Cosmetic Dentist – Tulsa, OK
Transforming Tulsa Smiles
Part of overall well-being is feeling confident when you smile at others. We believe that every person should feel free to smile whenever the urge strikes. This expression makes a good impression and can sometimes make someone's day. Therefore, we find the appearance of your smile is as important as the maintenance of your oral health, and design plans that can accomplish your oral health as well as your aesthetic goals. When you’re ready to get started, call the Glisten Dental & Sleep Apnea Care team to schedule your consultation appointment with our skilled cosmetic dentist in Tulsa.
Because our teeth are porous, substances that lead to stains easily find their way into deep layers of enamel. Once settled, teeth begin to dull and discolor. We all experience discoloration at one point or another because it is virtually impossible to avoid all factors that lead to staining. At Glisten Dental, we provide two different approaches to teeth whitening so that all of our patients may find their optimal form of smile enhancement. For those who want a whiter smile without the wait, we administer in-office teeth whitening using the KöR Whitening Deep Bleaching™ System. At-home whitening trays are also available, to be worn each day for about two weeks.
Benefits of Teeth Whitening
A bright white smile is indicative of health and vitality. More than that, today we are in the business of making snap judgements. We have less than a minute in which to make our first impression. Depending on the circumstances, such as during a job interview, that first impression is all-important. To help our patients attain the level of smile brightness they feel most comfortable with, Dr. Nauman offers professional teeth whitening options. Once you achieve your desired smile brightness, it’s easier to maintain this level of brilliance, so you’ll continue to look your best.
A straighter smile used to mean spending 18 to 36 months (or longer) with metal brackets and wires attached to your teeth. Today, you can achieve the same flawless smile alignment using the Invisalign clear alignment tray orthodontic process. Invisalign trays place pressure on teeth to shift the smile into alignment just like metal brackets and wires, but you won’t have to worry about the hassle and less-than-cosmetic appearance of metal brackets and wires. In just 8 to 18 months on average, these clear alignment trays will move your teeth into their ideal alignment, leaving you with a beautiful smile in less time with minimal hassle.
When teeth have been chipped, fractured, significantly discolored, are crooked, or contain gaps, porcelain veneers may be the most suitable form of cosmetic treatment. A single veneer can correct a chipped or cracked tooth, or several veneers may be custom-fabricated to create a whole new smile. In addition to traditional porcelain veneers, Dr. Nauman also uses Lumineers to enhance a smile.
When a tooth requires a filling, there is no need to use amalgam metals when composite material creates a seamless transition and the strong foundation needed for biting and chewing. Using precise techniques, tooth-colored composite material is bonded to a tooth after all decay has been removed, restoring structure without leaving that telltale dark spot in the smile. Today, we use that same tooth-colored composite filling materials to correct and conceal cosmetic flaws like chips, cracks, stains, and gaps in the smile. This cosmetic service is often referred to as cosmetic or dental bonding. In just one trip to our dental office, we can correct a number of flaws, so you’ll leave with the picture-perfect smile you deserve.
Cosmetic Dentistry FAQs
Do you have more questions about getting the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted? For your convenience, we’ve gathered some of the most common questions we get about cosmetic dentistry in Tulsa below. If you don’t see the answer you’re looking for, we encourage you to contact us at Glisten Dental today and we’ll be more than happy to help!
Is Cosmetic Dentistry Only About Looks?
Every cosmetic treatment is designed to help your smile look and feel its best. For example, concealing chips, cracks, and other areas of damaged enamel with dental bonding or porcelain veneers improves their appearance and protects these areas from bacteria. Removable Invisalign aligners makes straightening your smile convenient while also making it easier to keep your teeth clean. Studies even show that those who invest into the appearance of their smile with treatments like teeth whitening show a marked improvement in at-home oral hygiene habits!
Can Children or Teens Get Cosmetic Dentistry?
The appearance of a person’s smile can have a huge impact on their self-esteem, especially when they’re younger. Unfortunately, try as you might to protect your son or daughter’s smile, life happens. They may chip a tooth while chewing on a pen cap, get a crack while playing their favorite sport, or develop stubborn discoloration from too many acidic beverages. Thankfully, treatments like dental bonding and teeth whitening are generally a safe and effective way to restore your child’s precious pearly whites. During their consultation, Dr. Nauman will closely inspect their unique smile to ensure that cosmetic dentistry is a good choice for them.
How Long Will It Take to Improve My Smile with Cosmetic Dentistry?
Since no two smiles are the same, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to cosmetic dentistry. The timeline for your new set of pearly whites will depend on a variety of factors like what treatments you’ve chosen, how much work needs to be done, and if your oral health is on track. Quick and easy services like dental bonding and teeth whitening can give you dramatic results in as little as a single appointment. However, if you’re using an at-home whitening kit or getting a custom-made restoration like porcelain veneers, your treatment will take a little bit longer.
Is Cosmetic Dentistry Painful?
At Glisten Dental, your comfort is one of our top priorities. Alongside her years of experience, Dr. Nauman stays up to date with all the latest dental techniques to ensure every treatment goes as smoothly as possible. Before beginning your journey towards your new smile, she’ll carefully inspect your teeth and gums. Issues like tooth decay and gum disease can make services like teeth whitening uncomfortable, and even influence their success. She’ll address any early warning signs and get your oral health in excellent shape to ensure you can comfortably achieve the smile you’ve always wanted.