whitest smile possible!

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