Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic Dentistry

 

Dr. Crystel Riggs and the entire team at Riggs Family Dentistry specialize in helping you achieve a healthy, attractive smile. Dr. Riggs can offer you a custom-designed “smile makeover.” Whether it is as simple as whitening your teeth, or as complex as redesigning an entire smile, Dr. Crystel Riggs knows that your smile deserves the care and experience she brings to the aesthetic side of dentistry.

Porcelain Dental Veneers

Porcelain dental veneers, or porcelain laminates, are custom-designed durable shells bonded to the front surfaces of your teeth to conceal imperfections such as chips, cracks, stains, or permanent discolorations. There has been a surge in the popularity of porcelain dental veneers over the last decade, as so many celebrities and other pop culture figures have undergone smile transformations. Veneers are a versatile treatment option if a patient is looking to whiten and brighten their teeth, or to mask tooth discoloration. Porcelain dental veneers are now also utilized in place of minor orthodontic work to provide “instant results.”


You can alter the color, size, length, and shape of teeth by bonding porcelain veneers to the front surface of your teeth.

 

Porcelain veneers can be used to:

  • Create total “smile makeovers”
  • Lengthen teeth
  • Achieve smile symmetry
  • Close spaces between the teeth (diastemas)
  • Correct broken or chipped teeth
  • Replace unsightly teeth
  • Reshape crooked teeth
  • Cover and whiten stained or yellowed teeth

Teeth Straightening

Dr. Riggs utilizes the Invisalign clear aligners for straightening your teeth. The process consists of a series of digitally fabricated, virtually invisible aligners. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign patients generally benefit from less tooth decay because they are removable, can be taken out while eating, and allow for normal brushing and flossing regimes. If your teeth are misaligned, crowded, or gapped, Dr. Riggs will determine if you are a candidate for Invisalign clear aligners.

Teeth Whitening

At Riggs Family Dentistry, teeth whitening is another option for improving patients’ smiles. With a deep teeth-whitening treatment, Dr. Riggs can often achieve a level of aesthetic brightening that feels like a brand-new “you.”

 

Teeth whitening or bleaching is an inexpensive and effective treatment to visibly brighten the color of your teeth, and is one of the most common dental procedures done today. Dr. Riggs finds that the positive effects of her teeth whitening treatments can last up to five years, depending on a patient’s overall dental hygiene and exposure to tooth-discoloring activities.

 

Dr. Riggs offers both in-office and at-home teeth-whitening systems by Opalescence that contain a desensitizing agent for those with sensitive teeth. She will typically use these in tandem when an immediate result is desired.

 

For the at-home portion of your teeth-whitening treatment, Dr. Riggs will make a dental impression of the teeth you wish lightened during your first visit. That impression is used to create a model of your teeth in order to fabricate a custom whitening tray that will fit perfectly over your teeth when filled with the at-home whitening gel. Dr. Riggs will teach you how to use and position the tray.