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Cosmetic Dentistry Services: Should You Choose a Specialist or Stay With Your Regular Dentist?

Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry

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According to a 2022 survey by the American Dental Association, nearly 25% of adults avoid smiling because of how their mouths and teeth look.

Woman after a cosmetic dentistry procedure

If you’re unhappy with your smile, the first thing you think about is going to your primary dentist to see what can be done. But did you know some dentists focus solely on cosmetic dentistry?

Dr. Kevin Sands understands the desire for a gorgeous smile. Not only does the appearance of your teeth and mouth affect your self-esteem, but it may also affect how you eat and speak. Dr. Sands is a cosmetic dentist specializing in enhancing and beautifying your smile.

Whether you want to whiten or straighten your teeth, Dr. Sands is the highly skilled and experienced cosmetic dentist to turn to.

What Is the Difference Between General and Cosmetic Dentistry?

Both general and cosmetic dentists undergo similar training, but their focus differs. General dentists focus on preventative care, which typically includes routine dental visits, professional teeth cleaning, and applying sealants and fluoride treatments. General dentists also address gingivitis, gum disease, tooth decay, and other tooth-related problems that cause pain or discomfort. These may include cavity fillings, root canals, or extractions.

Cosmetic dentistry focuses more on the appearance of your teeth. Cosmetic dentists typically perform procedures to enhance your smile, such as teeth whitening, veneers, or bonding. They look at what they do as an art just as much as a science — they use dental science paired with additional training in the facial mechanics and procedures associated with cosmetic dentistry. The result is a shiny smile and renewed confidence.

What Are Some Top Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures?


If you’ve always wanted straighter, more evenly spaced teeth but don’t want to endure the hassle of braces, Invisalign® is the answer. Invisalign® uses a series of clear plastic trays molded to your teeth to shift your teeth into place gradually.

Invisalign® fixes gaps in your teeth, as well as bite issues (overbite, underbite, crossbite, and open bite) and overcrowding. Invisalign® is more comfortable than traditional braces and allows you to adjust your bite without worrying about dietary restrictions or broken brackets. These trays also allow for better dental hygiene, as they are easy to remove for brushing, flossing, and cleaning.

ZOOM! Teeth Whitening

Many factors contribute to tooth discoloration: genetics, age, and lifestyle are some of the most common. While several types of teeth whitening systems are available (both professional and over-the-counter), you don’t always get the sparkling white result you want.

The ZOOM! teeth whitening system is an easy and convenient way to whiten your teeth by up to eight shades in one sitting. It takes about an hour and is completely painless. Once you’ve completed your teeth whitening session, you’ll have noticeably whiter teeth with no tooth sensitivity or other side effects.

Dental Bonding

If your teeth are in overall good shape but still have gaps, chips, or cracks that make you hide your smile, dental bonding can help. Dental bonding is a painless procedure designed to augment your smile. Teeth that are uneven in length, misshapen, or damaged can all be repaired with dental bonding.

Dental bonding is designed to look natural and is available in a wide range of shades to match your existing tooth color. The results last up to 10 years and leave you looking happy and refreshed.

Porcelain Veneers

You may be reluctant to smile or talk if you have chipped, crooked, or permanently stained teeth. You may have tried whitening or straightening your teeth, but maybe those options weren’t right for you or didn’t offer the lasting results you’re looking for. Porcelain veneers solve those problems.

Porcelain veneers are created to fit over your natural teeth. Each one is custom fit and bonded to the surface of your teeth. Just like that, you have a smile worth flaunting!

Porcelain veneers offer a painless process with natural-looking results lasting up to 15 years.

Dental Implants

Sometimes, tooth damage and decay can only be remedied by removing the offending tooth or teeth. If the tooth isn’t readily visible, you may think about leaving the space open. However, your other teeth will shift without a tooth where it should be, creating gaps or crooked teeth where there were no issues before.

While you may think dentures or a bridge are the solution to your problem, dental implants offer a better solution.

Dental implants are permanent, so there’s no need to worry about misplacing or breaking them. They offer a more natural appearance and make everyday tasks like eating and speaking much easier.

Learn More About Cosmetic Dentistry in Beverly Hills

When you want to regain confidence in your smile, choose a cosmetic dentist like Dr. Sands. His training and innate sense of artistry have made him a top choice for a cosmetic dentist in Beverly Hills. His close attention to the comfort of his patients includes offering sedation dentistry. While most cosmetic dentistry procedures are relatively or entirely painless, many people feel anxious or uneasy in the dentist’s chair. With sedation dentistry, Dr. Sands ensures you’re relaxed and at ease throughout your time in his office.

For more information or to schedule a consultation, call 310-273-0111 or fill out the online contact form. Don’t let another day pass without a beautiful smile. Call Dr. Sands today!