Cosmetic dentistry combines dental science with cosmetic aesthetics in order to improve the function and visual appeal of patient’s smiles. Similar to restorative dental treatments, cosmetic dentistry can be used to restore teeth that have become damaged, discolored, or decayed. To improve visual aesthetics, cosmetic dentistry can also be used to improve the shape, size, or alignment of teeth as well.
Cosmetic dental services can include:
- Composite fillings
- Crowns & Bridges
- Dental Implants
- Inlays & onlays
- Teeth Whitening
Did You Know?
One of the first things people notice about you is your smile. A recent study even found that women who smiled frequently were rated as being more attractive than women with makeup. This goes to show that a beautiful smile can brighten your entire face and make you more attractive to others.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Am I a candidate for cosmetic dentistry?
You may be a candidate for cosmetic dentistry if you are looking for a way to improve the aesthetics of your smile. Specifically, cosmetic dentistry can address the following dental issues:
- Decayed teeth
- Damaged teeth
- Chipped or broken teeth
- Discolored or stained teeth
- Teeth that are too large or too small
- Crooked teeth
- Teeth with gaps between them
- Overlapping teeth
- Misshapen teeth
Additionally, ideal candidates are in generally good oral health. Although cosmetic dentistry can help restore decayed teeth, any decayed or infected tissue must be removed and the area properly cleaned before cosmetic treatment can continue. To find out if cosmetic dentistry is right for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Perry Woo DDS today.
Which cosmetic dental treatment is best for me?
Because there are a variety of cosmetic dental treatments to choose from, knowing which cosmetic treatment to choose can be difficult. Ultimately, when thinking about which cosmetic dental treatment to choose, you will need to consider what aspects of your smile you are looking to change. Before your consultation, we recommend thinking about the following questions:
- Am I looking to restore damaged, decayed, and/or missing teeth?
- Do I want to fix a single tooth or multiple teeth?
- Are any of my teeth chipped, cracked, or otherwise damaged?
- Do I have tooth stains or discolorations?
- Are my gums receding or do I have too much gum tissue?
- What is my financial budget regarding dental care?
- Am I willing to commit to treatment and aftercare?
- How long am I willing to commit to my recovery?
- If I could make one improvement about my smile, it would be…
During your consultation, Dr. Woo will evaluate your teeth, gums, and bite. He will then ask you about your treatment goals and about some of the above questions. Depending on your current level or oral health and your treatment goals, Dr. Woo will make treatment recommendations for you to consider. For more information, visit our services page.
What should I expect when having cosmetic dental treatments?
Your expectations for cosmetic dental treatments will depend upon the type of cosmetic dental treatment you have decided upon. Prior to undergoing any cosmetic dental procedure, Dr. Woo will explain the different expectations for each procedure so that you are completely prepared.
Cosmetic dental treatments can range from shorter procedures that are completed in a single office visit with no need for anesthetics, while others can require multiple appointments and post-operative care. Because there is such a range of treatments, you will be able to choose a procedure that aligns with your treatment goals and expectations. For all procedures, we offer different levels of dental sedation and the use of anesthetics to keep you comfortable.
How long do the results from cosmetic dentistry last?
The results of cosmetic dentistry can last anywhere from 1 year to over 15 years, depending on the type of treatment. For example, teeth whitening is one of the least invasive procedures, but the results only last about 1 year. However, dental implants are a more invasive procedure that requires a recovery period, but they usually last about 10-15 years once in place. When determining which cosmetic dental treatment to choose, you will also want to pay notice to how long the anticipated treatment results would last.
How do I care for my teeth after cosmetic dental treatment?
After cosmetic dental treatment, you will want to care for your teeth by practicing good oral hygiene habits. Daily, this should consist of brushing your teeth for two minutes at a time in the morning and at night with a fluoridated toothpaste and flossing at least once a day. Additionally, you will need to schedule regular dental checkups and professional teeth cleanings every six months with Dr. Woo.
Regular dental appointments are highly important because they allow Dr. Woo to monitor your oral health, as well as to monitor your cosmetic restoration. They are also important because professional teeth cleanings remove excess plaque and tartar from your teeth, keeping them healthier and your mouth cleaner.
Finally, you will want to prevent your teeth from becoming damaged. To prevent damage to your teeth, you will simply need to avoid detrimental behaviors such as nail biting, smoking, ice chewing, and using your teeth as a package opener. Additionally, if you grind or clench your teeth, you will likely want to be fit with a dental mouth guard, or night guard, in order to protect your teeth from premature wear or damage.
What is the cost of cosmetic dental treatment?
The cost of cosmetic dental treatment can vary depending on the type and extent of treatment, as well as the location in the mouth where the treatment is being performed. Luckily, with such a wide range of cosmetic dental treatments, you are sure to find something that fits your budget.
Additionally, dental insurance may provide partial coverage for some procedures. If the desired treatment is classified as “restorative”, dental insurance companies will likely provide some level of coverage. On the other hand, if the treatment is purely cosmetic, then it will need to be paid for out of pocket. Because the amount of coverage can vary, our office will work with your dental insurance to determine your benefits.
For the top cosmetic dentist in Saratoga, CA, schedule a consultation with Dr. Perry Woo DDS today! Perry Woo DDS is proud to serve residents of Saratoga, Campbell, Los Gatos, Vasona Junction, Shannon, Rinconada, Cupertino, and Permanente.