Smile Makeover West Austin

We live in a where bigger is better. Everything from our houses to our fast food combo meals are designed for size. Even when it comes to self-improvement, the stakes seem high: why improve a few smaller things when you can just overhaul the whole mess? The unfortunate consequence of this attitude is that many people shy away from improving their smiles because of a misinformed belief that cosmetic dentistry requires complex, invasive procedures. Contrary to popular belief, most people’s smiles only need a few minor tweaks. Austin cosmetic dentist, Dr. Patrick Jaeckle, discusses just a few of the many conservative cosmetic procedures that can dramatically enhance the beauty of your smile.

Your Smile Your Way

Your cosmetic dentist will work closely with you to determine your personal goals for your smile. Then, based on those goals and other factors, including the health of your teeth and gums and the overall appearance of your face, he will design a customized treatment plan that could include one or more of the following procedures:

  • Teeth whitening. Some people are blessed with nicely shaped teeth and symmetrical smiles. Unfortunately, these same people are not immune to the staining effects of a number of popular foods and beverages. Everyone’s teeth begin to dull over time as small discolorations from coffee, tea, berries, and tobacco products buildup on your tooth enamel. A professional teeth whitening system will remove stains and discolorations and turn back the clock on your smile. Both in-office power whitening and take-home trays are appropriate for most patients.
  • Single veneers. When most of us think about veneers, we think it means veneers are placed on every tooth. Actually, many people only have a single chipped, discolored, or oddly shaped or sized tooth that needs fixing. Veneer placement generally requires two visits to your dentist. At the first appointment, he will shape the tooth enamel to better receive the veneer and take impressions to send to the ceramics lab. Once your custom-fitted veneer returns from the lab, you will return to the office to have the veneer bonded into place.
  • Cosmetic bonding. Your West Austin cosmetic dentist can correct small chips, gaps, oddly shaped teeth, and severe discolorations using the same material he uses to fill a cavity. Composite resin is sturdy, durable, and, most importantly, can be tinted so that it perfectly blends in with your natural tooth enamel. Bonding is an ideal solution for small smile imperfections because it does not require any permanent changes be made to the tooth’s structure.