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Who Is a Cosmetic Dentist?

Posted by DR. CHRISTINE Y. LEE on Sep 21 2020, 07:18 AM

Do you feel you have a good-looking smile, or do you wish to get a more pleasing one? The aesthetics of one’s smile is just as important as functionality and oral health. But, not all of us have a naturally pleasant smile, which could be influenced due to oral concerns such as teeth discoloration, misshapen or damaged teeth, gum diseases, cavities, etc.

Cosmetic dentistry is a specialized branch of dentistry that mainly deals with enhancing the appearance of one’s smile. Cosmetic dentists undergo a few extra years of specialized training to be qualified for cosmetic procedures. We will thoroughly diagnose you and determine which procedures would be most suitable to rectify your oral concerns.

Commonly Offered Cosmetic Procedures

Replace missing teeth: The natural teeth may have to be extracted from the mouth due to severe external trauma to the teeth, cavities, root canal infection, etc. Leaving the missing teeth unrestored can negatively impact the appearance of your smile and the functionality of the mouth. Hence, we recommend restoring missing teeth using dental implants, bridges, or dentures, depending on the number of missing teeth.

Restore damaged teeth: Chipped, cracked, or broken teeth could result from sustaining a strong blow to the mouth or biting something too hard. Though the enamel is the hardest substance in the human body, it would sustain damage due to high impact forces. This could result in severe pain, bleeding, and also cause an infection if not restored at the right time. Hence, we cosmetically restore the teeth using dental-grade ceramic restorations, such as dental crowns and veneers, or composite resin. They can be highly customized to match the esthetics of the natural teeth, thereby keeping them under disguise.

Whiten discolored teeth: The teeth may appear dull or discolored when you consume a lot of colored foods, smoke cigarettes, do not practice optimum oral hygiene, or simply due to aging. This can lead to frequent embarrassment when you talk or smile. Hence, it is best to get such teeth whitened with our customized teeth whitening solutions. We offer conventional in-house whitening, take-home whitening trays, and laser teeth whitening.

Gum contouring: The gums are soft tissues that hold the teeth in place and enhance the esthetics of the smile. They could get infected by the tartar deposits near the gum line, leading to gum diseases such as gingivitis and periodontitis. These oral conditions can make the gums appear red, cause decay, bleeding, discharge of pus, and recede the gum line. They can be treated by removing the infected tissues using laser therapy and grafting health tissues in their place. Antibiotic medication may also be prescribed by the dentist to halt the spread of the infection and facilitate optimum healing.

Besides these procedures, cosmetic dentists also offer various other treatments such as fillings, inlays, onlays, scaling, root planing, orthodontic solutions, etc.


Please schedule an appointment online or call us at 408-988-7788 to have a consultation with our cosmetic dentist, and we will be happy to assist you further.


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