Cosmetic dentistry in In San Francisco addresses the appearance of your smile, which can have a big impact on your self-confidence and self-esteem. At Diana Dizik, D.D.S. General & Cosmetic Dentistry, San Francisco, we offer several cosmetic dental treatments to address common aesthetic complaints, including toothaches. Here are just a few of the treatments we provide:
A bright, white smile is the first thing people notice about you. If your teeth are severely discolored or naturally yellowed, professional teeth whitening treatments might be just what you need to feel more confident about your smile. In fact, a survey conducted by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry found that approximately 90% of patients felt that a whiter smile was appealing and attractive. With a wide variety of options to brighten your teeth, your dentist can help you choose the best method for your smile and lifestyle.
Our in-office whitening treatments are designed to get your teeth up to 8 shades whiter in just one appointment. The gel-based solution containing hydrogen peroxide is applied to your teeth and then activated by a special light that penetrates the enamel and breaks down stains deep within the teeth. Once applied, the solution stays in place for 15 minutes while the light is activated. This is repeated till the desired level of whitening is achieved. Once the time is up, your treatment is complete, and you can get back to your normal routine.
Depending on your lifestyle and personal preferences, take-home whitening kits may also be recommended as a follow-up. These whitening kits are designed to be applied in the comfort of your own home on your own schedule. Take-home kits still achieve great results and are completely safe, but you can choose when to apply the gel and for how long you want the treatment to last.
A veneer is a thin shell of tooth-colored material that covers the front of the tooth and improves the appearance of your smile by concealing issues like gaps between teeth, cracked enamel, or chipped teeth. They’re shaped to fit perfectly over your natural teeth, and they look and feel just like your real teeth. This means you’ll be able to eat, drink, laugh, and speak without worrying that other people will notice your veneers instead of your real smile.
The placement process for veneers is minimally invasive — it involves removing a very small amount of enamel from your tooth, which is done under local anesthesia, so you don’t feel any pain. Then an impression of your mouth is taken and sent to a lab that will be making your new veneer. Once the veneer has been crafted, you’ll meet with the dentist again to have it placed.
Sometimes called tooth bonding, cosmetic bonding involves a tooth-colored resin that can be bonded to teeth with a specialized light for a seamless and natural-looking repair. It can be used to repair chips, close down large spaces between teeth or change the shape and color of a tooth. The application process is simple; your cosmetic dentist will apply the putty-like resin to the damaged areas, then harden it with light. The resin used in bonding is the same color as your tooth enamel, so no one will be able to tell that you’ve had any work done. Even better, the procedure typically takes less than an hour to complete!
Dental implants are a great option for replacing one or more missing teeth. They’re small titanium posts that are surgically implanted into the jaw, and they act as an artificial tooth root to support a crown, bridge, or denture. Because dental implants are placed directly into the jawbone, they will prevent the bone deterioration that may occur when a tooth is lost. Many people who are missing several teeth find that implant-supported dentures provide them with a more natural-looking and comfortable option when compared to traditional dentures. And with the help of the All-on-4® treatment concept, it is possible to secure a full-arch prosthesis on just four implants. This option is sometimes referred to as the “teeth-in-a-day” procedure because patients can receive their new smile in one day without having to wait to get started on the restoration.
If you are interested in finding out how cosmetic dentistry can help you achieve the smile of your dreams, call Dr. Dizik’s office to schedule your consultation today. Call (650) 348-5424 to book an appointment, or visit us at 720 N El Camino Real, San Mateo, CA 94401.