Unhappy with one or more aspects of your smile? Looking to improve your self-confidence in personal and professional interactions? It’s time to contact Carrier Family Dental to schedule a cosmetic dentistry consultation. At our state-of-the-art Grand Prairie, TX dental practice, we offer a variety of treatments that will transform the most flawed teeth to fabulous smiles. Don’t live with a smile you don’t love. Partner with Carrier Family Dental to reveal the picture-perfect smile of your dreams today.
Easily our most popular treatment option, porcelain veneers make it possible for us to conceal any number of cosmetic flaws quickly and effectively. Chips, cracks, stains, and gaps on the surface of teeth are instantly erased with just one fast, effective cosmetic dentistry solution. Veneers are thin sheaths of porcelain. We craft these veneers to fit against the front facing parts of the smile. Once in place, a veneer will conceal numerous smile flaws almost instantly with little to no discomfort throughout the treatment process. If you determine veneers are the right option to transform your smile, we ask you to plan for two appointments in our office. During your initial visit, we’ll numb the area around the teeth to be treated. Then, we remove a minimal amount of surface tooth enamel to accommodate the added veneer structure, and we capture bite impressions that the lab will use to craft your veneer. Before you leave, we place a temporary that will allow you to get used to the look of your veneer while protecting your prepared teeth from any damage. When the custom crafted veneers are received from the lab, you’ll return to exchange your temporary for the final product.
While restorations are typically used to repair damage, we also take the appearance of your smile into consideration when completing restorative procedures. That’s where high quality materials can make all the difference. We craft restorations from a number of varying materials that each have their own advantages and disadvantages. Gold crowns and bridges are extremely durable and do not lead to any additional wear to surrounding teeth. However, they offer the least natural appearance of all our materials. Porcelain fused to metal restorations combine the strength of gold with the cosmetic appeal of porcelain. However, the porcelain layer is worn away in time revealing the darker color below. Tooth-colored, all-ceramic crowns and bridges are the only solutions that ensure a completely natural looking result. They so closely match the look of your own, healthy teeth that we sometimes use metal-free crowns as a purely cosmetic treatment to improve your smile’s appearance. Even after years of wear, metal-free crowns retain a completely natural appearance.
Some patients may be able to use direct bonding as a same day, cost effective alternative to porcelain veneers. Using the same materials and procedures utilized for tooth-colored fillings, we can conceal or correct chips, cracks, stains, and gaps in your smile almost instantly. We don’t recommend bonding for those patients who have significant cosmetic flaws over a large area of their smile, but if you want to improve the appearance of a small area of your smile, direct bonding may be just what you’re after.
A brighter smile is on almost every patient’s wish list, so it’s no surprise that you’ll find a wide array of whitening products in your local health and beauty store. However, these products aren’t able to deliver the dramatic transformations they promise. That’s where professional teeth whitening solutions come into play. We offer both in-office and take-home teeth whitening treatments for our patients. Unlike other products, our patients will see results up to ten shades brighter. In office whitening is ideal for those patients who want to brighten their smiles quickly and who do not typically have sensitive teeth. We’ll handle the entire process for you, and you’ll achieve your smile whitening goals in about an hour.
For those patients who want to brighten their smiles more gradually and those who do have sensitive teeth, a customized take-home whitening kit may be beneficial. You’ll need to apply the professional strength whitening gel every day for the predetermined amount of time to see the same predictable results possible with in-office whitening in about two weeks of application. In addition to higher quality and prescription doses of whitening gel, your at-home teeth whitening kit will include a custom application tray that keeps your whitening gel on your teeth, protecting soft tissue from potential irritation and damage.
If you’re an adult or teen who wants a straight smile without the time commitment and less than ideal cosmetic appearance of traditional braces, Invisalign may be a great orthodontic solution. Instead of shifting teeth with pressure from metal brackets and wires, Invisalign uses a series of clear, plastic alignment trays to gently shift teeth into their ideal location. Each set of aligners represents a step closer to your desired result, and when worn for about two weeks, your teeth should reach this new spot. Then, you’ll simply exchange the current aligners for the next set in the series. The entire process takes between eight and eighteen months, and most people will never even notice your aligners.