Cosmetic Dentistry in Mission Viejo

The Value of Cosmetic Dentistry: Is It Worth It?

Having a smile that you feel comfortable sharing with those around you can prove a foundation for self-assurance and confidence. On the other hand, feeling discouraged because of how your teeth look can directly impact how you interact with others. Maybe you will smile less, restrain full laughter, or even remain silent in conversations, all to hide your smile. We believe everyone deserves to feel great about their smiles. We offer a variety of high-quality options. With cosmetic dentistry in Mission Viejo at Smile Dental Boutique, we aim to put that belief into action. Book your appointment for a brighter smile today at Smile Dental Boutique through our online form or by calling our office.

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What to Expect at Your Cosmetic Consultation

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Open and Friendly Conversation

The first step is helping us understand your goals and reasons for cosmetic dental care. Your dentist will ask you how you feel about your smile. The more we know about your expectations, the better our team can tailor treatment toward outstanding, personalized results. The conversation is conducted in a confidential manner but in a stress-free and friendly environment.

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Comprehensive Oral Exam

The next step involves a thorough exam to evaluate the health and state of your smile. This key step checks your teeth to see if they are a good match for your desired cosmetic dental treatment. In some cases, patients may first need restorative treatments to address health concerns, such as tooth decay, before beginning their cosmetic journey.

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Building Your Treatment Plan

Following the results of your exam, your cosmetic dentist will explore your available options. This is a great time to ask additional questions and learn the pros and cons of each treatment available. Your dentist works with you to set up your personalized plan according to your needs, lifestyle and preferences

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Scheduling and Financing

Once you have settled on a treatment plan, it is time to book your next visit to get started on it. In many cases, this can be within a matter of days to weeks, allowing you to get your new smile quickly. Additionally, our friendly team will guide you through financing or flexible payment options.

Cosmetic Treatment Options

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Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening for a dazzling smile! Teeth discoloration can happen over time as a result of different stains from food, age, and lifestyle choices. Teeth whitening is one of the most common cosmetic dental procedures. We offer both take-home teeth whitening and in-office options.

Take-Home Teeth Whitening

You can whiten your teeth in the comfort of your own home with custom-made trays. We take impressions of your teeth to fabricate the trays. The take-home kits allow you to improve your teeth's appearance over the course of a week or can be used for touch-ups after the in-house whitening.

In-Office Teeth Whitening

In-office options can brighten up to 3 shades in a single visit and will be completed by your dentist or a trained staff. In this case, a barrier gel will be placed on your gums. Retractors will be used to keep your lips and cheeks away from the whitening gel. A powerful whitening gel will be applied for about one hour, and then will be rinsed off. You can enjoy watching your favorite Netflix show while waiting for the whitening to work. We explore both options with patients to see which is the most suitable for them.

Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is an adaptive treatment that can improve tooth shape, contour, color, or sensitivity. It works through the direct application of a tooth-colored resin to the chipped or cracked tooth. The resin is then shaped and molded to improve the appearance of the tooth. A single tooth takes only about half an hour to treat, with results that can last for years.

Veneers

These thin, natural-looking porcelain shells are permanently placed over the teeth to improve the color, shape, length, and appearance of the tooth. This option lasts longer than dental bonding when cared for properly.

Lumineers

Lumineers work in a similar way to veneers, but these shells are about one-half as thick as traditional porcelain veneers. However, the material is extremely durable and can provide lasting aesthetic improvements to your teeth. One advantage of this type of shell is it can be placed without removing any enamel, allowing for easy replacement if needed. Only healthy and well-aligned teeth can be good candidates for Lumineers.

Dental Makeover

A full dental makeover is best for patients with severe damage or cosmetic concerns on multiple teeth. A makeover can involve a combination of several procedure types, such as veneers, bonding, whitening, and more.

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Invisalign continues to rise in popularity, providing patients with a path toward straighter teeth through a more subtle approach. While the purpose of Invisalign is to correct misaligned teeth (which can pose a health problem), there is no denying this orthodontic treatment has cosmetic benefits. Straighter teeth look great, and since they are easier to clean, keeping your smile healthy and looking its best is easier.

Dental Crowns

Though mainly a restorative treatment, having a dental crown placed can also give new life to the aesthetic of your smile. Our crowns are made of high-quality materials built to last for years while still looking like a natural part of your smile. Crowns can be fabricated out of natural-looking porcelain, ceramic, zirconia, e.max or porcelain-fused to metal materials to perfectly match other teeth or to enhance your smile.

Dental Implants

Nothing can ruin a smile quite like missing teeth, especially if the missing tooth is located at the front of the mouth. The sturdiest and longest-lasting tooth loss solution is a dental implant, which can last up to a lifetime with proper care. You can make your smile whole again with dental implants or other options like dental bridges. This procedure involves replacing individual teeth with titanium implants and custom-made crowns. However, you can also use implants to support dentures.


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You can whiten teeth by up to 3 shades with a single hour-long whitening session.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Cosmetic Dentistry

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What Is Cosmetic Dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry is the area of dentistry that concentrates on improving smiles and teeth. It combines dental knowledge and artistic precision to address a variety of flaws and to produce a harmonious, natural-looking smile. Cosmetic dentistry involves any procedures like veneers, crowns, dental bonding, implants, teeth whitening, and neurotoxin that aim to enhance the appearance of one's smile. While some of the treatments can provide health or functional benefits, others are purely for appearance. If you have oral health concerns, they will likely need to be treated before receiving cosmetic care.

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What Are the Benefits of Cosmetic Dentistry?

Enhanced Aesthetics are the main benefit of cosmetic dentistry. An aesthetically pleasing grin is the result of straightening teeth, tooth whitening, veneers, and other procedures. A lot of cosmetic dentistry operations provide you with an enhanced smile for a long period of time.

Improved Self-Confidence is another benefit that goes beyond looks. Research shows that people with higher self-esteem have more success at school, work and social relationships and demonstrate  improved medical and physical health.

Functional Improvements are an inevitable part of cosmetic dentistry. Replacing the missing teeth with a bridge or implant helps with chewing, eating, and talking. Correcting the bite and teeth alignments with Invisalign helps with the health of teeth and gums and can lower the risk of  temporomandibular joint (TMJ) problems.

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How Long Does Cosmetic Dentistry Last?

The duration of cosmetic dentistry results can vary based on the type of procedure you underwent and how well you maintain your oral hygiene. Teeth whitening can last anywhere between 6 months to 3 years, and longer-lasting procedures like veneers stay beautiful for 10 years or more. Additionally, dental visits and professional cleanings are crucial to seeing your results last longer. On the other hand, habits such as grinding teeth, prolonged sipping on stain-producing drinks, and smoking can negatively impact the duration of results.

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What Dental Issues Can Cosmetic Dentistry Address?

Any concerns with the appearance of the teeth like the color, size, shape, gaps, placement, or any other cosmetic details can be addressed with a cosmetic treatment. Teeth whitening can brighten up the smile. Bonding & contouring can repair the erosions, stains, and uneven teeth back into a natural, appealing look. Dental crowns can also be used for cosmetic purposes and to support undermined teeth. Veneers can correct gaps between teeth, enhance and rejuvenate your smile, cover severe tooth staining, and provide a solution to slightly crooked or crowded teeth.

Am I a Candidate for Cosmetic Dental Care?

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A good candidate for cosmetic dentistry has healthy teeth and gums overall. If you are undergoing oral health issues such as gum disease, root infections, cavities, or jaw alignment problems, cosmetic dentistry may not be suitable for you at this moment. These problems need to be resolved through restorative or orthodontic treatments before you continue with cosmetic dentistry procedures. We can go over individual limitations to treatments during your consultation and based on your oral exam results.

Can I Have Multiple Treatments in One Visit?

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Certainly. It’s common to undergo multiple cosmetic dental procedures at one session. In many cases, patients can have multiple teeth bonding treatments in a single visit. Other options may exist too, depending on your treatment types and your oral health.

Does Insurance Cover Cosmetic Dentistry?

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Dental insurance typically does not cover purely cosmetic care. However, it may cover some options, such as Invisalign or dental implants. However, it all depends on your coverage and plan type. You can contact your insurance plan or book a comprehensive consultation session with us so that one of our team members will go over the insurance coverage and benefits with you before you commit to any treatment.

How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?

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Well-cared-for crowns can last between 5-20 years. The durability depends on the material of the crown (with zirconia lasting the longest), the location of the crown, and wear and tear. Crowns placed at the front teeth are normally made of more translucent and thus more fragile materials. However, we normally recommend stronger materials for the back molars and bridges. Healthy habits and routine dental care will help you get the longest benefit out of your crowns. Avoid chewing on hard and sticky foods, don’t smoke or consume a lot of staining foods and drinks, and practice good oral hygiene. If you use your teeth as tools or to chew on objects, you are at higher risk for damage.

Can Dental Implants Improve Face Shape?

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Absolutely. Restoring a missing tooth with a dental implant can stop the shifting of your teeth and prevent bone loss in the jawbone that would otherwise occur if you go long periods without a tooth. Having big gaps because of  missing teeth can cause collapsed facial muscles and cheeks, contributing to an older appearance. Dental implants provide stimulation to the jawbone, thus regenerating bone cells. Because implants prevent bone loss, this preserves the support to your facial muscles, preventing sagging and collapse of certain features over time. Implants keep you looking youthful in the long run. 

Who Is a Candidate for Dental Makeovers?

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Cosmetic dental makeover candidates will typically need to be in overall good health but may have multiple aesthetic concerns about their teeth and smile. If you have severe cosmetic concerns related to decay, tobacco use, or loss of enamel, then you may benefit from a comprehensive dental makeover or full mouth reconstruction. If you have misaligned teeth, malocclusion, or severely worn-down teeth due to grinding, you will need the complete dental makeover to cover all your teeth and reconstruct your bite.

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Tooth bonding (dental bonding) is a cosmetic dental procedure that repairs a chipped, cracked, or otherwise broken tooth to enhance your smile.It also helps with discolored teeth, gaps between the teeth, teeth sensitivity and to prevent future decay. We use a tooth-colored resin material to fill the abrasions. Unlike crowns and veneers this procedure is very conservative and requires minimum to no preparation on the teeth.

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