Cosmetic Dentist in Salt Lake City
If you’re not happy with the way that your smile looks, cosmetic dentist Dr. Paul Porter and his dental assistants have brought together a wide array of cosmetic dentistry solutions to make sure that your smile looks exactly the way you want it to.
As advancements in cosmetic dentistry make the procedures less invasive and more affordable, we’re keeping up with the market. We immediately seek out the newest and best in cosmetic dental technology to improve the care we offer our patients.
Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures
Whether you have cracked, chipped, stained, or broken teeth, we have the capabilities at our dental office to solve the problem and ensure that you have a smile you can wear proudly. Our patients can testify that our cosmetic services make having a beautiful grin a reality.
Our cosmetic dentist approved procedures include:
- Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers are thin shells of tooth-colored porcelain that Dr. Porter can use to cover stains or mask flaws such as cracked, broken, or misshapen teeth. Porcelain veneers are sometimes referred to as “instant orthodontics” because they can also be applied to straighten the appearance of a crooked smile.
- Tooth Whitening
Tooth whitening is perhaps the most commonly sought cosmetic dentistry procedure at Avenues Dentistry. Even the most beautiful smile can appear unhealthy or dull when teeth are stained or yellowed. In as quickly as one brief session, our patients can enjoy smiles that are up to ten shades brighter.
- Cosmetic Dental Bonding
By applying a thin coating of a tooth-colored resin composite material to teeth, Dr. Paul Porter can improve the appearance of a number of cosmetic flaws. In many cases, cosmetic bonding is more affordable and just as effective as porcelain veneers, though results will not last as long.
- Gum Re-contouring
When a person’s gums extend too far onto the tooth surface, he or she is said to have a “gummy” smile. In just one painless office visit, Dr. Porter can use a diode laser to gently sculpt the gum line into a more pleasing proportion, making teeth appear larger and the smile more brilliant.
Many patients with crooked or misaligned teeth are hesitant to deal with the hassle or appearance of traditional metal braces. Fortunately, Salt Lake City cosmetic dentist Dr. Porter can fit most patients with a series of clear plastic, invisible Invisalign® aligners that gradually cause teeth to shift position. Orthodontic treatment with Invisalign® takes roughly the same amount of time as traditional braces, but is much more convenient, comfortable, and discreet.
- Dental Crowns
When a tooth has been damaged by a cavity, Dr. Porter will most likely perform a root canal to remove the infected tooth pulp. To restore functionality and appearance and to seal the tooth from further damage, a dental crown will then be placed over the entire tooth surface.
- Dental Bridges
If a patient is missing one or more teeth but is not necessarily a good candidate for dentures or dental implants, he or she may be fitted with a dental bridge. A bridge is an artificial tooth that is held in place by a dental crown on either side of the gap created by the missing tooth.
At Avenues Dentistry, we offer both full and partial dentures to our patients in the Salt Lake City area. Unlike dental bridges or dental implants, dentures are removable replacement teeth. Dr. Porter uses the most modern materials and methods to create our patients’ dentures, so they can always be assured of a comfortable fit and the most realistic appearance.
- Dental Implants
Dental implants are titanium posts that are surgically inserted into a patient’s jawbone to support permanent replacement teeth. Unlike dentures, dental implants never need to be removed for cleaning, and they allow for more comfortable eating and speaking.
- Tooth Colored Fillings
Traditional metal fillings are often composed of mercury, which in addition to creating a black appearance, can be harmful to our patient’s health. For this reason, at Avenues Dentistry we use only composite, or tooth-colored fillings. White fillings applied by Dr. Porter are less likely to cause tooth breakage like with metal fillings. White fillings are also virtually undetectable which makes your smile healthy and beautiful at the same time.
Whether you only need a small fix or need an entire smile makeover, our dentist and his dental staff will work hard to provide you with the highest quality cosmetic dentistry products and procedures. Since our entire staff is very experienced with cosmetic dentistry, you can be sure that your results will be as dazzling as you expect.
Our Cosmetic Dentists
When you have a consultation with our cosmetic dentist, they will educate you on how the procedures work and how you might combine a variety of our listed procedures to achieve the best results. With professionally trained cosmetic dentists working with you, you have every reason to be excited about your smile!
Many of Dr. Porter’s patients combine a number of cosmetic dentistry procedures to achieve the ultimate smile. For example, a patient may choose to eliminate the “gummy” appearance of his or her smile with gum re-contouring and then enhance the results with a tooth whitening session. To learn more about the smile makeover or smile design opportunities available to our patients, we encourage you to make an appointment to consult with a member of the Avenues Dentistry team at our Salt Lake City office at 801-328-4173 for more information.