Your smile is one of your most noticeable and memorable features. It can greatly affect the way people perceive you, and it can even impact your professional success. Even if you struggle with one or more cosmetic flaws, you can transform your smile with advanced cosmetic dentistry at Austin Laser Dentist. Dr. Helen Ragsdale offers a diverse selection of treatments, ranging from simple teeth whitening to complete smile makeovers. No matter which treatment you select, she will use advanced laser technology and precise treatment planning to provide lifelike results with minimal discomfort and recovery time.
Many people choose porcelain veneers for their cosmetic dentistry. Before recommending porcelain veneers, Dr. Ragsdale will closely examine your teeth to make sure you have enough healthy enamel. If she determines that you are a suitable candidate for this treatment, she will remove a small amount of enamel to make room for the thin shells of porcelain. Then she will take impressions of your teeth, so our lab can create veneers that will blend naturally with your smile. After she applies your custom-crafted restorations to the front of your teeth, they can cover stains, improve the shape of your teeth, and close small gaps in your smile.
Dr. Ragsdale offers several effective teeth whitening treatments. Zoom! is the most well-known whitening treatment. Dr. Ragsdale will apply light-activated, peroxide-based gel to the front of your teeth. After just one hour, your smile could be up to 8 shades lighter. LaserSmileTM is another in-office treatment option. Combining whitening gel with laser technology, the treatment could lighten your smile by up to 9 shades. If you prefer at-home treatment, you may benefit from Turbo® whitening gel and custom-made trays. We also offer our Whitening for Life program: If you maintain your routine dental visits, we will provide a free touch-up treatment after each appointment.
Dental bonding is an affordable procedure that offers many of the same benefit as porcelain veneers. Dr. Ragsdale can use composite resin (the same material that she uses for dental fillings) to fill in small cosmetic flaws, cover stains, and reshape your teeth. The treatment can also help to repair dental damage, such as chips, cracks, or broken teeth. To perform bonding, the dentist will micro-etch the surface of your teeth with a conditioning formula. She will then apply composite in several carefully placed layers. Finally, she will use a curing light to harden the material, and she will polish your teeth to give them a lifelike shine.
If you have a disproportionate amount of gum tissue or an uneven gum line, Dr. Ragsdale can perform a gum lift using a precise BIOLASE® WaterLase laser. After numbing your gums, she will trim away some of your gum tissue to expose more of your teeth and straighten your gum line. The laser is extremely accurate, meaning Dr. Ragsdale can remove a conservative amount of tissues with little impact on your surrounding gums. Additionally, the laser will close up your tissues during the treatment. Therefore, you will not need stitches, and you will experience minimal post-treatment sensitivity.
Thanks to advances in orthodontic technology, more and more adults enjoy straight smiles following Invisalign® treatment. Invisalign® uses clear plastic aligner trays, rather than metal brackets and wires, to straighten teeth. The trays fit securely over your teeth, and they will exert a gentle, minimal discomfort pressure. You will switch to a new tray approximately every two weeks, and over the course of your treatment, your teeth will straighten and realign. Like most people, you may feel that Invisalign® trays are more comfortable than metal braces. They are also removable, meaning you can still eat all of your favorite foods, and you will be able to maintain good dental hygiene.
If you are dissatisfied with the overall appearance of your smile, a smile makeover may be the solution. When planing a makeover, Dr. Ragsdale will choose several cosmetic procedures to address your concerns and enhance your smile. Although smile makeovers focus on cosmetic treatments, Dr. Ragsdale will not simply address the teeth that show when you smile. She will also look at your face shape, lip symmetry, age, personality, and lifestyle to design a treatment that truly suits your needs. She invites you to be an active participant in the planning process, so that you will enjoy a stunning smile that meets your cosmetic and restorative goals.
Enjoy a Dazzling Smile Today
With cosmetic dentistry you can transform your smile and enjoy a greater sense of self-confidence, Dr. Ragsdale, a cosmetic dentist in Austin, will help you select the treatment that is most suited to your goals. Call 512-346-4690 to schedule your consultation. We proudly serve greater Austin area, including Round Rock, Pflugerville, and Georgetown.