What is Cosmetic Dentistry?

When patients hear that they can enhance their smile and appearance with family dentistry, they’re not always sure what that means. In fact, one of the most common questions we hear at Glendora Family Dentistry is: what is cosmetic dentistry? Considering that the field has existed for a relatively short time, the confusion is understandable. Cosmetic dentistry includes any procedure focused on improving the appearance of a patient’s teeth, mouth, and smile. Whereas preventive and restorative dental procedures are necessary, cosmetic dentistry involves elective services that the patient chooses.

Popular Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures Performed by Dr. Desai

If you’re interested in a specific procedure, schedule a consultation with Dr. Sachin Desai at Glendora Family Dentistry to learn more about it. Assuming you’re interested in proceeding, the next step is to schedule an oral evaluation. Dr. Sachin uses the results of this appointment to plan your course of treatment. Below is a sampling of some of the cosmetic dentistry procedures we offer at our clinic.

  • Dental Bonding: This is an ideal option to disguise minor tooth imperfections, such as a chipped or discolored tooth. Your dentist affixes a composite constructed of resin or plastic to the surface of your tooth to give you a more even and attractive smile.
  • Dental Veneers: A veneer is an extremely thin piece of porcelain that Dr. Sachin bonds to the front of a tooth to cover gaps, cracks, minor decay, and similar issues. Before applying the veneer, he must remove approximately one-eighth of a millimeter of tooth enamel to ensure that the veneer doesn’t protrude further than the rest of your teeth.
  • Inlays and Onlays: A dental inlay covers the cusp of a tooth while an onlay covers a larger portion of the tooth. Dr. Sachin bonds these restorations directly to your teeth for a more uniform appearance.
  • Teeth Whitening: Years of drinking coffee or carbonated beverages, smoking, eating dark colored foods, or even taking certain medications can all leave your teeth grayed or yellowed instead of white. Professional teeth whitening increases the shade of your teeth by up to several times. You can smile confidently while dazzling others with your bright white teeth.

Contact Us to Learn More About Cosmetic Dentistry

When you’re ready for a smile makeover, contact Glendora Family Dentistry to learn more about all of the options available to you. We’re happy to answer your questions in addition to showing you photos of what you may look like after completing each type of procedure.

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