At Northridge Dental Group, we are proud to offer advanced cosmetic dentistry solutions to help improve the appearance of your smile. Our experienced dental team prioritizes the safety of our patients and their satisfaction with their treatments above all else. With state-of-the-art procedures and the skills of our cosmetic dentists, we can correct a number of common aesthetic dental concerns and help you enhance your smile with beautiful results. Below, you will find more information about the many cosmetic dentistry treatments we offer, a smile gallery, short educational videos, and testimonials from our happy patients. If you have questions, or if you would like to schedule a consultation at Northridge Dental Group, please contact us today.
What are Porcelain Veneers?
Think of veneers as a shield for your teeth. They are about as thick as your fingernail and are bonded to the front of your teeth. They are always custom-made for you, ensuring that you get the best results possible. Once on, you will have that perfect smile you have dreamed of.
Are Veneers Difficult?
Not at all. Applying porcelain veneers is considered to be a conservative form of treatment despite the dramatic results it offers. Applying them is quick and easy, and the entire process can take as little as 3 visits from the consultation to the final result depending on how many Veneers are needed.
What Problems Can Veneers Correct?
Veneers can be used to correct a wide variety of dental problems, as we noted above. They can close gaps—removing the need for braces—as well as repair teeth that have become worn down or chipped. The discoloration is hidden behind the veneers, and you can customize their color to get the look you want. In some cases, they can even be used to correct problems with alignment, allowing the patient to avoid more invasive treatment.
All-on-4 Implants, A reason to smile again. Full mouth dental implants.
Can just four implants replace all of the teeth on the top or the bottom of your mouth? Thanks to advances in dental implant technology, that answer is a resounding yes.
To fully understand this remarkable technique for replacing teeth, you should first understand what a dental implant is. An implant is a small titanium screw that fits inside your jawbone and replaces the root part of a missing tooth. Minor surgery is required to insert the implants. Once the implant is in place, a crown is attached to give you a highly realistic-looking and functional prosthetic tooth.
Here’s where it gets really interesting: You do not need a dental implant for each and every one of your missing teeth. All you need is four precisely placed implants on the top of your mouth, and four on the bottom, to restore your full smile. That’s the beauty of the full arch. And because the implant is made of titanium, it has the unique ability to fuse to living bone and function as part of it. So eventually, the dental implant becomes part of the jawbone and serves as a strong, long-lasting foundation for your new teeth.
Besides ensuring that your implants are permanently fixed in place, this bone fusion has another important benefit: it can prevent future bone loss in the jaw. This helps to maintain a more youthful facial structure—and better oral health. But perhaps the biggest surprise about the full arch is how quickly it can transform your life. With fewer implants needed, overall treatment time and cost are reduced.
Implants. A dental implant is a small post, usually made of titanium, that serves as a substitute for the root of the tooth. A connector, known as an abutment, is placed on or built into, the top of the dental implant, which connects it to the replacement tooth. Finally, a crown, a replacement tooth, is custom-fabricated to match your natural teeth, completing the dental implant. A few of the dental implant companies we use include Zimmer Biomet Dental, Straumann, and Nobel Biocare.
Invisalign is primarily used to correct crowded or misaligned teeth. Invisalign produces comparable results to metal braces and is preferred by some patients as they are less noticeable to others than traditional braces. Invisalign treatment is the process of wearing a series of clear, removable aligners that gradually straighten your teeth. No brackets and wires, and none of the restrictions that come with metal braces. Invisalign clear aligners are made of flexible plastic — specifically, a patented thermoplastic material called SmartTrack® created exclusively for Invisalign treatment. Every smile is unique, which is why your Invisalign treatment starts with a consultation. During your consultation, your doctor will help you determine what Invisalign treatment can do for your smile.
Bridges are used to replace one or more missing teeth. Teeth on both sides of the space left by the missing teeth are prepared. A bridge is made of abutments, the teeth that are prepped, and the missing, false teeth, which are called pontics. This procedure is used to replace one or more missing teeth and is cemented in. Most bridges are fixed, they can not be removed. Fixed bridges cannot be taken out in the same way that partial dentures can. In areas of the mouth that are under less street, such as the front teeth, a cantilever bridge may be used. Cantilever bridges or Maryland Bridges are used to replace anterior or front missing, are minimally invasive but do have a reputation for failure. Bridges require a commitment to serious oral hygiene and carry risks. The average life of bridges is similar to that of crowns which is nearly 10 years but can easily last years longer with proper eating, dental hygiene, and cleanings.
A dental crown is like a cap that your dentist places over your tooth to restore it to its normal appearance and function. You may need a crown depending on the amount of tooth structure that you have left remaining. For instance, if you have a cavity that becomes too big to be replaced by a filing. Or if your tooth is chipped or worn down. Also, a crown may be indicated if you are in need of a root canal. Crowns can be made from several types of materials, including metal alloys, ceramics, porcelain, or porcelain fused to metal (PFM) for example. The best pick of material for your crown is decided to take into consideration the location of the tooth in need of the crown, the shade of the tooth, and the position of your gum tissue just to name a few factors. A consultation with one of our Doctors can decide what type of dental crown is recommended or needed.
Dentures are artificial teeth and gums that are formed to your mouth and created by your dentists to replace lost or removed natural teeth. Dentures can either be full or partial, meaning they can either replace all teeth on either the top or bottom gum line or just a few that are missing. Dentures not only improve the appearance of a smile that has multiple missing teeth, but they also keep the structure of the mouth sound by supporting the structures around the cheeks and lips. Dentures also make it possible to eat foods that require chewing, making it possible to keep your diet the same and ensure that you are properly nourished. Lastly, dentures are a viable solution to replace teeth that are causing serious pain and oral health issues, such as those with rotted roots or severe damage. Having dentures fitted means that troublesome teeth are eliminated and replaced with a strong and beautiful alternative.
Whitening In-Office and Take-Home Whitening Kit is the most common cosmetic dental procedure. Whitening is a safe process that is effective for most patients. Multiple whitening options are available, including over-the-counter products such as Crest Whitestrips as well as dentist-supervised methods such as in-office treatments such as Boost Whitening, or at-home treatments (Opalescence Go) involving trays with a peroxide gel. At Northridge Dental Group we sell convenient 10-pack Opalescence Go at-home whitening for $85 that you can pick up during any of your dental appointments.
Patients with virtually any type of tooth discoloration can receive dramatic benefits from Boost whitening. By avoiding staining foods and drinks, patients can help their results last longer. To find out whether Boost whitening is an option, patients can contact our dentist for a consultation and shade assessment. Opalescence Boost teeth whitening features include Chemically activated whitening, which means no hot uncomfortable LED teeth whitening lights needed, teeth whitening gel containing potassium nitrate and fluoride for patient control, noticeable whitening results in about an hour, vegan, and certified gluten-free. See the process in the video below.
Other Cosmetic Dentistry procedures include; Reshaping and Contouring Teeth and Gums, Bite Reclamation, Gum lifts.