Your smile can say a lot about you, but what do you do if you’re not happy with your smile? The answer lies in cosmetic dentistry. In San Diego, Sedation Dental Center provides a safe and comfortable environment to help whiten and perfect your teeth. Our team of specialists will work with you to fix issues from staining to gaps to misshapen teeth. If you’re interested in giving your smile a makeover, consider these popular options.
Teeth can be discolored from a variety of things, including coffee, wine, medications, or cigarettes. Many patients seek out cosmetic dentistry for a whiter smile. Bleaching is a great option if you want to remove stubborn stains or just to make your teeth a shade brighter. This procedure uses peroxide-based bleaching agents to whiten teeth.
Bleaching is a popular choice for cosmetic dentistry in San Diego because you can have it done either in the office or at home under supervision of your dentist. If you choose to bleach your teeth at home, your dentist will custom fit you with a mouthpiece to ensure the proper amount of solution is applied. Home bleaching typically takes two to four weeks to achieve the desired results, depending on how much whitening you want.
An in-office session will last 45 minutes to an hour, and you can see results after just one session. In-office bleaching procedures use 15% to 43% peroxide, compared with the solutions used at home which contain only 3% to 20%. Office results will be quicker, but some patients prefer the convenience of bleaching in the comfort of their home.
Bonding is a great option for patients looking to correct small gaps or imperfections. Your dentist use a tooth-colored resin to fill or cover any imperfections from decay, chips, cracks, gaps, or wear and tear. Bonding can also be used to change the color or shape of your teeth. To make sure your bonding looks flawless, our dentists will find the resin shade the best matches the color of your teeth.
A bonding procedure requires only one visit to our San Diego cosmetic dentistry location and generally doesn’t require any anesthesia. The results will last for several years, though bonding is more prone to staining or chopping than other forms of tooth reshaping.
Crowns, also known as caps, are placed over a tooth to cover damage or imperfections and restore a tooth to its former shape. For teeth with large cavities, crowns tend to be the best option. Crowns can also prevent breaking in teeth that have been made brittle by damage.
With modern cosmetic dentistry, our San Diego team can create a perfect white crown to match your other teeth. Crowns can be made from metal, a porcelain-metal combination, or ceramic. To apply a crown, your dentist will file down the damage tooth to ensure a perfect fit. The crown is then cemented over the tooth, completely covering it. With proper care, crowns can last as long as 15 years.
Crowns do tend to be more expensive than other cosmetic dentistry options, so our dentists will likely recommend an alternative if possible. If you do choose to get a crown, our skilled team of sedation dentists recommend IV sedation to keep you unconscious for the procedure. Once you wake up, you’ll have a beautiful new smile.
Veneers are placed directly over your teeth and can be made of either porcelain or plastic. They correct many of the same issues as bonding, but are longer lasting and more chip resistant. Veneers are a great option for teeth with uneven surfaces or to correct chips, uneven spacing, discoloration. Misshapen teeth can be covered completely by a veneer to give your smile an update. Veneers allow for a lot of customization — you can change the size, shape, and color of your teeth to truly get the smile of your dreams.
While your dentist applies your veneers, you’ll need little to no sedation. During the procedure, your dentist will take an impression of the tooth or teeth so that a custom veneer can be made. The tooth will be buffed down slightly to account for the thickness of the veneer. The veneer is bonded to your tooth with cement, which is hardened using a special light. If you desire porcelain veneers, you’ll require more than one visit to our San Diego cosmetic dentistry office since your veneers are created in a laboratory.
Contouring and Reshaping
If you’re looking for a subtle fix for your smile, tooth reshaping and contouring may be an option. Contouring and reshaping are best for patients who are looking for minor corrections to their natural, healthy teeth. This procedure can correct chipped, uneven, or poorly aligned teeth. Patients commonly use contouring and reshaping to change a tooth’s length, shape, or position, and it can even correct minor bite problems.
To reshape or contour a tooth, your dentist will x-ray your teeth to assess the location of the tooth’s pulp as well as the tooth’s size and shape. If everything looks good on the x-ray, the dentist will use a laser or drill to gently remove tooth enamel to reshape your tooth. Reshaping or contouring typically only requires one short session.
Bonding is commonly done alongside tooth reshaping, so ask your dentist if that’s best for the results you desire.
Cosmetic dentistry offers solutions to many common complaints you may have about your teeth. There are procedures to suit everyone, whether you’re looking for a minor change like whitening or fixing a chip or you want to makeover your whole smile with a set of custom veneers. Our skilled team for cosmetic dentistry in San Diego are happy to discuss your options. Contact us and learn more today.