Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic Dentistry Model holding a camera

Cosmetic dentistry makes sure you are completely confident with your smile. It contributes to the overall health of your mouth, but it is also designed to give you the perfect smile. The Calabasas Dental Institute offers many different types of cosmetic dentistry so that you can complete your perfect smile all in one place.

VENEERS

Veneers are a dental procedure in which a covering is placed over the outside (visible area) of the tooth. Veneers are usually only applied to the part of the tooth that is visible when talking or smiling. The procedure can be direct or indirect.

The direct technique usually involves placing composite resin on the outside of the tooth using bonding.

The indirect technique usually involves two appointments because the veneers will be fabricated at a dental laboratory. At the first appointment the teeth are prepared, impressions taken, and the teeth are given a temporary covering. In two to three weeks the veneers are back from the laboratory, the temporaries are removed and the veneers are bonded to the teeth. The laboratory fabricated veneers are usually made using porcelain or pressed ceramic and are very aesthetic.

The advantage of veneers versus crowns is that much less tooth material is removed, and the procedure is generally less uncomfortable. Veneers are recommended for teeth that have large fillings or little tooth structure.

Teeth Whitening

A great smile is one of the first things people notice about you. However, if you’ve ever worried about having dull, gray, or yellowed teeth, you’re not alone. Many everyday things like coffee, tea, and wine use can significantly dull the color of your teeth. Some foods, such as berries and chocolate, can stain teeth. Additionally, the dulling effects of both aging and smoking are easy to see.

Fortunately, new advances in teeth whitening enable your dentist to significantly brighten your smile in a short time.

In-office whitening is ideal for anyone wanting immediate results. The entire process takes place in our office in about an hour, making it the perfect choice for busy individuals. In this process, a protective gel is applied to your gums to protect the soft tissue. A special light-activated gel is then applied to your teeth and a special light or laser is used to enhance the action of the agent – making your teeth whiter and brighter. As a final step, we take impressions of your teeth to create custom trays for at home touch-ups, and give you instructions for keeping your smile bright. The result is dramatically whiter teeth that will last for years.

Tray whitening is a less expensive whitening treatment you can use while in the comfort of your own home. We will first take an impression of your mouth to create customized clear whitening trays for you to wear. Within a few days your trays will be ready to be picked up and we will show you how to apply the special bleaching material to the trays. The whitening gel trays should be worn 30-60 minutes up to twice a day. At the end of this period, you will see maximum whitening results that are nothing short of dazzling. Occasional treatment can be used at your convenience to maintain your new smile.

Your Options:

Treatment
Treatment Length
Average Result

In-Office Treatment

1 Office Visit

8 Shades

Professional Home Trays

7-14 Days

6 Shades

Whitening Strips/Paint on Gel

7-30 Days (Depending on Product)

3-4 Shades

Whitening Toothpaste

30 Days+

1-2 Shades

Tooth Colored Fillings

A composite filling is a tooth-colored, quartz-like material. After your dentist removes the decay present on your tooth and thoroughly cleans the area, composite material is then layered onto the tooth. Each layer is hardened, or cured, with a highly intense visible light, and the final surface is shaped and polished to exactly match the tooth. The final restoration is virtually invisible.

Composite fillings are more than just attractive. They are environmentally-friendly and non-toxic, as they contain no mercury, which is found in older "silver" or amalgam fillings. Furthermore, they are stronger because they bond directly to the surface of the tooth, and they protect from further fracture because they don’t require the severe "undercut" (removal of healthy tooth structure) that is needed to retain silver fillings.

The initial investment in a composite filling is higher than that of a silver filling, this is due to the fact that the composite material is more expensive, and the restoration requires more time and effort to place than a traditional metal filling. This initial higher investment, however, is offset in the long run by the health benefits and reduced likelihood of restoring potentially fractured teeth.

Inlays or Onlays, made from high noble metal (white or yellow gold), or from porcelain, are sometimes good alternatives to composite fillings, and they offer unmatched long-term durability. Where extensive decay is present, inlays/onlays or crowns are the only alternative.