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Cosmetic Dentistry SmileAre you ready to get the smile you’ve always wanted with help from cosmetic dentistry?

There are many ways in which our San Leandro, CA, cosmetic dentist Dr. Stephen Moy can help you when you have a smile that you don’t feel confident or happy with. After all, there are a variety of different treatment options that can provide both small or major cosmetic alterations you need to get a gorgeous smile. Here are just some of the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments and how they can help you,

Professional Teeth Whitening

No matter whether you want to whiten in our dental office or you want to whiten from the comfort of your own home, our cosmetic dentist offers ways to get the whiter smile you want however you want. If you want a fast, quick way to see amazingly whiter results than nothing is quicker than in-office whitening, which can get smiles several shades brighter in just a single session. Stains caused by foods, drinks, smoking and aging often respond best to professional whitening treatment. Not all stains respond to teeth whitening treatment so it’s important to talk to our dentist first.

Dental Bonding

Who says that cosmetic dentistry has to be time-consuming, expensive or invasive? In fact, many of the treatment options we offer aren’t invasive at all. Take dental bonding, for instance. By applying a tooth-colored, putty-like material over certain areas of the tooth we can reshape teeth, hide small cracks, discolorations and chips, and even fill small gaps between teeth for a straighter-looking smile. It usually takes about 30 minutes to treat a tooth and it doesn’t require drilling or anesthesia.

Dental Veneers

If you are dealing with more widespread or serious cosmetic flaws then bonding won’t be able to help you; however, veneers can. Veneers are very thin shells, often made from porcelain, that are bonded to the front of one or more teeth to do everything from straight up a crooked tooth to covering discolorations, malformed teeth and gaps between teeth. It only takes about 2-3 visits to get veneers and they can last up to 15 to 20 years with the proper care.

Dental Implants

Dealing with tooth loss? If so, chances are good that you are looking for a tooth replacement that is as close to the look and feel of real teeth as possible. Implants are the next best thing to natural teeth, as they take the place of tooth roots. They are surgically placed within the jawbone where they permanently bond together with bone and gum tissue to provide a long-term fixture from which to support a false tooth.

Moy Dental in San Leandro, CA, prides itself on offering only the best cosmetic dentistry treatments to give you the look you’ve always wanted. Just because you weren’t born with the perfect smile doesn’t mean you can’t have one. Call us today to learn more about getting cosmetic dentistry.

By Moy Dental
July 15, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: bonding  

Q: What exactly is cosmetic tooth bonding?
A: Cosmetic bonding is a process in which your dentist uses specially formulated tooth-colored material to repair minor defects on the surface of your teeth. The bonding material itself is a type of composite resin — a tough, translucent mixture of plastic and glass components that mimics the pearly-white appearance of your teeth to a high degree. The material also bonds (links up) so well with the natural tooth structure that this relatively simple and inexpensive treatment can last for a number of years.

Q: What types of defects can tooth bonding repair?
A: Bonding can be used to remedy several different kinds of flaws in your smile. Small chips, cracks and areas of discoloration can be easily treated via cosmetic bonding. It can even be used to fix minor spacing irregularities. Best of all, because composite resin is available in various shades to match the natural color of your teeth, it’s almost impossible to tell which tooth has been treated.

Q: What are the pluses and minuses of cosmetic bonding?
A: Bonding is a procedure that can be done right in the dental office, without involving a laboratory — that’s why it is typically an easy, cost-effective treatment that can be accomplished in a single visit. It’s a great solution for restoring minor flaws that don’t extend very far into the tooth’s structure. It’s also ideal for teenagers, who may have to wait until they stop growing before getting a more permanent restoration. But bonding normally isn’t as long-lasting as some other restoration techniques, such as veneers or crowns. However, with proper care, a bonded tooth can keep looking good for years.

Q: What is the bonding procedure like?
A: Bonding is a minimally invasive, reversible treatment that normally causes little or no discomfort. The tooth being treated is first thoroughly cleaned, and then “etched” with a gel that microscopically roughens its surface. Next, the gel is rinsed off, and liquid composite resin (in a shade chosen to match the tooth) is painted on with a brush. Then, the bonding material is cured (hardened) using a special light. After it has cured, another layer may be applied; this process can be repeated several times to build up a thicker coating. Finally, a dental instrument is used to shape the built-up material into its final, pleasing form.

Q: Do bonded teeth require special care?
A: Not really… but like all teeth, they should be brushed and flossed daily, and professionally cleaned at the dental office twice a year. Bonded teeth can also become stained from tobacco use, red wine and coffee — but unlike regular teeth, bonded teeth can’t be lightened. So if you’re considering tooth-whitening treatments, have them done before your teeth are bonded.

If you have questions about whether cosmetic bonding could help your smile look its best, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Repairing Chipped Teeth” and “Artistic Repair Of Front Teeth With Composite Resin.”