Our cosmetic dentistry services in Farmersville and Van Alstyne, Texas, provide dental work that improves the appearance of a patient’s smile by altering their teeth, gums and/or bite.

At Harvest Dental, we know that having a beautiful smile can improve your self-confidence and help you feel more comfortable in social and personal situations. Therefore, Drs. Horsley and Walker offer an array of cosmetic dental treatments, so you can show off your smile! To learn more on how to improve your smile, please click on these procedures:

 

Re-Contouring Teeth

What Is Re-contouring?

Dental re-contouring in Farmersville and Van Alstyne, Texas, involves the removal of small amounts of tooth enamel. The purpose is to change the length, shape or surface contours of a tooth. This is a relatively quick and painless procedure. It is also called tooth reshaping, or odontoplasty.

What It’s Used For:

Re-contouring is one of the most conservative cosmetic procedures. It is an effective way to correct minor imperfections. It can improve overall dental health by removing minor crevices or overlaps where plaque or tartar can build up.

However, re-contouring is not a substitute for porcelain veneers or cosmetic bonding. Re-contouring probably might not be the best treatment if your teeth have a major imperfection such as a deep chip or fracture.

You should understand what re-contouring can and can’t do for you so you have realistic expectations. Your dentist may show you before-and-after photographs of other patients. This will allow you to see exactly what sorts of improvements are possible. Sometimes, re-contouring can’t completely fix tooth imperfections. Your dentist may combine the treatment with cosmetic bonding. In this procedure, a composite resin is used to repair or restore fractures, chips or cavities. Re-contouring doesn’t affect the living pulp or dentin of the tooth. For this reason, it usually can be done without anesthetic.

Cosmetic Bonding

What Is Cosmetic Bonding?

Dental bonding is a procedure that uses a tooth-colored composite resin to repair a tooth. Bonding can be used on teeth that are decayed, chipped, broken or discolored. The procedure is known as bonding because the material bonds to the tooth. Unlike porcelain veneers, dental bonding in Farmersville and Van Alstyne Texas, can be done in a single visit. Porcelain veneers are another way to repair some teeth, they are made in a laboratory and require a customized impression (mold) to achieve a proper fit.

What It’s Used For:

Bonding is one of the easiest and least costly cosmetic dental treatments. The resin used in bonding can be shaped and polished to match the other teeth. Most often, bonding is used by Drs. Horsley and Walker to improve the appearance of discolored or chipped tooth. It also can be used to:

  • Close spaces between teeth
  • Make teeth look longer
  • Change the shape or color of teeth

Sometimes, bonding is used to protect a portion of the tooth’s root that has been exposed when gums recede.

Porcelain Veneers

What are Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers are thin shells of porcelain that are bonded to the front parts of teeth. They cover your teeth in a similar way that an artificial fingernail covers a nail. Veneers can be used as a conservative way to improve the look of your teeth without the need of altering the entire tooth to place a crown. Porcelain veneers look like natural teeth and they are very resistant to stains compared to their cosmetic bonding counterparts.

What It’s Used For:

Dental veneers in in Farmersville and Van Alstyne, Texas, are used to correct cosmetic defects on teeth and/or to correct the way that teeth come together. Cosmetic problems that can be corrected with veneers include:

  • Teeth that are slightly crooked or stained but in good shape may benefit from Veneers or Clear Correct
  • Chipped teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Teeth that are different lengths

In the past, the only way to correct these or other imperfections was to cover the entire tooth with a porcelain crown, which is a more invasive, but sometimes necessary procedure.

Tooth Whitening

Tooth Whitening

You don’t have to be born with perfectly white teeth to have a bright new smile. Tooth whitening in Farmersville and Van Alstyne, Texas, or bleaching, can usually erase years of staining and/or discoloration. At Harvest Dental we offer two ways to whiten your teeth: Take home whitening kit or In-office whitening procedure.

Professional whitening done in-office can make your teeth up to seven shades whiter.

In-Office Whitening Procedure:

  • We start by screening you to see if whitening is appropriate for your individual circumstance. Most patients are great candidates for whitening, but unfortunately, whitening is not for everyone.
  • Before the whitening process, we will find the current shade of your teeth with the aid of a shade guide.
  • We then take impressions of your upper and lower teeth so we can make you a set of take home bleaching trays. We do this while you are undergoing the in-office treatment.
  • Next we place a barrier between your gums and teeth. This temporary “dam” protects your gums while you have the bleach on your teeth.
  • After the dam has been safely placed, we will apply a coat of bleach on your teeth.
  • We let this bleach sit on your teeth according to the manufactures recommended time. Then we thoroughly rinse your teeth with water.
  • Sometimes we may have to repeat the process to get the results you want.
  • After we completed the treatment, we will use the shade guide to show you the amazing difference in your teeth’s color.
  • Before you leave we will show you how to use your take home bleaching trays. These can be used to “touch up” and brighten your smile if the whitening has faded.

Take-home whitening kit:

  • We start by screening you to see if whitening is appropriate for your individual circumstance. Most patients are great candidates for whitening, but unfortunately, whitening may not work for everyone.
  • Before the whitening process, we will find the current shade of your teeth with the aid of a shade guide.
  • We then take impressions of your upper and lower teeth so we can make you a set of take home bleaching trays.
  • Usually you will pick these up the next day, and a team member will show you how to use the product correctly.
  • After the whitening process, you can use the provided shade guide that is in your home-kit to see the difference in color of your teeth. It’s amazing how much they change!

Clear Correct

What Is ClearCorrect?

At Harvest Dental, we offer ClearCorrect™ aligners in Farmersville and Van Alstyne, Texas, because not everybody was born with perfectly straight teeth. ClearCorrect aligner therapy is a series of clear dental appliances that are formed and fitted to the patient’s teeth. These series of clear aligners gradually improve appearance and function by applying gentle, consistent pressure, which stimulates the patient’s teeth to move.

Clear aligners are popular because they can do many of the things traditional orthodontics can do, but in a more discreet and convenient fashion.

Many patients are good candidates for clear aligners, and most smiles can be improved with clear aligner therapy. However, some cases are better-suited for traditional braces, or a combination of techniques.

What are the steps to ClearCorrect?

  • A thorough screening takes place first. We will take needed X-Rays and examine your mouth to ensure you are a candidate for ClearCorrect.
  • If this is a suitable treatment for you, we will then take impressions of your lower and upper teeth. We also take a series of pictures of your teeth and mouth and pictures of your face, smile and profile.
  • We then send the pictures, impressions, and X-rays to Clear Correct. They use the information to make your aligners.
  • We receive the aligners and deliver a set to you. You will come in approximately every two weeks for new aligners.