We offer a free consultation on our wide range of cosmetic dentistry options, and how we can help you have a brighter and whiter smile. This can be a boost for your confidence and self-esteem. Click on each title for further details.
Composite Resin Direct Bonding
If you have minor problems such as discoloration, chips, or even minor decay, we can correct these using bonding techniques.
Tooth-Colored Fillings and Porcelain Crowns
These refinements to general dental solutions ensure that your fillings and crowns look as natural as possible.
Laser Gingival Sculpting
Your gums are the frame that displays your smile. Using a special laser, your gum line can be reshaped to enhance your teeth.
Contact our cosmetic dental clinic for a complimentary consultation.
Ceramic veneers can dramatically improve and brighten your smile. A single veneer can restore a damaged tooth, while multiple veneers will improve the shape of worn or crooked teeth and fill the gaps caused by gum recession. Sometimes called “instant orthodontics,” veneers are ultra-thin laminates placed over the front of the teeth. They can be made from ceramic, composite resin, or porcelain materials.
High-tech ceramic veneers are popular for smile makeovers. They are durable and almost immediately cover mismatched or damaged teeth, or badly stained teeth that cannot be whitened. They can fill gaps between teeth and even correct the appearance of very slightly crooked teeth. Our Gallery shows before and after photos.
A personalized consultation is the best way to determine the treatment that is most suitable for your needs and goals.
Composite Resin Direct Bonding
For teeth that are healthy and stable, but in need of cosmetic improvement, composite resin bonding offers surprising and dramatic results. Chipped or broken teeth, and teeth with minor decay or discoloration are candidates for this type of veneer. Composite resin can also be used to fill cavities or protect a root exposed by gum recession.
One of the most sophisticated materials used in modern dentistry, composite resin is durable and can be fitted more quickly and affordably than many other options. Problems that once required far more time in the dentist chair can now be fixed more quickly and painlessly. Before and after photos are in our Gallery.
Dental Implants and Bridges
A dental implant is usually made of titanium, and is fastened into the jaw where it fuses with the bone to act like the root of a tooth. It is also used as a base to replace either a tooth with a porcelain crown, or a group of missing teeth, using an implant-supported fixed bridge. Implants can provide solutions that look and act almost exactly like real teeth, but the process can be costly and involves a period of time for the implant to fully heal.
A fixed bridge consists of an artificial tooth or teeth secured between two porcelain crowns on neighboring teeth or on implants. The teeth are usually made of either porcelain fused to metal, or ceramics. Bridges look natural, and by replacing missing teeth, they improve your appearance, your speech and your ability to eat comfortably.
Laser Gingival Sculpting
Gingival sculpting procedures can improve oral health (see Periodontal Care), but may also be used by cosmetic dentists to reshape the gums to correct an uneven smile, exposed root surfaces, or conditions that make the teeth look small or irregular. The procedure usually involves just a single one-hour visit. Following a local anesthetic, the laser reshapes and seals the gum tissue. There is no bleeding, and no stitches are needed. To find out more, contact our cosmetic dental clinic at (415) 927-4000 to arrange a complimentary consultation.
Like veneers, lumineers are also a form of instant orthodontics. They are thinner and more translucent than veneers, and require less preparation. More important, they look and feel natural from the moment they are placed. Like veneers, they can correct minor imperfections or completely transform your smile. The fitting procedure requires two visits, and is both pain-free and reversible.
Different people's teeth have naturally different shades of white. Also, age dulls your teeth as does smoking, while certain foods and drinks such as coffee and red wine also leave stains. Avoiding habits and foods that discolor your teeth will help maintain their brightness. Brushing and flossing at home, and cleaning and polishing at the dentist will make your teeth sparkle and remove stains. But none of these will make a significant difference to your teeth's natural shade of whiteness.
There are, however, techniques that will whiten your teeth. These break down into bleaching and laser bleaching.
Bleaching: While, you can buy over-the-counter whitening kits to use at home, these are generally not very effective. With professional bleaching, the dentist makes rubber 'impressions' of your teeth. These serve as trays to hold the bleaching gel in place, which you should apply for 30-60 minutes, 2-4 times per week. The whitening effect can last from a few months to a few years.
Laser (light-accelerated) bleaching is carried out by the dentist. He will protect your gums by placing a rubber seal round your teeth. Bleaching gel is applied to your teeth then a special light is shone on them to accelerate the whitening process. The entire session will last 30-60 minutes.
Both forms of whitening may cause some sensitivity of your teeth and gums for 1-3 days after completion of the treatment.
Tooth Colored Fillings and Porcelain Crowns
Many people ask for white fillings, especially near the front of their mouths, so that their teeth look natural when they smile. Such fillings are made of composites that readily bond to the tooth and blend in with the color.
The procedure involves applying an adhesive, followed by several layers of the composite, and then using a light to harden it. The filling is completed in a single visit. You may experience some extra sensitivity for a few days afterwards.
Where there is a lot of tooth decay, you may require an inlay or onlay instead. In the case of a severely broken or decayed tooth, a porcelain crown may be required.
Porcelain crowns, which encase the tooth, look extremely natural with no noticeable line at the gums, as was sometimes seen with older crowns. These crowns can also be fitted to fix irregular teeth, close gaps and improve tooth color. In addition to looking like natural teeth, crowns have a similar strength, and last for many years. They usually take two visits to prepare and fit.
Invisalign is an alternative to traditional braces, and involves teeth aligners that are nearly invisible and extremely comfortable. Unlike braces, they can be easily removed to allow you to eat freely and clean your teeth. These specially tailored aligners are replaced every two weeks with a new set, which moves your teeth a little more until they finally reach the prescribed level of correction.
This is one of the best ways to transform your natural smile without any temporary unsightliness or inconvenience. Though it may sound ground-breaking, Invisalign has already successfully transformed nearly 2 million smiles throughout the world.