Cosmetic Dental Makeovers.
The purpose of a dental makeover is to give you a completely new smile.
There are a number of things that patients can count on receiving from cosmetic dental services.
Teeth that are straight
Teeth that are spaced evenly without gaps between them
White teeth with no stains
The edges of the top teeth smooth follow the curve of the lower lip.
Cosmetic Tooth Whitening
Teeth naturally darken as we age. Additionally, they also get darker due to things we eat and drink. Many people also smoke, which definitely creates a yellowing effect on the teeth.
One of the things a person receives with a dental makeover is cosmetic tooth whitening services. The dentist uses a special bleaching gel to remove the stains, and then sends the patient home to apply a home bleaching agent for the next two weeks. The dentist then calls the patient back for a second, in office bleaching session and completes the process in a quick, painless session.
Another important aspect of a dental makeover is the use of all-porcelain bridges. In past decades, bridges had to be made from a blend of porcelain and metal. The problem with this was that the metal would eventually show up as a blue line near the gums, making it obvious that the patient was wearing a bridge.
Todays bridges used in are so much more sophisticated. They are made completely from porcelain and are strong enough to handle biting and chewing. Not only do they look like natural teeth, they work just as effectively! All-porcelain bridges are a great way to both restore the smile and a normal lifestyle.
Sometimes a tooth only needs to be reshaped a little. One of the ways a cosmetic dental makeover can help improve the color and shape of teeth is with porcelain veneers. They are made from thin shells of porcelain and are bonded to the teeth by the dentist. Veneers will help close gaps between teeth, help lengthen small or misshapen teeth, and even help whiten teeth with stains on them. Porcelain veneers will also last for many years.
In the old days, dentists often had to extract teeth that were decayed or fractured past a certain point. With the advent of dental crowns, however, dentists began to save a good many of these teeth by first performing a root canal, then capping the tooth with a crown. Crowns used to be made of a blend of metal and porcelain in order to give them a somewhat natural look but also the needed strength to handle biting and chewing. However, the presence of metal kept them from looking completely natural.
Todays crowns are light years beyond those used in the past. They have a strength that is unsurpassed by their predecessors, and they look identical to natural teeth. They even have a translucence that mimics the color and texture of natural tooth enamel.
A dental makeover is not only able to repair damaged and stained teeth, but it can actually replace missing teeth. Titanium implants that are bio-friendly can be inserted into the jawbone, where they take the place of tooth roots that have been lost. Once the bone accepts the implant, the implant is then capped with a porcelain crown.
Cosmetic Dentistry is a specialized field that requires extensive knowledge and experience to be done correctly. The Medical Center Dental Group in Houston, Texas brings all of that and more to the direct benefit of each and every patient we treat. Although we are located in the world famous Houston Medical Center at Scurlock Towers, we routinely see dental patients who travel from Austin, San Antonio, Dallas, Beaumont and Midland Texas to see Dr. Dale Brant, Dr. Charles Campbell or Dr. Elizabeth OSullivan-Winslow for their cosmetic denistry services.