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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Cosmetic Dentistry

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Cosmetic Dentistry

Tools used for professional teeth whitening in San Jose CAThe least expensive options are whitening toothpastes and mouthwashes. Designed to have whitening capabilities, toothpastes and mouthwashes work to remove surface stains using mild abrasives. However, unlike bleaching materials used in professional whitening procedures in San Jose, these products do not lighten the actual color shade of the tooth. Whitening toothpastes affect surface stains and will mildly lighten your teeth.

At Home Teeth Whitening Near 95133

There are many over-the-counter teeth whitening options, and one type of readily accessible whitening product is commonly referred to as paint-on teeth whiteners. Paint-on whiteners can be purchased over the counter and are generally less expensive and less effective than whitening strips or professional options. Paint-on teeth whiteners consist of a gel that a user applies to the teeth using a small brush. Paint-on whitening gel hardens into a film that coats the treated teeth and dissolves in the mouth. As with any teeth whitening regimen, we recommend that you consult with our dentist in San Jose, CA before you begin treating discolored teeth.

 

Composite dental fillings are a conservative, natural-looking solution for teeth with small cavities, fractures, gaps or discolorations.  Composites are a more esthetic alternative to silver, amalgam fillings and, as a result, have become the preferred material for fixing a tooth.

Close up of teeth with metal fillings and after with tooth colored fillings in San Jose CA

Dental Fillings in San Jose, CA

Composites are retained onto a tooth by bonding, where the material is allowed to extend into the pore-like tubules of your tooth and form a strong, interlocking connection.  Composites come in multiple shades that can be layered and mixed to ensure that they match your tooth’s natural color, and a high polish allows for an optimum cosmetic result.

 

Cosmetic Enhancements with Porcelain Veneers

Veneers in San Jose, CA are made of ceramic and stacked with porcelain. This allows our cosmetic dentist to use multiple shades when designing the veneer to best match your natural color. It also gives the veneer a natural, glossy sheen and allows us to replicate all the nuances and characteristics of a natural tooth. The goal is to give you a beautiful smile that shines, but also looks natural as well!

As the most common mantra in dentistry goes, each smile is different, and as such, treatments vary Woman pointing to her beautiful smile at cosmetic dentist in San Jose CAfrom patient to patient. Just as you yourself are unique, your treatment should be customized to fit your needs and desires.

Cosmetic Dentistry in the 95133 Area

Before rendering any cosmetic dental treatment in San Jose, our dentists make sure to sit down with the patient for a consultation, where we take the appropriate records and discuss ideal and alternative treatment plans that will give the patient the smile they are looking for, all the while maintaining the health and integrity of their natural dentition. Schedule a consultation with our cosmetic dentist today!

Teeth Whitening Options Near 95133

Teeth whitening strips are thin, flexible plastic (polyethylene) strips with a thin film of hydrogen peroxide bleaching on one side. Whitening strip kits come with two types of strips: strips for the upper teeth and strips for the lower teeth. The bleaching agent is applied by placing the strips across your teeth and gently pressing the strips into place to ensure contact with all your teeth. Teeth whitening strips are typically worn for 30 minutes a day, twice a day. The duration of treatment will vary. Contact our dentist office in San Jose for more information on teeth whitening!

Replace Missing Teeth with Dental Implants

Dental implants in San Jose, CA are another esthetic fix for a missing tooth and perhaps mimic most what it is like to still have a natural tooth in the mouth - in that it stands alone and does not involve adjacent teeth. After the oral surgeon surgically places the implant screw in the bone where the gap is, 2-3 months are allowed for healing and osseointegration. Osseointegration is the process by which your natural bone grows between the threads of the implant, anchoring it in your jaw much like your teeth are.  After this phase, we are then able to place a crown on top of the implant screw, filling the gap and making the implant functional. Just as with the dental bridge, implants are an aesthetic, permanent way to fill the gap between two teeth, and with proper home care can last 10-20 years or more. 

Tooth replacement with dental implants in San Jose CA


 

Professional Teeth Whitening in San Jose, CA Close up of dental patients smile after teeth whitening in San Jose CA

Tray bleaching is a type of professional teeth whitening in San Jose, CA that uses custom-made trays and whitening gel only available through our office. The whitening gel is placed in custom-fitted trays that fit perfectly over your teeth. As the peroxide in the gel breaks down, hydroxyradicals help whiten stained teeth. Unlike strips, this process whitens all your natural teeth and may contain special ingredients to ensure maximum comfort. At-home professional tray whitening generally takes 10-14 days, although you may notice results in as little as three to five days.

Porcelain Veneers in San Jose, CAClose up of dental patient testing shades of veneers in San Jose CA

Veneers are a highly esthetic, conservative approach to repairing misshapen, misaligned, discolored teeth.  The design for each porcelain veneer in San Jose, CA depends on each individual tooth and the desired end result.  It involves shaving off a little bit of the outer, visible surface of the tooth to make room for the veneer material.  An impression is then taken and the veneer designed to bond on to the tooth.

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