From acrylic nails to custom plastic-surgery solutions, we can improve or enhance almost any aspect of our overall aesthetic. But, did you know that cosmetic dental treatments may be the most dramatic and cost-effective way to refresh your image? Our dentists in Dallas, TX, give you the details.
Dr. Mihir Patel and Dr. Shaun Sigurdson are here to help you revamp your appearance and improve your self-esteem with contemporary cosmetic solutions. If you’re ready to get quality dental care that delivers stunning results, then schedule an appointment at Lakewood Dental Group today. Patients can call our team at (214) 827-1885 or they can send us a message here.
Before sitting in the dentist’s chair, you’ll want to familiarize yourself with some common cosmetic dental solutions. Here, our dentists in Dallas, TX, explore five cosmetic dental treatments that can really take your image to the next level.
Professional Teeth Whitening
Teeth whitening is a multi-billion dollar industry in which nearly 37 million Americans partake. And, with store-bought whiteners widely available to the average consumer, it’s no wonder why many patients begin enhancing their images with over-the-counter whitening products.
However, these consumer-friendly whiteners are often far less effective at delivering pearly-white smiles compared to professional whiteners. And, they are easy to misuse or abuse, which can result in dental damage and pain.
Professional teeth-whitening treatments with qualified and skilled dentists in Dallas, TX, are a safe, effective, and long-lasting way to amplify your smile quickly. No more wasting money on subpar results–just quick, dramatic results that last weeks (or months!) longer than store-bought solutions.
At Lakewood Dental Group, we make things even more convenient for patients with speedy in-office or convenient take-home options. So, whether you want a brighter smile in two weeks or in one hour, we can help you get the gleaming grin of your dreams!
Porcelain Dental Veneers
Sometimes, dental stains are resistant to even the strongest professional whiteners. In these cases, our dentists in Dallas, TX, may recommend porcelain dental veneers as a long-term solution to whiten and enhance imperfect smiles.
Porcelain dental veneers are highly-customizable shells that our team can use to cover minor smile imperfections, such as:
- Stubborn discoloration
- Large gaps between teeth
- Misshapen teeth
Using an ultra-strong dental adhesive, Dr. Sigurdson or Dr. Patel can adhere these lifelike shells to the front surface of the teeth. As a result, they effectively cover minor irregularities that detract or degrade our smiles.
But, porcelain dental veneers aren’t just for improving our smiles. They are great for reinforcing enamel-weakened smiles, too! In fact, our team may recommend dental veneers as both a cosmetic and restorative solution to treat enamel loss, extreme tooth sensitivity, and aesthetic issues.
Veneers are a permanent solution, so they require routine maintenance and upkeep. However, once-daily flossing, twice-daily brushing, and regular visits with our dentists in Dallas, TX, are usually enough to keep veneers functional for a decade or longer.
Just as customizable (but significantly less invasive) as porcelain veneers is dental bonding, also called tooth bonding or dental fillings. You might be thinking: Wait…dental fillings can fix cavities and enhance my smile? And, the answer is: Yes!
The same composite resin substance that our team uses to fill cavities is also an effective way to change the color, shape, and size of teeth. Our dentists in Dallas, TX, begin the dental bonding process by expertly color-matching the resin material to the exact shade the patient desires.
Then, our team can use the color-matched resin to cover minor dental imperfections, like:
- Misshapen teeth
- Diastemas (known as gapped teeth)
Dental bonding is a quick and easy way to customize your smile to your desired specifications. And, because it requires little to no tooth preparation, dental bonding is a minimally-invasive and reversible treatment. This means that patients can cost-effectively enhance their smiles with very few long-term risks.
Cosmetic Gum Shaping
Sometimes, it’s not our teeth that impact the appearance of our smiles–it’s our gums. Gummy smiles are ones that have excess gum tissue, which can make teeth appear small or uneven. As a result, our smiles can look unconventionally attractive or less-than-perfect.
Luckily, patients with gummy smiles may be eligible for cosmetic gum shaping. These treatments strategically remove a very small amount of gum tissue around the tops of the teeth. In essence, cosmetic gum shaping allows our dentists in Dallas, TX, to change how long and uniform teeth appear without actually touching the teeth!
However, cosmetic gum shaping isn’t without its risks or complications. Patients must have healthy gums that are completely free from gum disease and infections before beginning treatment. And, patients must take special care while recovering from cosmetic gum shaping. Otherwise, infections and complications could jeopardize the treatment’s success.
With the proper aftercare, however, patients can get a permanently-improved smile with cosmetic gum-shaping treatments.
Let’s say that your teeth are perfectly white and your gum tissue doesn’t need shaping, but your teeth are moderately crooked. You might be wondering: What can I do to improve my smile? Well, if whitening treatments and gum shaping aren’t necessary, then maybe orthodontia is.
For people with mild to moderate misalignments, clear aligners–like Invisalign–are an effective and discreet way to improve the appearance of a crooked smile. This aligner system makes micro-adjustments to clear trays that actively move teeth into proper alignment when worn for 20 to 22 hours per day.
Approximately every two weeks, patients swap out their old trays for a new set. The new set is a continuation of the patient’s unique treatment plan, which eventually leads to a perfect smile within six to 18 months.
Schedule your consultation with our dentists in Dallas, TX!
If you’re ready to explore cosmetic dental solutions with our dentists in Dallas, TX, then schedule your consultation today. We’ll gladly help you get the healthy, happy, and beautiful smile you deserve!
Request your appointment by calling (214) 827-1885 or by sending our team a message here.