The Woodlands Cosmetic Dentistry
At Perfect Smile, we think you deserve a smile that is beautiful, bright and radiant. If you are not confident about your smile, it may be challenging to express yourself as freely. We can transform the shape, shade, look, and feel your smile with our cosmetic dentistry treatments. No matter the extent of your concerns or aesthetic aspirations, we work with you to create a truly personalized plan, so you can achieve the smile you’ve always wanted.
Call to schedule your appointment today to learn more about the cosmetic services available at Perfect Smile.
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Why Cosmetic Dentistry Matters
When you think of cosmetic dentistry you may think treatments are a luxury only attainable by the famous or wealthy. The truth is that cosmetic dental care goes far beyond achieving a Hollywood-worthy smile.
Thanks to the ever-advancing treatment techniques in today’s dentistry, obtaining a truly radiant smile with a strong foundation is achievable, and at cost-effective rates.
Aesthetic results are only as beautiful and long-lasting as the health of your smile. Meaning, for your smile to remain looking, functioning, and feeling its best throughout your lifetime, a healthy base must be established first.
Dr. Chu and his team always initiate treatment with a detailed cleaning and examination, looking out for underlying problems such as infection or disease before we recommend any form of cosmetic treatment.
What Cosmetic Services Do You Offer?
At Perfect Smile, our cosmetic procedures are multi-functional, each designed to restore beauty and functionality to your smile. These procedures often help patients practice prevention by taking proactive care of their newly enhanced smile.
Our comprehensive solutions include:
What Smile Limitations Can Cosmetic Dentists Resolve?
Whether due to genetics, injury, or everyday wear and tear, many factors can contribute to you feeling less confident about your smile.
Patients visiting our practice come to us with common functional and aesthetic issues such as:
Discolored Teeth – Teeth that are discolored on your tooth’s surface, also known as your enamel, due to staining foods and drinks can be significantly reduced with teeth whitening. Deeply stained teeth can be transformed once more with porcelain veneers.
Chipped Teeth – With either dental bonding or porcelain veneers, minor chips in teeth can be repaired.
Broken Teeth – Teeth that are structurally compromised by excessive damage, injury, or trauma can be fixed with a dental crown. Dental crowns protect the remaining tooth against possible infection and keep it healthy and functional.
Small or Misshapen Teeth – Due to developmental conditions, teeth clenching, or grinding, porcelain veneers can be used to provide long-lasting strength and symmetry to worn or misshapen front teeth.A dental crown may also be an ideal solution if your tooth needs more structural strengthening.
Crooked Teeth –In a procedure sometimes called "instant orthodontics," porcelain veneers can straighten and align your teeth. Invisalign and traditional metal braces are also ideal treatments for aligning crooked teeth.
Gaps between Teeth – Minor gaps between your teeth can be corrected using dental bonding or porcelain veneers.
Gummy Smiles –If your gums take up too much of your smile, we can use porcelain veneers or dental crowns to build your teeth up if your gummy smile is related to worn-down teeth.
Missing Teeth – Missing teeth pose many negative effects to your smile such as unsightly gaps that can jeopardize neighboring teeth as well as your underlying jawbone. With our fixed bridge appliances or dental implants, we can restore your smile.
Is Professional Teeth Whitening Safe?
Absolutely! When you follow product specifications and instructions, whitening your teeth is a harmless process. Our team proudly provides convenient take-home whitening treatments for safe, satisfying results.
We only use a professional-grade whitening gel this specially made for professional whitening, and that can only be administered by our qualified team.
What Causes Tooth Discoloration?
Over time, surface stains can reach the dentin under the enamel of your teeth, making it even harder to get rid of discoloration.
Your teeth can become stained for many reasons; below are ten of the most common.
- Darkly pigmented foods and drinks
- Smoking and/or tobacco use
- Poor dental hygiene
- Radiation and/or chemotherapy treatment
- Gum disease
- Certain medications
- Injury or trauma
- Environmental factors
What Can I Expect When Whitening My Teeth Professionally?
Usually, two visits are required to complete your personalized kit for take-home teeth whitening. Impressions of your teeth will be made at the first appointment to ensure your trays match perfectly with your smile.
At your second appointment, your trays are fitted and adjusted as necessary to ensure a perfect fit. Once at home, you apply the special whitening solution in your trays, and wear them twice a day for 30 minutes or overnight for a couple of weeks depending on the degree of staining and desired level of whitening.
Cosmetic dentist Dr. Chu may recommend tooth bonding to build up the broken or chipped sections of your teeth if they’ve experienced damage.
Several layers of tooth-colored, composite materials are applied to the damaged areas until these parts are built back up in aesthetics and strength. Then another protective layer of composite material is applied over the repair and cured with a special light to ensure resilience.
Cavities can trap oral bacteria and food, causing the cavity to grow, leading to further decay. The cavity may eventually penetrate the tooth's interior, causing a severe infection.
Our team offers enamel-colored, composite material fillings that are safe for the body and halt further cavity growth, protecting your teeth.
Why Replace Metal Fillings with Composite Materials?
There are many health and sensitivity concerns related to metal amalgam fillings. These fillings contract and expand with changes in temperature, which can damage teeth.
Metal amalgam fillings also contain amounts of mercury. Mercury if entered into the bloodstream, can be toxic.
Our dentist can replace your fillings with tooth-colored, composite fillings, giving your teeth a more natural appearance and a higher chance at ideal health.
What is a Porcelain Dental Crown?
A dental crown is a reliable and strong cover for a damaged and weakened tooth. Crowns are fabricated, shaped, and blended to look like your natural tooth while restoring its appearance and strength. Crowns encompass the original tooth structure and are bonded into place.
At Perfect Smile, we only use porcelain crowns of the highest quality. Porcelain dental crowns offer superior aesthetics because they look and mimics the translucency of natural enamel. This means our crowns are made to match your natural teeth, making them look, feel, and function just as they should.
Why Should I Choose a Dental Crown?
Treatment with crowns is highly popular and widely used. This is often because dental crowns are versatile, meaning, they can be used to treat a multitude of issues and to finalize many treatments.
There are many reasons why you’d need treatment with a dental crown. The most common often include:
- Protect weakened tooth, due to decay
- Repair a broken tooth
- Lengthen or reshape worn-down, misshapen teeth
- Strengthen a tooth where there are a large filling and very little tooth structure remaining.
- Seal off a tooth after root canal therapy
- Replace a single missing tooth when attached to a dental implant
Whether you need a crown to enhance your dental appearance or reinforce a weak tooth, with proper aftercare, your teeth can be protected by a dental crown for many years to come.
Veneers are thin shells made of porcelain to replicate your teeth's natural appearance. While veneers can be made from composite resin materials, porcelain is the most stain-resistant material, which is why Dr. Chu only uses porcelain veneers. Porcelain also tends to match your natural enamel better.
What Does the Veneers Process Involve?
After an initial consultation with Dr. Chu discussing your smile needs and goals, we invite you to return to our office so our dentist can prep your current teeth for your custom veneers. This involves removing a minimal amount of enamel from the surface of your teeth.
Once your teeth are prepared, we make precise impressions of your smile, so our trusted dental lab can fabricate your veneers, ensuring a perfect fit and completely natural-looking results.
You return to the office when your veneers are finished, and our dentist fits the veneers over your existing teeth one by one. An adhesive is applied and hardened by light once your teeth are fully prepared.
Once your veneers are finished, you can enjoy your newly symmetrical smile!
What Can Veneers Do for My Smile?
Veneers improve a wide range of functional and aesthetic smile limitations while maintaining the natural appearance of your teeth.
Veneers can provide the following benefits:
- Mask dental chips and cracks
- Won’t irritate your gums
- Brighten teeth, so they appear whiter
- Minimally invasive
- Strengthen weak or worn teeth
- Help straighten slightly crooked teeth
Call us to schedule a consultation with our team to see how easy it can be to improve your smile with porcelain veneers complete personalized to your unique smile.
Porcelain Fixed Bridges
If you have several missing teeth, dental bridges can help restore smile uniformity once more. An implant supported, or fixed bridge utilizes dental implants for the foundation for replacing missing teeth instead of neighboring teeth.
As the most advanced choice offered to patients with multiple missing teeth, fixed bridges are often an ideal solution. Fixed bridges stand alone and offer long-term stability and durability.
Because they are anchored with dental implants, these appliances make eating and talking easier because they are secure and will never slip.
Implant-fixed bridges are designed to be permanent solutions and can be long-lasting with proper care.
Caring for Your New Fixed Bridge
Below are five essential steps you should be carrying out at home to ensure your fixed bridge lasts as long as it should.
- Brush twice a day using a proxybrush or approved toothbrush
- Use a fluoride or dentist-approved toothpaste
- Floss at least once a day
- Rinse daily with an antiseptic mouthwash
- Avoid tobacco use
Caring for your fixed bridge can help prevent tooth decay and gum disease that can lead to further tooth loss. Selecting a balanced diet for proper nutrition is also important. Our team will help you with any aftercare concerns or questions you may have.
Contact Perfect Smile to Achieve the Smile of Your Dreams Today!
An aesthetically appealing smile can leave a lasting impression before you say a word. Our Montgomery County cosmetic dentist can create customized treatment plans that address your aesthetic needs and help you achieve the smile of your dreams. For more information about cosmetic dentistry From Dr. Li H. Chu, call Perfect Smile to schedule your consultation.
CALL US: (281) 681-9200 REQUEST APPOINTMENT