Cosmetic Dentistry in El Paso TX
In a study completed by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, researchers
found that 9 out of 10 patients agree that an attractive smile is an important asset.
They also found that 75% of Americans agree that an unattractive smile can hurt
an applicant’s chance for career success. Having a smile you love can increase your
confidence and boost your self-image. If you are unhappy with your smile, you may
be surprised to know that modern cosmetic dentistry offers many solutions to common
aesthetic problems. Our office provides the full spectrum of cosmetic dentistry
to our patients. Whether you are seeking simple tooth whitening or to repair crooked
or damaged teeth, we can help you to achieve a more attractive smile.
Porcelain Veneers are artistically designed custom thin porcelain layers that are
bonded on to teeth to create straight, healthy looking teeth without the use of
orthodontics. It is usually a 2 visit procedure. During the first visit the dentist
removes a small amount of the enamel & takes an impression, which is sent to our
highly qualified technicians who design the Custom Veneers. It usually takes 7-10
days for the Veneers to be back. During this period the patient wears temporary
Veneers that are custom crafted by the dentist.
Our office also specializes in the Revolutionary No shots, No drills and Painless
Lumineers. Call our office to find out if you are a candidate for this revolutionary
procedure for enhancing your smile.
Lumineers (trademark)are porcelain veneers made with patented Cerinate (trademark)porcelain
technology. They are the painless alternative to traditional veneers and crowns.
They can permanently change the color of your teeth and align them in two dental
visits. Lumineers are the permanent cosmetic solution for stained ,chipped , discolored
and maligned teeth.In most cases the procedure can be done with no shots and little
or no preparation of the tooth. They can be fabricated to be contact lens thin.
This protects and prevents the unnecessary removal of sensitive tooth structure.
Lumineers can even be placed over existing crown or bridgework without having to
On your first consultation appointment for lumineers your dentist will take x-rays
of your teeth and examine your teeth for possible cavites and gum disease. A routine
cleaning is recommended prior to lumineer placement and every 6 months thereafter.
Optimal gingival health is vital for any restorative success. Your dentist may also
recommend whitening your teeth prior to lumineer placement so that your other teeth
can blend with the lumineers.
On your second appointment photographs are taken to communicate with the cerinate
lab to get the best cosmetic outcome. The photographs also help you to see the dramatic
change in your smile once the lumineers are placed. Then an impression or mold of
your teeth is taken and along with the photographs sent to the Cerinate lab for
the fabrication of the revolutionary Lumineers. It usually takes 10 working days
for the Lumineers to be fabricated.
On your final appointment your dentist bonds the Lumineers with a special bond onto
your teeth. This appointment probably takes 30 minutes and is the longest appointment
in the whole procedure.
In just 2-3 visits to your LUMINEERS dentist, you can have a custom-made smile that
is clinically proven to last over 20 years - and it is completely reversible since
your natural tooth structure is still intact! Call our office to get your perfect
Invisalign® is a revolutionary way to help you get even, straight teeth without
noticeable, painful metal braces. Virtually undetectable, Invisalign® aligners are
made of strong, clear plastic that gradually guides your teeth into perfect alignment.
Unlike metal braces, they have no wires or brackets on which your lips or gums can
snag. During your first evaluation, our dentists will help you determine if Invisalign®
is a good option for you. We'll then design a treatment plan and take tooth impressions,
from which Invisalign® will develop accurate, personalized tooth-straightening devices,
called aligners. Aligners slide directly over your teeth and are replaced every
two weeks as your teeth shift into place. Depending on your case, you will wear
them full-time (except when eating or drinking) for 12 to 24 months—no longer than
you would wear traditional metal braces—and see your dentist about every six weeks
Tooth Colored Fillings
In the past, cavities could only be treated with unsightly metal fillings that are
alloys for silver and mercury. These fillings, especially when close to the front
of the mouth, are highly noticeable and unaesthetic. Sometimes, the filling is so
large that it causes discoloration of the entire tooth. These fillings (or restorations)
often weaken teeth due to the large amount of the original tooth that has to be
removed. Also there is a risk of Mercury poisoning that is used in the filling.
Modern dentistry has increasingly turned to Tooth colored or composite fillings
as a strong, safe and more natural looking alternative. Composite fillings utilize
a soft white plastic substance that is hardened with a blue light.
Replacing large fillings in back teeth often requires stronger, more precisely contoured
restorations. These are called inlays or onlays depending on whether they are being
placed inside the tooth or on its outer surface. These restorations need to be custom-made
at an off-site dental lab; therefore, two visits may be required. Once the dental
office receives the custom inlay or onlay, the patient returns to the dentist's
office, where the restorations are bonded into place.
Onlays protect teeth similarly to crowns, but conserve more natural tooth structure.
Onlays should provide decades of service. Our Doctor has restored beauty and function
to the teeth of thousands of patients through the placement of custom-crafted inlays
As we age, our teeth lose the brilliant whiteness that implies good dental health
and youth. The unsightly stains associated with tobacco, dark liquids, and other
factors can leave us feeling less-than-confident about our smiles. Fortunately,
there is a simple solution to this dental problem: cosmetic tooth whitening. Our
practice provides convenient, take-home tooth-whitening programs and in-office ZOOM!
tooth whitening to our patients.
In-Office Tooth Whitening
Professional tooth whitening System
The ZOOM! Chairside Whitening system is a scientifically advanced, tooth whitening
procedure. It is a safe and effective procedure. Your teeth will become dramatically
whiter in less than hour! It is an ideal procedure for anyone looking for immediate
results. The convenience of ZOOM! in comparison to days of wearing trays or strips
makes it the perfect choice for the busy individual.
The procedure begins with a short preparation to cover your lips and gums, leaving
only your teeth exposed. The ZOOM! clinician then applies the proprietary ZOOM!
whitening gel, which is designed to be used with a specially designed light. The
ZOOM! light and gel work together to gently penetrate your teeth, breaking up stains
The complete procedure takes less than an hour. Following the preparation period,
three cycles of 15 minutes each totally to 45 minutes completes the procedure.
Take-home Tooth Whitening
These kits contain a customized tray that is made from custom molds of your teeth
and whitening gel made of hydrogen peroxide. The patient usually wears the trays
and gel for approximately thirty minutes two times per day until their teeth have
reached the desired shade.
Is whitening safe?
Yes. Extensive research and clinical studies indicate that whitening teeth under
the supervision of a dentist is safe. It is not recommended to children under the
age of 13 years of age and pregnant or lactating women.
How long do the results last?
To keep your teeth looking their best, we recommend flossing, brushing twice daily
along with regular professional cleaning. Occasional touch ups with the specially
designed touch up kits help keep your teeth their brightest. These touch up kits
can be purchased at the office. It should be noted that tooth whitening treatments
have no effect on the artificial materials used for bonds, veneers, or capped teeth.
How does the ZOOM! in office system work?
Hydrogen peroxide is the active ingredient in the whitening gel. As the hydrogen
peroxide is broken down, oxygen enters the enamel and dentin, bleaching the colored
substances while the structure of the tooth is unchanged.The ZOOM! light aids in
activating the hydrogen peroxide and increases the effectiveness of the whitening
Are there any side effects?
Sensitivity during the treatment may occur with some patients. The ZOOM! light generates
minimal heat which may be the source of discomfort. Minor tingling sensation may
be experienced after the procedure which may last for a couple of days, but will
always dissipate. Your dentist may recommend the application of a flouride gel after
the procedure to relieve the symptoms.
Take your first step to feeling good, looking great and making a memorable impression
every time you smile. You owe it to yourself!
Call our office today to schedule your bleaching appointment!
(A cleaning is recommended prior to the whitening session)
If you ever had the notion that dental crowns are conspicuous and unattractive,
then you've never noticed a beautifully crafted all-porcelain crown.
Compared to older porcelain fused to metal crowns, all-porcelain crowns have a natural
appearance in terms of color and contour. When done properly, crowns should be extremely
difficult to distinguish from natural teeth. With all-porcelain crowns, no dark
lines are apparent at the gum line.
Our office commonly replaces unsightly crowns with beautiful new porcelain crowns.
There are different kinds of Porcelain Crowns. Your Dentist will decide which
is right for you depending on the color of your tooth.
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