First! What is cosmetic dentistry?
Let's cover the basics
If your teeth are stained, discolored, worn, chipped, broken, misaligned, or have gaps between them, cosmetic dentistry can give you the smile you have always wanted!
Think of it as a “smile makeover” that improves the appearance of your smile through one or more cosmetic dentistry procedures.
So, this is how we can help you!
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Bonding is the application of natural tooth-colored composite (resin) to repair a tooth. It is sometimes used to fill spaces between your teeth, make your teeth look longer or to change the shape or color of your teeth. Sometimes bonding is also used as a cosmetic alternative to amalgam fillings, or to protect your tooth's root due to gum recession.
The procedure is easy. We prepare the surface of your tooth and apply the bonding material. Once the material sets, we sculpt it into the desired shape. Then we trim, smooth, and polish the material to ensure it looks just like your natural teeth.
Something to keep in mind is that composite resin isn't as strong as a natural tooth. Habits such as chewing on hard things can cause the composite to chip! At the same time, it can stain from coffee and wine. You can avoid staining by brushing your teeth twice a day and having your teeth cleaned by our hygienists.
There are two types of bonding:
1) Adhesive bonding: The process of attaching a restoration to a tooth, commonly used for crowns, veneers, bridges and inlays or onlays.
2) Direct composite bonding: The process where we use tooth-colored composites to fill cavities, repair chips or cracks, close gaps between your teeth and smooth the worn-down edges of teeth.
We may recommend a dental crown for one of these common reasons: You have a weak tooth that needs to be held together, you require a dental bridge, or you have a tooth that is discolored. There could be more reasons that you and your dentists will explore.
There are many types of dental crowns available today, including ceramic, porcelain, resin, and stainless steel. However, there are benefits and cons for each type. We will address your specific situation and recommend a type of crown that is best for your treatment.
The procedure for placing a dental crown takes two visits or less. In the first visit, we will examine the tooth to ensure that it can support a crown, we begin filing it down and place a new temporary crown until the final crown is ready to be permanently placed. After the tooth is filed and or filled to the proper shape, our team will take a precise dental impression that our dental lab will use in order to create the permanent crown.
In your second visit, the temporary crown is removed and then we place the new crown to the tooth. After a few days of getting used to the new crown, you will feel it function like a regular tooth.
Dentures are replacements for missing teeth. Without the support from dentures, you run the risk of having your facial muscles soften, making you appear older. At the same time dentures can help you regain the ability to eat and speak more comfortably - of course with time! Today, dentures have evolved rapidly in quality, comfort and look! However, they will never feel exactly the same as your natural teeth.
One needs to keep in mind that new dentures may feel strange from days to months, but all temporary. It is common to experience difficulty speaking, loose feeling, excessive saliva, irritation, and soreness.
We offer two types of dentures: full and partial. We will help you choose the type of denture that is best for your treatment.
With dentures comes responsibility. Make sure that your dentures don't run dry! Never use hot water, which can cause dentures to warp. Keep them clean by brushing them to avoid staining. At the same time, make sure you brush your gums, tongue and palate every morning with a soft-bristled brush before you insert your dentures. This stimulates circulation in your tissues and helps remove plaque.
Veneers are a fast way to a beautiful smile. Veneers can feel natural, increase both your confidence and well-being.
A veneer is a thin piece of porcelain used to re-create the natural look of teeth, while also providing strength and durability comparable to natural enamel. This type of cosmetic treatment is perfect for patients that would like to:
1) Improve the brightness of their smile
2) Straighten their smile
3) Correct issues such as fractures chips
Veneers are generally placed very easily. Depending on your dental sensitivity, we may apply a local anesthetic. Then, we will clean the tooth and determine the correct shade. Once the shade is selected, we will remove part of the enamel from your tooth to place the veneer. Next, we will take an impression of the tooth which will be used by our dental lab. While the dental lab creates your beautiful veneers, we will place temporary veneers until the final veneers are delivered from our dental lab. The final step is cementing the veneer and placed for fit and shape. We may do some polishing to finalize any micro-details.
As with any cosmetic treatment, you should always brush, floss and limit your intake of staining foods (coffee or wine). Having proper oral hygiene will help your veneers last as long as possible.
Full mouth rehabilitation
Full mouth rehabilitation is a unique and customized individualized treatment. The objective of a full mouth rehabilitation plan is to optimize your overall oral health. This includes your teeth, bite and gums. In some rare cases, it is sometimes suggested to replace or restore the majority of your teeth leveraging a combination of innovative dental procedures.
Full mouth rehabilitation could include a combination of these treatments and procedures:
Inlays or onlays
Orthodontics such as Invisalign or traditional braces
To learn more about this option, get in touch with our team for a consultation.
Teeth whitening: Philips Zoom Nite White System
At South San Francisco Dental Care, we offer the Nite White Home Teeth Whitening Kit to keep our patients teeth shining bright. We have found this product is the safest and most effective whitening solution in the market.
Custom-made tray to hold bleaching gel to your teeth comfortably
Safe and effective bleaching solutions that strengthens while it whitens your teeth
Professionalformula scientifically proven to strengthen and smooth teeth as it whitens