Cosmetic DentistrySanta Clara, CA
Cosmetic dentistry is the branch of dental care that deals with improving the appearance of the smile, including the teeth and gums. While cosmetic dental treatments are mostly elective instead of essential, some of the procedures available also have restorative advantages. The procedures our cosmetic dentist can offer range from relatively simple, while others require specialized care.
At Well Being Dentistry, Dr. Christina Minah Pak, DDS and our team will help to find the most effective treatment for the patient's needs. We can customize the treatment or restoration to repair a damaged smile while also helping ensure functionality. We will also help guide you through the recovery process as you adjust to your new smile.
Call us at 408-244-0590 to schedule an appointment and learn more about what cosmetic dentistry can do for you.
Cosmetic Dental Services
Our cosmetic dentist will consider the condition of the patient's smile and perform vital evaluations before recommending cosmetic dental treatments that will achieve the desired results. Some of the services include:
Esthetic Dental Bonding
Esthetic dental bonding is a common procedure for repairing a chipped, cracked, decayed, or damaged teeth using tooth-colored composite resin. Bonding is also a quick way to enhance the appearance of stained or discolored teeth, gaps between teeth, and misshapen teeth. Of the cosmetic dental procedures available, esthetic bonding is one of the quickest, most straightforward, and most affordable options. Unlike porcelain crowns and veneers, the process can only take a single appointment.
During the procedure, the dentist will apply tooth-colored composite resin to the affected tooth. After molding and shaping the composite to the desired form, the dentist will use a unique curing light to harden and bond the material permanently. The dentist will polish the restored tooth and make it shiny and cosmetically-appealing.
BioClear is an innovative procedure that takes a different approach from the conventional bonding method. BioClear is still somewhat new in cosmetic dentistry, but it is highly effective for strengthening weak teeth, repair chipped or broken teeth and restore the form of front teeth. The real benefits of getting BioClear are that they are several times stronger than traditional bonding, and when compared to veneers, removes the need to trim down the teeth.
After a consultation with the dentist to correct issues affecting the front teeth, the dentist may recommend the BioClear method. For the procedure, the dentist will isolate the teeth that require repair (usually two teeth at once). The dentist will clean the area thoroughly to make it free of bacteria and debris and ensure proper bonding.
When the tooth is ready, the dental professional will apply the BioClear cream over the tooth and below the gum line. The application is a single layer, after which the dentist will shape the bonding material into an appealing tooth restoration. After shaping the tooth, a warm injection molding is used to increase the strength of the bonding agent.
Veneers are thin shells made from medical-grade ceramic or composite. The shells are custom-made to fit over the patient's teeth. Veneers are preferred because they look remarkably realistic and are effective for fixing several cosmetic issues, including crooked teeth, damaged teeth, and noticeable space between the teeth. Veneers can also mask discoloration on the teeth that fail to respond to teeth whitening treatment.
Dental veneers are bonded to the front surface of the teeth to hide imperfections. To start, the dentist will remove a thin layer of the enamel to make room for the veneers. They will then take impressions of the teeth and forward it to the dental lab that will fabricate the veneers. After production, the patient will return for a second appointment to get the new dental veneers bonded permanently over the teeth. Once it is complete, the smile will look aesthetically appealing again.
Also called tooth caps, dental crowns fit over a severely decayed or damaged tooth above the gum line to improve the shape, strength, size, and appearance of the teeth. Crowns can prevent a weak or cracked tooth from falling apart. They are also beneficial for a tooth with a large filling. Covering a tooth with a porcelain crown hides all its flaws.
The dentist will begin the treatment by filing down the enamel layer of the affected tooth. Then they will take impressions of the tooth and cover it with a temporary crown. The permanent crown is created in a dental lab from porcelain materials. When the final crown is ready, the dentist will take off the temporary crown and bond the new crown over the tooth. The new crown is customized to fit with the rest of the teeth.
In-office Teeth Whitening
This is one of the most popular dental procedures performed at the dentist's office. Teeth whitening brightens the teeth and removes stains and discoloration from the teeth. Whitening the teeth can improve the smile's appearance and restore self-confidence.
Teeth whitening occurs after the dentist thoroughly cleans plaque and other debris from the teeth' surface. The dentist will apply the bleaching material to the teeth to initiate the whitening process. It is possible to whiten the teeth up to eight shades lighter in one hour.
Replacement of Metal Fillings
In the past, the only option to treat cavities was a metal filling. Nowadays, there are tooth-colored composite fillings. Patients who have metal fillings can opt to have them replaced with the composites and improve the appearance of the teeth. We will schedule a consultation to determine if this is the treatment for your needs.
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If you want to improve the appearance of your smile, the first step is to visit the cosmetic dentist. During the meeting, the dentist will discuss options in cosmetic dentistry and develop a suitable treatment to achieve desired results.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the aftercare like for cosmetic dentistry procedures?
After getting cosmetic dental treatment, patients need to adhere to the dentist's guidelines to ensure a full recovery. In the first few hours, patients need to avoid taking hard foods or anything that can stain the teeth. Regular checkups with the dentist and good oral hygiene practices are important to ensure excellent oral health and prolong the lifespan of the restoration.
What are the advantages of choosing in-office teeth whitening?
It may be cheaper to attempt teeth whitening with over-the-counter kits, but it is not always the best option. Teeth whitening at the dentist produces more dramatic results in less time. Also, the treatment is customized to fit the patient's teeth to ensure the process is safe and does not cause unwanted side-effects.
Who is eligible for cosmetic dentistry?
Most people can undergo cosmetic dental procedures. However, good oral health is important before undergoing the procedure. If the patient has dental issues like gum disease or tooth decay, they will need to be treated before proceeding with cosmetic treatment.
How long will the cosmetic procedures take?
Some procedures take more time than others. For instance, while dental bonding can be completed in one sitting, options like dental crowns and veneers require multiple dental appointments spread apart. Modern technology has made it possible to complete some cosmetic dentistry procedures faster than before.
Can children undergo cosmetic dentistry?
Children can undergo conservative cosmetic dental procedures. The dentist can perform bonding if the child breaks their teeth due to falls or sports mishaps. Parents can discuss with the dentist about treatment options for their children.
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