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Cosmetic Dentistry

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Cosmetic Dentistry can be anything done to correct imperfections in the appearance of the mouth. Anyone who is unhappy with their smile can have it fixed. The upper teeth show, usually, only when smiling, while the lower teeth remain hidden. This is reversed when talking, with the upper teeth remaining hidden while the lower teeth show. The color, alignment, spacing, and regularity of the teeth are the characteristics that give the overall appearance. Any of these can be repaired to give a stunning look to the mouth.

We offer a wide variety of cosmetic options. Some of these options are whitening, smile design, recontouring of the shape of the teeth, veneers, bonding, and all ceramic/porcelain crowns.


Whitening (Take-Home)

This is the procedure of making teeth whiter, and therefore more attractive.

The tray method involves having impressions taken from which laboratory fabricated custom vinyl trays are made. Opalescence Take-Home Whitening Gel is placed in these trays and the trays with gel are worn for 30 minutes or overnight. The entire process takes 3-4 weeks of daily use. It features PF to reduce sensitivity, strengthen enamel, and help prevent cavities. Three different strengths of gel may be used. However, the higher the strength the greater the likelihood of reactions or tooth sensitivity. The tray method is recommended for badly stained teeth, such as tetracycline staining, and it may take several months of use to see significant color improvement. For maintenance of whitened teeth the trays should be used every several months. 


Veneers

Veneers are a dental procedure in which a covering is placed over the outside (visible area) of the tooth. Veneers are usually only done to the parts of the teeth that are visible when talking or smiling. The procedure can be direct or indirect.

The direct technique usually involves using bonding to place composite resin on the outside of the tooth. This method is usually referred to as bonding.

The indirect technique usually involves two appointments. At the first appointment the teeth are prepared, impressions taken, and the teeth are given a temporary covering. The impressions are sent to the laboratory. After two to three weeks, the veneers come back from the laboratory. The patient returns to the office. The temporaries are removed and the veneers are bonded to the teeth. The laboratory fabricated veneers are usually made using porcelain or pressed ceramic, and are very aesthetic.

The advantage of veneers versus crowns is that much less tooth material is removed, and the procedure is generally less uncomfortable. Veneers are recommended for teeth that have large fillings or little tooth structure.


To schedule your next dental visit with us please call the number below or email us at rainwaterdds@yahoo.com ! We look forward to hearing from you soon!



David C. Rainwater, DDS, Pllc, MAGD
12929 Gulf Freeway, Suite 204
Houston, TX 77034
Phone: 281-484-3675
Fax: 281-484-3679