Corpus Christi Cosmetic Dentist Creates Perfect Smiles
Your smile tells people a lot about who you are. Recent research reveals that patients with attractive smiles are considered smarter, healthier, and more attractive. Most patients we see are unhappy with one or more aspects of their smiles, and we’re happy to offer a wide range of treatment options that offer fast, painless smile enhancement for our Corpus Christi patients. Contact Dr. Sarah Pitarra and her knowledgeable dentistry team to find out more or schedule your cosmetic dentistry consultation today.
If you look at your smile and wish you could just hit the reset button, you may want to consider porcelain veneers. This cosmetic service is effective in concealing a number of cosmetic smile flaws, including cracks, chips, gaps, and stains. Veneers are not the right cosmetic option for every patient, but we’re happy to evaluate your smile and help you determine whether veneers are the right solution for your unique smile goals. We can also show you examples of our past successful cases and use digital image alterations to show you what your own, improved smile can look like.
Porcelain Veneers Process
The veneers process requires two visits. During the first appointment, a small amount of surface enamel is removed from the fronts of teeth so the veneer lays flat within the natural smile line. Then, impressions are taken to be sent to our lab where the veneer is custom crafted. A temporary veneer is placed to protect prepared teeth, and patients return to our office to exchange the temporary veneer for their permanent, flawless smile restoration.
Do you have a picture perfect smile when you look in the mirror, or do you see years of wear, chips, and stains in your smile? Over time, even the most diligent daily brushers and flossers may begin to notice signs of wear. In many cases, we are able to offer same day smile enhancement using cosmetic dental bonding. Bonding material can be easily shaded to match natural dental structure. Then, it is placed directly over the damaged portions of teeth in order to conceal and correct years of daily wear and tear. The treatment is quick, effective, and long lasting. In most cases, patients are able to complete cosmetic bonding in a single day. We are also able to restore teeth damaged by decay or trauma with composite resin bonding material.
For decades, amalgam fillings have been the standard in cavity repair. They offered durable smile restoration for those patients who experienced minor decay, chips, and cracks in teeth. However, they have a number of drawbacks, including:
- A noticeably unnatural appearance within the smile
- A tendency to expand and contract with temperature changes, damaging remaining dental structure
- It’s connected to the tooth with a layer of dental cement, which can break down over time, leading to further decay or loss of the filling
Our practice uses composite resin fillings instead. This tooth-colored filling material offers cosmetically superior results and a stronger, more stable restoration. Composite resin is placed directly onto the damaged tooth, shaped into position to restore the natural form, and hardened into place with a curing light. With proper care, these fillings last as long as or longer than traditional amalgam fillings, and they preserve greater amounts of natural dental structure.
Easily the most popular cosmetic dentistry service available, professional teeth whitening allows patients to brighten smiles up to ten shades. Our Corpus Christi dentist offers custom crafted, professional take-home whitening kits that allow patients to brighten smiles from the comfort of home over the course of about two weeks. These whitening kits are significantly more effective than the store bought varieties because they make use of custom application trays that keep whitening gel on teeth and keep neutralizing saliva out of the trays.
Additionally, our take-home whitening kits include professional grade gel that has significantly more whitening power than those products available from your local pharmacy. Dr. Pitarra works with patients to create a custom whitening plan that takes into account the current state of teeth, patients’ whitening goals, and any tooth sensitivity. We adjust the dosage of whitening gel, application time, and length of treatment to meet individual needs.
Just like tooth-colored fillings, all-ceramic restorations offer not just restored dental form and function, but superior cosmetic results as well. Crowns, bridges, inlays, and onlays can all be crafted from a number of restorative materials, including gold, silver, and porcelain bonded to metal.
These options provide durable results that repair damaged teeth, but they don’t look great. Even porcelain bonded to metal restorations, which look like natural teeth at first, can develop darker spots or bands over time as the porcelain wears away and metal becomes visible beneath. All-ceramic restorations are crafted from a solid block of high quality dental-grad porcelain that can be shaded to blend seamlessly into a patient’s smile. That means as the surface level ceramic wears away, the material beneath continues to blend into smiles.