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Cosmetic Dentistry In Santee

Is cosmetic dentistry worth it?

Cosmetic dentistry has greatly improved the smile and self-esteem of many patients! If you have dental issues that are affecting your confidence level, it’s worth taking the time to discover whether cosmetic dental treatment is right for you. For example, you may be ready to consider cosmetic dental treatment if the condition of your teeth makes you feel uncomfortable when smiling, speaking, or laughing around others. Our advanced cosmetic services can help you get the beautiful, healthier-looking smile of your dreams.

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Did you know…

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Studies show that having a healthy, beautiful smile boosts both our social and professional success.

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What to expect at your cosmetic consultation

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Candid Conversation

Your dentist will begin your consultation by asking how you truly feel about your smile. Are there issues or imperfections that make you feel self-conscious? What would you change? What are the parts you like and appreciate about your smile? Every detail helps your dentist craft the perfect cosmetic treatment plan for you.

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Thorough Exam

To make sure that cosmetic dentistry is right for you, we perform a thorough oral exam. If your teeth need restorative work, we will discuss what’s needed to move forward. If it’s determined that your teeth are healthy enough to receive cosmetic treatment, we will then create a plan.

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Tailored Treatment Plan

After a thorough examination, we determine what your issues and priorities are. Based on this information we work together to create a treatment plan tailored to you.

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Explore Your Options

You might have several possible treatment options that can help create your best smile. We will discuss with you and help you choose the treatment that fits your budget and your life.

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Scheduling & Payment

After we’ve helped you find the right cosmetic plan for you, our caring team explains all your options for payment and schedules your appointments to get your treatment started.

Cosmetic Treatment Options

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Take-Home Teeth Whitening

Our take-home teeth whitening kit can give you brighter teeth in a week from the comfort of your home. This is an easy and convenient way to get more subtle whitening results over time using custom, reusable whitening trays.

Our first step is to take impressions of your teeth, either digitally or using a dental putty. With these impressions, we then create whitening trays that fit your teeth perfectly.

At home with your trays and whitening product, all you need to do is follow the instructions we provide and you can have gentle, professional-grade whitening results in no time.

In-Office Teeth Whitening

In-office whitening is a treatment process done by your dentist that provides speedy results. After just one round of whitening, your smile can brighten up to 10 shades in about an hour. This treatment is perfect if you want to whiten your teeth for an upcoming special occasion.

To protect your mouth during the treatment, your dentist will apply a special protective gel to your gums, while using retractors to keep your cheeks away from your teeth and the whitening treatment. Your dentist will then apply a powerful whitener to your teeth and activate it with a UV light. After an hour, the treatment is rinsed away to reveal your bright, white smile. To achieve your desired level of whiteness, this process may be repeated several times over multiple appointments.

Dental Bonding, Shaping & Contouring

Dental bonding is a non-invasive process that only requires around 30-60 minutes to complete, and can quickly restore the look and function of your smile. For bonding teeth we apply a special resin to your tooth, color-matching it to your teeth, and we sculpt this resin to correct the tooth’s shape. Often used along with the bonding process is Enameloplasty, also known as shaping and contouring.

For this process we remove a thin layer of enamel from chipped, pointy, or uneven teeth, shaping your smile for a more attractive look. Whichever you choose, bonding, shaping, and contouring of the teeth are great solutions if you need restorative dentistry.


A durable and long-lasting solution to stained, uneven, or misshapen teeth, tooth gaps, and more, veneers can quickly and completely transform the way your smile looks. To prepare your teeth for veneers, we remove some of your natural tooth enamel (an irreversible procedure. Then, we permanently apply the veneers (thin porcelain shells about the thickness of a contact lens) by attaching them to the front of your teeth for a beautiful new look.


Lumineers are similar to regular veneers, but they can often be applied without having to remove your natural tooth enamel, in which case they can also be removed if needed.

The porcelain material used in Lumineers is very thin – half as thick as regular veneers – yet they are still durable. Though Lumineers may not be best for all patients and needs, they can be a great option to improve the beauty of your smile.

Did you know…

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Soda is one of the leading causes of both tooth staining and cavities!

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FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions About Cosmetic Dentistry

What dental issues can be Solved by cosmetic dentistry?

Problems with the appearance of your teeth can be helped by cosmetic dentistry, and there are many options for treatment. Stained, yellowing teeth can be brightened with a teeth whitening treatment, bonding, shaping, and contouring can help with damaged or uneven teeth. Dental crowns, veneers, and Lumineers can also fix more extensive issues such as deeper staining, tooth gaps, and crowded or crooked teeth.

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Am I a good candidate for cosmetic dentistry?

Good candidates for cosmetic treatment have healthy teeth and gums and have no major orthodontic issues. However, if you have cavities, gum disease, issues with the alignment of your teeth and jaw, or other oral health problems, those issues will need to be addressed before you can benefit from cosmetic dentistry.

Fixing these problems with restorative and orthodontic care can help give you a healthier and more attractive smile, and are an important step toward getting the most dazzling smile possible through cosmetic dentistry.

Can I have more than one cosmetic dental procedure Performed at once?

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Yes! Having various kinds of cosmetic dentistry performed at once is a common course of action. For example, if you need both enameloplasty and dental bonding performed on your teeth, these can often be accomplished during the same appointment. We will discuss your treatment options with you to see whether you should have multiple procedures done at the same time.

Does dental insurance cover my cosmetic Dentistry?

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Since insurance providers typically label cosmetic dentistry as elective treatment (not necessary to your dental health), cosmetic treatment is unfortunately not usually covered by dental insurance. A small amount of the cost may sometimes be covered (for treatments such as veneers or crowns), but in most cases, you’ll need to pay out-of-pocket for cosmetic treatment. You should contact your insurance provider to find out exactly what they will cover. You can also call our office for more information, and we can discuss any discounts or payment options that might be available to you.

Did you know…

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in just one visit your teeth can be lightened by up to 10 shades!

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