With the ever-increasing pressure of social media, celebrities, and society to maintain a flawless appearance, it is no surprise that men and women everywhere are turning to cosmetic treatments more and more often each year. The aim for perfection doesn’t just apply to the body, though. With our faces being captured and put on display in endless selfies and posts, having a gorgeous smile is now very important. Fortunately, achieving that million-dollar smile is now more possible – and more convenient – than ever!
Expert cosmetic dentists Dr. Spiker Davis and Dr. Matt Guerre of Cosmetic Dental Associates in Houston, TX have helped countless patients transform their smiles using a variety of minimally invasive cosmetic dental treatments. Unlike traditional restorations and procedures of the past, the revolutionary techniques in modern cosmetic dentistry give patients the opportunity to enhance their smiles conveniently, affordably, and effectively. The highly experienced dentists at Cosmetic Dental Associates are proud to offer the most current and state-of-the-art cosmetic dentistry treatments and technologies for patients looking to make over their smiles. To better determine if minimally invasive cosmetic dentistry may be beneficial for you, it is important to first understand some of the basics about the procedures.
What is minimally invasive cosmetic dentistry?
The field of cosmetic dentistry is comprised of treatments designed specifically to improve the look of a patient’s teeth. Cosmetic dentistry procedures can address a variety of aesthetic concerns, the most common of which are:
- Cracked or chipped tooth
- Crooked teeth
- Uneven tooth length
- Gaps in teeth
Minimally invasive cosmetic dentistry refers to treatments and procedures that require no surgical intervention, little to no preparation of the teeth, little to no anesthesia, and little to no downtime. These procedures make enhancing the smile more convenient and comfortable than ever before.
How can minimally invasive cosmetic dentistry improve my smile?
With a long list of procedures and technologies at their disposal, the talented dentists at Cosmetic Dental Associates in Houston, TX can address a wide variety of aesthetic dental concerns. Some of the most in-demand minimally invasive cosmetic dental procedures include:
- Teeth whitening: Whether you choose in-office treatments or at-home professional whitening products, cosmetic dentistry gives patients the opportunity for a bright, beautiful, white smile almost immediately.
- Porcelain veneers: Arguably one of the most popular and beneficial treatments in all of cosmetic dentistry, porcelain veneers can conceal and/or correct countless issues. These can include chips, cracks, stains, gaps, uneven tooth length, and more. The ability of veneers to withstand staining makes them an even more attractive option for many patients. CEREC porcelain veneers, though incredibly effective, do require a relatively significant tooth preparation process, which involves removing a small amount of the native tooth enamel in order to make room for the veneer. Ask your knowledgeable dentist at Cosmetic Dental Associates about porcelain veneer alternatives including no-prep veneers and Lumineers.
- Invisalign: This exciting treatment, designed to realign the teeth, is an attractive and convenient alternative to traditional metal bracket braces. Using a series of clear plastic trays, patients are able to straighten their smile while still enjoying the ability to smile, talk, laugh, and eat without worry or embarrassment. While Invisalign is a fantastic option for many patients, there are some limitations as to what can be corrected using Invisalign versus traditional braces. In cases where there is a severe degree of crookedness and/or when there is a significant overbite or underbite present, your dental professional may recommend an alternative treatment option.
- Cosmetic dental bonding: Through the use of a tooth-colored resin material, dentists are able to fill in chips, cracks, and other flaws without the need for an extensive restoration or veneer. During cosmetic dental bonding, your dentist will custom match the resin to the shade of your teeth. The material will then be placed onto your tooth, shaped, and contoured. The resin is cured with a UV light, and final adjustments can be made to ensure the newly bonded tooth fits in seamlessly with the rest of your smile.
Am I a good candidate for minimally invasive cosmetic dentistry?
The best way to determine how minimally invasive cosmetic dentistry may benefit you is to be evaluated by a qualified and experienced dentist. During your initial consultation, the dentist will thoroughly assess your case, discuss your needs and goals at length, explain your options in detail, answer your questions fully, and put together a custom treatment plan tailored to you. Patients considering cosmetic dental treatments need to be in relatively good health and have good oral and dental health as well. The dentist will conduct a thorough dental exam to ensure that a patient is ready for cosmetic treatments, and he or she will diagnose, address, and treat any dental or oral health issues before cosmetic treatment is undertaken.
If you think minimally invasive cosmetic dentistry may be right for you, call our convenient Houston, TX office to schedule your consultation today, and take the first step toward getting the smile of your dreams!