Cosmetic Dentistry means different things to different people. We all see the tooth whitening commercials and the gorgeous smiles of the movie stars and want whiter teeth and perfect looks. Cosmetic dentistry can help. It can give a person a better smile while preserving as much tooth integrity as possible. It is a matter of what the patient wants, and what we can realistically achieve with today’s dentistry. Dr. Brian Shaffer strives to provide the most comprehensive cosmetic treatments on the market today.
Cosmetic Dentistry Options
For patients who do not have permanent staining, simple bleaching of the teeth will often whiten teeth to their satisfaction. At his San Antonio office, Dr. Shaffer offers several different whitening procedures to help get a smile back in order. We offer the latest in whitening gels that a patient can use for as little as three minutes per day. Because of the addition of anti-sensitivity agents, tooth sensitivity is much less of an issue from whitening treatments. For patients who do experience sensitivity after the bleaching process, Dr. Shaffer offers Relief™, a gel designed to stop sensitivity in its tracks.
While whitening can produce a brighter smile, it cannot stop the wearing away of the teeth by habits such as grinding the teeth at night. Dr. Shaffer often suggests night guards to patients who receive cosmetic dentistry treatments at his San Antonio practice, in order to protect the teeth from losing their shape. I
Veneers For Stubborn Stains
Sometimes the “perfect” smile is difficult to reach through a single cosmetic procedure. In such cases, a combination of procedures may be the answer. If bleaching alone fails to produce a desired look, Dr. Shaffer may suggest a combination of treatments to accomplish the level of whiteness the patient desires.
For instance, to cover up those purple striations caused by tetracycline staining during tooth development or those brown stains from too much fluoride in well water, patients may prefer to try simple bleaching first. Often this will lighten the stains significantly, but not enough to get that great smile. If further whitening is still needed after conventional bleaching, veneers called Lumineers can be bonded to the tooth surface, using a special block-out cement. This will cover, completely, the last remnants of staining left behind by the bleaching process. Dr. Shaffer’s receptionist, Robin, has experienced this treatment technique, and is pleased with the results.
As a practiced cosmetic dentist, Dr. Brian Shaffer has perfected the art of cosmetic bonding for over 20 years. Research in the mid-1980s led to a noninvasive technique of bonding tooth like material to an unattractive tooth to improve its appearance. This technique can be both cosmetic and restorative. Using simple bonding, Dr. Shaffer is able to recontour, straighten, or lighten unattractive, crooked, or misshaped teeth. At Alon Dental Care, patients who are unhappy with the appearance of their teeth, but are unable or unwilling to endure painful, expensive and invasive procedures to straighten, lengthen, replace, or reshape them, can often leave the office with a new smile after only one appointment. Learn more about cosmetic bonding below, and contact Dr. Shaffer’s office today to schedule a consultation.
A Perfect Smile for a Perfect Retirement
Sometimes patients entering their retirement years are looking for a way to have the smile they’ve always wanted but couldn’t spare the time or money to have. Dr. Shaffer believes it is never too late for a great smile. With today’s minimally invasive and inexpensive cosmetic treatments, whitening, straightening, and lengthening are no longer out of reach. Let those long awaited retirement years make you smile ..beautifully!
Learn More about Cosmetic Dentistry
Cosmetic treatments at Alon Dental Care can help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted and deserved. Speak with Robin at our office to schedule an appointment for a cosmetic consultation, and find out how Dr. Shaffer can improve your smile.
How can we make you smile today?