Cosmetic Dentistry

We’re willing to bet that you’ve scoured the internet looking for the best cosmetic dentist in San Antonio, looked at all kinds of before-and-photos, and read all about how the process works and what to expect. We know you’re ready to find the right dentist and get the smile that you have always dreamed about. We believe that cosmetic dentistry should never be a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach because every patient has a unique situation. Dr. Carlson will take the time to get to know you, answer your questions, address your concerns, and make sure that you understand your treatment options. We’ve seen cosmetic dentistry make people look younger, have more self-confidence, get job promotions, and more. Having the opportunity to change lives is the what gets us excited about our jobs each and every day. If you’re looking for the best cosmetic dentistry office in San Antonio, you’ve found it. We can’t wait to meet you!

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40+ Years of Experience With Cosmetic Dentistry

Dr. Carlson may recommend porcelain veneers for you if you are interested in a smile makeover to correct cosmetic dental imperfections like:

  • Spaces and gaps between the teeth
  • Fractured, broken, or chipped teeth
  • Very worn teeth
  • Stained, darkened, or discolored teeth
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Crooked teeth

Custom Cosmetic Dentistry Process

What is the smile makeover process? It is a series of steps to ensure that you get just what you want when you improve your smile. Adult cosmetic dentistry can create a beautiful, new smile with porcelain veneers in just a few short weeks. The cosmetic dentistry process may vary slightly from patient to patient, but the following steps are what you can expect in your journey to your best smile. Cosmetic dentistry is Dr. Carlson’s specialty, and we take care to ensure that every patient is happy with their porcelain veneers. If you’re ready to learn more about cosmetic dentistry, contact our San Antonio office today!

Step 1: Complimentary Initial Consultation

At your Initial Consultation we will discuss what you would like to accomplish with cosmetic dentistry. The initial consultation is at no charge and it allows you to get to know our team and see our San Antonio office. We discuss what you’re looking for in a new smile and determine the best treatment for you. In certain cases, we will take photos of your teeth so that we may view them on the computer monitor with you. You will have an opportunity to have all your questions answered and receive a quote for the treatment.

Step 2: Dental Exam & Records Appointment

The Exam and Records appointment where we will complete a detailed examination of your teeth and gums. We take several photos of your teeth, your bite, and the form of the dental arches. We will also take necessary x-rays and impressions of your teeth at this time. These procedures will help Dr. Carlson in creating the dental models of your ideal smile.

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Step 3: Evaluation of Dental Models

The last step prior to treatment is the Evaluation appointment. You will have the chance to see the dental models that Dr. Carlson created, photos of your teeth, and take the opportunity to answer any lingering questions. Each set of porcelain veneers is created uniquely for your mouth and your smile. Dr. Carlson personally combines his artistry skills with his extensive dental knowledge to create your veneers. To ensure you get the smile you want with cosmetic dentistry, the model can be modified prior to continuing with treatment.

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Step 4: Placement of Temporary Veneers

When you are delighted with the proposed ideal model, it’s time for the placement of your temporary veneers. After preparing the teeth for veneers or porcelain crowns, we place beautiful acrylic temporaries that are duplicates of the ideal model. This is the “Trial Smile” which lets you “drive them around the block” to be sure they are exactly what you want. Changes can be made on the temporaries until you are sure the smile is right for you. Watch the video below to find out more about your Trial Smile. We find that patients often receive compliments on their temporaries because they look so natural!

Patients usually spend a week or two evaluating the temporaries and any changes they want Dr. Carlson to make. After we receive the go-ahead, it takes approximately three weeks to finish perfecting your permanent veneers. Since Dr. Carlson creates the permanent restorations himself, this time may vary slightly.

Step 5: Placement of Permanent Veneers

Once you are happy with the temporaries, we take an impression and duplicate the size, shape, inclination, etc. of the porcelain in our own on-site laboratory. When it comes to the final porcelain veneers, you have the opportunity to choose several elements: how white or how natural, how translucent or opaque, how smooth or how textured, etc. If you prefer, you can certainly leave these decisions up to Dr. Carlson, who has performed thousands of cosmetic dentistry treatments.

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We want our patients to be thrilled with their smile makeovers, so we are committed to performing these steps to ensure your smile is exactly what you have always dreamed of.

Ready to find out what cosmetic dentistry can do for you? Call Dr. Carlson in San Antonio at (210) 876-4745.