Many dentists like to tell you how cosmetic dentistry will completely transform everything in your life – how your new, perfect smile will lead to job promotions, whirlwind romance, fame and fortune. If it really worked like that, we’d charge a lot more for the procedure. But there is some truth to the claims: a new smile will lead to actual, real changes in your life, albeit on a smaller, more everyday scale. Most certainly, you’ll find yourself smiling more.
You’ll laugh more too, and feel more confident talking to people. And your dental health will improve since straight, properly spaced teeth are easier to clean. We can’t promise you the moon and the stars, but we can promise you a nice smile. And getting a nice smile is easy, painless and affordable.
Restorative dentistry is an important part of dentistry. Having a nice, healthy smile really can improve your life in quite a number of small ways.
Nearly anything about your smile that you don’t like can be fixed right here in our office. If you’d like a personal consultation to see what cosmetic dentistry can do for your smile, make an appointment with Dr. Mogari or Dr. Brown and get started.
From subtle changes to major repairs, your dentist can perform a variety of procedures to improve your smile. There are many techniques and options to treat teeth that are discolored, chipped, misshapen or missing. Your dentist can reshape your teeth, close spaces, restore worn or short teeth or alter the length of your teeth. Common procedures include bleaching, bonding, crowns, veneers and reshaping and contouring.
These improvements are not always just cosmetic. Many of these treatments can improve oral problems, such as your bite.
Bleaching is a common and popular chemical process used to whiten teeth. Some people get their teeth bleached to make stains disappear, while other just want a whiter shade.
Discoloration occurs in the enamel and can be caused by medication, coffee, tea and cigarettes. Discoloration also can be hereditary or due simply to getting older.
Bleaching can be performed by your dentist in the office or, under dental supervision, at home. Many patients enjoy bleaching at home because it is more convenient. Treatment begins when your dentist creates a custom mouthpiece to ensure the correct amount of whitening solution is used and that your teeth are properly exposed. Typically, whitening at home takes two to four weeks, depending on the desired shade you wish to achieve. Whitening in the office may call for one or more 45-minute to one-hour visits to your dentist’s office.
Bonding is tooth-colored material used to fill in gaps or change the color of teeth. Requiring a single office visit, bonding lasts several years. Bonding is more susceptible to staining or chipping than other forms of restoration. When teeth are chipped or slightly decayed, bonded composite resins may be the material of choice. Bonding also is used as a tooth-colored filling for small cavities. Additionally, it can be used to close spaces between teeth or cover the entire outside surface of a tooth to change its color and shape.
Crowns, also known as caps, cover a tooth to restore it to its normal shape and appearance. Due to their cost, they are used in cases where other procedures will not be effective. Crowns have the longest life expectancy of all cosmetic restorations, but are the most time-consuming.
Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain or plastic placed over the front teeth to change the color or shape of your teeth. Veneers are used on teeth with uneven surfaces or are chipped, discolored, oddly shaped, unevenly spaced or crooked. Little or no anesthesia is needed. Veneers are used to treat some of the same problems as bonding.
This treatment is an alternative to crowns, which are more expensive. The procedure requires your dentist to take an impression of your tooth. Before the custom-made veneer is cemented directly onto the tooth, your dentist will lightly buff the tooth to compensate for the added thickness of the veneer. Once the cement is between the veneer and your tooth, a light beam is used to harden it. Porcelain veneers require more than one visit because they are fabricated in a laboratory. Veneers have a longer life expectancy and color stability than bonding.
Tooth reshaping and contouring, is a procedure to correct crooked teeth, chipped or irregularly shaped teeth or even overlapping teeth in a single session. Tooth reshaping and contouring, is commonly used to alter the length, shape or position of your teeth. Contouring teeth may also help correct small problems with bite. It is common for bonding to be combined with tooth reshaping.
This procedure is ideal for candidates with normal, healthy teeth but who want subtle changes to their smile. Your dentist will take X-rays to evaluate the size and location of the pulp of each tooth to ensure that there’s enough bone between the teeth to support them.
Your dentist can answer any questions you may have about techniques used to improve your smile. The condition of your teeth and desired result you want often dictates the best procedure. If you are considering a treatment, there are a few questions you can ask your dentist before deciding if a particular procedure is right for you.
What will the changes look like?
What should I expect through the course of treatment?
What type of maintenance will be required?
What should I look for in a cosmetic dentist?
In order to make sure your dentist is skilled in cosmetic dentistry, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) recommends that you ask your dentist for the following items before undergoing treatment:
Before and after photos. These photos will allow you to examine the results of other patients being treated by the dentist to make sure his or her work fits your dental needs.
References. References allow you to get a sense of the quality of care the dentist provides.
Proof of continuing education. Be certain that your dentist has taken continuing education courses to keep him or her up-to-date with the latest techniques in clinical cosmetic dentistry.
Your dentist can answer the questions you have about the techniques used to improve your smile. The condition of your teeth and your desired result often indicate the best procedure for you.
Irvine Smile Design, 16100 Sand Canyon Avenue Suite 380, Irvine, CA 92618 (949) 833-8020
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When I went another dentist, due to relocation, I saw the difference. The equipment was not as current and I felt rushed. You can tell that everyone does their jobs to the best of their abilities and the staff likes their jobs – it shows in the care you receive.
I had a very positive experience with the dental work that I had done & would recommend your practice to others.
I slept with it Day 1 with the sleep apnea appliance he made for me and have never looked back. It’s become part of my regiment and I feel good sleeping with it. Dr. Mogari provided me a good, fresh, clean sleep and that’s what I like and that’s what’s making me healthier.
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I had a toothache that I let go a while. One night it was so bad, I couldn’t take it anymore. It was 4 o’clock in the morning and I called their service and got Dr. Brown. He told me what to do and saw me at 8 a.m. as soon as he got in. They saved me a lot of pain. It was wonderful.
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I love coffee, tea and blueberries are my favorite so I had this staining issue. Dr. Mogari took one look and just fixed it. He just knew and I don’t ever have that problem again.
When I came here I had horrible teeth, just horrible. With Dr. Brown, I’ve had cavities filled, my teeth capped, implants and now my teeth look and feel great. I don’t come here for habit, I come here for a reason. They know me as a person, they treat me like family and I get excellent, excellen…
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