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Cosmetic dentistry can transform any smile. From brightening dingy, yellow teeth to covering damaged or crooked teeth with porcelain restorations, you’re sure to find a suitable treatment for your smile needs. But with many options to choose from, how do you know which ones are right for you? Today on the blog, our Oakland cosmetic dentists at Glen Park Dental share helpful information about some of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures and how they are used to help you decide which ones are right for your smile needs.
For patients seeking to brighten their teeth without altering their tooth structure, professional teeth whitening may be the best choice. At Glen Park Dental, we offer GLO teeth whitening system in Oakland, which can be done at home or on the go in just a few minutes each day. The take-home kit only requires you to whiten your teeth for eight minutes a day for five days or as many as ten days to reach your desired results. GLO Science uses a proprietary whitening gel that is accelerated by a special LED light. There is little to no tooth sensitivity, and the whitening agent can even restore dental restorations like crowns, bridges, or fillings to their initial brightness.
If your teeth require more than just a brightening, porcelain veneers may be the answer. Veneers are crafted to fit over the front side of your teeth, concealing imperfections like small chips, gaps between teeth, badly discolored teeth, or misshapen and crooked teeth. Veneers are also known as ‘instant orthodontics’ because they conceal tooth misalignment without the need for braces. Patients enjoy the many benefits of veneers, including that it only takes a couple of weeks to get the results, they’re permanent, and the results are natural and beautiful.
For patients needing a quick fix or that only need to restore one or two teeth, you may consider cosmetic bonding. Like veneers, cosmetic bonding covers the front surface and sometimes the chewing surface of a tooth but consists of a different material. Cosmetic bonding uses a composite that looks like dental enamel. While cosmetic bonding is a quick, one-visit solution to restore a couple of teeth and costs less than veneers, the material may not last quite as long. Therefore, it’s essential to discuss your short and long-term smile goals with your Oakland cosmetic dentist before deciding which treatment is best for you.
Are my teeth too far gone to restore?
Many people are concerned about their teeth being too far gone to restore or repair. While there is a point of no return, you’d be surprised what cosmetic dentistry can accomplish when you choose the best cosmetic dentist in Oakland. An experienced dentist uses leading-edge technology and materials to construct the most beautiful smiles. If you have at least half or more of your natural tooth structure remaining, the chances are good that your teeth can be restored with cosmetic dentistry. However, the best way to know for sure is to schedule a consultation with Glen Park Dental by calling (415) 585-1500 or visit us online today. Our office is conveniently located in Oakland, serving the surrounding communities of Marin and the Bay Area.