Cosmetic Dentistry in El Paso, Texas
Smile is your signature. You can make it special by transforming your teeth through cosmetic dentistry procedures. It is an asset believed to help as a career booster and create a good first impression of one’s self in social events. So why let those small chips and misalignments overshadow the smile? Make an appointment with our cosmetic dentist in El Paso, TX and get a smile makeover to fulfill your smile desires.
Cosmetic dentistry is dedicated to improving esthetics of the teeth, keeping in mind the oral health benefits of each procedure. It is simply the use of right kind of materials and treatment procedures to ensure that teeth and gums look more attractive. Since beauty is an individual’s perception, cosmetic dentistry involves the art of identifying the right kind of changes to make the smile more attractive. It requires both experience and skills of a cosmetic dentist to come out with a treatment plan suitable for the patient.
Cosmetic dentistry – How it works?
The first visit to a cosmetic dentist in El Paso will involve general examination and a questionnaire. The dental professional asks patients couple of questions to know what they expect from the treatment. Based on the findings from examination and the questionnaire, the cosmetic dentist comes up with a treatment plan. It may be a single procedure or a combination of two or three procedures which are required to bring about the expected changes. Teeth restorations, whitening agents and other smile makeover products are used for the purpose. The cosmetic dentist in El Paso may also provide a preview of the expected results just to make sure that patients have a clear idea of what may be the outcome of treatment. A well-planned and executed cosmetic dentistry process can truly transform the life of patients, giving them more self-confidence.
Porcelain Veneers are artistically designed custom thin porcelain layers that are bonded on to teeth to create straight, healthy looking teeth without the use of orthodontics. It is usually a 2 visit procedure. During the first visit the dentist removes a small amount of the enamel & takes an impression, which is sent to our highly qualified technicians who design the Custom Veneers. It usually takes 7-10 days for the Veneers to be back. During this period the patient wears temporary Veneers that are custom crafted by the dentist.
Our office also specializes in the Revolutionary No shots, No drills and Painless Lumineers. Call our office to find out if you are a candidate for this revolutionary procedure for enhancing your smile.
Lumineers (trademark)are porcelain veneers made with patented Cerinate (trademark)porcelain technology. They are the painless alternative to traditional veneers and crowns. They can permanently change the color of your teeth and align them in two dental visits. Lumineers are the permanent cosmetic solution for stained ,chipped , discolored and maligned teeth.In most cases the procedure can be done with no shots and little or no preparation of the tooth. They can be fabricated to be contact lens thin. This protects and prevents the unnecessary removal of sensitive tooth structure. Lumineers can even be placed over existing crown or bridgework without having to replace them.
On your first consultation appointment for lumineers your dentist will take x-rays of your teeth and examine your teeth for possible cavites and gum disease. A routine cleaning is recommended prior to lumineer placement and every 6 months thereafter. Optimal gingival health is vital for any restorative success. Your dentist may also recommend whitening your teeth prior to lumineer placement so that your other teeth can blend with the lumineers.
On your second appointment photographs are taken to communicate with the cerinate lab to get the best cosmetic outcome. The photographs also help you to see the dramatic change in your smile once the lumineers are placed. Then an impression or mold of your teeth is taken and along with the photographs sent to the Cerinate lab for the fabrication of the revolutionary Lumineers. It usually takes 10 working days for the Lumineers to be fabricated.
On your final appointment your dentist bonds the Lumineers with a special bond onto your teeth. This appointment probably takes 30 minutes and is the longest appointment in the whole procedure.
In just 2-3 visits to your LUMINEERS dentist, you can have a custom-made smile that is clinically proven to last over 20 years - and it is completely reversible since your natural tooth structure is still intact! Call our office to get your perfect smile today!
Invisalign® is a revolutionary way to help you get even, straight teeth without noticeable, painful metal braces. Virtually undetectable, Invisalign® aligners are made of strong, clear plastic that gradually guides your teeth into perfect alignment. Unlike metal braces, they have no wires or brackets on which your lips or gums can snag. During your first evaluation, our dentists will help you determine if Invisalign® is a good option for you. We'll then design a treatment plan and take tooth impressions, from which Invisalign® will develop accurate, personalized tooth-straightening devices, called aligners. Aligners slide directly over your teeth and are replaced every two weeks as your teeth shift into place. Depending on your case, you will wear them full-time (except when eating or drinking) for 12 to 24 months—no longer than you would wear traditional metal braces—and see your dentist about every six weeks for check-ups.
Tooth Colored Fillings
In the past, cavities could only be treated with unsightly metal fillings that are alloys for silver and mercury. These fillings, especially when close to the front of the mouth, are highly noticeable and unaesthetic. Sometimes, the filling is so large that it causes discoloration of the entire tooth. These fillings (or restorations) often weaken teeth due to the large amount of the original tooth that has to be removed. Also there is a risk of Mercury poisoning that is used in the filling. Modern dentistry has increasingly turned to Tooth colored or composite fillings as a strong, safe and more natural looking alternative. Composite fillings utilize a soft white plastic substance that is hardened with a blue light.
Replacing large fillings in back teeth often requires stronger, more precisely contoured restorations. These are called inlays or onlays depending on whether they are being placed inside the tooth or on its outer surface. These restorations need to be custom-made at an off-site dental lab; therefore, two visits may be required. Once the dental office receives the custom inlay or onlay, the patient returns to the dentist's office, where the restorations are bonded into place.
Onlays protect teeth similarly to crowns, but conserve more natural tooth structure. Onlays should provide decades of service. Our Doctor has restored beauty and function to the teeth of thousands of patients through the placement of custom-crafted inlays and onlays.
If you ever had the notion that dental crowns are conspicuous and unattractive, then you've never noticed a beautifully crafted all-porcelain crown.
Compared to older porcelain fused to metal crowns, all-porcelain crowns have a natural appearance in terms of color and contour. When done properly, crowns should be extremely difficult to distinguish from natural teeth. With all-porcelain crowns, no dark lines are apparent at the gum line.
Our office commonly replaces unsightly crowns with beautiful new porcelain crowns.
There are different kinds of Porcelain Crowns. Your Dentist will decide which is right for you depending on the color of your tooth.
As we age, our teeth lose the brilliant whiteness that implies good dental health and youth. The unsightly stains associated with tobacco, dark liquids, and other factors can leave us feeling less-than-confident about our smiles. Fortunately, there is a simple solution to this dental problem: cosmetic tooth whitening. Our practice provides convenient, take-home tooth-whitening programs and in-office ZOOM! tooth whitening to our patients.
In-Office Tooth Whitening
Professional tooth whitening System
The ZOOM! Chairside Whitening system is a scientifically advanced, tooth whitening procedure. It is a safe and effective procedure. Your teeth will become dramatically whiter in less than hour! It is an ideal procedure for anyone looking for immediate results. The convenience of ZOOM! in comparison to days of wearing trays or strips makes it the perfect choice for the busy individual.
The procedure begins with a short preparation to cover your lips and gums, leaving only your teeth exposed. The ZOOM! clinician then applies the proprietary ZOOM! whitening gel, which is designed to be used with a specially designed light. The ZOOM! light and gel work together to gently penetrate your teeth, breaking up stains and discoloration.
The complete procedure takes less than an hour. Following the preparation period, three cycles of 15 minutes each totally to 45 minutes completes the procedure.
Take-home Tooth Whitening
These kits contain a customized tray that is made from custom molds of your teeth and whitening gel made of hydrogen peroxide. The patient usually wears the trays and gel for approximately thirty minutes two times per day until their teeth have reached the desired shade.
Is whitening safe?
Yes. Extensive research and clinical studies indicate that whitening teeth under the supervision of a dentist is safe. It is not recommended to children under the age of 13 years of age and pregnant or lactating women.
How long do the results last?
To keep your teeth looking their best, we recommend flossing, brushing twice daily along with regular professional cleaning. Occasional touch ups with the specially designed touch up kits help keep your teeth their brightest. These touch up kits can be purchased at the office. It should be noted that tooth whitening treatments have no effect on the artificial materials used for bonds, veneers, or capped teeth.
How does the ZOOM! in office system work?
Hydrogen peroxide is the active ingredient in the whitening gel. As the hydrogen peroxide is broken down, oxygen enters the enamel and dentin, bleaching the colored substances while the structure of the tooth is unchanged.The ZOOM! light aids in activating the hydrogen peroxide and increases the effectiveness of the whitening gel.
Are there any side effects?
Sensitivity during the treatment may occur with some patients. The ZOOM! light generates minimal heat which may be the source of discomfort. Minor tingling sensation may be experienced after the procedure which may last for a couple of days, but will always dissipate. Your dentist may recommend the application of a flouride gel after the procedure to relieve the symptoms.
Take your first step to feeling good, looking great and making a memorable impression every time you smile. You owe it to yourself!
Call our office today to schedule your bleaching appointment!
(A cleaning is recommended prior to the whitening session)