Achieve Your Dream Smile with Cosmetic Dentistry in Alhambra
Most of us have something about our smiles we wish we could change. With cosmetic dental care, you can make that wish a reality! Dr. Steven R Bergara provides high-quality cosmetic treatments tailored to each patient, helping you achieve a smile that you can feel confident in.
From whitening teeth to replacing them, we can offer all levels of cosmetic transformations. Schedule your cosmetic consultation today to learn what we can do for your smile!
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What Can Cosmetic Dentistry Do?
Thanks to advances in modern dentistry, cosmetic dentistry can address any cosmetic issue you want to correct! From simple changes like removing enamel stains to completely rebuilding your smile, our office provides a wide range of cosmetic dental treatments to enhance your aesthetic and create your new, confident smile.
Our cosmetic dental options include:
Which Treatment Should I Get?
To ensure your cosmetic treatment provides a smile that’s personalized and flattering, we tailor every cosmetic treatment to your unique goals and challenges. We start with a full consultation, where Dr. Bergara gets to know you and what you want to accomplish with your smile.
Once he understands your goals, our dentist performs a thorough examination of your smile. He pays close attention to the cosmetic issues, the structure of your smile, and whether any health issues need addressing before we begin cosmetic treatment. He then discusses your cosmetic options and works with you to create a customized plan that will produce the best results for your smile.
Customizing Your Cosmetic Treatment
When planning your cosmetic treatment, Dr. Bergara carefully considers all the factors that impact your smile. This isn’t just your teeth and gums, but the shape of your lips, the way your mouth moves, and your skin tone and facial structure.
No detail is overlooked – your habits, lifestyle, and personality are also just as important as your physical features. The result is a truly custom plan designed to help you achieve your very best smile.
How Much Does Cosmetic Dentistry Cost?
Just as every treatment is unique, the cost for cosmetic enhancements will vary from patient to patient. Your price will vary depending on which treatments you receive, how many teeth are enhanced, and whether you have a single or multiple treatments.
Dr. Bergara understands that you have multiple factors to consider when it comes to your cosmetic treatment. He takes his time helping you understand your treatment options and won’t push you into a more extensive treatment than you need. Our friendly and patient staff will be happy to discuss pricing options with you and whether financing is available for your treatment.
Teeth Whitening in Alhambra
Stained enamel is one of the most common cosmetic issues adults face. Fortunately, it’s also one of the simplest to correct. Our teeth whitening service helps you eliminate years of discoloration to reveal your natural, appealing enamel underneath. Whether you want the benefit of powerful professional teeth whitening in our office or the convenience of a take-home whitening kit, Dr. Bergara has the solution you’re looking for!
In-Office or Take-Home: Which Should I Get?
Both our in-office and take-home teeth whitening options use professional-strength whitening gel to help you achieve a fresh, attractive smile. The most important thing to consider is which method better suits your lifestyle and whitening goals.
In-Office Teeth Whitening offers potent, visible results. Some patients can achieve as much as eight shades of whitening in a single one-hour visit. Our dental team carefully applies the whitening gel to ensure even results and minimize any tooth sensitivity.
Each whitening treatment is broken up into three fifteen-minute sessions, with breaks between to rest your teeth and improve effectiveness. We’ll compare your teeth before and after treatment on a color chart so you can see how effective your whitening treatment is. Once finished, you can walk out of the office, ready to flash your dazzling new smile!
Take-Home Teeth Whitening Kits are a great option for those whose schedules make long office visits challenging. A quick visit is all that’s needed to get impressions for your custom whitening tray. Once it’s ready, you can pick your personalized kit and start whitening at your pace.
The custom tray and gel make it easy for you to whiten at home and achieve dynamic results across your entire smile. It also gives you the flexibility to whiten when and where you’re comfortable, whether that’s before going to bed or to prep for an important personal event. The custom kit is yours to keep, and you can easily pick up more whitening gel from our office anytime you want to touch up your smile.
5 Ways to Keep Your Teeth from Staining
Once you’ve whitened your teeth, you want to keep your smile looking fresh and appealing. Here are five simple things you can do to minimize enamel stains and keep your smile at its whitest.
- Brush your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes.
- Limit exposure to staining foods and drinks (coffee, soda, spaghetti sauce, etc.)
- Drink water and rinse your mouth after a meal.
- Use a teeth whitening kit to touch up your smile before events.
- Always keep your six-month dental cleanings.
Customize Your Smile with Porcelain Veneers
Correcting cosmetic issues doesn’t have to be an invasive process. Porcelain veneers allow us to discreetly and effectively transform your smile, whether you want to fix a chipped tooth, a dental gap, worn teeth, or something else entirely.
Each veneer is a ceramic shell custom-made to suit your smile, giving you a natural aesthetic that reflects your personality. A single office visit may be all you need to find out if veneers are the right choice for you!
The Veneers Process
The first step in the process is determining whether veneers are the right cosmetic option for you. Veneers are highly versatile and can address a wide range of cosmetic issues, including:
- Chipped teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Worn or misshapen teeth
- Crooked teeth or minor misalignments
- Enamel discoloration
Once you’ve decided on veneers, Dr. Bergara designs the veneers to ensure they look natural and flattering. The number of veneers needed depends on what issue we’re addressing and how to make them appear natural. The front six teeth in your upper jaw are usually the ones that benefit most from veneers.
A skilled dental lab crafts your custom veneers based on the designs and impressions Dr. Bergara sends in. This process typically takes about two weeks to complete. You may receive temporary veneers to wear while they’re being made.
Once they’ve arrived, we invite you back to our office to have your veneers placed. A small layer of enamel on the front of each tooth is shaped to keep your veneers from looking bulky, and to improve the bonding process. Each veneer is placed using a specialized dental cement, making it a permanent part of your tooth. You can then walk out of the office with your brand-new smile in place!
Are Veneers Permanent?
Once placed, veneers become a part of your teeth, just like crowns or fillings do. However, just like these restorations, veneers wear down over time and may eventually need replacing. On average, veneers last 10-15 years. With proper care and regular dental visits, yours may last even longer before you have to replace them.
You can help your veneers last by following these five simple tips:
- Brush your veneers gently with a soft-bristled toothbrush.
- Be careful when biting crunchy or chewy foods.
- Don’t bite hard things like ice cubes or jawbreakers.
- Never use your teeth to bite, cut, or tear non-food items.
- Be sure to keep your six-month exams and cleanings.
Should I Get Veneers or Bonding?
Both veneers and bonding are great options for reshaping teeth and concealing dental imperfections. Which one is best for you will come down to your individual case and what you’re looking to correct.
Bonding uses a composite material shaped over the front of the tooth. It requires very little preparation of the tooth and can be used to cover a single tooth or multiple teeth. Bonding can be completed in a single office visit and is effective on a wide variety of cosmetic issues. On average, bonding lasts 5-10 years with proper care.
Veneers are made of ceramic (often porcelain) prefabricated in a dental lab according to a custom design. A thin layer of enamel on the tooth front is reshaped to accommodate the veneer, which is held in place by dental cement. Veneers cover the same issues as bonding, but can also be used to conceal minor misalignments, and typically last several years longer than bonding.
Composite Fillings for Healthy, Beautiful Smiles
When tooth decay happens, a filling can quickly and effectively restore your tooth’s health and function. While traditional amalgam (metal) fillings are large and obvious, composite fillings are designed to blend in with your natural enamel, protecting your teeth without impacting your smile.
These fillings use a composite resin that is carefully shade-matched to your enamel. Our dentist clears away the decayed area, then carefully places and shapes the composite material to match your surrounding tooth structure. When it’s complete, it can even be difficult for you to tell that you have a filling!
Are Composite Fillings Worth It?
Composite fillings offer numerous benefits. Here are three reasons for you to consider composite fillings if you’re facing tooth decay.
- Aesthetics – These fillings are carefully designed and applied to look natural in your smile.
- Conservative – The composite material can fit into smaller spaces and bonds to the enamel once placed, so our dentist can preserve more of your natural enamel.
- Health – Unlike amalgam fillings, composite fillings contain no mercury or heavy metals of any kind.
Porcelain Crowns for Discreet Dental Protection
Crowns are a dentist’s go-to solution for many dental health concerns, from advanced tooth decay to correcting alignment issues. When made of an aesthetically appealing material like porcelain, they’re also a valuable option for cosmetic enhancement.
We provide high-quality porcelain crowns shaped and shaded to suit your smile. Crowns can correct the same cosmetic imperfections as veneers while providing greater strength and coverage. With their durability, they can also be applied to other teeth where the bite force is too strong for treatments like veneers. Best of all, they offer protection for teeth that have suffered advanced decay or damage, including cracks, fractures, breaking, or worn enamel.
Straightening Your Smile with Invisalign Treatment in Alhambra
Misaligned teeth affect more than just the way your smile looks – they can also cause various oral health problems. Fortunately, correcting mild to moderate misalignments can be convenient and discreet with Invisalign clear braces.
These braces use clear, customized trays to gently guide your teeth into a healthier alignment. Each tray is removable, allowing you to eat and brush your teeth just as you normally would, and since they’re made to fit your teeth, most people won’t even notice you’re wearing them!
Visit our Orthodontics page to find out more about how we can help your smile with Invisalign!
Your Best Smile, Made Just for You
Dr. Steven R. Bergara and his team love helping our patients feel great about their smile. Whether we’re helping you stay healthy with thorough exams and cleanings, restoring your teeth with quality restorations, or using cosmetics to transform your smile, you can trust that we’ll always put your health and goals first.
Ready to be excited about smiling? Schedule your visit to our office in Alhambra today!
CALL US: (626) 289-1148 REQUEST APPOINTMENT