See the results of cosmetic procedures you are considering before you commit to your smile makeover. A trial smile can make it possible for you to experience the appearance of your new smile in our office to decide if you are satisfied with your look. The custom-designed composite façade is temporarily bonded to the front of your teeth, replicating your proposed smile design. Your trial smile can be adjusted, if desired, and any significant revisions or improvements you request will be reflected in the design of your final restorations.
No longer reserved for the rich and famous, porcelain veneers have become a practical, convenient way to completely transform the appearance of your teeth. An astounding array of imperfections can be corrected with the application of veneers, including:
- Staining that is resistant to teeth whitening techniques
- Gaps between teeth
- Uneven tooth length
- Misaligned or rotated teeth
The procedure for applying porcelain veneers can usually be completed in two office visits. During your first appointment, one of our dentists will sit down with you for a detailed consultation. He or she will determine the problem that needs to be corrected and how many teeth need to be treated with veneers.
Your teeth will then be prepared to receive the veneers; this requires the removal of a small amount of enamel from the surface of each tooth to be treated. After making a precise mold of your teeth, your dentist will send the impressions to the lab along with detailed instructions for the measurement, color, and translucency of the desired finished product.
Once the porcelain veneers are ready, it will be time for your second visit to the office. The dentist will place each veneer over its designated tooth. If the fit is good, bonding cement will be applied and the porcelain veneers will be permanently attached.
Today’s porcelain veneers are created to mimic the pearlescent quality of natural teeth, and thus are more realistic-looking than ever before. With careful hygiene and regular dental checkups, your new porcelain veneers will last you for many beautiful years to come. Visit our porcelain veneers page to learn more about this dental procedure.
Your new smile is waiting at Designer Smiles! Let our cosmetic dentists answer all your questions and help you to decide whether aesthetic dentistry is right for you. Contact us today to schedule a one-on-one consultation.
Invisalign® is an orthodontic treatment that can discreetly straighten your smile. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign® uses a system of clear plastic aligners to gently guide your teeth into their ideal position. Since these aligners are removable, patients can more easily clean the teeth and enjoy all the foods they love without restrictions. Patients with mild to severe tooth misalignment, unevenly spaced teeth, or overly-crowded teeth can benefit from Invisalign®.
Invisalign Teen® is specifically designed to straighten the teeth of younger patients. The system uses the same clear plastic aligner technology as standard Invisalign® with additional benefits that better allow our dentists to monitor a younger patient’s progress. Young patients prefer Invisalign Teen over traditional braces since this orthodontic treatment is barely visible to others. With Invisalign Teen, younger patients can effectively straighten their teeth without the embarrassment or hassle of bulky, uncomfortable metal braces.
No amount of brushing and flossing can prevent the eventual discoloration of your teeth. This staining usually happens over the course of years and can be blamed on such culprits as tea, coffee, red wine, soft drinks, and tobacco. Fortunately, the dentists of Designer Smiles offer teeth whitening solutions that are convenient and effective
In-Office Teeth Whitening
Whether you are preparing for a special event or just feel that your teeth could use some brightening, in-office teeth whitening is a fast and easy way to get your teeth several shades whiter. The process is simple. Your dentist will apply a peroxide gel to the surfaces of the teeth, and then position a curing lamp over your mouth for about an hour. As the peroxide is released from the gel, it will safely remove the stains from the surfaces of your teeth. During this process, you may choose to listen to music or even to take a nap.
Take-Home Teeth Whitening
If you would prefer to manage the teeth whitening process on your own time and in your own home, we are happy to provide take-home kits as an alternative to the in-office procedure. You will need to come into the office for the initial consultation and so we can take a mold of your teeth. This mold will be used to create the customized trays that you will use at home.
Depending on the desired whitening outcome and your dental health profile, your dentist may instruct you to wear the whitening trays for a few hours each day or overnight. Before you know it, you will have a gleaming, brilliant smile looking back at you from the mirror! If you would like to learn more about teeth whitening options available from Designer Smiles, contact our Houston office to schedule a consultation with one of our cosmetic dentists.
Excess gum tissue can make the teeth appear short, creating a “gummy smile” or an uneven gumline. With gum recontouring techniques, our dentists can reshape the gumline for a beautiful, natural looking, and proportionate smile. A state-of-the-art CO2 laser is used to sculpt and immediately reseal the gum tissue for fast healing. Gum recontouring treatment can also be used to improve the movement of the lips or correct issues with the frenulum.
If you are like most Americans, you have at least one metal filling in your mouth from a past cavity. Thanks to advances in dental resin technology, there is now a less noticeable way to fill cavities. Tooth-colored fillings, made of durable resin, can last longer than metal fillings because they expand and contract with heat in much the same way as the natural tooth, reducing the likelihood of a loose filling.
Because they are precisely matched to the color of the surrounding enamel, tooth colored fillings are barely detectable, even when they are near the front of the mouth. If you are interested in replacing your existing metal fillings or think you may have a cavity that needs attention, contact the dentists at Designer Smiles today for a consultation.
Dental bonding is one of the most versatile cosmetic dentistry techniques available today. Bonding can be used to correct chips and small cracks in teeth as well as slight imperfections in alignment and spacing.
The material used for bonding is a tooth-colored resin, very similar to the one used for tooth-colored fillings. The dentist will carefully blend the resin with pigment so it matches the tooth being repaired. Then, with an artist’s skill, the dentist will apply the resin to the tooth and shape it into the desired contour. After the resin cures under a light, a final buffing will bring a natural-looking shine to the restored tooth.
You don’t have to live with less than perfect teeth. If you’d like to fix a chipped tooth or get rid of a gap between your teeth without the inconvenience of braces, contact Designer Smiles to learn more about the possibilities of dental bonding.