Smile Makeovers in San Antonio
A Smile Makeover can be the answer to your troubles and can help create a professional appearance as well as build self-confidence. In recent years, Smile Makeovers have become more and more common as people realize the benefits of having teeth that are straight and free of stains, chips or other obvious flaws. It is considered a sign of professionalism to have a good set of teeth and a good-looking smile. There are many different options for a smile makeover and it can consist of several different procedures. We can provide all types of smile makeover services at our San Antonio dental clinic.
Smile Makeover Options
There are many cosmetic options for you to choose from depending on what you would like to have done. Rolling Oaks Dental in San Antonio can help address any of the following issues and more:
Stained or discolored teeth — The enamel that covers the teeth can get stained. The underlying tooth structure (the dentin) also can get yellow over time. Professional, in-office teeth whitening is an option to remove stains and whiten your teeth. Bleaching can also be done at home using molds made by the dentist to fit your mouth.
Chips or rough spots — These can be filled with a tooth-colored material called composite resin. This material can be chosen to match the color of your teeth. Once it’s smoothed and polished, it will look virtually the same as the surrounding area.
Cavities or cracks — Traditional amalgam fillings may be okay in the back of the mouth. However, most people don’t want to reveal a “metal mouth” when they smile. Also, silver amalgam contains mercury, which can be toxic to the nervous system.
An alternative is to use tooth-colored fillings. These fillings are made of a resin material similar to that used to repair chips or cracks. Some white fillings (direct composites) are pressed into the cavity and cured (hardened) with a special high-intensity blue light. Others are made in a laboratory and then cemented in place. These include special composites and porcelain fillings called inlays and onlays. They cover a larger surface area of the tooth.
Uneven teeth — It’s not uncommon for a tooth to be slightly longer or have a different shape than its neighbors. With a procedure called re-contouring, your dentist can reshape the tooth so that it’s a better match.
Gaps between the teeth — Small gaps can be closed by applying composite material between the teeth. This makes each tooth a little wider than before. For large gaps or other surface flaws, our dentists may recommend veneers. Veneers are permanently bonded to the fronts of the teeth. This gives them an entirely new appearance. Veneers are made from ultra-thin shells of porcelain that are matched to your exact tooth color.
Broken or crooked teeth — If a tooth has been badly broken or is structurally weak, you may need a crown. Today, crowns on front teeth are made of tooth-colored porcelain and appear very natural. The crown may be all porcelain, or, more typically, porcelain with metal inside that fits over the tooth. Both types of crowns offer excellent results. Your choice depends on your bite and what you prefer.
Tooth Bonding – The resin comes in a wide variety of shades to match your tooth color. First, your dentist applies and shapes the plastic filling material. Then it is exposed to a special high-intensity blue light. It hardens almost instantly. The resin can be sanded, smoothed and polished until it closely matches the natural shade and shape of your tooth.