Cosmetic dentistry encompasses many procedures designed to improve oral appearance. While some of these treatments are used purely for aesthetic reasons, others are beneficial for their restorative properties, as well. Here are some of the most popular cosmetic treatments today.
Useful for bleaching away surface stains on tooth enamel, professional whitening works more quickly and effectively than store-bought options. Stains from coffee, tobacco, wine, and tea often respond to a one-hour whitening procedure, and the results can last for months depending on oral hygiene and lifestyle.
These are basically stain-resistant, one-sided shells that are bonded to the fronts of teeth, hiding flaws permanently in the process. Patients with chips, cracks, stains, and misshapen or badly spaced teeth may benefit from visiting one of our Houston cosmetic dentists, for veneers.
Although similar to veneers in that they cover teeth, crowns are thicker and cover an entire tooth instead of just the front. Crowns may be recommended for teeth with flaws on multiple sides, damaged teeth at risk of breaking, and teeth with stains too heavy for veneers to hide.
Bonding involves the application of the same composite material that our Houston cosmetic dentistry provider uses for tooth-colored fillings. Stains, cracks, and misshapen teeth can be bonded with color-matched composite material and polished for long-lasting, natural-looking concealment.
Dental implants, tooth-colored fillings, inlays, and onlays are also examples of treatments with cosmetic value. Implants offer the most natural-looking solution to tooth loss and have no external hardware. Tooth-colored fillings, inlays, and onlays are all tinted to match surrounding enamel for results that are better looking than metal restorations.
Our cosmetic dentists in Houston also offer smile makeovers, which are combinations of cosmetic treatments chosen based on the needs of the individual. For patients who want to eliminate more than one type of flaw, a makeover offers an efficient, integrated treatment plan resulting in a completely rejuvenated smile. This may take a few or several visits depending on the goals of the patient. At a consultation with your provider of cosmetic dentistry in Houston, you can learn more about our cosmetic treatments and the possibilities they offer.