The innovations in cosmetic dentistry over the years have made straight, white teeth a reachable goal for you. Whether your teeth have become stained over the years, you’ve lost teeth in an accident, or your teeth have decayed, a great smile awaits you. Schedule an appointment and discover the latest in cosmetic dentistry near Houston, TX.
In ancient times, group pumice stone, wine vinegar, and ammonia from urine were used to clean or whiten teeth. In the 1800s, fluoride was used to clean teeth. Today, whitening and bleaching teeth are common. A dentist can use a gel on your teeth to get rid of stains and discoloration caused by smoking, taking certain medications, or poor dental hygiene. A dentist can also prepare a teeth-whitening tray for you to take home.
In the 19th century, metal braces were used to straighten teeth. Wirehead appliances were also used. Metal braces are still used today, but wires used on teeth have become more flexible. Many dentists today are using Invisalign, or “invisible” braces, to straighten teeth. These clear plates can straighten teeth in a shorter amount of time than metal braces. Invisalign is popular among adults who want to straighten their teeth or adjust their bites, but don’t want the braces to show.
People in ancient times used beeswax, cork, and tin to files holes in their teeth caused by decay. In the 1800s, people used amalgams, but concerns surfaced about mercury poisoning. During the 19th and early 20th century, dentists used metal and amalgam fillings. Now dentists use composite dental fillings. The fillings match the natural appearance of your teeth. With advanced diagnostic tools, dentists can detect cavities early and use a small filling you won’t even notice.
Ancient cultures used materials, such as ivory or seashells, for tooth replacement. Dentures were made from human or animal teeth. Porcelain dentures were brought to the United States in the 1800s. By the early 1900s, dental labs began using plastics and acrylics for dentures. Acrylic is the standard material for dentures today.
Dental implants became a possibility for replacing teeth in the middle of the 20th century. The key breakthrough was the discovery that titanium can fuse to the bone. Since then the process has been improved and refined. By placing a titanium alloy screw into the gum, the implant has a root. This helps to maintain the structure of the gum.
Once porcelain was fused with metal, porcelain crowns became popular among dentists. The porcelain crown is shaped to look just like your other teeth. Now there are Empress® Restorations that produce all-ceramic restorations for teeth, including inlays, crowns, and veneers. Another way to improve your smile is Lumineers®, special veneers that are very thin and translucent. Lumineers® work well for people who want to avoid anesthesia. The dentist creates a mold of your teeth. You decide the shade of white you want. The mold is then sent to the lab to be made into Lumineers®. Then your dentist applies them to your teeth. You get a new smile with no shots or drilling.
If you want a beautiful smile, talk to a cosmetic dentist in Houston, TX, call Made Ya Smile at (281) 265-1111.