Cosmetic dentistry provides patients with an improved smile. Modern techniques in dentistry help patients with stained, discolored, chipped, worn, broken, misshapen, and misaligned teeth, in addition to gaps between them. As dentists are well-equipped with a great selection of tools and techniques, they can refine your smile significantly and give your appearance a wonderful makeover. These procedures are now quicker and more effective. Although most cosmetic procedures are non-essential, they do offer a multitude of benefits, such as making regular cleanings simpler, boosting your confidence, and reducing teeth grinding. Overall, you can vastly improve your quality of life, since a healthy smile is vital to all aspects of daily encounters, such as workplace conversations and social gatherings with friends or family. Smiling becomes easier when you do not have to worry about crooked, stained, or chipped teeth. Also, in nearly every case, a patient's tooth gap or receding gumline can be fixed through cosmetic dentistry. To develop a treatment plan, our dentist will discuss the options with you, determining what is suitable for your circumstances. Before deciding to undergo any cosmetic procedure, we carefully and thoroughly set proper expectations associated with your treatment plan, including the benefits, risks, and costs.
Teeth Whitening In San Francisco
Teeth whitening is one of the most sought-after dental procedures because of the fascination of having a brighter and whiter smile. The process involves taking an impression of your teeth to make a custom whitening tray that fits your mouth perfectly. While the trays are being fabricated, we jump-start the whitening process with an LED whitening treatment. Once your take-home trays are ready to use, you take them home, along with the whitening gel we provide. Simply apply the whitening gel in your trays for an average of 30-minutes each day for 5-7-days.
It is important to note that some patients may experience tooth sensitivity during the whitening process. This is sometimes due to the whitening agent that has penetrated the enamel to help remove stains on your teeth. This process can cause some patients to experience mild discomfort. However, this discomfort is temporary and will subside within 24-48-hours. It is also important to note that while every patient wants to have the brightest and whitest smile possible, not every patient is able to achieve these results. This is due to genetics, current stains, oral health, medications, tobacco, and a number of other factors that influence the brightness of our smiles. Some patients may also have permanently stained teeth, such as yellow or brown, and the teeth whitening procedure can only do so much. So, while we all want the brightest and whitest smiles, we want to ensure our patients expectations are properly met. We can cover all these details, and more, when you come in for your next dental appointment.
Dental Veneers In San Francisco
These thin porcelain shells are used to cover imperfections and enhance your smile. In some cases of minor misalignment, porcelain veneers are used to create the appearance of a straighter smile. Depending on your cosmetic concerns, you may need anywhere from 6-10 veneers or more. Veneers are often combined with other restorative procedures such as porcelain crowns and dental bonding on adjacent teeth.
Why Porcelain Veneers | If you have crooked teeth or spacing issues that affect your smile, you may think braces are your only option. However, there are procedures worth considering than just traditional orthodontics, such as porcelain veneers. Numerous patients have used porcelain veneers to improve the alignment and symmetry of their smiles.
How Porcelain Veneers Work | Porcelain veneers are thin shells that are affixed to the front portions of your teeth. When a porcelain veneer is in place, it masks cosmetic imperfections. Since porcelain veneers are semi-translucent, they blend in seamlessly with the structure and color of your natural teeth. When your friends and family are up close, they will not be able to tell that a porcelain veneer has even been placed. Once porcelain veneers are on, the results are immediate. The aesthetic benefits are clear once you look in the mirror and smile.
Dental Bonding In San Francisco
Often, bonding is used to improve the appearance of your teeth and enhance your smile. Composite material, either a plastic or resin, is bonded to an existing tooth, and comes in a variety of colors to match the natural look of your teeth. Unlike veneers or crowns, bonding removes little, if any, of your original tooth. Dental bonding is a common solution for fixing or repairing chipped or cracked teeth, reducing unsightly gaps or spaces between your teeth, as well as for hiding discoloration or faded areas on a tooth's surface.
Aesthetic contouring is also a common use for dental bonding and refers to a procedure in which our dentist can reshape your teeth by sculpting their sides. This procedure can correct cracked, chipped, crooked, or misaligned teeth. Instead of braces, crowns, or veneers, you can choose to have aesthetic contouring to change the shape and look of your teeth to enhance your smile.
Next Step to Brightening Your Smile
During your consultation, our dentist thoroughly discusses all treatment options with you to determine how to get you to your ideal smile. We start by performing a complete oral exam using advanced tools to evaluate your bite, tooth shape, color, and overall oral health. At each stage of treatment, we leverage our advanced dental technology and extensive knowledge to create outstanding results. As a dental practice that believes in the advantages of biological dentistry, we always recommend the most conservative treatment options and use bio-compatible materials to preserve the integrity and health of your teeth and smile.
We are able to coordinate nearly all cosmetic dental procedures we offer out of our dental office, without the need to refer you to a dental specialist. This is more convenient for you and allows us to ensure every aspect of your care is held to our high standards. When administering your treatment, we provide detail-oriented care and realistic results.