Patients with dental issues of all kinds can dramatically improve their appearance with cosmetic dentistry, so they can smile with confidence. Before you decide if cosmetic dentistry is right for you, take some time to think about how satisfied you are with your smile. If you find yourself holding back from smiling, laughing, or even speaking in front of others because of your grin, you might be the ideal candidate for cosmetic care. At our dental office in Santa Barbara, we provide a full range of cosmetic treatments and services to help you achieve the smile you deserve.
To start things off, your dentist will ask you how you feel about your smile. We encourage you to be candid and honest about any issues or imperfections that make you feel self-conscious, and express to us what you would change about your grin.
During your oral exam, your dentist will find out if you’re a good candidate for the cosmetic treatment you desire. Since cosmetic services require healthy teeth, your dentist will let you know if any restorative treatments are necessary before starting your cosmetic care.
After your consultation and exam, your doctor will sit down with you to discuss all of your treatment options and create a customized cosmetic treatment plan based on your unique needs and desired outcome. The outline will help you understand every step of your treatment.
To assist in your decision, your dentist will provide you with a variety of different options. Together, you’ll choose the right cosmetic treatment for your needs, budget, and lifestyle.
Once you and your dentist have decided on the right cosmetic treatment plan, we’ll schedule your next appointment and provide guidance on how to best pay for your treatment.
To achieve a brighter smile from the comfort of your own home, we offer take-home whitening. With our take-home whitening kits, your grin will gradually be whitened over the course of a week or two.
To create your reusable custom whitening trays, we will take impressions of your teeth and gums to ensure your trays fit perfectly.
Once the trays have been crafted, we’ll give you our whitening product and a full set of instructions for proper use. As long as you follow your dentist’s instructions, you’ll get the professional results you deserve, right at home.
In-office teeth whitening is a quick way to illuminate your smile by whitening it up to 10 shades in a single session. If you’re looking to dramatically brighten your smile for an upcoming special occasion, you’ll love the near-instant results from in-office whitening.
To begin, your dentist will apply a special gel to your gums to keep them protected during the whitening process. To protect your cheeks, retractors will be used to keep them away from your teeth. Once we’ve taken all the necessary precautions, a powerful whitening agent will be applied to your teeth and activated with a special UV light. The paste or gel will be rinsed away after an hour, revealing a brighter smile. For patients with extremely discolored teeth, the process may be repeated multiple times over the course of several visits to achieve your desired outcome.
KöR Whitening’s popularity is well-deserved due to its versatility and effectiveness. With KöR, you can gradually whiten your teeth in the comfort of your own home in just 2 weeks.
We offer both KöR-Day™ and KöR-Night™ teeth whitening options so you can brighten your smile in whatever way is best for you. KöR-Night™ is the most convenient and cost-effective option that allows you to whiten your teeth while you sleep. For patients who prefer not to wear whitening trays while they sleep, KöR-Day™ is a great option. Plus, KöR-Day™ is only worn for short periods throughout the day, making it a better choice for patients with sensitive teeth.
For extra-stubborn stains, in-office and at-home whitening methods can be combined to reach your desired brightness. KöR in-office whitening offers quick results that can lighten your smile by multiple shades in just one visit.
Dental bonding is a non-invasive procedure in which your dentist will apply a dental resin (that matches the shade of your smile) to your teeth. They will carefully sculpt the resin before curing it with a special UV light to restore the look, feel, and function of your smile. The whole process usually takes between 30-60 minutes for each tooth.
Shaping & contouring, also known as enameloplasty, is a cosmetic procedure that is often used in tandem with dental bonding. The treatment involves the removal of a thin layer of enamel from uneven, chipped, or sharp teeth to achieve the desired shape.
Veneers are wafer-thin, tooth-colored shells made from modern high-strength tooth-colored ceramics that are affixed to the front side of your teeth. This cosmetic treatment can eliminate small gaps between teeth, as well as cover up the appearance of severe staining, misshapen or uneven teeth, and much more.
To place veneers, your dentist will shave down the enamel so the porcelain shells don’t bulge or protrude from your smile. This is an irreversible procedure, so it’s an important consideration to make before committing to the treatment. However, veneers can completely transform your smile and will last for years before needing to be replaced, as long as they are cared for properly.
Botox, or botulinum toxin, is typically used to smooth wrinkles fine lines in your skin. However, it is also used to provide patients with relief from TMJ/TMD (temporomandibular joint disorders). Because dentists are experts when it comes to facial anatomy, they are ideal administers of Botox.
Dermal fillers come in a variety of forms and are injected underneath the skin to enhance facial features like the lips and cheeks. Fillers can also rejuvenate and plump up aging skin to restore your youthful look and complement your smile. If you’re looking to enhance sagging cheeks or thinning lips, fillers may be right for you.
If there are multiple aspects of your smile that you are unhappy with, ask us about a full cosmetic makeover.
A highly customized plan involving multiple procedures, a cosmetic makeover is tailored to address all of your smile needs. Since every grin is unique, exact treatments will differ between patients. Multiple cosmetic and restorative dental procedures will be completed across several visits to help you achieve the smile of your dreams.
Invisalign is an excellent alternative to traditional orthodontics that utilizes a series of clear aligners made from a durable plastic called SmartTrack. If you lead an active lifestyle, or don’t want to deal with the discomfort and look of metal or ceramic braces, Invisalign might be the solution you’ve been looking for.
With advances in Invisalign technology, we can now utilize the treatment to correct more complex orthodontic issues than ever before. Get in touch with us today to set up a consultation and find out if Invisalign is right for you.
If your tooth experiences an enamel defect, trauma, or infection, it may receive a lower amount of calcium and other ions to the deeper portions of the enamel. This is what causes little white spots to form on the external surface of the tooth.
By using a minimally invasive ICON resin treatment, your dentist can "erase" those pesky white spots that show up on your teeth. These are also referred to as "hypo spots" or enamel bruising.
Your dentist will begin the ICON lesion treatment by removing the outer layer of enamel that is causing calcium and ion blockage. The enamel will then be replaced with a durable substance that matches the true shade of your tooth. The treatment is quick, minimally invasive, and can get your smile back to its natural brilliance again.
With cosmetic dentistry, we can solve almost any aesthetic issue you can think of. Patients with yellow or stained teeth can receive teeth whitening treatments for a brighter grin. Dental bonding, shaping, & contouring can transform the shape of teeth to fix minor cracks and chips, or to even out your smile to get it back to a natural, aesthetically pleasing look. Veneers or Lumineers can fill gaps, cover severe stains, and fix the look of slightly crooked or crowded teeth. Dental crowns can also be used for cosmetic purposes, though they are reserved for teeth that have experienced more extensive decay or damage.
If you’re in good oral and overall health, chances are that you are a good candidate for cosmetic dentistry.
If you’re struggling with oral health issues like gum disease, cavities, or occlusal issues, you may require restorative or orthodontic treatments before beginning any cosmetic procedures.
Yes! It’s not uncommon to undergo multiple cosmetic dental procedures at the same time. Some services, like dental bonding and enameloplasty, are almost always performed in tandem. Cosmetic makeovers involve the using a combination of a variety of cosmetic treatments to completely transform a patient’s smile.
Every insurance plan is different, but most do not cover cosmetic dental care, as cosmetic cases are often listed as elective, or unnecessary to your oral health, by insurance companies. Some treatments, like veneers or dental crowns, may be partially covered by some insurance plans, but this is not very common. Because of this, you will likely need to pay for cosmetic treatment out-of-pocket. To get an idea of the scope of your dental insurance coverage, contact your insurer directly, or get in touch with our team to see if we can assist you with discounts or payment plans, so you can get the smile you deserve.