Poway Dentist Talks Cosmetic Dentistry

Poway and Rancho Bernardo, CA

What is your idea of a perfect smile? The general conscience would probably be a bright white smile with perfectly straight teeth. The thing is, perfect smiles don’t come naturally for most people. Those perfect smiles that you see plastered all over tabloids and TV probably didn’t happen by chance. Those smiles were created by expert cosmetic dentists. Thankfully, there are solutions to enhance less-than-perfect smiles. Today on the blog, our Poway dentist talks about cosmetic dentistry, including the options available for improving your smile and how to tell if you are a candidate.

Let’s talk about your options. Each patient has a unique set of smile needs. But, here is a look at the most common cosmetic dental procedures.

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Teeth Whitening

Known to be one of the most affordable options in cosmetic dentistry, teeth whitening is a popular treatment that can be conducted in as little as one visit to our Poway cosmetic dentist office. There are many types available online and in stores. However, if you’re really wanting the best results that last, opt for professional teeth whitening at Smiles by Dr. Cook. However, keep in mind that while teeth whitening brightens teeth, several (or more) shades whiter, this treatment is not meant to alter the shape, size, or position of your teeth. If you have any of these smile concerns, you may want to talk to the dentist about a more permanent option to enhance your smile.

Cosmetic Bonding

Using tooth-colored composite material, Dr. Cook, an award-winning cosmetic dentist in Poway, applies this resin over a crooked, chipped, stained, or otherwise imperfect tooth enhancing it to provide beautiful results. One of the best benefits of cosmetic bonding, besides the fact that it looks completely natural, is that it can be completed in one visit to our cosmetic dentist office in Poway. It does not involve needing a dental lab or multiple appointments to complete in most cases. Cosmetic bonding can be used to enhance a single tooth or all visible teeth in your smile line.

Porcelain Veneers

Veneers are ultra-thin shells of dental porcelain that are custom made for each tooth. Like cosmetic bonding, a single veneer can be placed over a problem tooth, or multiple veneers could enhance your entire smile. Two appointments are required to get veneers, but patients quickly discover that their results were well worth the wait. To determine how many veneers you might need, it is best to schedule a consultation with Dr. Cook. The process involved in getting veneers begins with your first appointment, where Dr. Cook slightly shapes each tooth being treated. Impressions are taken that are later used to fabricate your restorations. In the meantime, aesthetically pleasing temporaries are placed over your teeth, which are worn for a couple of weeks until your permanent veneers are ready. Veneers are permanently bonded to your teeth, providing you with a perfect smile that lasts. 

There is no need to feel embarrassed about your smile. If you would like to explore your options for cosmetic dentistry and find out what’s best for you, contact Smiles by Dr. Cook today by calling (858) 673-0141 or request an appointment online.

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