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COSMETIC TREATMENTS

Using advanced cosmetic dental treatments and materials, your Houston, TX cosmetic dentist, Dr. Freeman, can make a real difference. The skill, experience, and commitment of our practice — using a unique combination of science and artistry — can literally redesign your smile.

Even a subtle change in your smile helps you to project an image of self-confidence and high personal esteem. When you feel good about yourself, it shows in your appearance.

BONDING
BONDING
Bonding is an alternative to veneers and can be used as a restorative procedure for teeth that are chipped, cracked, discolored or misarranged.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
The tooth is prepared for the procedure by lightly etching the surface and applying a bonding liquid. Once the liquid sets, a plastic resin is applied and sculpted into the desired shape by the dentist. Once set, the resin is trimmed, smoothed and polished to a natural appearance.

CONSIDERATIONS
The bonding procedure can often be completed in a single office visit and can improve the appearance of a tooth significantly. However, since the resin used is not as strong as your natural tooth enamel, it is more likely to stain, chip or break than natural teeth. Bonding typically lasts three to five years before need of repair.

PORCELAIN VENEERS
PORCELAIN VENEERS
WHAT ARE PORCELAIN VENEERS?
Porcelain veneers are thin shells of ceramic that bond directly to the front surfaces of the teeth. They are an ideal choice for improving your smile and have become increasingly popular due to their simplicity and versatility.

Placing custom veneers requires a high degree of technical skill as well as attention to cosmetic detail. We place veneers routinely and design each case individually to match and enhance the characteristics of each patient’s smile.

WILL THEY LOOK LIKE NORMAL TEETH?
When bonded to the teeth, the ultra-thin porcelain veneers are virtually undetectable and highly resistant to coffee, tea, or even cigarette stains. For strength and appearance, their resemblance to healthy, white tooth enamel is unsurpassed by other restorative options.

HOW DURABLE ARE PORCELAIN VENEERS?
With proper care, porcelain veneers will brighten your smile for well over a decade.

Dr. Freeman will ensure that your veneers are crafted from the highest quality porcelains and are bonded with the most advanced and proven materials available.

Refraining from using your veneers as tools to open and cut things will prolong their life, and if accidental breakage or damage occurs, it is usually possible to replace only the veneer involved.

INLAYS & ONLAYS
INLAYS & ONLAYS
When more than half of the tooth’s biting surface is damaged, Dr. Freeman will often recommend an inlay or onlay.

WHAT ARE INLAYS AND ONLAYS?
Inlays and onlays can be made of porcelain or composite resin. These pieces are bonded to the damaged area of the tooth. An inlay, which is similar to a filling, is used inside the cusp tips of the tooth. An onlay is a more substantial reconstruction, similar to the inlay but extending out over one or more of the cusps of the tooth.

Traditionally, gold has been the material of choice for inlays and onlays. In recent years, however, porcelain has become increasingly popular due to its strength and color, which can potentially match the natural color of your teeth.

HOW ARE INLAYS AND ONLAYS APPLIED?
Inlays and onlays usually require two appointments to complete, but with our Cerec technology, Dr. Freeman can construct your Inlay/Onlay in a single visit. During the visit, the filling being replaced or the damaged or decaying area of the tooth is removed, and the tooth is prepared for the inlay or onlay. Dr. Freeman will then make sure that the inlay or onlay fits correctly. If the fit is satisfactory, the inlay or onlay will be bonded to the tooth with a strong resin and polished to a smooth finish.

CONSIDERATIONS FOR INLAYS AND ONLAYS
Traditional fillings can strengthen a natural tooth by up to 50 percent. As an alternative, inlays and onlays, which are cemented directly onto the tooth using special high-strength resins, can actually increase the strength of a tooth by up to 75 percent. As a result, they can last from 10 to 30 years. In some cases, where the damage to the tooth is not extensive enough to merit an entire crown, onlays can provide a very good alternative.

TEETH WHITENING
TEETH WHITENING
WHAT IS TEETH WHITENING?
We offer 3 different methods of teeth whitening to cater to patient needs.

In-office whitening treatment can achieve desired results in an hour, our 10 pack whitening kit can achieve results in a week, and we also offer customized bleaching trays with a bleaching agent so you can whiten whenever you like. Only occasional treatment is needed to maintain your new smile. We’ll want to take “before and after” photos at your next appointment.

Dental bleaching can be used to correct tooth discoloration. Discolorations can be caused by staining, aging, or chemical damage to teeth.
KEY BENEFITS OF TEETH WHITENING
Whitening corrects brown, yellow and spotted tooth staining. It is a near-permanent solution for a “dull” smile. In most cases, the change is nothing short of brilliant.

CONSIDERATIONS FOR TEETH WHITENING
Over-the-counter bleaching agents are available for purchase at drug stores and pharmacies. However, since these products can cause harm to the gums and teeth, and also are not allowed to be as clinically strong as our dental materials, it’s better to use products that our practice recommends achieving optimal results.

KEY BENEFITS OF TEETH WHITENING
◻Corrects brown, yellow and spotted tooth staining
◻Works on people of any age
◻Is a near-permanent solution for a “dull” smile, restoring brightness and brings
a smile alive

PERIODONTAL DISEASE
PERIODONTAL DISEASE
Gum Infection Therapy or deep cleaning your teeth might sound like something you should do after you've missed a few visits to the dentist or eaten a particularly sticky, messy meal.
Deep cleaning is actually a specific procedure performed by the dental hygienist to treat gum and periodontal disease. It’s often completed because a person has not had regular professional cleaning appointments every six months and has built up calculus below the gum line resulting in bone loss and inflammation of gums.

The Need for Deep Cleaning

The hygienist will use an instrument called a probe to measure the area around your teeth to see if you have any pocketing (the area between the tooth and gum where bacteria will form). The depth of the gum tissue between the teeth and gums are called pockets. If the pockets are greater than 5 millimeters, Dr. Freeman might prescribe a deep scaling and root planing.

Deep Cleaning Process

Deep cleaning is also known as scaling and root planing. Scaling involves removing plaque and tartar from the surface of the teeth and from the pocket area between the teeth and gums. The other part of deep cleaning is root planing. The dental hygienist will use a scaling instrument to remove plaque and tartar from the surface of the roots of your teeth. We also include laser technology to help kill bacteria and control gum infection. Scaling and root planning procedure will require a minimum of two visits as an appointment. A follow-up visit may be necessary to confirm that your gums and teeth are getting healthier and there is no pocket depth.

Care after Scaling and Root Planning Appointments

Ideally, after this deep cleaning appointment, the bacteria in the pockets of the teeth will be removed and in the next few weeks, the gums should become healthier.

CEREC
CEREC
CEREC technology is a method used by Dr. Freeman to create Porcelain Ceramic crowns in one visit.
Say goodbye to goopy impressions and hello to same day crowns!

EXAM AND PREPARATION
First, Dr. Freeman examines the tooth and determines the appropriate treatment. Next, he administers an anesthetic and prepares your tooth for the restoration, removing decayed and weakened tooth structure.

Digital Scan
Then, a digital scan of the prepared tooth is taken. Instead of filling a tray with impression “goop” that you must bite into and hold in your mouth until it hardens, a camera is used to take a digital picture of your tooth. The whole scan process takes only a minute or two.

NO TEMPORARIES
Next, the CEREC machine helps create the restoration for your tooth. The CEREC 3D software takes the digital picture and converts it into a 3-dimensional virtual model on the computer screen. Dr. Freeman then uses his expertise to design the restoration using the CEREC 3D computer program. Within a few minutes, and just clicks of a button, the restoration design data is sent to a separate milling machine in the office. A ceramic block that matches your tooth shade is placed in the milling machine. About 10 – 20 minutes later, your all-ceramic, tooth-colored restoration is finished and ready to bond in place. Finally, your restoration is tried in your mouth to ensure proper fit and bite. The restoration is then polished and bonded to the prepared tooth. Your tooth is restored with no “temporary” or return trip necessary. All of this is done in a single appointment! Ask us about same day crowns today.

WHAT IS CEREC? CEREC IS AN ACRONYM…
Chairside: The technology is in the dental operatory and used while you are in the chair
Economical: The procedure is economical for both dentist and patient
Restorations: The procedure restores your tooth to its natural beauty, function, and strength
Esthetic: The restorations are metal-free and tooth-colored
Ceramic: High-strength ceramics are used that are close in composition to your natural tooth structure.
CEREC is an advanced dental restorative system that allows your dentist to restore decayed teeth, place crowns, remove defective amalgam fillings, or place cosmetic veneers in just one appointment. This allows you to have the highest quality, most lifelike dental restorations in just one visit to the dentist…in, out, and on with your busy life.

CEREC® is a registered trademark of Sirona Dental Systems

WHAT IS CEREC USED FOR?
WHAT IS CEREC USED FOR?
RESTORATIONS
INLAY RESTORATION
Often, patients with amalgam fillings will exhibit amalgam breakdowns and damage to the tooth structure as recurrent decay creates stress fractures on the enamel. CEREC inlay restorations form a smooth, tooth-colored replacement of dental material lost to cavities and mimic your tooth’s color and structure exactly.

ONLAY RESTORATIONS
Silver amalgam restorations regularly result in unsightly fillings and the necessity of replacement over time from recurrent decay. CEREC onlays are placed on the tooth to retain the original structure and create a natural look. An onlay is more extensive than an inlay as it covers more tooth structure.

CROWNS
Patients with cracked teeth, leaky silver fillings, or extensive decay may be candidates for CEREC crowns. Instead of the usual 2-3 appointments, CEREC mirrors the appearance and feel of a normal tooth and only requires one visit to install. Crowns, or tooth-shaped caps placed over teeth, restore the damaged tooth to its original shape, strength, size or appearance. CEREC crowns preserve a healthy tooth structure while restoring your natural smile.

VENEERS
CEREC veneers correct the incisal length and angle, restoring the tooth to its original appearance in only one visit. Veneers, or thin laminates of tooth-colored porcelain, are bonded to the front of teeth, covering the front surface and resulting in an improved appearance. The veneers produced by CEREC are custom-designed for each tooth to provide an exact match. Although CEREC allows us to create veneers in a single visit, multiple visits may be required for cosmetic treatments.

CEREC BENEFITS
CEREC BENEFITS
How does CEREC compare to other restorative materials?

SINGLE VISIT – YES
NO IMPRESSION MATERIALS – YES
NO TEMPORARY – YES
METAL FREE – YES
LOOKS & FEELS LIKE REAL TEETH – YES
PERMANENT SOLUTION – YES

CLEAR ALIGNER THERAPY
CLEAR ALIGNER THERAPY
The invisible way to straighten your teeth without braces. To discuss Aligner Therapy options, please feel free to contact us to schedule a consultation.

◻Aligner Therapy uses a series of clear removable aligners to straighten your teeth without metal wires or brackets.
◻The aligners are made through a combination of Dr. Freeman‘s expertise and 3-D computer imaging technology. You wear each set of aligners for about 2 weeks, removing them only to eat, drink, brush, and floss.
◻As you replace each aligner with the next in the series, your teeth will move – little by little, week by week – until they have straightened to the final position Dr. Freeman has prescribed.
◻You’ll visit Dr. Freeman about once every 4-6 weeks to ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned.
◻Total treatment time averages 9 – 15 months and the average number of aligners worn during treatment is between 18 and 30, but both will vary from case to case.

I can smile with complete confidence! I can’t now imagine ever being concerned about appearing in photos. It’s just been a new lease of life. Thank you.

Laura Hughes
Patient

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