Cosmetic Dentistry

 

Cosmetic dentistry primarily focuses on improvement in dental aesthetics in color, position, shape, size, alignment, and overall smile appearance. Common cosmetic dentistry options include Veneers, Implants, Straightening, Bridging, Bonding, Reshaping, Gum Lifts, Bite Reclamation, and Whitening.

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.

Why Choose Veneers Over Other Options? 

In some cases, there are no other options. However, in cases where there are, veneers usually offer longer-lasting results. Veneers are resistant to breaking, chipping, staining, and wear on the surface. They are biocompatible, which means that they will not cause secondary problems to your dental health. And they transform your teeth in a way that few other options can.

Implants Are prosthetic replacements for missing teeth. There are commonly three parts to what it is described as an implant: the implant device which is predominantly made of titanium (which is inserted into the bone), the abutment, and a dental crown or a denture which are connected to the implant through the abutment. Straightening 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.  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.   Bonding Is a process in which an enamel-like dental composite material is color-matched, applied to a tooth’s surface, sculpted into proper tooth contour, hardened, and then polished. Examples of bonded restorations are inlays and onlays, which are used to repair decayed & cracked teeth. Teeth damaged by small to moderate decay, erosion, or small fractures can be repaired with direct composite restorations bonded to the teeth. Aesthetics are especially critical in anterior composite restorations. Reshaping and Contouring Can remove parts of the enamel to improve the appearance of the tooth. It may be used to correct a small chip or to alter the length, shape, or position of teeth, as well as when there is a tooth size discrepancy. It can be used to correct crooked or excessively long teeth. The removed enamel is irreplaceable, and may sometimes expose dentin. It is also known as enameloplasty, odontoplasty, contouring, recontouring, cosmetic contouring, slenderizing, stripping. This procedure offers fast results and can even be a substitute for braces under certain circumstances.  Gum lifts Are a cosmetic dental procedure that raises and sculpts the gum line. The procedure involves reshaping the tissue and/or underlying bones to create the appearance of longer or more symmetrical teeth. Bite reclamation Is for patients who have had years of excessive wear to their teeth due to grinding or acid reflux that can alter their vertical dimension. This gives them a closed or shorter look to their face and smile. By opening up their bite, a qualified professional can reclaim their vertical dimension. Whitening  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 involving trays with a peroxide gel. Veneers Are ultra-thin, custom-made porcelain laminates that are bonded directly to the teeth. They are an option for closing gaps, enhancing the shape and color of teeth that do not respond well to whitening procedures. In the majority of the cases, some level of tooth reduction is necessary for optimal results. To achieve a pleasing smile, dentists fabricate diagnostic mock-ups, which act as a tooth preparation guide before the fabrication of veneers, it allows the dentist to visualize the changes needed to be done on the patient’s teeth with respect to size, shape, and proportion, its relation with gingival-contour, lip contour and smile line. Mock-ups can be a great aid in fabricating pre-evaluation temporaries, which can give a preliminary evaluation of the esthetics, phonetics, and teeth occlusion.

What is Boost Whitening?

Boost whitening is a powerful new treatment option for patients whose teeth have been stained by foods, drinks, or smoking. Compared to over-the-counter whitening kits, Boost whitening is faster and more effective. Our cosmetic dentist in Northridge Dental Group says results appear in just one hour for most patients.

Advantages of Boost Whitening

Boost whitening uses a patented bleaching gel to remove deep stains from tooth enamel and dentin. The active ingredient, carbamide peroxide, works almost instantly but leaves the tooth structure intact. The boost whitening system contains PF (potassium nitrate and fluoride). Potassium nitrate has been shown to help reduce sensitivity. Fluoride has been shown to help reduce caries and strengthen enamel. Together they help to improve the overall health of the teeth.

The Boost Whitening Procedure

Our experts first prepare the teeth before applying the bleaching gel. Whitening occurs over the next hour and is followed by a fast fluoride treatment. Because Boost whitening does not require light activation, it is more comfortable than other professional whitening options.

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.

See how Opalescence Boost Whitening is applied by your dentist to give you a white smile fast! No hot or uncomfortable lights are necessary. Watch the video here on what to expect with Boost Whitening Professional Teeth Whitening.