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Veneers are a dental procedure in which a covering is placed over the outside (visible area) of the tooth. Veneers are usually only done to the part of the teeth that are visible when talking or smiling. The procedure can be direct or indirect.

The direct technique usually involves placing composite resin on the outside of the tooth using bonding. This method is usually referred to as bonding.

The indirect technique usually involves two appointments because the veneers will be fabricated at a dental laboratory. At the first appointment the teeth are prepared, impressions taken, and the teeth are given a temporary covering. In two to three weeks the veneers are back from the laboratory, the temporaries are removed and the veneers are bonded to the teeth. The laboratory fabricated veneers are usually made using porcelain or pressed ceramic, and are very aesthetic.

The advantage of veneers versus crowns is that much less tooth material is removed, and the procedure is generally less uncomfortable. Veneers are recommended for teeth that have large fillings or little tooth structure.

Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is a popular procedure to make teeth whiter and brighter, and therefore more attractive. Bleaching can be used to whitening stained and discolored teeth, or simply to enhance a dull smile. Either way, tooth whitening is a safe and relatively painless procedure ideal for most patients.

Tray whitening is a less expensive whitening treatment you can use while in the comfort of your own home to gradually whiten teeth. We will first take an impression of your teeth to create a customized clear tray that you will wear to whitening your teeth. Within a few days, your trays will be ready to be picked up and we will show you how to apply the special bleaching material to the trays. The whitening gel trays should be worn for up to 8 hours a night for 7-10 nights. (Depending on gel strength) At the end of this period, you will see maximum whitening results that are nothing short of dazzling. Occasional treatment can be used at your convenience to maintain your new smile.


Invisalign treatment is a popular option for attaining straighter teeth as an adult or a child over the age of 14. Having braces as an adult might be something you have been trying to avoid. But if you never had them as a child or your teeth are moving, we offer a solution for straighter teeth — without the discomfort of traditional braces.  

Invisalign is a popular option for straightening and fixing minor misalignment in a patient’s teeth. Invisalign are clear aligners that look a bit like a nightguard or mouthguard. They are shaped to fit perfectly around your teeth and are made of a clear material. The aligners are removable and easy to clean, making maintenance a breeze. Additionally, Invisalign can be a speedy process. The process can be completed in as little as six months and you can begin seeing results in a matter of a few weeks. 

The aligners work by shifting the position of your teeth gradually. The patient wears them all day and night except when eating and brushing or flossing. The patient is given a new aligner every few weeks to continue adjusting the position of the teeth, only wearing the same aligner for a few weeks at a time. The slight adjustments of the aligners work to gradually move your teeth to the desired position, creating the perfect smile for you. 

The results of Invisalign are straighter teeth. Additionally, patients don’t have to give up foods they love that would be off-limits to those with traditional braces. The clear aligners are hard to see, making them a popular choice for adults and a small cosmetic commitment. 

If you’re seeking a straighter smile but not sure about braces, ask your Southlake team whether Invisalign is right for you. Contact our office to schedule a consultation. 


Bonding involves adhering composite resin material that is matched to the color of the tooth, to the front of the tooth. This is done to repair damage done to the tooth by decay, to alter the alignment of the tooth, close gaps between the teeth, or for cosmetic purposes. First the surface of the tooth is roughened in order to accept the bonding and hold it. A gel is applied to micro etch the tooth surface, and a primer/bond agent is applied so the material adheres to the surface. Then the material itself is placed on the tooth and hardened with intense light. The composite resin material is shaped and polished to get a lustrous finish as a last step.