Cosmetic Dentistry – A Custom Smile That’s Unique to You
You’ve likely looked at a celebrity’s smile and wondered what they do to have such fabulous teeth. If you’ve assumed that cosmetic dentistry is only for the rich and famous, that isn’t the case! Dr. Darren J. Wong provides comprehensive cosmetic solutions to help you achieve the smile you wish you had.
Through personalized services designed to fit your unique smile, we can help you achieve a look that’s flattering and fitted to your personality. Want to find out which cosmetic options will help you get the look you’ll love? Schedule your cosmetic consultation today to learn more!
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What Can Cosmetic Dentistry Do? 5 Ways to Transform Your Smile!
Cosmetic dentistry is designed to address a broad range of aesthetic imperfections, from a dingy smile to a damaged tooth. Whether the problem you face is simple or complex, there’s a cosmetic solution ready and waiting for you.
With cosmetic dentistry, you can:
- Enhance the size, shape, and alignment of teeth.
- Reduce large gaps between teeth.
- Improve or correct minor bite issues.
- Brighten tooth enamel.
- Rejuvenate chipped or damaged teeth.
Cosmetic treatment isn’t solely about appearance. Many treatment options, such as white fillings and crowns, provide practical benefits to your tooth’s strength and structure. This allows you to receive restorative care when you need it without having to compromise on a winning smile.
Cosmetic Dental Services We Provide
At our practice, we help Vallejo patients like you achieve smiles they’re proud to wear. We customize treatments to the individual needs of each patient, providing effective and comprehensive cosmetic enhancements.
Our cosmetic services include:
Am I a Good Candidate for Cosmetic Dentistry?
If you have an aesthetic flaw in your smile you’d like to alter, you’re likely to be a great candidate for cosmetic dental care. When evaluating you for cosmetic treatment, Dr. Wong pays close attention to two things: what you want to achieve, and how healthy your smile is.
A healthy smile is the most aesthetically appealing, and a healthy foundation is essential to successful, long-lasting cosmetic treatment. Otherwise, the treatment you receive today may quickly be undone as a consequence of issues like tooth decay, gum disease, and other dental problems.
To ensure that your smile is both healthy and attractive, we prioritize any health concerns before proceeding with cosmetic treatment.
As a simple, effective way to enhance your smile, it’s no surprise that teeth whitening is considered the most popular cosmetic treatment. This non-invasive treatment transforms smiles from dull and dingy into dazzling, often in as little as an hour. If you feel embarrassed by the color of your smile, professional teeth whitening is well worth looking into.
Why Are My Teeth So Yellow?
There are a variety of ways that teeth become discolored, but the most common is due to staining from years of exposure to certain substances.
Darkly-pigmented and acidic foods and drinks penetrate the slightly-porous tooth enamel, leaving behind faint stains. Over time, these build up and become more visible, masking your true enamel color underneath. The most common culprits for staining include coffee, soda, red wine, tomato sauce, curry, and dark berries. Tobacco products are also notorious for turning teeth brown, regardless of whether it is smoked or chewed.
Other kinds of discoloration are also possible, completely unrelated to food. Teeth damaged in accidents can darken the dentin, the layer between the enamel and the inner tooth. Certain medications may also discolor teeth, as can trauma from repeated teeth grinding. Unlike staining, these issues can’t be treated with whitening and may require more significant treatments, such as veneers or crowns.
In-Office Whitening or Take-Home Whitening Kits: Which is Right for You?
Both in-office whitening and customized take-home kits provide potent teeth whitening to help restore your true smile. Since either option will help you achieve visible results, it’s up to you to decide which one best suits your goals and lifestyle.
For dramatic whitening results in a single treatment, chairside whitening is unbeatable. The treatment can be completed in as little as an hour, and you’ll have a dental professional overseeing your care at every step. Special techniques are used to minimize sensitivity while maximizing your result with a professional-strength whitening gel. We’ll match your enamel to a color chart before and after treatment so you can easily see your results; a single session can whiten teeth by as much as eight shades!
With take-home whitening, you receive a professional kit including custom whitening trays that you can use when and where it’s convenient for you. If extended office visits are difficult, this kit lets you whiten in shorter, simpler sessions that you can manage at home, in your office, or wherever your day takes you. You’ll also be able to touch up your smile before big events – all you’ll need is a refill of the whitening gel, which you can easily pick up at our office during your regular dental visits.
How White Will My Smile Get with Teeth Whitening?
Teeth whitening does not actually alter the color of your teeth. Instead, it eliminates years’ worth of built-up stains, unveiling your natural enamel shade underneath. Enamel on its own is not pure white, but often subtle shades of yellow or gray.
It’s important to have realistic expectations about your results, and to remember that a softer shade feels more natural and often more flattering. However, if you are dissatisfied with your enamel color even after whitening, other cosmetic options, such as veneers, may help you achieve the look you want.
Is Teeth Whitening Permanent?
Teeth whitening can undo years of staining, helping your smile appear bright and fresh. Unfortunately, whitening can’t prevent future staining, and eventually, your teeth will likely become dingy again. How long this takes will likely depend on several factors, including your habits, lifestyle, and genetics. Generally, whitening treatment lasts for several years, and with good hygiene and smart choices, you can help keep your teeth white for as long as possible.
5 Tips to Help Your Teeth Whitening Results Last
Maintaining your daily oral hygiene is the first and most important step to keeping your teeth white. On top of this, there are also several little tricks you can follow to protect your enamel from staining.
Here are five tips to help you keep your smile bright and beautiful:
Eat a Nutrient-Rich Diet
Swapping your sugary and acidic foods for nutritious fruits and vegetables will not only reduce your risk of staining, but supports stronger, healthier enamel overall.
Avoid Tobacco Use
Smoking and chewing tobacco discolors teeth very quickly, and also raises your risk of gum disease and oral cancer.
Drink Plenty of Water
Drinking water throughout the day keeps your mouth from drying out and helps wash away stains and food debris. Plus, every time you choose water over a darker beverage, you avoid staining your teeth further.
Chew Sugarless Gum
A sugar-free gum stimulates saliva, important for protecting your teeth from decay and staining. Many of these gums also include xylitol, a beneficial natural sweetener that reduces your risk of cavities.
Don’t Skip Your Dental Visits
Your six-month cleanings are essential for cleaning those tough-to-reach spots and polishing your enamel, and they always leave your mouth looking and feeling fresh and clean.
When it comes to concealing imperfections with minimal impact on your smile, this cosmetic treatment is unmatched in versatility and results. Veneers are thin ceramic shells custom-shaped to cover your visible tooth surface and provide an idealized smile. Whether you have a chipped tooth, a dental gap, minor misalignment, or severe discoloration, veneers can enhance and transform them all.
What’s Involved in Getting Veneers?
First, Dr. Wong takes the time to discuss your smile with you to understand what you want to change about your smile and how you want to change it. You may have a damaged, discolored tooth you want to match your other teeth. Perhaps you have a gap you aren’t fond of. Or maybe you love the personality of the gap, but aren’t as fond of the chipped corner on your front tooth. Whatever your goals, Dr. Wong is careful to follow your wishes when designing your smile.
Once your design is complete, the dentist shapes and smooths the selected teeth and takes impressions, which are sent to a trusted lab. They fabricate your custom veneers by hand, a process that typically takes two weeks to complete.
When your new veneers arrive, Dr. Wong cements them in place and makes any final adjustments. Afterward, you walk out of the office with your new smile complete.
Do Veneers Look Like Real Teeth?
Absolutely! Veneers are specifically designed to mimic real teeth in their shape, color, and even their shine.
Porcelain is frequently recommended for veneers because the ceramic matches the luster and translucence of natural enamel. This helps them to appear more realistic and to match the rest of your teeth more closely, creating the best possible effect.
What if My Smile Needs Repairs?
Keeping your smile healthy is our top priority. Fortunately, getting a dental restoration no longer means you have to give up a winning smile.
Cosmetic restorations are designed to protect and repair your teeth while keeping the effect on your aesthetic as small as possible. Using tooth-colored materials custom-shaded to match your enamel, we help your smile stay brilliant while ensuring you can enjoy a strong, healthy smile for years to come.
Are Composite Fillings Worth It?
Composite fillings become more popular every year, and with their numerous benefits, it isn’t hard to see why. Not only are these fillings nearly invisible against your real enamel, but they have numerous advantages over traditional amalgam (metal) fillings.
Size – Composite resin fits into smaller spaces than amalgam can, allowing the dentist to preserve more of your natural enamel.
Effectiveness – The composite material bonds closely to your enamel, creating a tight seal to keep out decay and bacteria.
Mercury-Free – These fillings contain no mercury or other trace metals, and are made of a bio-safe material.
When a tooth is damaged or decayed beyond what a filling can handle, a white crown strengthens and protects your tooth while blending in seamlessly with your smile. Each crown is custom-shaped and colored to fit perfectly with the rest of your smile, giving you a new tooth that’s as flattering as it is functional.
Cosmetic crowns cover the entire tooth surface, and can also be used to correct cosmetic issues, including:
- Chipped or broken teeth
- Teeth worn down by bruxism
- Minor misalignments
- Severe discoloration
- Teeth that are too large or too small
- Misshapen or oddly-shaped teeth
You Choose What You Want from Your Smile
No matter what aesthetic issue you’d like to change about your smile, the look you want is achievable with cosmetic dentistry. Dr. Wong is careful to pay close attention to detail and never hurries his work, all to make sure that you get the very best results for your smile.
Ready to smile with confidence? Contact our Vallejo office and schedule your cosmetic consultation to get started today!
CALL US: (707) 643-8399 REQUEST APPOINTMENT