Cosmetic Dentistry in Houston, TX
Restorations from Smile Architects are done to erase any signs of damaged teeth. They return the tooth back to its natural look and match the rest. We offer a variety of materials that can help you achieve a natural, beautiful look as part of our cosmetic dentistry in Houston, TX. From braces and retainers to teeth whitening, there are plenty of ways we can help you to put your best smile forward. We’ve outlined them on this page.
All-Porcelain and Empress Crowns
These are a perfect alternative for your new crowns or for replacing the traditional ones fused with metal. Thanks to recent advancements in technology, you no longer have to deal with the black lines and discoloration that came with the old porcelain-fused metal crowns. An all-porcelain crown provides the most natural look.
Empress crowns, also referred to as E. max, provide an optimum balance between aesthetics and strength. These unique models are made from a special lithium disilicate ceramic and can be stained/layered to provide virtually perfect contacts with the surrounding structures. The absence of shrinkage during the fabrication process also makes it an optimal fit, especially for implants and anterior crowns.
These are made from material that’s even stronger than gold and porcelain. All-Zirconia crowns are among the most durable to ever be manufactured, made from the industry’s hardest ceramic. As you can imagine, they don’t get damaged easily and are therefore ideal for the back teeth. Despite their impressive strength, their interaction with your natural teeth is smooth and simple.
Veneers and Lumineers
With all porcelain veneers, a thin layer of highly compressed porcelain material is placed over a tooth surface. This procedure only takes 2 visits. We reshape the selected tooth or teeth and take a mold, then permanently set the veneer, giving you a new and natural smile.
Lumineers offers an ultra-thin alternative to traditional veneers if you’re seeking a high-end product. The major difference is that your teeth are not reshaped and only minimal preparation is needed; it doesn’t even require an anesthetic. You can learn more at this website www.lumineers.com.
Permanent Porcelain Bridges
A permanent porcelain bridge serves to connect a gap created by one or more missing teeth. The bridge is made of 2 or more crowns on either side of the gap, and connected between them are one or more false teeth. Our bridges restore function and aesthetics. Depending on the span of the missing teeth, you’ll have your choice of all-porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or a composite resin.
Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and onlays are indirect restorative procedures in which a small custom-crafted piece of porcelain is perfectly placed in your tooth. This procedure increases the tooth’s integrity and strength while decreasing the postoperative sensitivity.
A removable prosthesis is used to restore missing teeth and specific functions. Specifically, it helps with chewing, daily activities, and aesthetics. They come in different variations, but they all contour to your mouth and the natural shape of your teeth.
Traditional Metal Partial Denture
When you need a true solution for multiple missing teeth, a traditional metal partial denture is for you. Its strength and support derives from being made with a cast metal frame under an acrylic or resin gums and teeth.
The denture may come with attachment hooks that allow it to be fixed on your natural tooth for support. However, we do have alternatives in case you don’t care for the way this looks.
Valplast and Combination Partial Denture
Made from a specific formula, our office creates only the official name-brand Valplast Partial Denture, offering superior life-like qualities in both aesthetics and comfort to replace multiple missing teeth. Recent advancements in dental material allow partial dentures to be made without any metal. Ergo, Valplasts are not only aesthetically pleasing, but also the most comfortable teeth replacement option.
You could also go for the combination partial denture, which features both the Valplasts and the best of the traditional metal frame ones. Sporting a tooth-supported metal frame and the more natural gum colored clasps, the combination partial is both nice to look at and functionally resilient. The combination of metal framework and plastic clasp eliminates most of the difficultly of recurrent sore spots and renders the denture almost invisible.
If you’re missing all of your teeth in either the upper or lower arch or both, a complete denture is the ideal option for replacement. With a life-like appearance, the denture is designed to fit your specific bite. Though you may need a while to get used to it at first, our office is happy to provide continued support and adjustments as necessary. We want you to feel good about your new teeth.
Contact the cosmetic crew here at Smile Architects to love your look. Whatever aesthetic you’re aiming for, our office is where you can get it.