Cosmetic Dentistry

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Your Skilled Cosmetic Dentist in North Central San Antonio, TX

Image of smiling couple over white backgroundAt the dental practice of Joseph P. Holmes, DDS, our talented team strives to provide you with a wide variety of services to help you achieve your smile goals. We enjoy crafting healthy, confident smiles and are ready to go the extra mile to restore and maintain your oral health and well-being.

No matter what your smile needs, we are ready to support you throughout your journey to optimal health. When you visit our practice, you’ll enjoy state of the art services by our skilled, friendly staff in a comfortable, relaxing environment! Call us to schedule your appointment.


Which Cosmetic Option is Right For Me?

Cosmetic dentistry not only improves your smile’s appeal but also improves its function. With the help of our highly trained team, the natural beauty of your smile can be restored. Our San Antonio dentist, Dr. Jip, cares about establishing a strong foundation for your aesthetic treatments. He has advanced training in occlusion and understands that your cosmetic treatment can fail without a proper bite. We refer you to a talented orthodontist if Dr. Jip discovers you need to straighten your teeth before starting any cosmetic procedures.

Our skilled team will listen carefully to your needs and provide you with personalized treatments specific to your smile goals. Available treatments include:

  • Dental Implants
  • KöR® In-Office Teeth Whitening
  • Opalescence® Take-Home Teeth Whitening
  • Porcelain & Composite Veneers
  • Porcelain Crowns
  • Porcelain Inlays & Onlays
  • Porcelain Fixed Bridges

Teeth Whitening for Brilliant Smiles

beautiful woman with bright smileOur practice provides you with effective teeth whitening treatments to help you retain your bright smile. We offer both in-office and take-home whitening options to suit your schedule and preference. The ease of treatment and exceptional results make teeth whitening one of the most popular cosmetic procedures available!

Why Do Your Teeth Get Stained?

Time may leave your pearly whites looking less than glowing. There are many reasons teeth become stained, including:

  • Smoking: The two primary chemicals found in tobacco are nicotine and tar. Nicotine leaves a yellow residue on teeth when it comes into contact with oxygen, while tar is known to cause dark stains.
  • Food and Drink: Major tooth-staining culprits are tea, coffee, and red wine. These drinks contain chromogens, which are intense color pigments that attach to your enamel.
  • Age: Right below the enamel, there is a softer layer called dentin. With time your enamel gets depleted, and the yellowish dentin starts showing through.
  • Trauma: If your teeth are damaged in an accident, they may change color. Teeth usually react to injury by forming more dentin, which is darker than enamel.
  • Medication: Some medications are known to stain teeth permanently, including high blood pressure medication and chemotherapy treatments for cancer. Some antibiotics, like tetracycline are also known to stain teeth.

KöR Whitening

This in-office whitening treatment uses a potent peroxide gel specially formulated for optimal whiteness. KöR can lighten even stubborn stains. The treatment starts with an initial conditioning visit in our San Antonio dental office, followed by a few weeks of nighttime whitening at home, and finally one last office visit for a finishing touch.

Take-Home Opalescence Go Teeth Whitening

For your convenience and to accommodate your busy schedule, Dr. Jip offers Ultradent Opalescence Go Take-Home Whitening. Using this method, you can whiten your teeth in the comfort of your home and receive supervision from our professionals. We will provide the custom trays along with professional whitening gel. The trays will help to spread the gel evenly across your smile.

Porcelain Veneers for an Appealing Smile

3d render of dental veneer placementVeneers are used to hide cracks and chips by altering the shape, color, and size of your teeth. These thin coverings are designed to conceal the front surfaces of your teeth.

To avoid bulkiness, a thin layer of your enamel needs to be buffed before placing veneers. Dental cement is then used to bond veneers to your target teeth. Veneers look natural and are a durable option that helps you get the appealing smile of your dreams.

What Dental Issues Do Veneers Fix?

Veneers are effective cosmetic treatments that help in fixing the following dental problems:

  • Broken or Chipped Teeth
  • Misaligned or Irregular Shaped Teeth
  • Deeply Discolored Teeth
  • Unwanted Gaps Between Teeth

How Long Do Veneers Last?

How well you care for your veneers determines their actual life. Veneers can last for decades. Dr. Jip recommends frequent flossing and brushing as well as professional cleanings every six months. Wearing a mouthguard when playing sports and avoiding hard foods are also precautions for preserving your veneers.

Porcelain Crowns to Revive Your Smile

close up of porcelain crownsA crown is a restoration used to repair a severely damaged tooth and protect it from further damage. It covers the tooth down to the gum line and restores its shape. We make each crown to fit your tooth perfectly.

Why Do I Need a Crown?

Some of the main reasons for crowns include:

  • Fix a cracked or broken tooth
  • Repair a large filling
  • Replace a missing tooth after an implant has been placed
  • Restore your tooth after a root canal procedure
  • Support a dental bridge
  • Enhance your smile

Crowns Vs. Veneers

A crown covers the entire tooth becoming its new external surface. In addition to strengthening the tooth’s structure, it improves its aesthetics. If your tooth is severely damaged or cracked a crown may be your best option.

Veneers bond to the surface of a healthy, intact tooth. They are used for cosmetic purposes such as improving the shape or size of a tooth. They also cover deep stains.

Porcelain Inlays & Onlays

happy male patient sitting in dental chairInlays and onlays represent the midway solution between a dental filling and a crown. A tooth with damage that does not need a crown but requires more than a simple filling may need an inlay or onlay. They will help keep more of your tooth’s natural structure when the damage is moderate.

An onlay covers one or more of the cusps, while an inlay repairs the chewing surface between the cusps. They are designed and fabricated in a lab. First, Dr. Jip and his talented team will remove the decay, then place your restoration and affix it with a strong adhesive.

Dental Implants

A dental implant is a durable, permanent solution for replacing missing teeth. These restorations look, feel, and function exactly like your natural teeth, allowing you to speak with clarity and chew efficiently. They can last for decades with proper care.

Periodontal Care for a Strong Foundation of Oral Health

We believe that strong periodontal health is key to making the most out of your cosmetic treatments. We offer comprehensive dental examinations and recommend professional cleanings twice a year. With healthy gums, you are less likely to have complications that could lead to bigger problems, such as tooth loss.

Get Trusted Dental Care in San Antonio, TX

Dr. Jip and his talented team are happy to help you achieve your dream smile. We invite you to experience our gentle chairside manner and friendly staff. Call and schedule your consultation today!


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