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Cosmetic Dentistry

Santa Monica Bay Dental

Dentists located in Santa Monica, CA

Cosmetic dentistry can help you feel great about the smile you present to the world. The team at Santa Monica Bay Dental, located in Santa Monica, California, includes some of the best cosmetic dentists in the Los Angeles area and offers numerous treatments to give you the smile of your dreams. The process begins with a consultation, which you can book online or over the phone today.

Cosmetic Dentistry Q & A

What is cosmetic dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry is a term used to describe treatments that improve the appearance of your smile. There is a bit of crossover with certain restorative treatments like crowns and dental implants, which serve to both restore function to your mouth and beautify your smile. 

Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you and also one of the things they remember the most. Feeling confident about your smile translates into improved self-confidence, which can permeate virtually every aspect of your life. 

What are some cosmetic treatment options?

Dental bonding is a conservative cosmetic dentistry procedure that improves the appearance of your smile without removing any of your natural tooth tissue. Bonding works by covering the visible surface of your teeth with a composite resin that can be shaped as needed and polished to create a natural-looking finish. 

Bonding can correct abnormalities in shape, size, alignment, and color. There is no need for anesthesia, no advance preparation, and the entire process is completed in just one office visit.   

Dental veneers are another option, which involves removing a small amount of your natural tooth tissue to make room for a set of thin, porcelain shells to fit over your teeth. Veneers are considered permanent because you’ll need to have them replaced after they wear down after 10 or more years. 

Professional teeth whitening is also available. This allows you to safely and effectively whiten your smile using a set of custom-fitted trays and professional-strength whitening gel in the comfort of your own home.  

How do I know if cosmetic dentistry is right for me?

It can be hard to know how a specific dental procedure will change the appearance of your smile, which is why Santa Monica Bay Dental offers the ability to “test drive” your new smile before you make a treatment decision. 

Your dental team can create a temporary device that covers the surface of your natural teeth to give you an idea of what your smile will look and feel like after treatment. You wear a temporary device for a few days to see how well it looks and functions. If there are areas of concern, changes can be made to your treatment plan. 

When you’re ready to explore the possibilities afforded through cosmetic dentistry, call the office to book a consultation. Online scheduling is also available and makes it easy to find a time that fits your busy life.