Cosmetic Dentistry – Houston, TX
Create Your One-of-a-Kind Dream Smile!
Do you have a cracked tooth that you want to keep hidden? Is your smile not as white as it used to be? If there’s a flaw that always catches your eye whenever you check your teeth in a mirror, get in touch with Dr. Palmer. With a wide range of cosmetic procedures to choose from, he can make the improvements you’ve been dreaming of, whether that means a small touch-up or a full smile makeover!
Why Choose Gregory Palmer, DMD & Associates for Cosmetic Dentistry?
- Digital Previews of Your New Smile
- Conservative Lumineers® Available
- 100% Personalized Smile Makeovers
By covering the front of a tooth with a thin porcelain shell, Dr. Palmer can make several changes to your teeth at once. Stains, cracks, chips, gaps, minor alignment issues, and misshapen teeth can all be hidden away. Each porcelain veneer will match the color of your other teeth, giving you a dazzling new smile to show off. A major advantage of using porcelain is that it doesn’t stain easily (especially compared to natural teeth); this makes them an excellent option for patients with severe discoloration.
Before you can get porcelain veneers, we need to prepare your teeth by removing about half a millimeter of enamel. If you don’t want to make these changes, we can offer Lumineers® as an alternative. Like veneers, these are porcelain shells that bond to the tooth to hide cosmetic flaws. However, since Lumineers are even thinner than veneers, little to no preparation is required. You’ll be able to keep your natural teeth intact, and you can even have the procedure reversed later if you want.
Crowns and fillings don’t have to be made of an unsightly metal anymore. At our practice, we can create restorations using ceramics and composite resin that replicate the strength and appearance of a natural tooth. Dr. Palmer can shape and shade your restoration so that it doesn’t stand out in your mouth; most people won’t even realize that you had a tooth repaired. With us, you can restore and protect your teeth while also keeping your smile beautiful.
The composite resin used for fillings can also be applied to a healthy tooth to make all kinds of aesthetic corrections. It can cover stains, fill in gaps, or improve a tooth’s shape. While crowns and veneers normally take multiple appointments, direct bonding can be done in about an hour (although it depends on how many teeth are being treated), making it a good choice for quick, small fixes. You can enjoy the results of bonding for several years if you maintain good oral habits.
In-Practice Teeth Whitening
Years of smoking or drinking coffee can leave your teeth looking much darker than they used to – but in many cases, Dr. Palmer can brighten them again in just one appointment! With the Zoom! in-office whitening procedure, we’ll apply a special hydrogen peroxide gel to your teeth; when the gel is exposed to a special light, it penetrates deep into the enamel to break up stains by attacking the bonds that hold them together. In many cases, we can whiten your teeth by up to eight shades!
At-Home Teeth Whitening
If you prefer for your whitening to be done at home, you can ask about our Zoom! take-home kits. These professional kits are far more powerful than anything you can get at a store, and they include special trays that have been molded to fit perfectly and comfortably in your mouth. You might wear the trays twice a day for thirty minutes, or you might keep them in overnight; in any case, you can expect to see dramatic changes after about two weeks.
Virtual Smile Designing
Some patients are hesitant to pursue a cosmetic treatment if they’re not sure what the outcome will be. To give you a clear picture of what your new smile will look like and what kind of changes will be made, Dr. Palmer can use digital imaging software to adjust a current picture of your mouth. This way, you can see exactly what kind of benefits you can expect from veneers or direct bonding. This part of the process usually only takes a few minutes, but it can make a big difference in helping you decide whether a treatment is right for you!
Does your grin need to be completely reinvented? We offer smile makeovers for patients who could benefit from multiple cosmetic procedures. Your plan could involve any combination of whitening, bonding, porcelain veneers, and metal-free restorations; it all depends on what changes you want and how extensive they are. And, thanks to digital imaging, you’ll be able to see your final results even before we begin the process. Call us today to get started by scheduling a cosmetic consultation!