Achieve Your Dream Smile with our Plano Cosmetic Dentist
Patients who are unhappy with their smiles tend to smile less often, and according to research at the University of California, Berkley, this could have detrimental effects on their health and quality of life. This years’ long study revealed that people who smile more often live longer, are healthier in general, and have happier marriages with reduced likelihood for divorce. We want our patients to feel completely comfortable sharing their smiles. That’s why Dr. Bita Kamali and her dedicated Plano dental team offer a variety of cosmetic dentistry services to keep our patients smiling. Contact Parkway Vista Dental to find out more or schedule a cosmetic dentistry consultation today.
ZOOM! Teeth Whitening
Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry services we provide. A trip to your local pharmacy or grocery store will reveal row after row of whitening toothpastes, strips, gels, lights, and other products promising patients transformed smiles, but unfortunately, these products are not able to deliver on their promises. Dr. Kamali is happy to provide professional ZOOM! Whitening in our state-of-the-art dental practice. In-practice professional whitening has a number of advantages including improved safety for patients, predictable results, and teeth up to ten shades brighter in as little as an hour. We start by placing protective coatings over soft tissue to prevent damage that may occur from the active whitening agent, hydrogen or carbamide peroxide. Then, we apply a coat of whitening gel to teeth. After about fifteen minutes, we remove the gel, test to see the difference in shade, and reapply as necessary to achieve desired results.
At-Home Teeth Whitening
In some cases, we may recommend at-home whitening. Unlike store bought whiteners, our take-home whitening kits include professional grade whitening gel ideally formulated to meet your desired goals and custom crafted application trays that seal whitening gel in and neutralizing saliva out. Over the course of about two weeks of daily application, patients are able to achieve the same results possible with in-office whitening. At-home whitening is recommended for patients who want to brighten their smiles gradually, those who have sensitive teeth, and patients wishing to touch up the results of in-office whitening.
Tooth-colored fillings are crafted using a composite resin material that combines plastic and glass to form a durable, natural-looking dental restoration. Traditionally, fillings were crafted from silver-colored amalgam. These restorations achieved the desired result of restoring the lost dental structure for teeth that had decayed or been damaged, but in addition to their noticeable appearance, amalgam fillings expand and contract when exposed to changes in temperature which may cause additional dental damage. They also require the removal of healthy dental structure to create the wedges that hold these fillings in place. Composite resin fillings are sometimes referred to as direct bonding or direct fillings because this putty-like resin is applied directly to the surface of teeth. The composite resin bonds directly to the natural structure filling in even the smallest gaps and strengthening the remaining tooth enamel. Once the filling is shaped to restore lost dental structure, a curing light is used to harden the filling in place. In addition to providing durable, natural looking restorations, composite resin can be used to correct purely cosmetic flaws by filling gaps in patients’ smiles and concealing set-in stains that cannot be removed with teeth whitening.
For those patients who come to us saying things like, “I don’t know where to get started,” or “I just want to hit the reset button on my smile,” porcelain veneers may give them the option to do just that. These thin sheaths of dental grade porcelain fit over the fronts of teeth concealing any number of flaws and leaving patients with picture perfect smiles. Sometimes referred to as instant orthodontics, veneers may even be an option to fill gaps between teeth and make crooked teeth appear perfectly straight. Plus, the process is simple and minimally invasive. A small amount of surface enamel is removed to allow the veneer to blend seamlessly into the line of patients’ smiles. Then, impressions are captured that will be used by our dental lab to craft a custom veneer, and a temporary restoration is placed to protect the prepared teeth and allow patients to get used to the look and feel of veneers. Once we receive the custom restorations from the lab, patients return to exchange their temporary for the final porcelain veneers.
A small imperfection in your teeth can have a drastic impact on your smile. Cosmetic issues such as chips, cracks, gaps, and discoloration are nearly impossible for you take care of at home. For people who need a subtle improvement for their smile, direct bonding may be their solution. Direct bonding uses a composite resin to help sculpt your teeth into a more beautiful shape. It is one of the quickest and easiest procedures available today, and can be applied in one simple visit.