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What Does Cosmetic Dentistry Have to Offer?

Posted September 17, 2019 in Cosmetic Dentistry

6 minute read

When meeting someone new, you only get one chance to make a first impression. So, why not make it a memorable one with a beautiful, healthy smile? Cosmetic dental procedures can enhance your appearance and facial balance by restoring healthy teeth and improving your smile.

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With the help of recent technology and Dr. Sands’ experience in cosmetic dentistry, our team can provide patients with a more aesthetically pleasing appearance by performing dental implant surgery, whitening, and straightening services for an ideal smile. You no longer have to feel embarrassed or insecure when laughing or smiling in a social setting; be proud of your dazzling teeth like you’re showing them off at a formal event in Hollywood!

What Are My Teeth Whitening Options?

A bright smile can make you look younger and feel more confident. Fortunately, there are several teeth whitening options available today that are safe and effective. Some treatments can be achieved in-office or at home, depending on your preference and goals. Each treatment comes with its pros and cons, so it is best to consult with your dentist first to decide which treatment is best for you.

Whitening At Home

At-home whitening treatments include custom-fit tray bleaching and store-bought whitening strips. Custom-fitted trays are molded by your dentist, so a few in-office visits are required. A bleaching substance is placed in the tray, which is then applied to your teeth for a short time every day. 

Results vary depending on the severity of your teeth discoloration. Store-bought whitening strips are less expensive but typically less effective. Generally, for whitening strips, you place the strips on your upper and lower teeth for about half an hour for the specified number of days.

In-office Whitening

Dr. Sands offers Zoom!® Teeth Whitening. For this technique, a bleaching solution is placed on the teeth and the special Zoom!® lamp is shone directly on the teeth for three 15-minute sessions. 

In just one hour, the patient’s teeth can be at least eight shades lighter with little to no gum irritation.  Another in-office treatment offered at our dental practice is laser bleaching, in which a whitening gel is applied to the teeth and activated using a laser. This option, along with other in-office treatments, is safe and effective.

How Can I Fix Crooked Teeth or Gaps?

Individuals who seek orthodontic treatment later in life are often put off by traditional metal braces. Due to the latest advancements in dental technology, patients can now correct misaligned teeth with the use of Invisalign® braces. These clear plastic trays are a convenient and more aesthetically pleasing approach to attaining a straighter smile. 

Am I a Candidate?

At our practice in Beverly Hills, Dr. Sands will evaluate your dental structure and take photographs of your teeth. The images are then displayed on a screen to show the progress that Invisalign® provides over time. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to view our smile gallery to get an idea of potential results. 

Once it is determined that you are an eligible candidate for this treatment, impressions of your teeth are taken so our lab can create a series of plastic aligners. These are each worn for two weeks, 24 hours a day, and should only be removed for eating, brushing, and flossing. Patients may see results in nine to 18 months, depending on the extent of their misalignment.

Whether you are a teenager who may have feelings of insecurity or an adult in the professional realm who feels uneasy displaying traditional metal braces, Invisalign® may be right for you. The best way to determine if Invisalign® is an appropriate option is by visiting a qualified and experienced dentist. Those who visit Dr. Sands can rest assured that he has the training and expertise to provide excellent orthodontic results, as well as other cosmetic dentistry enhancements.Before and after of a cosmetic dentistry patient in Beverly Hills

What Are My Dental Implant Options?

Long before dental implant surgery, the only options available to those who had missing or chipped teeth were removable dentures and bridges. These apparatuses were uncomfortable and unnatural-looking, with patients typically having difficulty eating, drinking, and speaking. 

In addition, when worn over the natural teeth, the bridge or denture would often become weak and need to be replaced when they no longer fit correctly. Now, with the advancements in dentistry, Beverly Hills dental implants patients can receive strong, natural-looking smiles. The days of having to hassle with dentures are a thing of the past.

How Do Dental Implants Work?

A dental implant is a sterile titanium cylinder that acts as the tooth’s root, which is then covered by an artificial tooth. Once the implants have been inserted into the gums, they are integrated into the jawbone, which provides further strength and support. The titanium dental implants allow patients to go on with their daily activities worry-free. 

Dental implants are a permanent fixture in the mouth that fuse to the jaw, as opposed to removable dentures and bridges. Based on your needs, Dr. Sands will create a personalized treatment plan for your dental implant surgery. Dental implants may be used to replace one or more teeth or add support to a dental bridge. An unbelievable addition to cosmetic dentistry, tooth implants are virtually painless and can provide you with a classier, healthier-looking smile. In some circumstances, porcelain veneers may be combined with dental implants. Veneers are thin sheets of ceramic that are directly bonded to the front of the teeth. These thin shells are virtually undetectable and blend in well when applied with dental implants.

Is the Treatment Painful?Attractive man in suit with white teeth in front of lights

Numbing agents are used to ensure a comfortable, painless procedure. Patients may be sedated to make the treatment less stressful. Dr. Sands offers an oral sedative, nitrous oxide, or intravenous (IV) sedation. Patients will be in a twilight sleep throughout the procedure, allowing them to remain slightly conscious and able to respond to cues given by Dr. Sands or an assistant.

In addition to helping you achieve a straight smile, we also offer dental bonding, porcelain veneers, and general dentistry treatments.

As an experienced and qualified smile sculptor, Dr. Sands can help you achieve your dream Hollywood smile. We encourage you to schedule an appointment to discuss your concerns today. Our team is dedicated to helping you achieve a beautiful, bright set of teeth in a comfortable, safe environment.

Are you looking for a cosmetic dentist near the Beverly Hills area? Schedule a consultation with Dr. Sands today! Our office can be reached at 310.273.0111 or by filling out an online contact form.