Any dental treatment that improves the appearance of a patient’s teeth and smile is considered cosmetic dentistry. Some dental treatments are considered restorative and cosmetic because they can improve the aesthetics, function, and structure of the teeth.
The most valuable aspect of cosmetic dentistry is its ability to improve a patient’s confidence, sociability, and opportunities. Teeth that have been damaged due to decay or dental trauma can be distressing for patients who feel they can’t comfortably show their teeth in public.
Without cosmetic dentistry, we can fix these problems with effective dental treatment that will last for many years. Contact Monarch Dental Arts today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Anna Paholiouk to create the smile you’ve always dreamed of.
In-office teeth whitening can lighten the teeth by up to 10 shades in a single session
You’ll come in for a consultation with Dr. Anna Paholiouk so she can examine your teeth to ensure you’re in good oral health and determine the severity of any damage or orthodontic problems. If you have severely crooked or chipped teeth, other treatments may be more suitable for you.
Dr. Anna Paholiouk will discuss the possible cosmetic options you would be a good candidate for and how they fit with your goals and your budget. Which treatment you feel most comfortable with is up to you but Dr. Paholiouk can offer her expert opinion and advice.
If you wish to be sedated during your cosmetic procedure, this should be discussed ahead of time. Sedation can help relieve dental anxiety during dental treatment and also help relieve a sensitive gag reflex and low pain tolerance.
Once your treatment plan has been developed, we can schedule your first cosmetic appointment. Depending on the treatment, the procedure could take just one or multiple appointments. You may need to return for follow-ups to ensure that the treatment has been successful and doesn’t need adjusting.
Finally, you’ll schedule any necessary follow-ups. Depending on the procedures, partial or full payment may also be required before we put your treatment plan into action.
KöR Whitening is one of the best selling teeth whitening systems, and with good reason. Because of its versatility and overall effectiveness, KöR at-home whitening allows you to brighten your smile in the way that suits your needs and lifestyle. With both take-home and in-office options, its teeth whitening on your terms.For patients looking to whiten their smiles in the comfort of their own homes, we offer both KöR-Day™ or KöR-Night™ options for subtle, gradual treatment that results in a brighter smile in just 2 weeks. Nighttime whitening is the most cost-effective and convenient option, as it allows you to whiten your teeth while you sleep.Daytime whitening is worn for shorter periods, making it a great option for patients with existing teeth sensitivity, or for those who prefer not to wear trays while they sleep.For patients who desire quicker results, KöR in-office whitening can brighten your grin by multiple shades in a single visit. We can even combine in-office and at-home whitening treatments to treat stubborn stains and help you achieve your ideal smile.
Veneers are porcelain shells that are bonded to the front-facing side of your teeth to cover up dental imperfections such as discoloration, chips, cracks, gaps, and unevenly shaped, sized, or crooked teeth.
A small amount of enamel needs to be removed from your teeth because of the thickness of the porcelain veneers. This makes the procedure permanent and irreversible. However, for patients with severe aesthetic issues with their teeth, veneers offer a long-term solution to achieve the perfect smile.
If you have minor chips, cracks, stains, gaps, or misshapen teeth, dental bonding can fix them by bonding a tooth-colored composite resin material to the teeth to rebuild the structure of the enamel.
It is often combined with reshaping and contouring to achieve the perfect shape and size. Some teeth may need to be filed down because they’re too long or some teeth may be oddly shaped. The structure of teeth that have been damaged due to oral trauma can be repaired with tooth bonding.
Porcelain crowns, composite resin fillings, and dental implants are all used in restorative dentistry but can also be used in cosmetic dentistry to cover up dental imperfections. These tooth restorations have been designed to appear like and blend in with natural teeth. Instead of silver amalgam fillings or metal crowns, porcelain crowns and tooth-colored fillings can be used to restore and protect your teeth without disrupting their appearance.
Similar to veneers, Lumineers attach to the front of your tooth to improve its appearance. Lumineers are typically less than half of the thickness of a standard veneer, which is only about as thick as a contact lens. The unique porcelain material used for Lumineers is very thin, yet still durable.
Because of their thin nature, Lumineers can often be placed without removing any of your natural enamel, which allows them to be removed. However, since they are thinner, they are not right for all patients and their needs.
Botox, or botulinum toxin, is a cosmetic treatment that is typically used to reduce the appearance of fine lines and smooth wrinkles on the skin. It can also be used to treat symptoms of TMD (temporomandibular joint disorders). Because dentists are incredibly familiar with the mouth and facial muscles, they are ideal administers of Botox for patients seeking relief from TMJ pain or a more youthful look to accompany their smile.
Fillers are used to enhance parts of the face, such as the lips and cheeks, to rejuvenate aging facial features and better compliment the smile. Patients struggling with sagging cheeks or thinning lips can greatly benefit from fillers to achieve a look that makes them feel more like themselves.
If you’re unsure if any of the aforementioned treatments are the right fit for you, or if you think you may need multiple treatments to restore your smile, ask your dentist about a cosmetic dental makeover.
A cosmetic dental makeover is a highly customized, multi-treatment plan that’s specifically tailored to treat all issues you may have with your smile. Because each patient is unique, all processes are a little different. All involve multiple cosmetic and restorative dental procedures. The goal for every patient is to have them feeling proud of their brand new smile after all procedures are complete.
Composite resin fillings are becoming more popularly used than traditional silver amalgam fillings because they match the shade of your natural teeth.
Whatever issue you’re facing that relates to the appearance of your teeth, cosmetic dentistry can solve. Teeth whitening treatments are used to whiten stained or yellowing teeth and can help you look younger. Misshapen and uneven teeth, or teeth with minor tooth damage can be repaired through bonding shaping, and contouring. Dental crowns are occasionally used for cosmetic purposes, too. Every issue mentioned can be fixed with veneers or Lumineers. These versatile cosmetic treatments can also correct gaps between teeth, more severe tooth staining, and slightly crooked or crowded teeth.
If your teeth and gums are healthy and you’re free of any major orthodontic issues, you may be a good candidate for cosmetic dentistry.
On the other hand, cosmetic treatment may not be the right fit for you if you struggle with oral health problems like gum disease or cavities, or if you have major issues with the alignment of your teeth or jaw. Restorative care or orthodontic treatment can resolve these problems before you decide to explore cosmetic dental treatment. In many cases, restorative care and orthodontics can give you a healthier and more beautiful smile.
Absolutely! It’s common to have multiple cosmetic dental procedures done at the same time. Dental bonding and enameloplasty, for example, are often done in the same appointment. If you’re looking to find out if you can have multiple cosmetic procedures done at once, ask your dentist in Rancho Mission Viejo for more information. We also proudly serve patients in the Ladera Ranch and San Juan Capistrano areas.
Unfortunately, it is not common for cosmetic dentistry to be covered by dental insurance. Insurance providers often list cosmetic treatments as elective and unnecessary to the health of your smile. For most cosmetic cases, you will need to pay for treatment out-of-pocket. In some instances, your insurance may cover a small amount of costs for treatments like cosmetic crowns or veneers, but this is not common. If you’re looking for more details on your dental insurance coverage, contact your insurer. Please contact our office and let us help you to set up a payment plan. Also, you can take advantage of our in-house membership for special pricing for all treatments.
In just one whitening session, your teeth can be lightened by up to 10 shades.