Cosmetic Dentistry in South Los Angeles, CA

Is cosmetic dental treatment right for me?

Feeling comfortable with your smile can make a huge difference in living your life to the fullest. If you find yourself shying away from laughing or smiling, or if you feel self conscious when you speak, cosmetic dentistry may be right for you. Cosmetic dentistry helps with a wide variety of dental issues, drastically improving smiles and renewing confidence. If you are considering cosmetic dental treatment, ask yourself if you are fully satisfied with your smile. If not, cosmetic care at our office can help you gain the smile that you deserve.

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Did you know…

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Veneers can protect the natural enamel of your teeth.

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What to expect at your cosmetic consultation

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Initial Conversation

We will do everything we can to ensure that you are comfortable speaking about your insecurities with no judgements, only solutions. During this first conversation, we will discuss what problems you have with your smile, and provide you with options on how to improve it.

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Comprehensive Exam

We will first begin with a thorough oral exam to find out if you are a good candidate for cosmetic services. In order for treatment to be successful, having a healthy set of teeth and gums is essential. Your South Los Angeles dentist will go over any restorative treatments required before beginning cosmetic care.

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Personalized Treatment Plan

After your consultation and oral exam, your dentist will curate a specialized treatment plan that is designed to fit your specific needs and desired results. We will cover treatment options and plan accordingly so that you receive optimized care. This personalized plan will help you visualize each step of your smile transformation.

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Explore Your Options

You will be provided with an array of options for treatment. Together, you and your dentist will discuss how these options suit your personal needs. Your lifestyle and budget will be taken into account so you feel comfortable every step of the way.

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Scheduling & Payment

After you’ve chosen your treatment plan, we will schedule your next visit; we’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have about our services or finances.

Cosmetic Treatment Options

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Take-Home Teeth Whitening

Take-home teeth whitening is a great option if you want to whiten your teeth without leaving the comfort of your home. You’ll get great results over the course of 2 weeks.

We curate the whitening trays by taking impressions of your teeth and gums so that they fit comfortably in your mouth. When your personalized trays are crafted, you’ll receive our whitening product. Detailed instructions for proper use and how to care for your trays will follow. Reading and following these instructions will give you professional results.

In-Office Teeth Whitening

In-office whitening can provide a more dramatic transformation. In just your first visit, you can significantly brighten your teeth–up to 10 shades lighter! This is a great option if you want instant results for an upcoming special occasion, or if you simply don’t want to wait to show off your brighter smile.  

To achieve these results, your dentist will apply a protective gel to your gums so that they aren’t irritated during the whitening process. Retractors are used to keep your cheeks and other soft-tissues out of harm’s way. Then a powerful whitening agent will be applied carefully to your teeth, activated by a UV light. This whitening agent will be left on your teeth for about an hour but the time varies based on your desired shade. Repeated visits may be required for those with advanced discoloration. This process can be recurrent until you achieve the results you desire, but even one visit can make a huge difference!

Veneers

Veneers are often used to eliminate any tooth imperfections. This ranges from eliminating small gaps to completely covering up stained, misshaped, or uneven teeth. They are expertly crafted out of wafer-thin porcelain shells, made to look tooth-colored and natural. 

This procedure begins with the removal of 0.5mm of enamel so the veneer can merge to the tooth. This makes it an irreversible procedure because enamel doesn’t grow back. Even so, veneers are still a highly popular procedure as they can last for up to 20 years, giving you an impeccable smile that will boost your confidence.

Cosmetic Dental Makeovers

Cosmetic makeovers are specialized dental plans that address your every need to give you a smile that you are satisfied with. They utilize multiple treatments to cover everything. This is favorable because everyone has different desires and unique needs; cosmetic dental makeovers can be vastly different depending on the individual. Because it’s specially curated towards you, a variety of cosmetic and restorative dental procedures will be used to best suit your needs.

ClearCorrect

Clear Aligners straighten your teeth without the hassle of uncomfortable metal, ceramic brackets, or wires. One of the major benefits of ClearCorrect aligners is they are easily removable, so you don’t have to worry about having dietary restrictions.

The technology for clear aligners is becoming increasingly advanced, meaning that they are capable of treating complex orthodontic solutions. Consult with Dr. Smith and discover if clear aligners are the best option for you.

Did you know…

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An hour-long whitening session can whiten teeth by up to 10 shades.

Interested in cosmetic services?

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Have questions about cosmetic dentistry? Find answers here.

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What dental issues can cosmetic dentistry solve?

Cosmetic dentistry can solve nearly any issue you’re facing that relates to the appearance of your teeth. Patients with stained and yellowing teeth can opt for teeth whitening treatments for a brighter, more youthful smile. Bonding, shaping & contouring can repair misshapen and uneven teeth back into a natural, appealing look. Dental crowns can also be used for cosmetic purposes. Veneers or Lumineers can correct gaps between teeth, cover severe tooth staining, and provide a solution to slightly crooked or crowded teeth.

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Am I a good candidate for cosmetic dental treatments?

A good candidate for cosmetic dentistry is free of any major orthodontic issues and has healthy teeth and gums.

If you struggle with oral health problems such as gum disease, cavities, or jaw and teeth alignment issues, cosmetic dentistry may not be the right treatment for you at this time. These problems can be addressed and resolved through restorative or orthodontic treatments before you decide to explore cosmetic dental procedures. For many patients, restorative care and orthodontics can provide a healthier and more beautiful smile.

Can I get more than one cosmetic dental procedure done at the same time?

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Yes! It’s common to undergo multiple cosmetic dental procedures at once. For example, dental bonding and enameloplasty are often completed in the same appointment. Looking to see if you can have multiple cosmetic procedures done in one visit? Ask your dentist for more information.

Is cosmetic dentistry covered by dental insurance?

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Dental insurance does not usually cover most cosmetic dentistry treatments. This is because cosmetic cases are often listed as elective and unnecessary to the health of your smile by insurance companies. You will need to pay for treatment out-of-pocket for most cosmetic treatments. There is a chance that your insurance may cover a portion of the cost for treatments such as veneers or cosmetic crowns, but this is not common. To understand the full details of your dental insurance coverage, contact your insurer. Reach out to our team to see if we can assist you with discounts or payment plans to help you cover treatment.

Did you know…

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Cosmetic dentistry can make it easier to take care of your smile.