Having a healthy smile is always ideal, but even healthy teeth can still be stained, misshapen, cracked, or otherwise aesthetically flawed. This can leave a person feeling embarrassed of their smile, which takes a toll on their mental health. At Derby Dental, we care about the overall well-being of our patients, not just their teeth. While maintaining healthy teeth and gums is our top priority, we also want our patients to feel confident about their pearly whites. To that end, Dr. Erika Whitehouse and Dr. Meghan Kilkelly offer multiple cosmetic dentistry services. Take a look at your options below, and when you’re ready to learn more, give us a call or request an appointment below for cosmetic dentistry in Austin, TX!
Veneers are perfect for patients who wish to correct multiple imperfections in their teeth at the same time. Once we fit one of these custom-made shells over a tooth, all of its flaws – including discoloration, chips, and cracks – disappear in an instant. Most dental offices use porcelain for veneers, but they require that some healthy enamel be removed from the tooth. At Derby Dental, we prefer no-prep composite veneers. Not only do they preserve more of your tooth’s natural structure, but they can often be placed in a single appointment.
While dental crowns are vital for shielding compromised teeth from further damage, your smile’s appearance shouldn’t have to suffer in the process. That’s why, more often than not, we use metal-free materials like porcelain for dental crowns. These restorations fit snugly over a tooth to protect it without being noticeable by anyone but our dental team. Better yet, metal-free crowns are often just as durable as metal ones.
For minor chips, cracks, or stains on a small number of your teeth, you may not wish to undergo a major cosmetic procedure. That’s why we often recommend cosmetic dental bonding for patients who only need to fix a few tiny but noticeable imperfections. We choose a shade of composite resin that perfectly matches the color of your tooth enamel and then sculpt it to the tooth, covering the offending blemish with seamless results that can last for several years.
Most of the teeth whiteners you find in stores or online use diluted bleaching solutions that produce little if any results. What makes KöR teeth whitening different is that it contains a whitening agent that is several times stronger than any over-the-counter product. We’ll provide you with custom trays and ultra-potent gel that you’ll wear for a certain amount of time each day. After about two weeks of daily use, your pearly whites should be several shades lighter.
Although your teeth are a significant part of your smile, your gums can also impact its overall appearance. For example, if you have a “gummy smile,” you might have an overabundance of gum tissue that shows compared to your teeth. Some patients feel self-conscious about their gummy smiles, which is why we offer gum recontouring. We can comfortably remove the excess gum tissue to even out your gumline and create a more uniform, aesthetically pleasing grin.
Instead of fixing just one aspect of your smile, a smile makeover is designed to improve everything about your grin in as few procedures as possible. After our dentists have looked over your smile and discussed how you want your teeth and gums to look, they can come up with a personalized treatment plan to bring your smile goals to fruition. Since each treatment is uniquely designed for each individual patient, you can be sure that your results will look flawlessly natural.