COSMETIC DENTISTRY - WESTCHASE DISTRICT • WEST HOUSTON, TX
It’s Time for the Smile Makeover of Your Dreams
Even healthy teeth can end up looking a little worse for wear over the years, whether because of noticeable gaps, frustrating chips in the enamel, or dull stains. If you’re tired of not liking what you see in photographs or the bathroom mirror, it may be time to consider a change with Dr. Stapleton’s help. MDRN Dental located in the Westchase District of Houston offers several cosmetic dentistry services that are meant to correct aesthetic imperfections and help your smile shine with newfound confidence, and our team can help you determine the best options that fit your goals during a consultation. Contact us today in West Houston!
Porcelain veneers offer a great way for patients to completely “do-over” their smile! These custom, wafer-thin restorations are designed to fit over just the visible surfaces of teeth, hiding a wide variety of cosmetic imperfections all at once behind a new, flawlessly beautiful appearance. This process only takes as little as two appointments to complete. Better yet, the durable structure of the veneers actually resists staining and can last for up to 15 years or even longer.
While porcelain veneers are a very popular cosmetic procedure, there is one possible downside. Dr. Stapleton will need to remove a small amount of natural enamel from the teeth to accommodate their placement, which makes traditional veneers essentially permanent. If you’d like to have the option to return to your natural smile in the future, Lumineers may be a good alternative! This style of veneer is even thinner – only about the width of a contact lens – and can be successfully placed without any significant dental alterations.
Metal-Free Dental Restorations
At MDRN Dental, we’re happy to leave tired metal fillings, crowns, and other restorations safely in the past. Whenever possible, Dr. Stapleton recommends metal-free materials for a superior aesthetic finish that’s also durable and healthy. Our top-tier ceramics even reflect light in the same way as your original tooth enamel! Plus, they are 100% biocompatible, which is great news for patients who have suffered from painful, metal-related sensitivities in the past.
Direct bonding is a fast and simple way to correct relatively small cosmetic issues, such as thin gaps between two teeth or a misshapen edge. We’ll apply tooth-colored composite resin to the requested area and then sculpt it into place with an aesthetic flair, making sure the new “addition” blends right in with the smile that surrounds it. While direct bonding may not be as permanent as porcelain veneers, achieving your desired improvements only takes a single appointment, and the changes can last for several years too.
In-Practice Teeth Whitening
Yellow discoloration, dark staining, noticeable dullness – these cosmetic problems can really take a toll on someone’s self-confidence. Thankfully, they don’t have to be permanent. At MDRN Dental, we use top-of-the-line professional whitening brands like ZOOM! and KöR to dramatically brighten tooth enamel in as little as one appointment. This may be the perfect service for you if you have a big event (like a wedding or graduation ceremony) coming up fast where you would like to look your best.
At-Home Teeth Whitening
If you’d prefer to whiten your teeth at a more gradual pace and from the comfort of your living room, take-home professional kits are also available. Our team will provide whitening gel and custom application trays. All you have to do is wear them as directed whenever you have free time. Some patients see positive changes after just one application, with the most noticeable improvements happening after a few weeks of regular use.
Gum Recontouring/Crown Lengthening
Sometimes, the teeth aren’t actually to blame if you’re unhappy with your smile! An excessive or unbalanced amount of gum tissue may be the culprit instead. Dr. Stapleton can reshape the natural gum line, correcting any overly “gummy” areas and more properly complimenting your overall appearance. He can also perform crown lengthening, which involves revealing more of your beautiful teeth to the naked eye and correcting overly “short” smiles.
Virtual Smile Design
Taking the first step towards a smile makeover can often make someone feel nervous or unsure – after all, what if you end up not liking the results? At MDRN Dental, we want to inspire confidence in our patients from the very beginning, which is why Dr. Stapleton regularly uses virtual smile design technology to reflect future positive changes right here in the present. All our team needs is a current photo, and the image can be adjusted to show what you would look like with new porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, or other cosmetic services. You can even take these new pictures home and share them with friends and family before committing to a treatment plan!
Cosmetic Dentistry FAQs
Are you ready to transform your smile and boost your confidence with one of our many cosmetic services? We understand that you may have a few questions first, which is why your dentist in Houston has taken the time to answer some of our most frequently asked questions about cosmetic dentistry in the following section. If you don’t find the answers you’re looking for on this page, feel free to give us a call and ask!
How Long Will My Results Last?
There are a variety of cosmetic treatments to choose from, each of which have a different average lifespan. While the results of a quick and easy treatment like teeth whitening may only last for a year or two, more substantial services like veneers or metal-free dental restorations can last 10-20 years.
Generally, the better you take care of your oral health after your treatment is finished, the longer your results will last. In most cases, this involves diligently brushing and flossing, seeing Dr. Stapleton regularly for checkups, and avoiding bad oral habits like smoking or biting your nails.
Which Cosmetic Dental Procedure Is the Best?
No two smiles are exactly alike. As such, no cosmetic service is “the best” for everyone. Each treatment has its own unique benefits, and whichever one is best for you will depend on the ways in which you’d like to improve your smile.
For example, the perfect treatment for someone who wishes to correct a cracked tooth will differ from someone who simply wants to brighten the shade of their smile. Ultimately, the best way to find out which cosmetic treatment is best for you is to schedule a consultation with your dentist in Westchase District.
How Much Does Cosmetic Dentistry Cost?
Multiple factors influence the price of your treatment, so there is no fixed price of cosmetic dentistry. In general, more extensive procedures tend to cost more than simpler treatments. For instance, teeth whitening usually costs less than a more personalized service like veneers, but the results typically don’t last as long and aren’t as dramatic.
While many dental insurance carriers don’t cover the cost of cosmetic services, there are always exceptions. At MDRN Dental, we’ll happily file your insurance paperwork for you to maximize your benefits. To help you finance your treatment, we even offer a Dental Membership Plan, which nets you discounts on most services as well as two FREE checkups and cleanings a year.
Is Cosmetic Dentistry Right for Me?
As long as you’re dissatisfied with some aspect of your smile, you’d probably make a great candidate for cosmetic dentistry. More often than not, the only requirement is that your oral health is in good condition. Issues such as cavities and gum infections should be addressed before beginning cosmetic treatment. By scheduling a consultation with your cosmetic dentist in Houston, we can determine the best way to give you a smile you can be proud of!