in Mission Valley, CA
Whether you are interested in a major repair to your smile or simply need a subtle change, we can perform a variety of procedures in order to improve your smile. This is known as cosmetic dentistry. Cosmetic dentists offer options and techniques to treat teeth that are chipped, misshapen, discolored, or missing. A cosmetic dentist can reshape the teeth, restore worn teeth, close spaces, and alter the length and appearance of your teeth. The procedures will make a big cosmetic improvement to your smile. They can also be restorative, correcting oral problems like your bite alignment.
Choosing a Cosmetic Dentistry Procedure
We can help you to choose the right cosmetic dentistry procedure for your teeth. The current condition of your smile and your desired result will help us select the best strategy. During your consultation, you can expect to be asked what it is that you like and dislike about your smile. If you have an idea about what you’d like your teeth to look like, you can bring in a photo as an example.
Next, we will complete a comprehensive oral health exam. This is necessary because aesthetic problems like stains, gaps, and missing teeth can actually be the result of an underlying problem. Once we have a thorough understanding of your starting point and your final goals, we can explain treatment options (including the cost and the length of treatment time) and help you to develop a plan of action.
An Overview of Cosmetic Dental Treatments
All treatment options that are considered cosmetic dentistry will work to improve the appearance of your teeth. Other procedures can improve your oral health and restore function, as well. Some of the most popular cosmetic dentistry options include:
Tooth-colored resin will be attached to the teeth. This improves the strength and appearance of chipped teeth. The process requires minimal preparation of the teeth.
Veneers consist of thin, hard shells of material that match the color of your teeth. They are designed to substitute for the natural enamel. They are useful in masking numerous dental imperfections.
This is an affordable way to brighten your smile. It can be completed at the office or with an at-home system created by us.
If your teeth are heavily damaged, you may be able to cover them with a porcelain crown. This cosmetic option also serves as a restorative solution to replace the natural tooth structure.
With bridgework, a missing tooth may be replaced with a porcelain bridge. It can be attached to the existing teeth on both sides of the space.
In some cases, a filling may be fabricated from composite or porcelain at a dental lab to match the color of the natural teeth. If applied to the inner portion of the tooth, it is called an inlay. If it is attached to the tooth’s biting surface, it is called an onlay.
These restorations are made out of titanium in order to replace a missing tooth root. They will fuse to the jawbone in order to become a permanent fixture of your mouth. The implant is then fitted with a crown to give your teeth a natural-looking replacement.
Your cosmetic dentist can use a laser or drill to reshape or smooth out the teeth. This is a good treatment option for correcting minor problems of the teeth.
A smile makeover will involve a complete assessment of the esthetics of your smile in order to improve the overall appearance. This will typically involve several cosmetic dentistry procedures, including veneers, implants, and whitening. The end result should be a smile that will make you proud.
When talking to us about your smile makeover, we may discover that we need to provide other treatment to correct a functional problem with your teeth, bone structure, muscles, or bite. If you are in need of a full mouth reconstruction, we can help to provide you with a functional and durable treatment plan that also appears natural.
If you are interested in how we can improve the appearance of your smile, contact us today at 619-220-7475 to set up your cosmetic dentistry consultation.