Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic Dentistry

Have you ever wanted to change your smile? Maybe you wish you could just spiff it up, or maybe you dream of a smile that’s younger, whiter or straighter. Maybe you’re imagining yourself with a completely new gorgeous smile! Whether you’re hoping to enhance or you’re looking for a complete makeover, Cosmetic Dentistry can do it for you. Modern cosmetic dentistry gives you the chance to reset, refresh, or re-make your smile, transforming simple health into simply WOW! To take advantage of all that Cosmetic Dentistry can do for you, it’s important to attain and maintain a healthy mouth. This ensures the absolute best in terms of looks, confidence, beauty, and facial harmony. Whether it be as simple as teeth whitening or as in depth as inlays. The impact that Cosmetic Dentistry has on our patients cannot be accurately described and measured in words or concrete numbers. We see their eyes light up when they see their transformed smiles and we hear their stories. Our Cosmetic Dentistry patients have the opportunity to experience a life transformation when they decide to take control of their confidence with the most beautiful and attractive smile modern dentistry can offer. The confidence our patients have after receiving any of our cosmetic dental procedures is deeply apparent. Life no longer feels like it’s on hold and is now presenting limitless possibilities to the one who now has confidence to smile, to laugh, and to enjoy it to the fullest. If you’re living life hiding your smile, call us today to start your journey to confidence!

While Cosmetic Dentistry solves a myriad of esthetic dental issues, we most often see patients like the following: patients who do not like the shape or size of their teeth or who have deformed, crooked or out-of-place teeth. Many people don’t like the color or appearance of their teeth, or have ugly, broken or failing old restorations. People come in asking us to replace missing teeth in their smiles. We also see patients who dislike their smiles because they feel like too much of their gums shows (gummy smile) or too little of their gums show (recession) when they smile. Sometimes people do not like that their smiles don’t have a normal contour, their smiles seem uneven. People also frequently ask us to fix gaps between their teeth, overlapped (crowding) teeth, overbites and underbites. These are just a few of patients’ frustrations that we can help resolve with cosmetic dentistry.

Teeth Whitening

When everything but color is perfect, look no further than the professional teeth whitening treatment we provide in San Antonio. Our office offers the Kor whitening system, which is the absolute best whitening system in the dental industry and combines the power of take-home whitening gel and in-office high strength whitening agents. For patients who are looking for a cost effective teeth whitening treatment for spots and stains, we also offer custom made take-home whitening trays.

Teeth Straightening

Very frequently, the only thing patients want fixed are their crooked or misaligned teeth. Their teeth may have ideal color, shape and size, but the fact that their teeth are out of place makes their smile seem crooked, uneven, unbalanced and unpleasant. Revolutionary treatment options in orthodontics, such as the Invisalign system, allow patients to straighten teeth in as little as 3 months without brackets and wires.

Bonding and Reshaping

Patients wanting to change smile imperfections like worn down edges, chips, cracks, micro-lines, gaps and spaces, or unpleasant color and appearance, often choose cosmetic bonding, the most cost-effective method to improve the appearance of such teeth. A layer of tooth-colored material is applied (bonded) to conceal these imperfections and a patient’s smile is revitalized for years to come at a cost considerably lower than other cosmetic treatments.

Porcelain Restorations

Porcelain Restorations have come a long way over the last several decades and are now the most natural looking material for replacing damaged tooth structure and recreating your smile. Porcelain restorations come in a variety of forms and sizes, from Veneers to Inlays we can tailor each treatment to your unique needs.

Veneers

Veneers are a thin layer of porcelain covering which is laid over the front side of the tooth, refacing the tooth and giving it a new look, color, shape, and beauty. Veneers are most often used in cosmetic cases where the patient desires to change the color, size, shape and contour of the teeth. Because they remove so little of the natural tooth surface, Veneers are an extremely conservative solution and they can create a lifelike smile which can last for decades

Crowns

Crowns, also known as caps, completely surround the tooth and cover it, strengthening and protecting the underlying tooth.

Onlays

Onlays are probably the most underutilized dental restoration in American dental office (because of poor dental insurance coverage). They are dental fillings with the protective and strength elements of dental crowns. Onlays provide the strength and structural protection of crowns, yet, like fillings, preserve more tooth structure than crowns. Just like crowns, veneers and inlays, onlays are superior to fillings because they have an ideal contour, perfect fit, and are created to function in perfect harmony with the rest of the teeth.

Inlays

Inlays, like onlays, are are specialized fillings made by dental technicians outside the mouth and placed permanently by the dentist at a subsequent visit. Their two most important advantages over filings are longevity and anatomical accuracy.

  • Longevity. Traditional white fillings are strong and long lasting; however, they are made out of a white resin which shrinks during the hardening phase creating a microscopic gap. This very small space between the tooth and the filling is responsible for discomfort and sensitivity some people experience after dental visits. This structural disadvantage is overcome by the introduction of inlays, which are cemented in place, not cured in place. The cement seals the gap between the inlay and the tooth, virtually eliminating any sensitivity and discomfort for the patient. Research has proved that inlays last longer than fillings, and the main reason is believed to be the elimination of the shrinking phenomenon.
  • The second advantage is that inlays are more anatomically accurate because they create ideal tooth-to-tooth contacts and anatomy. Since a technician working outside the mouth has absolute total control over the shape and contour of the restoration, he is able to create a perfectly shaped replacement for the tooth, creating a perfect replacement of the missing tooth structure. This translates into natural tooth-tooth contact minimizing open contacts and places for food to get stuck.

FAQ

YES. We can help you get your smile looking whiter and brighter in as little as one day and we can help you get your teeth straigther in a matter of weeks combining Invisalign with Wilkedonics (a new technique for creating fast moving teeth straightening). Dental Restorations can be delivered as early as the next business day.

While our office focuses a lot of our attention on the health aspect of dentistry, we do not neglect by any means the cosmetic aspect of dentistry. Our doctors have received much more training than most dentists in the United States and have completed many complex and challenging dental treatment cases. We think you should consider us because we are dedicated to beautiful results for every patient we treat!

Give us a call. Come in for a consultation. Talk to us about what bothers you. Listen to your options. We’ll give you the freedom to decide for yourself!

Unfortunately, virtually all of today’s dental insurance companies do not cover dental services they deem to be cosmetic in nature. Please contact our office for a assistance in researching your policy’s coverage.

Dr Bec is amazing! A super kind and patient dentist with excellent service. Thanks Dr. Bec for my new smile… If you’re in need of a dentist, call Alamo Dental Health.

-Cynthia S.