Patients suffering from dental issues can significantly improve their self-esteem and smile thanks to cosmetic dentistry. To see if cosmetic dentistry is the right investment for you, take a moment to evaluate your satisfaction with your smile. Do your teeth hold you back from smiling, laughing, or speaking in front of others? If so, you might be a strong candidate for cosmetic care. Our office in San Marcos provides a variety of high-quality treatment options to help you achieve a glowing smile you can feel great about.
Veneers can protect the natural enamel of your teeth.
To begin, your dentist will ask how you honestly feel about your smile. You’ll discuss any issues or imperfections that make you feel self-conscious, and what would you would like to change about your smile appearance. Sharing these details helps your dentist craft a precise cosmetic treatment plan made just for you.
During the comprehensive oral exam, your dentist will determine whether or not you qualify for your desired cosmetic treatment. Cosmetic dentistry should only be performed on healthy teeth, so your dentist will discuss if any restorative work is required before beginning your cosmetic journey.
Once your consultation and exams are complete, a customized cosmetic treatment plan will be crafted to suit your needs and preferences. This outline will help you understand each step of your unique cosmetic procedure.
To help you choose the right treatment for your smile, your dentist will offer a variety of different options. This allows you to select one that aligns with your lifestyle, budget, and priorities.
Once you and your dentist decide on the perfect cosmetic treatment plan, our friendly team will schedule your next visit in San Marcos and guide you through flexible payment options.
Skip the office and whiten your teeth in the comfort of your own home with take-home whitening kits. Over the course of a week, you’ll start to notice subtle, gradual results for a gleaming smile.
To create your reusable custom whitening trays, your dentist will take impressions of your teeth, using either dental putty or digital images with an intraoral scanner.
Once the trays are complete, we’ll provide you with the whitening product and instructions for proper use. By following your dentist’s instructions, you’ll get professional-grade results right at home.
In-office whitening is a swift treatment process completed by your dentist that can brighten your smile up to 10 shades in just one session. Patients looking to illuminate their smile for a special upcoming occasion will love the fast results from in-office whitening.
To begin your treatment, your dentist will place a special gel on your gums, which will protect your mouth during the whitening process. Retractors will be used to keep your cheeks away from your teeth and the whitening treatment. Next, a powerful whitener will be applied and activated with a UV light. The treatment will be rinsed away after one hour to reveal a brighter smile. This process may be repeated several times over multiple appointments to achieve your desired level of whiteness.
During the dental bonding process, your dentist applies a dental resin directly to your tooth to match the natural shade of your smile. Your dentist will then correct the shape of your tooth by carefully shaping and sculpting the resin to restore your smile’s overall look and functionality. This non-invasive process takes about 30-60 minutes for each tooth.
Also known as enameloplasty, shaping & contouring is a cosmetic process that is often used alongside bonding. To shape and contour, a thin layer of enamel is removed from uneven, chipped, or pointy teeth to ensure your desired shape and appearance.
Veneers are thin, durable, tooth-colored porcelain shells that are attached to the front of teeth. This cosmetic feature can treat small gaps between teeth, severe staining, misshapen or uneven teeth, and much more. Veneers can completely transform your smile and last for years. Once veneers are placed on the tooth, they cannot be detached. Taking a veneer off of the tooth removes some of your natural enamel, which is an irreversible process.
Similar to veneers, Lumineers fasten to the front of your tooth to improve its shape, color, and overall appearance. Lumineers are less than half of the thickness of a standard veneer, which is only about as thick as a contact lens. Despite their extreme thinness, Lumineers are still a durable and long-lasting cosmetic solution.
Thanks to their thin nature, Lumineers can often be placed without removing any of your natural enamel, which allows them to be potentially removed and replaced. Talk to your dentist to see if Lumineers are right for you and your smile.
If you’re unsure of which cosmetic treatments are the best fit for you and your smile, or if you believe you may need multiple treatments to achieve desired results, talk to your dentist about a cosmetic dental makeover.
As a highly customized, multi-treatment plan, a cosmetic makeover is specifically tailored to treat all issues you may have with your smile. Every smile is unique, so processes differ from patient to patient. Multiple cosmetic and restorative dental procedures will be completed over a period of time to ensure you are proud of your brand new smile.
Studies show that a person’s satisfaction with their smile has a strong effect on their mental health.
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.
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.
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? Contact your dentist for more information.
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 at (760) 294-2571 to see if we can assist you with discounts or payment plans to help you cover treatment.
An hour-long whitening session can whiten teeth by up to 10 shades.