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What is Cosmetic Dentistry?


SmileYour smile is one the first things people notice about you. Advancements in modern cosmetic dental care now anyone can have a great smile regardless of the smile they were born with.

Cosmetic dentisty deals with appearance of your teeth. Even a small change to your teeth can make a dramatic difference in your appearance and the way you feel about yourself. Today dentist have several methods to dramatical change the appearance of your smile. Some common options are:

  • Teeth whitening also known as bleaching, can brighten discolored or stained teeth. Whitening can be done in the dental office in one visit using products like Zoom! Whitening or can be done using a home whitening kit your dentist gives you.
  • Bonding is a great method for fixing chipped and disfigured teeth. It is also effective at removing gaps between teeth and evening out misaligned teeth. Bonding involves tooth-colored materials (composite) being bonded to the original tooth surface.
  • Composite fillings (known as white fillings) have become the standard for tooth restorations. Dental composite comes in a wide range of different shades of white to match the color of healthy teeth. Composite fillings have largely replaced amalgam (silver) fillings for tooth restorations.
  • Implants are a permanent method to replace missing teeth. Implants can be used in place of bridges or dentures. Dental implants replace the function and appearance of your natural teeth. Titanium posts are surgically installed in the jaw bone, which takes the place and function of a tooth's roots. A dental crown is custom made to fit the shape and color of your surrounding teeth.
  • Veneers are thin porcelain shells that are bonded to the front side of teeth. Veneers are routinely used to change teeth that are discolored, chipped, or misaligned
  • Orthodontics are used on teeth that are misaligned. Traditional orthodontics use metal wires to manually move teeth into the correct position. Today dentists can use Invisalign invisible brances to do the same job as the metal wires. Invisalign offers a much more acceptable cosmetic appearance for the Invisalign wearer. Most people cannot even notice that someone is wearing the clear retainers. Invisalign has been come a popular choice for adults who prefer the discreet appearance of Invisalign.
  • Gum Surgery is a procedure that can help people with "gummy smiles." A gummy smile is a problem where teeth appear to be too short. The excess gum tissue can be removed and sculpted using a laser.


Many dentist offer free consultation to discuss which cosmetic procedures are right for you. Use the form below to find a San Diego Dentist today!