Any dental work that enhances the appearance (but not typically the functionality) of teeth, gums, and/or bite is referred to as cosmetic dentistry. It generally focuses on improving the pigment, position, shape, size, alignment, and overall appearance of the teeth.
Our cosmetic dentistry in San Antonio may include the following procedures:
- The placement of a dental material on teeth or gums, such as bonding, porcelain veneers (laminates), crowns (caps), and gum grafts.
- Removing dental structure or gums (e.g., enameloplasty, gingivectomy)
- Teeth whitening process involving bleaching, laser whitening, and gum depigmentation
- Straightening teeth and improving the appearance of the face.
- Veneers and dental laminates
Teeth Whitening Service in San Antonio, TX
The most frequent cosmetic dentistry procedure is whitening, sometimes known as “tooth bleaching.” Whitening is a highly effective treatment for the majority of patients. There are a variety of whitening solutions available, including over-the-counter items like Crest Whitestrips, as well as dentist-supervised methods like in-office or at-home trays with peroxide gel.
Our laser whitening is a dental whitening procedure that involves covering the gums with a rubber dam and applying a bleaching chemical to the teeth. The teeth are next exposed to an argon laser beam, which is designed to speed up the bleaching process. The bleaching chemical is activated by this laser, which lightens the color of the teeth. When compared to other tooth whitening techniques, laser whitening is more effective. Contact us for more information.
Tooth reshaping involves removing portions of the enamel to enhance the tooth’s look. It can be used to fix crooked or abnormally long teeth, as well as to change the length, shape, or arrangement of teeth when there is a tooth size mismatch. The enamel that has been removed is irreplaceable, and it may occasionally disclose dentin. Enameloplasty, odontoplasty, contouring, recontouring, aesthetic contouring, slenderizing, and stripping are all terms used to describe the procedure. This method produces quick effects and, in some cases, can even be used instead of braces. If you need your teeth reshaped, schedule an appointment today.
Bonding is a procedure in which an enamel-like dental composite material is color-matched, placed to the surface of a tooth, molded into the right tooth contour, hardened, and polished. Inlays and onlays, which are used to fix broken and fractured teeth, are examples of bonded restorations. Direct composite restorations bonded to the tooth can heal teeth injured by slight to severe decay, erosion, or small fractures. In anterior composite restorations, aesthetics are very important.
About Dental Bridges
Bridges are dental prosthetics that are used to repair one or more lost teeth. Teeth along both sides of the missing teeth’s space are prepared. A bridge is made up of abutments, prepared teeth, and pontics, which are fake teeth that replace missing teeth. This technique is cemented in which is used to substitute one or more lost teeth. Bridges can span more than three teeth, and the sustainability of any bridge is usually established by applying Ante’s Law and determining where the teeth are located in the mouth.
The majority of bridges are permanently installed and cannot be removed. Partially removable dentures can be taken out, while fixed bridges cannot. A cantilever dental bridge can also be used in parts of the mouth that are less stressed, such as the frontal teeth. Cantilever dental bridges can be used to restore missing teeth in the front, and are less invasive. Bridges necessitate a considerable commitment to oral hygiene. Bridges have a comparable life expectancy to crowns, which is about ten years. If you think you need a dental bridge, contact us to schedule an evaluation.
Dental Veneers in San Antonio
Veneers are custom-made, ultra-thin porcelain laminates that are glued to the teeth directly. They can be used to close gaps, improve the shape, and change the color of teeth that haven’t responded well to whitening. In the vast majority of situations, some degree of tooth reduction is required for best results.
To obtain a pleasing smile, we create diagnostic mock-ups, which serve as a tooth preparation guide prior to the fabrication of veneers. These mock-ups allow us to simulate the changes that need to be made to the patient’s teeth in terms of size, shape, and proportion, as well as their relationship to gingival-contour, lip contour, and smile line. Mock ups can be a significant help in creating preevaluation temporaries, which can provide a preliminary assessment of the esthetics, phonetics, and teeth occlusion, as well as allowing us to see if any changes are required.
Dental Implants in San Antonio
Dental implants are artificial teeth that are used to replace lost teeth. According to the ICOI (International Congress of Oral Implantologists), an implant consists of three parts: the implant device (which is primarily composed of titanium and is put into the bone), the abutment, and a dental crown or denture that is attached to the implant via the abutment.
Lifting The Gums
The gum line is raised and sculpted during a gum lift. Modifying the tissue and/or underlying bones to generate the illusion of longer or more symmetrical teeth is the goal of this technique.
Metal braces are typically used to straighten teeth that are crowded or crooked. While the primary goal is to rectify concerns like jaw alignment, they can also enhance your appearance. As a substitute for traditional metal braces, clear invisalign are used. Invisalign are comparable to metal braces in terms of results, and some patients prefer them since they are less apparent than traditional braces. Contact us now to discuss both options.
Individuals who have had decades of wear and tear to their teeth as a result of clenching or acid reflux can benefit from bite reclamation. Our experienced cosmetic dentists can help you regain your vertical dimension by opening up your bite. For more information about My Smile Artist and our cosmetic dental procedures in San Antonio, TX, schedule a free consultation today.