Sometimes, despite our best efforts, our smiles start to look dark, dull, or yellow. Even with a diligent oral hygiene routine, environmental factors like foods, drinks, and tobacco products can leave color deposits on dental enamel over time. At the same time, structural changes to your teeth can affect the overall appearance of your smile. The good news is that our Santa Monica cosmetic dentists offer treatment solutions to help you refresh your smile.
Perhaps the quickest and most affordable option available to you is professional dental whitening. By applying a topical whitening gel to your dental enamel, we are able to lighten discoloration and help to restore your smile to its previous level of whiteness. The entire treatment process is completed in just one appointment, and the process can be repeated over time in order to intensify results.
There are also a number of treatments that transform your smile by actually covering your natural dental enamel with other substances. Dental bonding, for example, uses composite resin to achieve results. Because the resin is custom-shaded, it blends in seamlessly with the natural enamel. Dental veneers can likewise resurface natural teeth. Veneers are individually crafted porcelain restorations, which are then permanently attached to the tooth. Every aspect of the porcelain veneer—from the color, to the shape, to the size—is personalized to suit the patient’s needs and appearance.
Orthodontic treatment, specifically Invisalign, is designed to bring your natural teeth into better alignment. With this option, you can close gaps between your teeth, improve bite issues, and widen the overall profile of your smile. The great thing about Invisalign is that it doesn’t use any metal brackets or wires; rather, Invisalign moves teeth with custom-crafted, clear plastic aligners.
It may be that you’re able to achieve all of your dental goals with just one cosmetic option, or you may choose to combine treatments to optimize your results. The best way to get started is to call our Santa Monica cosmetic dentists to schedule a consultation!