Cosmetic Dentist in Pico Rivera Helps Achieve Your Picture Perfect Smile!

Cosmetic dentistry is a system that focuses on improving the alignment, structure, and shape of your teeth to create a beautiful smile. Cosmetic dentistry procedures are usually elective but not usually essential.

Our Direct Dental cosmetic dentists offer a variety of cosmetic services that can help improve your pearly whites.

If you know anybody who has discolored, fractured, or missing teeth, then cosmetic dentistry is for them.

What Types of Teeth Problems Can Cosmetic Dentistry Help?

Worn down or damaged teeth

Chipped or broken teeth

Discolored Teeth – due to coffee and wine stains, metalized root canal treatment, and causes from other types of discoloration including medications.

Gaps between teeth

Teeth with uneven or irregular shaped, bulges, or craters

Misaligned teeth

Excellent Wisdom Teeth Video by American Dental Association (ADA)

Types of Cosmetic Dentistry in Pico Rivera

Teeth Whitening

Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is one of the most basic cosmetic dentistry procedures. Our dentist’s office can provide teeth whitening or teeth bleaching. The first thing is to get your semi-annual professional teeth cleaning to remove plaque, tartar and other debris from the surface of each tooth. This gives the best chance for restoring their natural appearance. It’s possible to achieve an even lighter shade than this original color with the bleaching process.

As we live life our teeth will become stained and even worn from personal habits like smoking, the foods we eat, our colored drinks, and some medications. Some toothpaste will help whitening a little but bleaching will do a much better job.

Dental Implants

Dental Implants by Dr Winston

Dental implants will replace one or more missing teeth. The implant dentist will insert a small titanium screw into the jaw where you are missing your tooth. This is the implant and it serves as the support for a dental crown. After they are complete its really difficult to distinguish the implant tooth from the surrounding natural teeth. The titanium implant will bond with the bone and supporting tissue. This fuses to the implant permanently. Its very important that patients good oral hygiene during the implant placement period to keep them clean and plaque and food debris from the area.

Orthodontics

Malocclusion Teeth

Orthodontics and the alignment of your teeth affects so many areas in your life from your smile, facial appearance, TMJ, your breathing airway, your bite, and your overall dental health. We use the most current technology and techniques to help children, teenagers, and adults have a healthy and beautiful smile. Dr Sammy Ibrahim is our orthodontic specialest. His patients love him.

Patients with misaligned bite can have chronic jaw pain and frequent headaches. This can affects the TMJ joints in your jaw. Manytimes orthodontics will correct the bite and help relieve the pain and symptoms of TMJ.

Composite Bonding

Composite bonding is used to the repair decayed, damaged or discolored teeth using material that is close to the color of your tooth enamel. If you have tooth decay, your dentist will drill out the decay and add the composite material onto the surface of the tooth. She then will sculpt it into the shape of the tooth before curing it with a high-intensity curing light. This covers the tooth damage area and looks just like a healthy tooth. Bonding is really one of the least expensive ways to cosmetically make a damaged tooth look natural. This cosmetic procedures helps with tooth decay, chipped or cracked teeth and worn-down edges.

Inlays and Onlays

Inlays and onlays are also known as indirect fillings. They are used for teeth that have mild or moderate decay or is missing enough tooth structure to support a dental filling. Usually if the tooth cusps is still healthy, the inlay will be put directly onto the surface of the tooth. If the cusp or a bigger part of the tooth is damaged, an onlay will be used to cover the entire tooth.

Dental laboratories make the inlays and onlays from composite resin material. They are attached to the teeth with dental cement. These onlays provide support and the strengthen teeth along with restoring their shape, but most importantly they help avoid further decay or deterioration to save the tooth.

Dental Veneers

Shade Choices for Veneers

There are no two teeth that are the same therefore, dental veneers are very personalized for each individual and each tooth. They are quite realistic and actually look like your natural teeth in shape and the shade of white. Veneers can correct many cosmetic problems ranging from cracked or damaged enamel, to crooked teeth including many noticeable gaps between side by side teeth.  Your dentist will prepare each tooth and put the veneer on the front side of each tooth adhering it with dental adhesive. The manufacture used medical grade ceramic to create each individual veneer.

First, Cosmetic Veneers For A Bright Beautiful Smile

One of the most popular services offered by cosmetic dentists is cosmetic veneers. Veneers are custom-made ceramic or porcelain overlays. They are very close to a real tooth both in appearance and in use, and can help solve unsymmetric, misaligned, yellow and damaged teeth problems. The best thing about veneers (aside from providing you the best looking smile) is that they are built to last.

Here is an excellent video of the Veneer process by Dr. John Moore, a San Antonio dentist:

Veneers can last 10 – 30 years due to the bonding agents and proper care. Additionally, you don’t have to go the extra mile in taking care of them. Just brush and floss your pearly whites every day and they should stay beautiful.

However, just like your regular teeth, veneers can get stains from coffee, tea, and organic dyes. The best way to avoid getting stains is to first, rinse your mouth to wash away the food debris and brush your teeth as soon as possible.

If you have the some of the following teeth problems then you might need the help of veneers:

Irregularly shaped or misaligned teeth
Broken or chipped teeth
Gaps in between teeth
Stained or discolored teeth

What To Expect When Getting Veneers?

Before anything else, we will examine your teeth, gums, and bone structure. Then we will explain the options and answer your questions. Once you’ve decided on what course of action to take, you will be given a local anesthetic to make you feel comfortable and relaxed during the procedure. We will then create a place for the porcelain material by removing a small amount of enamel. After creating space, we will then clean and polish the tooth surface to be followed by our dental professionals permanently bonding the veneers to your teeth.

For the final step, a handheld dental curing light will be held over the veneers to harden the bonding material. After this, we will be happy to answer any questions about the installation and care of your veneer surfaces.

Your trip to the Dentist’s Office for Veneers

Your first day to the see the cosmetic dentist; you will be conducting some consulting and planning. From there you and your dentist will be setting future appointments for planning, ordering, and installation. Working on a single tooth or multiple teeth is possible at each visit.

Planning For Your Beautiful Smiles: Before we could start the procedure. It is important to let him know what kind of results you are expecting. This would help him list the things you need to know such as the limitations if there are any and the solutions he came up with for you to get your desired outcome. Take note that he will make tooth impressions and take x-rays.

How We Prepare Your Teeth: Before you get started, your dentist will offer you a local anesthetic. In this part, it is important to tell your dentist if you are feeling any pain or not so that he can adjust the effectivity of the anesthetic. From here he will be molding a model of your teeth. Your teeth are usually ½ millimeter thick. Be patient, because the process for making a mold model will take about one or two weeks.

Bonding To Your Enamel: And the final part of the procedure. This is the part where the dentist sculpts and repositions the newly made teeth in your mouth. Now and then he will try to align and refigure the new teeth using orthodontics or dental implants to complement the other teeth. When the positions are set nicely, he will be directing a curing light beam towards the newly added teeth. This curing beam triggers the cement’s chemical hardening and speeds the curing process. Do not hesitate to tell your doctor if you feel some discomfort and irritation from your gums.

What Are The Benefits of a Cosmetic Veneers?

First, it can increase your confidence to smile around people.

It can also help you in socializing with others.

They look like natural teeth and are very attractive.

You have the power to choose the whiteness of the porcelain.

It makes your smile look healthier and happier.

Porcelain material does not cause any irritation to the gums.

Are there Disadvantages?

It’s not reversible. (But they can be replaced)

Veneer’s are more expensive than composite resin bonding

In some cases, your teeth can become more sensitive to hot and cold after some enamel removal.

This rarely happens, but extreme pressure can cause them to dislodge.

How Long Can They Last?

Veneers are build to last. So if you take good care of them, they can last for 10-30 years.

Any Additional Care Needed?

Just like healthy teeth, they don’t need any additional care. Treat them just like how regular teeth should be treated such as brushing and flossing at least three times a day and watching what you eat and drink. However, we do recommend that you’d stay away from coffee and red wine.

What are the other options?

On the one hand, we have composite bonding and dental crowns in the other. If you’re a bit concerned with your wallet and well-being then composite bonding is a better option since it is less expensive, and caps can be more costly. However, if you do have some cash to spare then veneers are a better choice. Veneers are really good cosmetic options since they help to fill the gaps in around your teeth for a healthy white glimmering smile.

Schedule an appointment to for a beautiful smile evaluation.