While traditional dentistry focuses on oral hygiene and preventing, diagnosing and treating oral disease, cosmetic dentistry focuses on improving the appearance of the teeth, mouth and smile. In other words restorative, general and/or family dental practices address dental problems that require necessary treatment, whereas cosmetic dentistry provides elective – or desired – treatments or services.
Cosmetic treatments may also provide restorative benefits. For example, dental fillings are a common procedure used to treat decayed teeth. Previously, most dental fillings were composed primarily of gold, amalgam and other materials that left visible dark spots on the teeth.
Composite or porcelain laminates that are adhesively bonded to the surface of a tooth to correct and repair chips and cracks will improve a worn appearance or severe tooth discoloration. Veneers may also be recommended if you have gaps in your teeth or if you have not had success with teeth whitening. Evaluate porcelain veneers cost and determine whether dental insurance may offset the cost.
Professional Teeth Whitening
Teeth whitening is perhaps the most commonly recommended cosmetic dentistry procedure. Teeth are often stained from smoking, food, drink (coffee, tea or red wine) or poor oral hygiene. Bleaching the teeth can enhance the appearance of your smile.
You may know a tooth-colored filling as a white filling or a composite resin filling. Instead of metal fillings that can cause oral health issues down the road, we offer this option. Many patients wonder why Dr. Jivraj may recommend that they get a filling. The usual reason is because of cavities caused by tooth decay, but there are many other reasons why a patient may need a tooth-colored filling. Some of these may be because of fractured teeth, damage, or simply wanting to give a discolored tooth a gorgeous smile makeover.
Dr. Jivraj believes in using high-quality dental ceramic to create dental crowns, inlays, onlays, and bridges. This way, we can provide a great cosmetic treatment and restorative improvement. Patients with metallic allergies can also receive the dental treatments they need without worry about allergic reactions or their body rejecting the restoration. You don’t have to be embarrassed by dark metal spots in your mouth.
Choosing Your Cosmetic Treatment
Don’t let just anyone try their hand at improving your smile. While cosmetic dentistry has done correctly is safe, effective, and long lasting, it can go wrong if at the hands of an unqualified and inexperienced dentist. Be bold about interviewing your dentist. Some dentists offer a free cosmetic consultation so that you may become acquainted and discuss your treatment outcome expectations. Once you find a dentist that meets most of your criteria, proceed with an exam and listen to his or her treatment plan. Discuss financing and scheduling. Make sure you feel comfortable and confident in the dentist’s abilities and qualifications based on his past successful cases.
Ultimately, you are the one that knows your smile goals through and through. We can help you accomplish what feels like is unachievable if you visit our office for an open, judgement-free consultation. Contact us today to schedule the next available appointment.
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Anacapa Dental Art Institute is proud of their dedicated service to Ventura County. Lead by world-renowned top cosmetic prosthodontist Dr. Jivraj and his expert staff, Anacapa has the expertise and facility to handle whatever your cosmetic dental situation may be. Whether it’s a tooth whitening or a full mouth reconstruction, expect nothing but some of the best dental care Ventura County has available.
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