- Painless Gum Recontouring with Laser Dentistry
- Straighten Teeth Faster Using Invisalign Clear Aligners
Custom porcelain veneers can remove multiple flaws and create the attractive appearance a patient desires. Handcrafted from beautiful dental porcelain, they can be tinted to perfectly match your natural teeth. Dr. Blankenship or Dr. Patel will study your facial features and tooth shape before designing veneers that will create your ideal look in just two to three visits. Not everyone is a candidate for porcelain veneers, but our team can provide a thorough cosmetic evaluation and help you understand your options.
Porcelain Veneers Procedure
During the first appointment, your dentist will prepare your teeth by removing a thin layer of enamel and slightly reshaping them. They’ll take impressions and collect measurements so the ceramist will have the necessary information to design your custom restorations. Dr. Blankenship or Dr. Patel may also place temporary veneers to give you a preview of your new smile. You will return for final placement and adjustments once our dental office receives your permanent veneers from the lab.
All-Ceramic Dental Restorations
At Dental Renaissance, our dental team doesn’t want anyone to have to choose between maintaining their oral health or preserving their beautiful smile. All-ceramic restorations are made of high-quality dental porcelain, which is so similar to real tooth enamel that it even reflects light in the same way. In addition to their lifelike appearance, these restorations are also much more biocompatible overall. This means that even patients with metallic allergies or sensitivities can enjoy them.
Do you have a handful of chips and cracks inside your smile that make it difficult to show off? What about discoloration that teeth whitening cannot seem to fix? With direct bonding, you can solve both of these problems simultaneously and do so in an affordable way. This treatment uses sculpted composite resin to help slightly imperfect teeth appear more uniform. The resin can be shaded to match your existing tooth enamel exactly just like tooth-colored fillings.
You don't have to undergo plastic surgery or spend thousands of dollars to look younger. Professional teeth whitening can lighten stains and take years off of your appearance in a single appointment.
We offer in-office and at-home teeth whitening so our patients have options that suit their specific needs. With our in-office treatment, your dentist will apply a bleaching agent to each tooth so they can whiten certain teeth or your entire smile. This method also lets us treat specific areas that may have particularly deep stains.
Some patients want to whiten when it fits their schedules. So, we can take molds of their teeth and give them a custom take-home kit. All a patient has to do is fill the trays with the professional-strength bleaching gel and wear them as directed. In as little as two weeks, a patient can make their teeth six to eight shades brighter.
Gum Recontouring / Crown Lengthening
For some patients, it’s not their teeth that need to be adjusted, but their gum tissue. Having a gummy smile essentially means that too much gum tissue is covering your tooth enamel. This can make your teeth look smaller than they actually are. With the help of our soft tissue laser, we can precisely and gently remove excess gum tissue without needing to place sutures in the process. We can make your teeth appear longer and your smile more balanced in a single appointment.
Invisalign® Clear Braces
Advances in orthodontics now allow adults and older teens to straighten their teeth without wearing unattractive metal braces. Invisalign clear braces are virtually unnoticeable but can often provide the same reliable results as traditional braces.
Benefits of Straightening Your Smile with Invisalign
With Invisalign clear braces, you can transform your smile without damaging your polished image. The Invisalign system moves the teeth into their ideal positions using a series of clear aligners. Made of acrylic, the aligners fit snugly over the teeth and exert gentle pressure to adjust their position. Treatment time with Invisalign clear braces averages about 12 to 18 months. This is substantially less than traditional orthodontia.
What to Expect During Invisalign Treatment
Your dentist will take X-rays and photos of your mouth to create a model of your current smile. An Invisalign-certified lab will produce your complete series of aligners based on this data. Each aligner is worn for about two weeks before progressing onto the next. For optimal results, you’ll need to wear the aligners for about 22 hours a day. Fortunately, you can remove them for eating and cleaning your teeth
Much like those who need a full mouth reconstruction, smile makeovers are ideal for patients who need multiple treatments to get their teeth looking exactly the way they want. Whether it’s a combination of teeth whitening and clear aligners or crowns and porcelain veneers, we’ll go over all of your available options in great detail to ensure that all of your goals are realized. Our dental office is equipped with everything you need to get your treatment done in one location!
Cosmetic Dentistry FAQs
Are you still debating about whether or not cosmetic dentistry can help solve your unique oral needs? With an experienced and dedicated team of professionals by your side, you can feel confident in your decision to improve your oral health and beautify your smile. Below, we’ve answered some common questions we receive from our patients for your convenience.
What kind of payment options are available for cosmetic dental treatments?
At Dental Renaissance, we believe that patients shouldn’t have to put off necessary dental procedures because they don’t want to break their monthly budget. We participate in Delta Dental Premier, CIGNA Dental Radius Network, and Blue Care Preferred Choice PPO, and will gladly file insurance claims on behalf of our patients. Although, most plans won’t cover the cost of treatments that are considered strictly cosmetic. That’s why we also offer additional financing through CareCredit. That way, you can begin your treatment as soon as possible and make low monthly payments that fit with your budget.
What are the most common cosmetic dentistry procedures?
Drs. Blankenship and Patel offer a large menu of cosmetic dental services that are custom-tailored to fit each individual patient’s needs. Depending on what type of imperfections you’d like to fix and the results you’re looking to achieve, you may benefit from one of these common treatments our patients choose:
- Dental bonding.
- In-office or at-home teeth whitening.
- Invisalign clear braces.
We also offer gum recontouring, porcelain veneers, and complete smile makeovers for patients who are looking for a more drastic transformation. The best way to learn which procedure you can benefit the most from is to schedule a consultation by contacting your cosmetic dentist in Plano today.
Can teens benefit from cosmetic dentistry?
Depending on your teen’s needs, they may be able to benefit from certain cosmetic treatments, such as Invisalign clear braces and direct bonding. These procedures won’t just make them feel more confident about showing off their smile, but they can also improve their oral health by reducing the number of hard-to-reach nooks and crannies in their mouth that harmful oral bacteria can hide out in. This will reduce their risk of developing common issues such as cavities and gum disease.
How long will my treatment take?
There is no single answer to this question, because every treatment is custom-tailored to each patient’s individual needs. That means that treatment timelines can vary drastically depending on a variety of factors, such as what procedure you get and the severity of the issues you’re looking to fix. Treatments such as porcelain veneers and Invisalign can take place over a longer period of time, while direct bonding and in-office teeth whitening can be completed by your dentist in Plano in a single appointment. The best way to find out what your treatment timeline will look like is to schedule a consultation.