Beautify Your Smile with Cosmetic Dentistry
How you feel about your smile influences your self-expression, confidence, and overall sense of well-being. If you’re unhappy with your smile’s appearance, cosmetic dentistry can help you address cosmetic imperfections and create a smile that feels good for you.
Cosmetic Dentistry Services at Williams Dental & Orthodontics
Your smile is completely unique, and the goal of cosmetic dentistry is to keep it that way through highly personalized treatments. Drawing from a wide range of cosmetic dentistry services and expert techniques, Dr. Brad will customize a treatment plan that fits your unique goals and needs.
- Porcelain Crowns
- Porcelain Veneers
- Prepless Veneers
- Gum Contouring
- Teeth Whitening
- Tooth-Colored Fillings
- Orthodontic Clear Aligner Therapy
- Inlays & Onlays
What is cosmetic dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry is dental care that aims to positively enhance the appearance of your smile through a variety of elective dental treatments. Cosmetic dentists, like Dr. Brad, have completed specialized training and are skilled at creating healthy smiles that are white, bright, full, and even. While not all general dentists are cosmetic dentists, all cosmetic dentists are general dentists, ensuring your smile is equally beautiful, functional, and healthy.
What can cosmetic dentistry correct?
A cosmetic dentist can help you improve one or two teeth or your entire smile. If you have several concerns you’d like to address, Dr. Brad may suggest a strategic combination of treatments (known as a smile makeover) to achieve the results you’re seeking. The cosmetic concerns a cosmetic dentist can help you address include:
- Chips and breaks
- Broken or missing teeth
- Uneven or crooked teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- A “gummy” smile
- Old or unsightly dental restorations
Reclaim your smile’s strength and beauty.
The visible part of your natural teeth (called crowns) gives your smile its one-of-a-kind shape, appearance, and sheen. Though your natural crowns are incredibly strong and resilient, they can’t heal themselves once they’ve been compromised by injury or severe tooth decay.
If you have a damaged tooth, a porcelain crown can protect your smile from further damage and restore your tooth’s shape, function, beauty, and strength.
Porcelain Crown Procedure
A porcelain crown treatment typically occurs over two visits. During your first visit, Dr. Brad will make you comfortable with a local anesthetic before carefully preparing your tooth to support a dental crown. Once some natural tooth structure has been removed, your hygienist will use a special dental paste to take accurate impressions of your teeth. These impressions will be sent to a dental laboratory, where a skilled technician will sculpt your custom crown out of dental porcelain. Before you leave your first visit, you’ll be fitted with a temporary crown to seal and protect your tooth until your porcelain crown is ready.
During your second visit, your dental team will remove your temporary crown, clean your teeth, and refine your crown’s fit and feel. Once Dr. Brad or Dr. Williams has securely bonded your porcelain crown to your tooth with durable dental cement, you’ll have a fully functional smile that’s lifelike, complete, and radiant.
Reveal your brightest smile.
Since the moment they came in, your adult teeth have been with you for every meal, snack, and drink. So even with amazing oral hygiene habits, your teeth are likely to become dull or discolored over time from dark-colored foods and beverages, tobacco use, or as a natural part of aging.
Tooth enamel also tends to become thinner as we age, which exposes the darker layer of dentin underneath. While darker teeth don’t necessarily indicate your smile is unhealthy, yellowed or discolored teeth can impact the overall appearance of your teeth and how you feel about sharing your smile with others.
If you’re happy with the shape, size, and alignment of your teeth but want to restore a youthful luminosity, professional teeth whitening can produce the long-lasting and dramatic results you seek.
Professional Teeth Whitening in Skiatook, OK
Professional teeth whitening is a simple and affordable way to eliminate embarrassing stains and elevate your smile’s entire appearance. Because treatment is overseen by a cosmetic dentist, professional whitening gel has a higher concentration of bleaching agents than over-the-counter products for the most dramatic results in the least amount of time.
In-office whitening treatments use prescription-strength whitening gel and high-intensity light to produce amazing results in a single visit.
“I had a wonderful experience at Williams Dental! They made me feel like family, and I will definitely being going back!”
• CASSANDRA RIGSBY
Love the smile you share!
Your smile is an asset to your physical, mental, and social well-being. If cosmetic concerns are impacting how you feel about your smile, you can transform your teeth and create a bright, even, and beautiful smile with porcelain veneers.
What are porcelain veneers?
With striking results and a natural-looking appearance, porcelain veneers are one of the most sought-after cosmetic dentistry treatments. Porcelain veneers are thin shells of tooth-colored porcelain that are bonded to the front surface of targeted teeth to correct a wide range of cosmetic concerns, including:
- Stubborn stains or discoloration
- Chipped, short, or uneven teeth
- Spaces between the teeth
- Crooked or misaligned teeth
- A “gummy smile” (when combined with gum contouring)
In as few as three visits, porcelain veneers allow you to create a radiant, youthful, and natural-looking smile that harmonizes with your facial features and enhances your overall appearance.
How to Take Care of Porcelain Veneers
As they’re designed to mirror the appearance and function of your natural teeth, you’ll care for your porcelain veneers in the same way you care for your smile now. Along with maintaining twice-annual dental visits and daily brushing and flossing, you can keep your veneers (and natural teeth) strong and healthy for years by eating a nutritious diet, reducing sugary snacks and drinks, abstaining from tobacco and smoking, wearing a night guard in cases of bruxism, and refraining from chewing on pens, ice, or any other items that aren’t food.
A Beautiful Smile with No Missing Links
Missing one or more adjacent teeth can cause your surrounding teeth to shift out of place, which can significantly alter your smile’s function and appearance. You can prevent undesirable changes to your smile and make your smile look and feel complete with a custom porcelain bridge.
What is a porcelain bridge?
A porcelain bridge is a fixed dental restoration that holds a prosthetic porcelain tooth (called a pontic). The pontic is suspended between two or more porcelain crowns, which are securely bonded to “abutment teeth” (the teeth that neighbor the gap).
A porcelain bridge is custom-made to blend with the shape and shade of your natural teeth and can be supported by your natural teeth or dental implants. This lifelike restoration prevents your teeth from shifting, preserves your facial structure, and restores your smile’s health, fullness, function, and beauty.
Benefits of Porcelain Bridges
- Appearance: Like porcelain crowns and porcelain veneers, pontics made of full porcelain create a long-lasting and lifelike dental restoration that complements your smile and overall appearance.
- Function: Porcelain bridges help keep your bite balanced and restore your ability to speak normally and chew evenly.
- Structure: By filling the gaps caused by missing teeth, porcelain dental bridges prevent remaining teeth from shifting out of place while preserving the structure of your jaw and face.
Lifelike Cavity Repair
Having a cavity doesn’t mean you have to lose your smile’s natural appearance and beauty with an obvious metal filling. Tooth-colored fillings are designed to perfectly match the color of your smile and can be used to treat cavities on your front and back teeth.
“Friendly staff, knowledgeable dentists, and reasonable prices. Definitely recommend.”
• RYAN BERRY
Orthodontic Clear Aligner Therapy
Get the benefits of straighter teeth.
Straightening your teeth can profoundly improve your smile’s overall function and appearance and boost your sense of well-being and self-esteem. Straight teeth are easier to keep clean, promote a healthy bite and jaw function, and inspire you to share your smile with confidence and ease.
Though many people desire straighter teeth and the benefits they bring, the idea of wearing obvious metal braces may feel too disruptive to their personal comfort, career, or social life. For others, the misalignment is significant enough to have an aesthetic impact, though seemingly too minimal to go through a traditional orthodontic treatment.
If you are looking for a way to discreetly and non-invasively straighten your teeth, you can get the results you seek with clear aligner therapy at Williams Dental & Orthodontics.
What is clear aligner therapy?
An alternative to traditional braces, clear aligner therapy uses advanced digital imaging and a series of clear oral appliances to straighten your teeth. Formed to snuggly fit your upper and lower rows of teeth, clear aligners apply gentle pressure to strategically and incrementally shift your teeth into their more ideal alignment. As you change to each new aligner in your series, you’ll literally see your smile change before your eyes!
Like traditional orthodontics with braces, clear aligner therapy addresses imperfections in the alignment of your teeth and bite (known as malocclusion), such as:
- Mild overbite and underbite
- Uneven or overlapping teeth
How long does clear aligner therapy take?
Though treatment times can vary widely from patient to patient, most patients complete aligner therapy between 12 and 18 months, with anywhere from 10 to 50 aligners in their treatment series.
You can help ensure the shortest treatment time by taking great care of your oral and overall health during treatment and only removing your aligners for eating, brushing, and flossing (or no more than four hours a day).
Perfect your smile’s appearance.
If only one or two cosmetic imperfections are standing in the way of a smile you love, cosmetic bonding may be all you need to put the finishing touches on your smile’s appearance.
What is cosmetic bonding?
Also known as composite bonding, cosmetic tooth bonding is a fast, affordable, and versatile cosmetic dentistry treatment that can add length to a tooth or correct discoloration, chips, cracks, and minor gaps with the skillful application of tooth-colored composite resin.
Like the composite used in tooth-colored fillings, cosmetic bonding seals onto your natural tooth for a completely natural look. This secure bond requires little to no tooth preparation, making for a long-lasting and non-invasive treatment option. Because this treatment does not require extensive tooth preparation or laboratory fees, cosmetic bonding is the most affordable option for correcting minor cosmetic complaints.
How is cosmetic bonding applied to teeth?
After your initial consultation, cosmetic bonding can typically be completed in a single visit, with an average of 30 to 60 minutes per tooth.
During your bonding treatment, Dr. Brad will accurately match the composite resin to the shade of your teeth. If needed, for the best results, the surface of the targeted tooth will be microscopically etched with a conditioning liquid. Once your tooth is ready, your dentist will expertly layer, mold, sculpt, and smooth composite resin onto your tooth, which will be cured with ultraviolet light and polished for a tooth-like sheen. The resin will form a strong bond with the enamel of your tooth for long-lasting results that are indistinguishable from a natural tooth.
How do I take care of cosmetic bonding?
As the resin is still setting in for 48 hours after treatment, special care should be given to avoid tobacco and dark foods and drinks that stain, such as coffee, red wine, kale, and blueberries.
You can get the most out of your cosmetic bonding treatment by caring for your restoration like you would your natural teeth. With routine dental visits, a healthy lifestyle, and proper care, a cosmetic bonding treatment can last for five to 10 years before it needs replacement.
Like your teeth, your gumline is totally unique and contributes to your smile’s overall appearance and shape. If you’re dissatisfied with how much gum tissue shows when you smile or speak, gum contouring can reshape a “gummy” smile and create a smile that’s more evenly balanced.
A gummy smile (also known as excessive gingival display) is influenced by the size and shape of your teeth, the amount of gum tissue you have, and the size and movement of your upper lip. Though not usually a cause for medical or dental concern, a gummy smile can negatively impact how you feel about sharing your smile.
What is gum contouring?
Gum contouring is a cosmetic dentistry procedure that’s used to resculpt a gummy smile and improve the proportions and overall look of your gums, teeth, and smile.
After providing you with a local anesthetic, Dr. Brad will carefully remove excess gum tissue with a soft tissue laser to create an even gumline that’s in proportion with your teeth. If needed, dissolvable stitches will be placed to promote optimal healing.
The difference in your smile will be immediate and will continue to improve as your gum tissue heals. For many patients, gum contouring treatment is completed with porcelain veneers or lumineers.
Does gum contouring hurt?
As gum contouring is performed under a local anesthetic, you won’t feel any discomfort during your procedure. While you will experience some tenderness in the days following treatment, symptoms can usually be easily managed with over-the-counter pain medications and a modified soft-food diet.
Dr. Brad will provide you with detailed self-care instructions, such as foods and behaviors to enjoy and avoid, to support your comfort and optimal healing.
“Very friendly staff in person and over the phone! The family of dentists at Williams Dental really want to help you. They are great at explaining processes and options!”
• SARA STIGER
Inlays & Onlays
Say goodbye to damaged teeth.
Your premolars and molars are your most powerful and complex teeth that give you the ability to crush, grind, and chew the foods you love to eat. Though they can withstand an incredible amount of force and wear, these rear teeth can become permanently damaged by injury or tooth decay. If the damage is too severe for a simple filling but not extensive enough to need a dental crown, you can restore your smile to its natural beauty and strength with an inlay or onlay.
What are inlays and onlays?
Inlays and onlays are custom dental restorations that restore the integrity of a damaged tooth while relieving chewing pain, cavity pain, and tooth degeneration. Both inlays and onlays are considered “indirect fillings,” which is to say they are not fabricated directly inside the mouth, like a tooth-colored filling. An inlay fits within the cusps (points) of your premolar or molar, while an onlay extends to cover one or more cusp.
Inlays and onlays are made of gold or tooth-colored porcelain and are securely bonded to your teeth by Dr. Brad.
- Porcelain: Porcelain inlays and onlays are made of durable dental porcelain that’s closely color-matched to your natural teeth for a dental restoration that’s indistinguishable from your natural teeth.
- Gold: Gold inlays and onlays are incredibly resistant and may be the ideal choice for restoring your molars back to their original strength and function.
Inlay and Onlay Procedure
An inlay or onlay treatment is typically completed over two visits. During your first visit, Dr. Brad will provide you with a local anesthetic before removing any areas of tooth decay and preparing your tooth to accommodate your custom inlay or onlay. Though this process is similar to preparing your tooth for a dental crown, less of your natural tooth structure will need to be removed to accommodate your inlay or onlay.
Once your tooth has been prepared, your hygienist will take accurate impressions of your teeth, which will be used to create your restoration at a specialized dental laboratory. Before you leave your first appointment, you’ll receive a temporary filling to keep your prepared tooth sealed and safe.
At your second visit, your dental team will remove your temporary filling, clean your teeth, and refine the fit and feel of your inlay or onlay. Dr. Brad or Dr. Williams will then securely bond your inlay or onlay to your tooth with durable dental cement or resin. Once your treatment is complete, your inlay or onlay will be fully functional and will require no more care than you would ideally give your natural teeth.