Are you embarrassed to show your smile in pictures or hide your mouth when you talk or laugh? Dr. Ghina Morad offers cosmetic dentistry to help restore the aesthetic appeal of your smile and bring back your confidence.
When deciding whether or not to invest in a cosmetic dental treatment, a worthwhile exercise is to evaluate your confidence level. Have your teeth ever kept you from smiling, laughing or speaking in front of others? Do you get the feeling that people are staring at your teeth when you’re talking to them? Cosmetic dentistry treatments can help you achieve your most confident smile. Schedule a consultation at the office of Dr. Ghina Morad today or stop by our office located at 2920 Broadway, Redwood City, CA 94061.
Take-home whitening lets you whiten your teeth in the comfort of your own home, and provides more subtle, gradual results over the course of about a week.
We’ll first take impressions of your teeth using either dental putty or digitally with an intraoral scanner. With these impressions, a set of reusable custom whitening trays will be manufactured just for you.
Once the trays are ready, they’ll be given to you along with the whitening product and instructions for their use. Simply follow your dentist’s instructions, and you’ll get professional-grade results in no time!
In-office whitening is done by your dentist, and provides fast results. Treatments can brighten your smile up to 10 shades in about an hour, so the treatment is perfect if you want to whiten your teeth for an upcoming special occasion.
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. Then, they will apply a powerful whitener to your teeth and activate it with a UV light. After usually around an hour, the treatment is rinsed away to reveal a brighter, more beautiful smile. This process may be repeated several times over multiple appointments to achieve your desired level of whiteness.
Dental bonding uses a special tooth-colored dental resin, that is applied directly to your tooth during treatment. Your dentist will shape and sculpt this resin to correct the shape of your tooth, restoring the look and functionality of your smile. This procedure typically takes only 30-60 minutes per tooth, and is completely non-invasive.
Shaping & contouring (enameloplasty) is also often used alongside bonding. In this process, a thin layer of enamel is removed from uneven teeth or teeth with imperfections like points or minor chipping. This provides you with a more even, appealing smile.
Veneers are tooth-shaped dental prostheses that cover the front surfaces of your teeth. These thin shells of porcelain allow you to treat small gaps between teeth, severe staining, misshapen or uneven teeth, and much more. They are very durable and long-lasting, and can completely transform your smile. We offer two options at Ghina Morad, DMD:
1. Porcelain Veneers are a highly durable and long-lasting option that is fabricated at an outside lab and requires slight altering of the tooth enamel before placement.
2. Composite Veneers are less-invasive and reversible. They are shaped and sculpted to the tooth right in our office, so there are minimal wait times with this option.
Not sure if any of the above treatments are right for you, or think you may need multiple treatments to restore your smile? Ask your dentist about a cosmetic dental makeover.
A cosmetic dental makeover is a customized, multi-treatment plan that’s designed to treat and address every issue you may have with your smile. The process is different for each patient, and often involves multiple cosmetic and restorative dental procedures. But the goal for every patient is to have them feeling proud of their smiles after all procedures are complete.
Cosmetic dentistry can solve just about any dental issue that’s related to the appearance of your teeth. Teeth whitening is obviously used to treat stained teeth and can help you look younger. Bonding, shaping, and contouring can repair misshapen and uneven teeth, or treat minor tooth damage, such as chips or breaks. Dental crowns are occasionally used for cosmetic purposes, too. Treatments as versatile as veneers or Lumineers can often be used to treat all the previously mentioned issues as well as correcting gaps between teeth, more severe tooth staining, and slightly crooked or crowded teeth.
As long as your teeth and gums are healthy and you’re free of any major orthodontic issues, you’re likely a good candidate for cosmetic dentistry.
Oppositely, cosmetic treatment is not right for you if you have oral health problems like gum disease or cavities, or if you have major issues with the alignment of your teeth or jaw. You’ll need restorative care or orthodontic treatment to resolve these problems before you can get cosmetic dental treatment. But often, restorative care and orthodontics can give you a healthier and more beautiful smile.
Yes. While this does depend on the type of treatment that’s right for you, it’s quite 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. Ask your dentist for more information, and to find out if you can have multiple procedures done at once.
It’s rare for cosmetic dentistry to be covered by dental insurance. These procedures are often listed as elective and not necessary to the health of your smile. In some cases, your insurance may cover a portion of the cost of treatments like cosmetic crowns or veneers, but this is not common. In most cases, you will need to pay for treatment out-of-pocket. Contact your insurer for more details on your dental insurance coverage. Then contact our practice to see if we have any available discounts or payment plans to help you cover treatment.