Are you unhappy with your smile? Do you wish to improve your appearance? Cosmetic dentistry is what you need. Cosmetic dentistry is a dental discipline that transforms the aesthetics of your smile to turn you into a confident version of yourself.
At Seretti Comprehensive Dentistry in Houston, Texas, Dr. Celso Seretti specializes in offering many cosmetic dental procedures to overhaul your smile. These procedures are quick, affordable, and effective and help you save time, money, and effort.
Have you been looking to change your smile? Are crooked, stained, or uneven teeth preventing you from flashing your smile? A Smile Makeover is what you need. A smile makeover is a process of enhancing the appearance of your smile using one or more cosmetic dental procedures.
Over the years, Dr. Celso Seretti at Seretti Dental has given hundreds of patients a beautiful smile they deserve with makeovers.
When Is a Smile Makeover Necessary?
Dr. Seretti only recommends a smile makeover if it can bring about a drastic change in your appearance. Through a combination of multiple cosmetic procedures, a makeover gives you a smile you have always wanted. Here is a list of issues a smile makeover can solve:
- Stained or discolored teeth.
- Cracked or damaged teeth
- Missing teeth.
- Crooked or misshapen teeth.
- Worn teeth.
- Damaged or decayed teeth.
What Are the Different Treatments Used in a Smile Makeover?
Here are the different kinds of treatments that could make a smile makeover procedure:
Dental Crowns: These are tooth-shaped caps placed on top of broken or damaged teeth or a dental implant to restore form, function, and enhance your looks.
Dental Bridges: Bridges are a cosmetic procedure that helps replace missing teeth with the help of abutment teeth, which are bonded to natural teeth around a missing tooth.
Dental Implants: Dental implants refer to titanium posts placed into your jaw to replace your tooth root and help put other dental prosthetics on top to restore your smile.
Teeth Whitening: Teeth whitening is the process of using hydrogen peroxide solution to eliminate stubborn stains from your tooth enamel.
Complete or Partial Dentures: Dentures involve using full or partial replacements to your natural teeth.
Braces: Using orthodontic braces helps correct your bite or alignment-related issues, straighten your teeth, and beautify your smile.
Veneers: Veneers are tooth-colored thin shells that fix a host of cosmetic dental issues and give a smile that makes you proud.
Dentures & Partials
A missing tooth or teeth can be a major oral concern. Apart from altering your aesthetic appearance, a missing tooth may also create room for other issues, such as difficulty with speaking, chewing food properly, etc. Dentures are a one-stop solution to treat such problems.
A denture is a custom-made appliance that replaces your missing teeth and restores the appearance of your face and its oral functions. A denture is made with a tooth-colored ceramic and gum-colored acrylic which together mimics the appearance of your gums and teeth.
How are Dentures Made?
The process of developing a denture may take a few weeks, and you may have to visit your dentist or prosthodontist multiple times. A series of impressions of your jaw will be made, after which we will take the exact measurements of how your jaws relate to one another. We will also measure the space between both jaws to create a model in the same shape and position of the denture. After trying such a model multiple times, we assess the shape, color, and fit before creating the final denture. Once fabricated, we will place it in your mouth and check if further adjustments are needed.
What are the Different Types of Dentures?
A denture may be complete or partial.
- Complete Denture
Complete dentures are made using an acrylic base that is gum-colored to mimic the tissues of your gum and support the porcelain teeth. This denture is held in your mouth by forming a seal with your gums. Your dentist may also place dental implants in the jawbone to hold the dentures in place.
- Partial Denture
Partial dentures, also known as partials, are either created using a metal framework or acrylic base supporting only the missing teeth that need to be replaced. A partial denture is held in the mouth using rests and clasps adjusted around your natural teeth. A partial denture using a metal framework has a traditional design, while a partial plastic denture is made only for emergency or temporary replacement of the missing teeth. These dentures help to replace only a selected set of your missing teeth.
What are the Advantages of Wearing Dentures?
Listed below are the advantages of wearing dentures:
- Dentures are considered to be the one-stop solution for replacing multiple missing teeth in one go.
- Dentures help to restore oral functions and enable you to bite and chew food and pronounce words to perfection.
- Dentures can be customized to mimic the size, contour, and overall appearance of your natural teeth.
- Dentures are removable prostheses that allow you to put and remove them anytime you want.
Dental crowns are the most widely used dental procedure to restore the look and function of a damaged tooth. There are different crowns used, usually like gold crowns, porcelain crowns, and porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns. Porcelain or ceramic crowns are the best options for people with damaged or decayed teeth. These dental crowns are customized caps or crowns fitted to the tooth and mimic the exact aesthetics of the natural enamel.
What are Porcelain Crowns?
Porcelain dental crowns are the most popular restorations used nowadays for their natural look and metal-free composition. They are entirely made of dental-grade porcelain, which is widely used to make dental crowns. A porcelain crown offers an excellent aesthetic appeal with high durability.
They are best suited to strengthen and protect a tooth that cannot be restored with any other dental procedures. These crowns are made using tooth-colored porcelain that seamlessly blends with the adjoining natural teeth. Moreover, they restore the tooth to its original strength, size, and function.
Porcelain dental crowns are widely used to restore:
- Weak teeth after they undergo root canal therapy
- Severely decayed teeth
- Cracked teeth
- Worn down or broken teeth caused by bruxism (teeth grinding) or dental erosion
- Discolored teeth
Benefits of Porcelain Crowns
Porcelain crowns are the best and most attractive crowns that a tooth can get. The benefits of porcelain tooth include:
- Porcelain or ceramic crowns are translucent and offer the most natural look to the teeth.
- Porcelain crowns are considered the best option for front teeth restorations as they efficiently match the shape, size, and color of surrounding teeth.
- Porcelain teeth are biocompatible and toxin-free.
Porcelain Crown Fitting Procedure
The whole procedure for fitting a porcelain crown is almost the same as any other traditional crown. The damaged or decayed tooth is first cleaned and prepared for treatment. The dentist takes the impression of the tooth with the help of digital scans and x-rays, and mold is sent to the dental laboratory to create the new customized crown. Till then, the patient is fitted with a temporary crown. During the next consultation, the temporary crown is removed, and the tooth surface is cleaned. We will place the permanent crown on the tooth and check for a suitable fit, and once confirmed, it will be bonded permanently in place. We will take a bite test and polish the restoration to give it life-like aesthetics.
Porcelain veneers are thin shells made of tooth-colored porcelain to cement on the front surface of your teeth to beautify your smile. They solve a host of aesthetic dental concerns like tooth discoloration, chips or cracks on teeth, worn down tooth enamel, and poor tooth alignment.
Dr. Celso Seretti at Seretti Dental in Houston, Texas, has decades of experience offering dental veneer treatment to hundreds of patients.
What Issues Can Porcelain Dental Veneers Solve?
Your teeth may lose visual appeal for several reasons. Porcelain veneers can solve most of them irrespective of what they are. Let’s take a look at the issues they solve:
Teeth Wear and Tear: A combination of age and lifestyle can lead to your teeth wearing down.
Discoloration: Diet and medication can sometimes discolor or stain your teeth. Porcelain veneers can help fix the problem by keeping your pearls white for long.
Uneven Teeth: If you have a habit of grinding or gnashing your teeth, chances are they become uneven.
Worn Enamel: Enamel, the hardcover on top of your teeth, can sometimes wear off depending on your diet. Porcelain veneers restore your teeth to their full glory.
What to Expect From a Dental Veneer Procedure
A porcelain veneer procedure typically takes two visits to your dentists and may require a maximum of six weeks. In your first appointment, our dentist will conduct a series of examinations to determine whether you are a good fit for the procedure.
Next, Dr. Seretti will prepare your teeth to take the process further by filing off a part of your tooth enamel. You will be given a sedative to minimize pain and discomfort during this step. Once done, Dr. Seretti will take an impression of your teeth and send the same to the dental laboratory, where your veneers will be designed from scratch.
In the next step, Dr. Seretti will sit with you to find the best color tone for the veneer to match your teeth using a shade chart. You will then be fitted with a temporary till the permanent veneers arrive from the lab.
On your next visit, Dr. Seretti will permanently bond the porcelain veneers onto your teeth to give you a brand new smile.
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Zoom! Teeth Whitening
Your smile is often the first thing people notice about you. It makes you approachable, builds relationships, and allows you to live socially healthy and fulfilling lives. However, having stained or discolored teeth can make you self-conscious and prevent you from being your best self.
Zoom! Teeth Whitening is here to help you with that by offering you a new smile in less than two hours. Dr. Celso Seretti, DDS, at Seretti Dental in Houston, Texas, is a pioneering dentist who constantly adopts state-of-the-art treatment to enrich the lives of his patients.
Zoom! Teeth Whitening: What Is It?
Zoom! Teeth Whitening is the most popular branded teeth whitening technique that uses laser light to activate a gel and removes stains quickly and effectively. The procedure can give you a 10-shade brighter smile in under two hours. Here’s what the treatment looks like step-by-step:
- Upon arriving for your appointment, you are comfortably seated in the dental chair. Dr. Seretti will start the procedure with a dental cleaning. He scales away all the calcified tartar and plaque deposits on your teeth before cleaning your mouth with an antibacterial rinse.
- Next, Dr. Seretti will place a rubber bridge on your gums to isolate the gums from the treatment area and keep you from swallowing the whitening gel.
- Dr. Seretti will apply a hydrogen peroxide gel to the surface of your teeth and activate it with laser light. The light helps the gel fight off stubborn stains and gets rid of them. After fifteen minutes, the doctor will rinse your mouth and apply a second coat of the gel.
- Our dentist may apply the gel at least thrice to ensure you get the get whitening possible.
- In the final step, you are given a fluoride treatment where the doctor will apply a fluoride gel over your teeth to prevent decay and retain the whitening effect.
Zoom! Teeth Whitening is the quickest and the most efficient option to brighten your teeth when you’re strapped for time.