Do you find yourself admiring the smiles of the celebrities you see on your favorite television shows or movies and wishing you could have a smile like they do? You can! Did you know some patients actually bring us in pictures of their favorite celebrity smiles and we work to match the smile they love with their own facial features and structure? Cosmetic dentistry has never been more accessible to people in every age group, income and lifestyle!
What is Cosmetic Dentistry?
The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry defines it as 'dentistry aimed at creating a positive change to your teeth and smile'. We love this definition because it means anything that we can do to help improve your smile and make you smile with more confidence than ever before is a part of cosmetic dentistry; our specialty! So, what are some treatments that fall under the umbrella of cosmetic dentistry?
Veneers are wafer thin shells made of porcelain that cover the surface of the tooth in order to improve the look of the tooth and can even be used to slightly alter the shape and size of the tooth. Made popular in Hollywood to create those perfect smiles you see on the big screen, they have become more affordable over the years and now are a popular solution even for those of us who don't make it to Hollywood!
Over the years, our favorite foods, drinks and bad habits can stain our teeth and even break down the enamel causing them to appear yellow. Most people's first instinct is to grab those boxes of messy strips and kits from the drugstore and try to whiten them at home. The best solution, though, is a professional teeth whitening treatment because it can get your teeth up to 8 shades whiter in one short, safe treatment.
When you lose a tooth or multiple teeth it can be embarrassing and can make things like chewing and talking more difficult. Did you know that if you don't replace the missing tooth right away you begin to experience bone loss in your jaw? This can even lead to premature aging of the face! Dental implants are almost always the best solution for missing teeth because they replace the tooth from the root up which maintains the bone integrity of the jaw.
Everyone wants a straight, white smile! No matter how old they are. Invisalign is a great tool to help straighten teeth that have minor orthodontic issues. It's especially popular among teens and adults because it provides the orthodontic results they want without the embarrassment of metal wires and brackets. They're also more comfortable because they can be removed while eating.
Full mouth reconstruction or smile makeovers can take a smile that is broken, decayed, damaged or otherwise under serious duress and restore it to a smile that is ready for a close up on the big screen. Usually a full mouth reconstruction involves combining many of the above cosmetic procedure with restorative procedures such as implants, crowns and sometimes even gum recontouring.
Dr. Abelar was trained in cosmetic dentistry at the prestigious Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies. For years, his main focus has been creating healthy, beautiful and natural looking smiles for the people of San Diego. Some of the cosmetic services we offer include teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, full mouth reconstruction and smile makeovers.
Have questions about a cosmetic dentistry procedure? Feel free to contact Dr. Abelar at 858-866-9692.