Sugar Land Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic Dentistry – get the smile you’ve dreamed of!

Dr. Butler and the skilled cosmetic dental staff can help you get the smile that you have always wanted. Having a great smile helps you in a variety of ways including helping you feel incredibly confident.

As one of the leading providers of dentistry treatments in Sugar Land for more than 30 years, we’ve seen many advances in cosmetic dentistry technology.

Our incredible cosmetic dental procedures and treatments include but are not limited to the following:

Dental Crowns

Most dentistry looks like dentistry. Our goal is to provide dentistry that is undetectable. We replace existing crowns and fillings with restorations that look and feel like your natural teeth. Where damage to a person’s teeth is extreme, and apparently beyond repair, we can use porcelain or porcelain “pasted on gold” crowns to make the smile appear “as new.” This is an extremely reliable technique for repairing the most severe of dental problems to offer a complete smile and a functional bite. We are renowned for the quality of our work and the fantastic changes we make for people using this technology. These treatments are used for a long-lasting correction of major dental problems. It is usual for these treatments to last for 10 to 20 years, which is as close to permanent as dental treatment can get.

How long does it take to fit a dental crown?

Fitting a crown requires at least two visits to our office. Initially, we will remove decay, shape the tooth, and fit it with a temporary crown of either plastic or metal.

On the subsequent visit, we will remove the temporary crown, and then fit and adjust the final crown. Finally, we will cement the crown into place and you have a new, beautiful looking tooth.

Key Benefits of Dental Crowns

  1. Provide protection for weakened endodontically treated teeth
  2. Offers support to misshapen teeth or badly broken teeth
  3. Looks completely natural
  4. Fixes “smile” and functional chewing problems

What are the capabilities of crowns and bridges?

Crown and bridgework is a very reliable solution for major dental problems caused through accidents, diseases or wear and tear. Major problems can usually be corrected using these techniques. Material used in these repairs is either high-grade porcelain, or porcelain bonded to gold. A higher strength of the porcelain and gold materials is recommended to treat the most serious of dental problems. Where accidental damage has occurred, resulting in lost teeth, or where teeth have broken away through excessive wear, or as the result of old fillings breaking, crowns and/or bridges can be used as a long-term solution.

After Care Instructions for Dental Crowns

Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is a procedure in which tooth-colored resin material is applied and hardened to the tooth surface.

Dental bonding can be used for the following:

  • Repair decayed tooth structure
  • Repair chipped or cracked teeth
  • Improve appearance of discolored teeth
  • Close spaces between teeth
  • Protect a portion of the tooth’s root that has been exposed when the gum recedes

What are the Advantages of Dental Bonding?

  • Bonding is one of the more conservative cosmetic procedures for front teeth since little tooth structure needs to be removed and the material is simply added to the tooth or chip.
  • Dental bonding is among the least expensive of cosmetic dental procedures.
  • Dental bonding is often an effective cosmetic procedure in kids to take care of chips or staining. It can be a temporary fix during the years when kids are rough on their teeth, knowing that down the road a nicer crown or veneer may be desired.
  • Bonding is quick — it can often be done in one visit, and the teeth can be used normally soon after the bonding is placed.

What are the Disadvantages of Dental Bonding?

  • Dental bonding does not resist stains as well as crowns or porcelain veneers. Newer materials are more resistant to this, but staining can still happen over time. If someone has older bonding that has darkened, it can often be easily replaced with new bonding for a more natural result.
  • The materials used for bonding, although shade-matched and smooth, are not as natural looking as the porcelain used in crowns and veneers. Because the material is simply a resin, it can look a little more “matte” or “dull” in appearance in comparison to a natural tooth.
  • The bonding materials are not as strong or long lasting as other procedures like crowns.
  • Bonding materials can chip and break off of the tooth. Someone with bonding needs to be careful with things like glasses and silverware to avoid hitting their teeth.
  • Dental bonding is considered best suited for small cosmetic changes, temporary correction of cosmetic defects, and correction of teeth in areas of very low bite pressure.

Teeth Whitening

For a brighter smile

Teeth whitening is ideal for people who have healthy, unrestored teeth (no fillings) and gums. Individuals with yellow-toned teeth respond best.

Tray-based teeth whitening systems involve filling a mouthguard-like tray with a gel whitening solution. The whitening solution contains a peroxide bleaching agent. Patients wear the tray for a couple of hours per day or while they sleep for up to four weeks.

Teeth Whitening Commonly Asked Questions

The degree of whiteness will vary from individual to individual, depending on the condition of the teeth, nature of the stains, type of bleaching system used, and length of use.

Will my teeth be sensitive after whitening?

Some patients experience sensitivity, which usually improves within a day. There is also a desensitizing agent that can be placed in the trays to help decrease the sensitivity.

What causes discoloration of my teeth?

Tooth enamel discoloration can be caused by staining, aging, or chemical damage to teeth. Some of the more common causes of teeth discoloration are medications, coffee, tea, colas, and cigarettes.

Dental Veneers

Custom-made shells of tooth

Dental veneers are wafer-thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front surface of teeth to improve the tooth’s appearance. These shells are bonded to the front of the teeth, changing their color, shape, size, and length.

Dental veneers can be made from porcelain or from resin composite materials. Porcelain veneers resist stains better than resin veneers and better mimic the light reflecting properties of natural teeth.

The procedure usually takes two to three visits. One visit for a consultation, the following visit for preparation of the teeth, and the final visit for cementation.

Dr. Butler Believes There are Several Advantages to Dental Veneers

  • They provide a natural tooth appearance.
  • Gum tissue tolerates the porcelain well.
  • Porcelain veneers are stain-resistant.
  • The color of a porcelain veneer can be selected to make dark teeth appear whiter.
  • Veneers offer a conservative approach to changing a tooth’s color and shape.

A Few Disadvantages to Dental Veneers

  • The veneer’s color cannot be altered once in place. If you plan on whitening your teeth, we recommend you do so before veneers.
  • Though not likely, veneers can dislodge and fall off. To minimize the chance of this occurring, do not bite or chew your nails, pencils, ice, or other hard objects.
  • Veneers are not a good choice for individuals with unhealthy teeth (e.g. those with decay or active gum disease).
  • Individuals who clench and grind their teeth are poor candidates for porcelain veneers, as these activities can cause the veneers to crack or chip.

Commonly Asked Questions About Dental Veneers

How long do dental veneers last?

Veneers generally last between five and ten years. At that time, the veneers would need to be replaced.

Are there alternatives to dental veneers?

Alternatives to veneers include bondings and crowns.

How much do veneers cost?

Generally, veneers range from $900 to $1400 per tooth depending on your Insurance.