Cosmetic dental care allows patients to receive the beautiful smile of their dreams. As one of our dental services, cosmetic care can not only improve the aesthetics of the smile, but also the oral health of patients as well. For instance, straightening crooked and misaligned teeth can help fight off dental infections. This is because it is easier for harmful bacteria to hide between crooked teeth that are difficult to clean. Even whitening the tooth enamel motivates patients to keep up with their oral health routine to maintain their results. Cosmetic dentistry provided by Dr. Michael Courter and his Midland dental team can enhance the look and health of the teeth and gums.
Cosmetic Dentistry Services We Offer
Our cosmetic dental services create brighter and more balanced smiles:
ClearCorrect uses transparent and discreet aligners to straighten misaligned and crooked teeth. Each pair of clear aligners are switched out for a new pair every few weeks to gradually realign the smile. The aligners are also removable and can be cleaned before they are put back on. We recommend ClearCorrect to teens and adults with mild to moderate orthodontic concerns.
Dental veneers are thin shells of porcelain ceramic that are bonded to the front of teeth. Veneers brighten dull teeth and address dental injuries. Porcelain veneers are also a permanent cosmetic solution that can last for many years with the right care.
Cosmetic Dental Bonding
Tooth bonding uses a malleable biocompatible material to cover cosmetic imperfections. Chips, cracks, fractures, and even tooth discoloration can be treated using biocompatible dental bonding material. Dr. Courter can color-match bonded teeth to the shade of natural teeth so they can easily blend in with the rest of the smile.
Compared to store-bought treatments, professional teeth whitening treatment can effectively brighten teeth without pain or sensitivity. Our take-home teeth whitening treatment uses customized whitening trays that administer whitening gel evenly to each tooth. Patients can whiten their smiles in the comfort of their own homes.
Cosmetic Dental FAQs
Learn the answers to frequently asked questions about cosmetic dental care:
How does dental bonding compare to porcelain veneers?
Tooth bonding is similar to treatment with dental veneers because both treatments address discolored or injured teeth. Bonding and veneers also use materials that are bonded to the tooth enamel. However, dental veneers are permanent and meant to cover only the front of teeth. Dental bonding treatment is more economical and best suited for smaller chips or breaks in the tooth enamel.
Can I whiten dental crowns, veneers, or bonded teeth?
No, professional teeth whitening treatment is meant to brighten natural teeth. However, if you have old or dull cosmetic restorations, we can plan new ones for you. Dental crowns, porcelain veneers, and tooth bonding treatments are all meant to brighten the smile. They cannot be whitened further by professional treatment.
How do clear braces compare to metal braces?
ClearCorrect uses removable plastic aligners to straighten the teeth, while traditional braces use metal wires and brackets. Clear aligners are removable and allow patients to eat and brush their teeth without hindrance. Metal braces often come with dietary restrictions and need to be altered frequently at routine visits.
What do I do if my teeth resist whitening treatment?
Sometimes, patients can have deep stains that are resistant to professional whitening treatments. These stains are often caused by an injury or wear to the teeth, which can reveal the layer underneath the enamel called dentin. Dental bonding and porcelain veneers can be used to cover these teeth and brighten the look of the smile.
Schedule a Dental Appointment
Contact Dr. Courter’s office today by calling 432.287.9531. You can also request a dental consultation with Dr. Courter on our website. Dr. Courter sees patients from Odessa, Midland, and the surrounding areas. Feel free to ask us any questions you have about your current oral health concerns or the treatment process. Our friendly team is always happy to help.