Cosmetic Dentistry

COSMETIC DENTISTRY FROM DR. ALISA REED

Discover Your Radiant Woodlands Smile

How do you feel when you look in the mirror? Are you happy with the person looking back at you, or do you wish some-thing could change? Beauty is individual, and much of it comes from confidence and joy. Self-love is your best beauty tool – just smile and appreciate how beautiful you are!

But here at Alisa M. Reed DDS, we do know that when your teeth aren’t as strong or healthy-looking as they could be, it’s hard to smile, and that can really affect the way you feel about yourself – and the way you face the world.

That’s why we love practicing cosmetic dentistry so much, and why we have been offering it to the Woodlands area for over 20 years!

Cosmetic dentistry allows us to accent a person’s natural beauty, renew health and strength of teeth, and bring out the best in anyone’s smile. From transformative smile makeovers with porcelain veneers and Invisalign braces to simple smile whitenings, Dr. Reed and our team are here to help you un-cover your allure.

It really is amazing to see what a smile makeover can do to take years off your appearance: When your teeth look good, you want to show them off by smiling – and smiling is the best beautifier there is in the world. It’s a glow you can’t get from any kind of surgery or find in even the most expensive bottle of beauty serum. It comes from inside!

Smiling Makes You Healthier!

It isn’t only your appearance that improves when you smile more – your health improves too! Studies show that smiling can:

  • Improve your immune system
  • Lower your blood pressure
  • Reduce stress levels
  • Release feel-good neurotransmitters
  • Decrease pain levels

Plus, smiling has positive and rewarding effects on those around you. So while cosmetic dentistry can definitely im-prove your appearance, it is clearly good for more than just your looks.

Porcelain Veneers

Imagine being able to completely transform the shape, size, length, color, and strength of your teeth. If that sounds like a dream, then porcelain dental veneers from Dr. Alisa Reed are a dream come true. Dr. Reed’s custom-designed and fabricated dental veneers can:

  • Repair cracked, chipped, or broken teeth
  • Close small gaps between teeth
  • Enlarge or lengthen small or worn-down teeth
  • Strengthen thin or brittle teeth
  • Cover stains or discolorations that won’t budge with whitening methods
  • Give you the brand new smile you have been wishing for

And because they are made of pure, biocompatible porcelain, they aren’t only remarkably stain resistant and strong, they are naturally translucent to look as if mother nature made them just for you! Dr. Reed will talk to you about your desired look, create a treatment plan and models so you can fine-tune your choices, prepare your teeth and take molds, and send everything to our world-class lab for completion. When the veneers return, we simply bond them in place, and voila! Your new smile is ready to show off to the world!

Minimal-Prep Veneers

Do you wish you could achieve the high-wattage smile porcelain veneers can give you, but you worry about the obligation? Do you have a young adult who frets over the shape or condition of their teeth but you would rather not commit to full porcelain dental veneers for them? Minimal-Prep veneers may be just the thing you have been looking for. Minimal-prep veneers are similar to traditional porcelain veneers in that they can repair damage, strengthen teeth, cover stains, lengthen and widen smaller teeth, and even close gap or straighten crookedness.

The big difference is that, as the name suggests, minimal-prep veneers require less tooth preparation than traditional porcelain veneers. How is that possible? Minimal-prep tooth veneers are thinner, so less tooth enamel needs to be removed before application to achieve the desired, streamlined profile. We use Lumineers, the #1 requested minimal-prep veneer system in the world, for faster, more efficient, and ultra-effective smile transformations you can count on.

Smile Makeover

Some people go through their youth with a gloriously wide and bright smile but discover that over time, stress, damage, and discoloration have taken their toll and suddenly they just don’t feel like showing off that smile anymore. Others have struggled with the feeling that their teeth were never what they could be. Maybe their teeth have always been a little crooked and looked short because too much gum showed. Maybe their smile line has been irregular and their teeth dark because of childhood medications….Whatever the cause, whatever the time, whether you are recently dissatisfied with the appearance of your teeth, or always have been, there couldn’t be a better moment than this one to renew your smile and give your confidence a great big boost!

Smile makeovers from the Woodlands’ own Dr. Alisa Reed are one of the most life-changing experiences you could ever have – plus, they are so pampering and comfortable, they might feel more like a mini vacation than a trip to the dentist! Dr. Reed has over 20 years of experience in cosmetic dentistry, and she never stops being excited about learning the latest techniques and methods of smile design. In fact, smile design is her specialty. Just talk to her about what you have been wishing for, and she will custom create a smile makeover specifically for you.

Full-Mouth Restoration

Is your mouth so unhealthy or damaged you wonder if all hope of ever having a beautiful smile is lost forever? Don’t stop believing; talk to the smile experts at Alisa M. Reed DDS! Our cosmetic dentistry team has years of experience with all kinds of smiles in every kind of condition, and our full-mouth restorations are the perfect solution to take any smile from hopeless to happy at a pace you are comfortable with. You see, full-mouth restorations aren’t a single procedure. Instead, Woodlands’ full-mouth restorations from Dr. Reed are a custom plan created with you and designed to get your smile in ideal shape – from the bottom up! We start by taking a look at the basic health of your teeth and gums so that you have a solid base for any cosmetic or restorative work to be built upon.

This is especially important if you have had a lot of dental work in the past that just doesn’t seem to “stick” and you are tired of repeat visits to try to get relief and find health. We know that if your gums aren’t healthy or your bite isn’t balanced, no other work we do is going to last. Once we make sure your foundation is strong, we will go on to address all your other needs from tooth and gum recontouring to tooth replacement. It is like a smile makeover – but with a focus on health as well as beauty!

Gum Recontouring

Gums are amazing. They hold your teeth in place, framing them and protecting their roots, and your body, from infection. Most people never really think about them until something goes wrong like a gum infection (something we call a periodontal infection) or they take up too much space in your smile or cover your teeth too much. Then, all of a sudden, all you can think about are your gums!

If a gum infection is causing your problem, talk to us about how periodontal care can help. If your problem is gum overgrowth or gingival hyperplasia, we offer laser gum recontouring to get your gums back to perfectly framing your smiling instead of covering it up.

Hyperplasia can occur for a number of reasons including:

  • Heredity
  • As a side effect of medications or because of medical conditions
  • From incorrect hygiene while wearing braces
  • Because of gum disease
  • During pregnancy or because of other hormone changes
  • As a result of vitamin deficiencies

No matter what the cause of your gum overgrowth, count on our precision touch and high-tech laser to sculpt your gums to perfection, exposing exactly your desired amount of pearly enamel, all without any need for a scalpel, stitches, or pain!

Crown Lengthening

Crown lengthening is very similar to gum contouring except that it addresses a slightly different dilemma than gum overgrowth. It’s all right there in the name! We use crown lengthening when a tooth is so broken or worn down that very little enamel is available above the gum line for attachment of a repair. Without this enamel to bond to, no matter how strong and beautiful our restorative crown is, it just won’t stay in place!

Instead of pulling your tooth and dealing with the repercussions tooth and root removal can lead to (such as bone loss and TMJ symptoms) we simply lengthen your own crown area by removing a little bit of gum and exposing the enamel underneath – crown lengthening! We have invested in soft-tissue laser technology to make the procedure as comfortable as possible. Plus, because the laser heals as it works, we can place the crown right away, and that means you can leave showing off your smile the very same day of your procedure!

Composite Bonding

Tiny chip bothering your tongue when you talk? Ouchy exposed root at your gum line? Pesky stain on your incisor that just won’t budge? Dark filling you would love to go away? Crack right down the middle of your front tooth that’s driving you crazy? Composite bonding is our go-to for all the touch-ups, big or small, your smile could ever need. Patients love composite dental bonding for its versatility, and its convenience – almost any procedure you can think of can be completed in one visit right here in our pampering and comfortable office.

We start by discussing exactly what you want and expect from your cosmetic restoration, custom shading the composite bonding material to fit your needs – either matching your surrounding teeth or brightening your smile with a new shade – and applying the bonding material directly to your tooth or teeth. That’s when Dr. Reed’s artistic ability really comes into play: composite bonding is shaped and sculpted to look perfectly beautiful, then polished to a natural shine. It’s a great choice for those who want a more conservative, temporary, or budget-friendly option, or for younger people who do not want the commitment of restorations like veneers. Your smile will thank you!

Tooth Recontouring

Oh, those jagged teeth! Uneven tooth edges can not only be embarrassing, but they can also make chewing difficult and even be painful to your tender oral tissue. Whether your corrugated smile line is a result of heredity, trauma, bruxism (clenching and grinding), or simple wear and tear, gentle and effective tooth recontouring from Alisa M. Reed DDS in the Woodlands can burnish rough edges, smooth sharp or overly pointy teeth, and bring new elegance and uniformity to any smile. We use the same type of delicate burr jewelers use to polish away the tiniest imperfections.

Combine this precision tool with Dr. Reed’s decades of experience, meticulousness, and artistry, and you know your smile is in good hands. Just sit back with your neck on one of our soothing, scented pillows, relax, and in no time your broken or asymmetrical smile will be looking like a million bucks! The procedure is so easy on patients and so comfortable, anesthetics are rarely needed, and the procedure can be completed in one visit.

Smile Whitening

Weddings, graduations, prom, presentations, job interviews, anniversaries, that cruise you have been saving for, the annual office party, or maybe just because you deserve it… whatever the event, whatever the occasion Woodlands smile whitening from Alisa M. Reed DDS can add the extra glow that makes even the most ordinary day feel extraordinary. Dental smile whitening sometimes referred to as tooth bleaching, is an incredibly effective way not only to take years off your smile, but take years off your appearance as well. Whiter teeth just make you look younger, friendlier, and healthier – it’s true – studies prove it!

Dr. Reed offers a variety of smile whitening options for patients of most ages from in-office whitening to take-home, tray whitening. In-office whitening is our fastest and most dramatic option, offering up to a ten-shade improvement in approximately an hour. We offer both Zoom and KöR Deep Bleaching, two of the most respected and positively reviewed whitening systems available. If you prefer to whiten at your own pace, Zoom take-home whitening trays allow you to achieve similar results in approximately a week. So go ahead, treat yourself – and everyone around you – to the whitest, most dazzling smile of your life with dental whitening from Alisa M. Reed DDS today!

Aligner Orthodontics

Do you have minor irregularities like a little bit of overlap in your front teeth, minor gaps, an overbite that most people don’t notice but drives you absolutely crazy, or other orthodontic issues that you wish you had resolved as a kid but now seem less than worth the hassle of wire-and-bracket traditional braces? Don’t keep hiding your smile and feeling mad at your parents – set your ideal smile free with aligner orthodontics from trusted brands like Invisalign and ClearCorrect.

Invisible aligners are the perfect way for adults and young adults to straighten their smiles without drawing attention to the fact. They work in a similar way to braces – by applying pressure to teeth to encourage them to move into a better position. The big difference is that instead of wires and brackets, aligner orthodontics uses clear plastic aligners to calibrate teeth. In addition to being almost undetectable in your smile, they are also easily removable to so you can eat whatever you want and keep your teeth perfectly clean. Plus, you can take them out for special occasions such as musical performances or if you need to give a speech! What are you waiting for? Ask about your aligner orthodontics options.