Patients with dental issues of all kinds can dramatically improve their appearance with cosmetic dentistry, so they can smile with confidence. Before you decide if cosmetic dentistry is right for you, take some time to think about how satisfied you are with your smile. If you find yourself holding back from smiling, laughing, or even speaking in front of others because of your grin, you might be the ideal candidate for cosmetic care. At our office in Justin, TX, we provide a full range of cosmetic treatments and services to help you achieve the smile you deserve.
Veneers can provide protection to your teeth’s natural enamel.
To start things off, your dentist in Justin will ask you how you feel about your smile. We encourage you to be candid and honest about any issues or imperfections that make you feel self-conscious, and express to us what you would change about your grin.
During your oral exam, your dentist will find out if you’re a good candidate for the cosmetic treatment you desire. Since cosmetic services require healthy teeth, your dentist will let you know if any restorative treatments are necessary before starting your cosmetic care.
After your consultation and exam, your doctor will sit down with you to discuss all of your treatment options and create a customized cosmetic treatment plan based on your unique needs and desired outcome. The outline will help you understand every step of your treatment.
To assist in your decision, your dentist will provide you with a variety of different options. Together, you’ll choose the right cosmetic treatment for your needs, budget, and lifestyle.
Once you and your dentist have decided on the right cosmetic treatment plan, we’ll schedule your next appointment and provide guidance on how to best pay for your treatment.
Take-home teeth whitening is a great option if you want to whiten your teeth without leaving the comfort of your home. You’ll get great results over the course of 2 weeks. We curate the whitening trays by taking impressions of your teeth and gums so that they fit comfortably in your mouth. When your personalized trays are crafted, you’ll receive our whitening product. Detailed instructions for proper use and how to care for your trays will follow. Reading and following these instructions will give you professional results.
In-office teeth whitening is a quick way to illuminate your smile by whitening it up to 10 shades in a single session. If you’re looking to dramatically brighten your smile for an upcoming special occasion, you’ll love the near-instant results from in-office whitening.
To begin, your dentist will apply a special gel to your gums to keep them protected during the whitening process. To protect your cheeks, retractors will be used to keep them away from your teeth. Once we’ve taken all the necessary precautions, a powerful whitening agent will be applied to your teeth and activated with a special UV light. The paste or gel will be rinsed away after an hour, revealing a brighter smile. For patients with extremely discolored teeth, the process may be repeated multiple times over the course of several visits to achieve your desired outcome.
Dental bonding is a non-invasive procedure in which your dentist will apply a dental resin (that matches the shade of your smile) to your teeth. They will carefully sculpt the resin before curing it with a special UV light to restore the look, feel, and function of your smile. The whole process usually takes between 30-60 minutes for each tooth.
Shaping & contouring, also known as enameloplasty, is a cosmetic procedure that is often used in tandem with dental bonding. The treatment involves the removal of a thin layer of enamel from uneven, chipped, or sharp teeth to achieve the desired shape.
Veneers are wafer-thin, tooth-colored shells made from durable porcelain that are affixed to the front side of your teeth. This cosmetic treatment can eliminate small gaps between teeth, as well as cover up the appearance of severe staining, misshapen or uneven teeth, and much more.
To place veneers, your dentist will shave down the enamel so the porcelain shells don’t bulge or protrude from your smile. This is an irreversible procedure, so it’s an important consideration to make before committing to the treatment. However, veneers can completely transform your smile and will last for years before needing to be replaced, as long as they are cared for properly.
Lumineers are an even thinner type of veneer, coming in at about 0.2mm. They are about as thick as a contact lens, meaning they are less than half the width of traditional veneers. Lumineers, like traditional veneers, are adhered to the front of your teeth to enhance your smile. They are able to fix imperfections such as discoloration, misshapes, and overall appearance.
You may be wondering if they have a similar longevity and durability compared to traditional veneers. The answer is yes, even though Lumineers are extremely thin, they are sturdy and can last up to 10-15 years. Not as long as traditional veneers, but still a good amount of time. Primarily, patients opt for Lumineers because they don’t require the removal of your enamel to be placed. This makes them a great option if you are worried about an irreversible procedure.
If there are multiple aspects of your smile that you are unhappy with, ask us about a full cosmetic makeover.
A highly customized plan involving multiple procedures, a cosmetic makeover is tailored to address all of your smile needs. Since every grin is unique, exact treatments will differ between patients. Multiple cosmetic and restorative dental procedures will be completed across several visits to help you achieve the smile of your dreams.
A single in-office whitening session can brighten your smile by up to 4 shades.
With cosmetic dentistry, we can solve almost any aesthetic issue you can think of. Patients with yellow or stained teeth can receive teeth whitening treatments for a brighter grin. Dental bonding, shaping, & contouring can transform the shape of teeth to fix minor cracks and chips, or to even out your smile to get it back to a natural, aesthetically pleasing look. Veneers or Lumineers can fill gaps, cover severe stains, and fix the look of slightly crooked or crowded teeth. Dental crowns can also be used for cosmetic purposes, though they are reserved for teeth that have experienced more extensive decay or damage.
If you’re in good oral and overall health, chances are that you are a good candidate for cosmetic dentistry.
If you’re struggling with oral health issues like gum disease, cavities, or occlusal issues, you may require restorative or orthodontic treatments before beginning any cosmetic procedures.
Yes! It’s not uncommon to undergo multiple cosmetic dental procedures at the same time. Some services, like dental bonding and enameloplasty, are almost always performed in tandem. Cosmetic makeovers involve the using a combination of a variety of cosmetic treatments to completely transform a patient’s smile.
Every insurance plan is different, but most do not cover cosmetic dental care, as cosmetic cases are often listed as elective, or unnecessary to your oral health, by insurance companies. Some treatments, like veneers or dental crowns, may be partially covered by some insurance plans, but this is not very common. Because of this, you will likely need to pay for cosmetic treatment out-of-pocket. To get an idea of the scope of your dental insurance coverage, contact your insurer directly, or get in touch with our team to see if we can assist you with discounts or payment plans, so you can get the smile you deserve.
A person’s satisfaction with their smile has a powerful effect on their mental health.