Whether you’re getting ready to go back to school or you want to make a good impression at your new job, looking your best is important. But, if your smile is looking a little dull lately, then you might not be looking (or feeling!) your best. With cosmetic dentistry solutions, however, you’ll bring radiance back to your appearance while restoring your oral and systemic health. Cosmetic dentistry
At Lakewood Dental Group, our team is here to provide patients living in Dallas, TX, and the surrounding areas with stellar dental care. If you’re ready to get a healthy smile that enhances your overall aesthetic, then call our team today. New and existing patients can request an appointment online here or by calling (214) 827-1885 now.
In the meantime, Dr. Shaun Sigurdson and Dr. Mihir Patel are here to explore six cosmetic dentistry solutions. These treatments can transform your appearance, boost your self-esteem, and enhance your oral health.
How to Choose Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments
There are several cosmetic dentistry treatments to choose from at our Dallas dental clinic. But, while variety is the spice of life, having so many options can feel overwhelming for some patients. Luckily, our Lakewood dentists can help you choose the best cosmetic treatments for you, your aesthetic, and your budget with a comprehensive Smile Analysis.
Using advanced software and imaging technology, Dr. Patel and Dr. Sigurdson can analyze patients’ faces and underlying oral structures to develop unique treatment plans. As a result, a Smile Analysis can help patients choose treatments that not only augment their natural beauty, but support their oral health, too.
Using the results of their Smile Analyses, patients can choose from numerous cosmetic dentistry options, including:
- Take-home and in-office teeth whitening
- Gum Shaping
- Tooth Contouring
- Dental bonding
- Gap (diastema) closure
- Dental Veneers
1. Take-home and In-office Teeth Whitening
Data suggest that Americans spend a whopping $1.4 billion on over-the-counter teeth whitening products every year. These store-bought whiteners must be safe for consumers to use, which is why they contain lower levels of whitening agents compared to professional whiteners. As a result, consumers are spending money on store-bought whiteners that will never deliver the stunning results they desire.
Professional teeth whitening, however, uses prescription-strength whitening agents to deliver stunning results in a fraction of the time. Patients can choose from two, convenient options:
- Take-home whitening kits
- In-office whitening sessions
Take-home kits are great for patients who want to whiten their teeth on their own schedule. With custom-made trays and prescription whitening gel, these kits can dramatically brighten your smile in just 10 to 14 days.
In-office whitening treatments are fast and easy. While the results are similar to the results of the take-home kits, in-office treatments require only 45 to 60 minutes of your time to get a noticeably whiter smile.
2. Gum Shaping
If you have excess gum tissue, then you may be unhappy with the way your gums affect the appearance of your smile. Luckily, simple cosmetic dentistry solutions can help improve the shape, size, and uniformity of your smile.
Dr. Patel and Dr. Sigurdson can gently remove a small amount of gum tissue in a minimally-invasive procedure known as gum contouring. This procedure allows you and our team to work together to create your perfect, tailor-made smile.
3. Tooth Contouring
Perhaps it’s not gum tissue that is affecting the appearance of your smile–maybe it’s the size and shape of your teeth.
Tooth contouring is similar to gum shaping, but rather than altering gum tissue, our team alters the size and shape of teeth. By removing a small amount of dental enamel, our team can fix minor smile issues, such as:
- Misshapen teeth
- Overlapping or overcrowded teeth
- Long teeth
4. Dental Bonding
Dental bonding is a cost-effective cosmetic dentistry solution to address smile irregularities, such as:
- Chips and cracks
- Discoloration and intrinsic stains
- Misshapen teeth
- Slight crowding or overlapping
Dr. Sigurdson and Dr. Patel use a strong, tooth-colored material (known as composite resin) to cover imperfections or alter the size and shape of teeth. Indeed, composite resin is so good at covering imperfections and damage, that our team uses the same material to treat cavities!
With dental bonding, patients can get a perfectly color-matched smile that enhances their overall appearances while strengthening the natural structure of their teeth.
5. Gap (Diastema) Closure
A large gap in between teeth is a cute and memorable smile characteristic that many people covet. However, large gaps (also called diastemas) can cause pain and dysfunction for some patients, particularly when eating. As a result, diastema closure is a common cosmetic dentistry solution that serves preventive and restorative purposes, too.
Our Dallas dentists can close bothersome diastemas using the same tooth-colored composite resin substance used in dental bonding. We simply reshape the teeth by applying the composite resin on either side of the gap. The result is a more uniform smile that improves biting and chewing function while enhancing your appearance.
6. Dental Veneers
One of the most popular cosmetic dentistry solutions among patients is porcelain dental veneers. This minimally-invasive treatment uses ultra-thin shells of durable ceramic to cover dental imperfections, such as:
- Chips and cracks
- Deep stains, discoloration, and white spots on the teeth
- Misshapen or short teeth
- Minor overlapping or overcrowding
Dental veneers are a permanent cosmetic dentistry solution, as they require the removal of some tooth enamel. This means that patients must commit to dental veneers for as long as they have their natural teeth. Nevertheless, with the proper care, patients can expect to enjoy their dental veneers for well over a decade!
Ask us about cosmetic dentistry solutions today!
If you’re looking for top-tier cosmetic dentistry in Dallas, TX, then contact the team at Lakewood Dental Group today. We’ll gladly discuss all of your cosmetic dentistry solutions during an in-depth consultation. And, if you’re not sure how to choose from our many options, then we’ll happily conduct a thorough Smile Analysis to help you get the most out of your treatment.
So, don’t wait for a second longer–get your perfect smile today by calling (214) 827-1885 or by sending us a message here.