The Art of Cosmetic Dentistry
Blending science and art, our cosmetic dental office can renew your outlook, fill you with confidence and restore you physically and mentally. Our Houston cosmetic dentist specialists create attractive, enduring smiles with modern materials. We can:
- Transform dull, stained teeth to bright, eye-catching smiles.
- Replace outdated, mercury fillings that can actually cause damage.
- Reshape teeth that are crooked, gapped, uneven or overlapped with natural-looking veneers.
Our dentists use the most up to date modern technology used in the cosmetic dentistry field today. We rely on an intra-oral camera to ensure accuracy as the main tool in procedures. This camera works by allowing us to see your teeth on a high-resolution monitor. This camera helps make the proper diagnosis and address what repairs are needed and which problems need to be addressed with your teeth. We utilize digital imaging prior to procedures to ensure our patients’ satisfaction, and this gives you a visual aid to knowing exactly how wonderful your smile will look like upon completion. Each room is equipped with computers which make patient records readily available and allows us to be up to date on all treatments a patient has received as well as the ones that are recommended.
What will my new smile look like?
Every smile is as unique as the person who wears it, so we take great care in designing a smile that suits the individual patient. A series of careful facial measurements help us to create a smile that is in proportion to your bone structure, age, and gender.
What do you use to fill cavities?
The days of silver mercury fillings are now nearly obsolete. Our practice uses no silver mercury and will be happy to assist you in replacing older, failing amalgam restorations. Today’s porcelain inlays and composite resins create fillings that are natural looking and stronger than materials used in the past.
What can be done if I have stained or discolored teeth?
Many people achieve a whiter, brighter smile with our simple whitening procedure. It’s safe, quick and inexpensive. You can whiten only your upper or lower teeth or your entire smile. Patients can gradually lift stains through a convenient at-home whitening process, using thin trays and gentle whitening gel. Many patients prefer the dramatic effect of in-office bleaching (power-bleaching). This procedure can be done in as little as one to two visits or combined with home bleaching. See the page on teeth bleaching for more information on the process.
What technologies do you use in cosmetic dentistry?
Modern technology is an integral part of cosmetic dental surgery. The use of intra-oral cameras, for example, enables us to see your teeth magnified on a high-resolution monitor, allowing for better diagnosis and more conservative treatment. Our digital imaging technology lets us show you your new smile before you start treatment. And our computers in each treatment room allow us immediate access to your files and health history, making sure your treatment is followed closely.
How can you replace my missing teeth?
Many options are available, including bridges, dental implants and implant-retained dentures. There is no reason to live with missing teeth. Replacing missing teeth can add self-confidence, and also allows other teeth to last longer by reducing the stress placed on them.
What are porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin sheets of ceramic that bond directly to the front surfaces of the teeth. They are an ideal choice for improving your smile and have become increasingly popular due to their simplicity and versatility. When bonded to the teeth, the ultra-thin porcelain veneers are virtually undetectable and highly resistant to coffee, tea or even cigarette stains. For strength and appearance, their resemblance to healthy, white tooth enamel is unsurpassed by other restorative options.
Cosmetic Dentistry Statistics
Information via the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry:
- Most common responses from patients regarding their desire for cosmetic dentistry work:
- To improve physical attractiveness
- To fix previous cosmetic work
- Upcoming events (weddings, birthdays, etc.)
- Restorative/health reasons
- To improve career success
- Most common cosmetic dental treatments: