cosmetic dentist San AntonioTeeth that are discolored, damaged, misaligned or missing can be a drag on your smile’s appearance and your self-esteem as a result. Fortunately, patients are able to work with a cosmetic dentist to correct these problems through a variety of treatment approaches.

When a cosmetic dentist plans a smile makeover, the strategy is to look holistically at the smile’s aesthetics to address any number of factors that may be making the smile less attractive than it could be.

The interventions and treatments that a cosmetic dentist might provide as part of a smile makeover include the following:

  • Teeth whitening: Generally speaking, whiter and brighter smiles are perceived as more beautiful and appealing. However, factors like aging and a patient’s diet can leave the teeth less than lustrous in their shade. The Zoom! Teeth Whitening system can leave patients’ smiles up to 10 shades whiter in about an hour. With this treatment, the bleaching gel is activated using lasers to help the gel eliminate stains and discolorations much more quickly.
  • Porcelain veneers: Porcelain veneers are the equivalent of a multi-use tool for improving patients’ smiles. The thin, tooth-shaped shells are bonded on top of your biological teeth to conceal chips, cracks, deep stains and other aesthetic flaws. They may also create the appearance of correct alignment in a stretch of teeth that is slightly askew or make a disproportionately small tooth look like it’s the correct size.
  • Lumineers: These veneers are used in the same way as other porcelain veneers, but they are so thin that no enamel needs to be removed before they are placed on the teeth. Patients will view this as advantageous if they’d like to have the option to have their veneers removed at some point in the future.
  • Invisalign: Patients with crooked smiles who don’t want to hide behind standard metal braces for months and months might consider Invisalign as a more convenient and aesthetically pleasing alternative. This system uses clear plastic trays to reposition the teeth rather than brackets and wires.
  • Dental implants: Dental implants are the ultimate in tooth replacement because they are comprised of a root-like structure (the titanium cylinder that is the dental implant) and a prosthetic crown. They can restore a complete smile in many cases.

Are you dissatisfied with the way your smile looks? Consider a smile makeover. Contact our office today and schedule a consultation to learn what results might be possible in your case.