Your Best Smile Ever with Cosmetic Dentistry in Fullerton
A confident smile is essential to making a great impression. If you find yourself reluctant to smile because of how it looks, it’s time to consider what cosmetic dentistry can do for you.
Dr. Anna K. Talmood and her team provide exceptional cosmetic services to patients throughout Fullerton and the surrounding communities. Combining experience with state-of-the-art technology, we help patients build the smile of their dreams with customized cosmetic treatments.
Why wait to get the smile you’ve always wanted? Contact our Fullerton, CA office and schedule a visit today.
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Can Cosmetic Dentistry Help My Smile?
Cosmetic dentistry offers a range of options to address practically any aesthetic issues. With the right treatment plan, we can alter the shape, size, color, and even alignment of your teeth.
During your cosmetic consultation, Dr. Talmood takes time to talk with you and learn what you want to change about your smile. After an examination, she can propose a treatment plan that will help you achieve the smile you want. Once you’ve decided on your treatment, she uses a combination of skill and artistic design to create a smile that is unique and flattering to you.
What are My Cosmetic Treatment Options?
At our dental practice, we offer several cosmetic options our patients can use to enhance their smiles. We can provide:
Transforming Smiles with Veneers
If your teeth are chipped, worn, discolored, crooked, or unevenly spaced, it may surprise you to learn that one simple cosmetic treatment can cover it all. Veneers are thin porcelain shells designed to bond to the front surface of your most visible teeth, concealing imperfections behind a lifelike aesthetic enhancement.
Do Veneers Actually Look Like Real Teeth?
What makes veneers so effective are the materials used to make them. Porcelain matches the shine and translucent appearance of enamel, allowing it to effectively mimic your teeth without looking out of place. The porcelain is also carefully colored to look flattering to your features and natural within your smile.
At the start of the veneers process, Dr. Talmood takes precise digital impressions of your teeth where the veneers will be, ensuring a comfortable custom fit. A trusted dental lab uses these impressions to craft your veneers according to the dentist’s design. Once they are complete, the dentist ensures the final look and sizing of the veneers before bonding your beautiful new smile in place.
What’s the Difference Between Veneers and Lumineers®?
Both veneers and Lumineers are thin shells designed to conceal imperfections. Both options have advantages, so choosing the best type comes down to what matters most to you.
Lumineers are designed to be thinner and lighter than veneers. They require less reshaping of the tooth enamel, making them a less invasive option than veneers. However, this lightness also makes them more fragile and vulnerable to cracking, so they may not last as long. Their thinness also makes them more translucent, and may not be the best option for hiding enamel that is stained or discolored.
Dr. Talmood provides both veneers and Lumineers, and can help you decide which would be most appropriate for your smile.
Years of exposure to staining food and drinks can leave stubborn stains beneath the surface of your enamel. While whitening toothpaste and similar products may help with touchups, for truly potent whitening, our office provides professional-strength teeth whitening.
In-office or Take-home Whitening: Which Is Better for Me?
We offer whitening options both in our office and as custom take-home kits so that you can choose the type that best suits your needs and convenience.
Teeth Whitening in Our Office
A whitening session in our office can be completed in as little as an hour. When you come in, we show you where your smile matches on a color chart.
Once you’re comfortable, we apply a professional strength whitening gel to the surfaces of your teeth. We take specific precautions to keep the gel from touching your gums, which helps to minimize any tooth sensitivity. The gel is applied for three fifteen minute sessions, with short breaks between them.
When the treatment is complete, we compare your teeth to the color chart again, showing you the complete results of your whitening treatment.
Take-home Whitening Kits
For those whose hectic schedules make long office visits difficult, take-home whitening kits provide a convenient alternative. Instead of a one-hour session, you make a quick office visit to have impressions made for your custom whitening trays. These trays ensure that your whitening will be effective and even across your entire smile.
Once your kit is ready, you can whiten your teeth when and where it’s most convenient for you. They can also be reused multiple times, and are great to have for touchups before a big social or professional event.
Is Teeth Whitening Safe?
Teeth whitening is very safe for teeth. With in-office whitening, you have complete professional supervision during your treatment, which allows us to use the strongest and most effective whitening gel possible.
Some people may experience tooth sensitivity after their treatment. This tends to be minor and should go away fairly quickly. Our office takes great care to minimize any risk of sensitivity during your treatment.
Does Teeth Whitening Work on Veneers or Restorations?
Teeth whitening is designed to work on natural enamel, lifting stubborn stains to reveal the natural color underneath. Veneers and restorations are resistant to staining, but they also can’t be whitened.
If you plan to get any of these cosmetic enhancements, we recommend having whitening done beforehand. This will ensure that your restorations always match your best possible color and don’t look out of place.
5 Tips to Make Your Teeth Whitening Treatment Last
Once your teeth are whitened, you naturally want your results to last as long as possible! Practicing these five tips is a great way to help your teeth stay bright and beautiful.
- Avoid dark food and drinks (coffee, soda, tomato sauce, dark berries, etc.)
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day.
- Avoid smoking or using tobacco products.
- Drink plenty of water, especially after a meal.
- Use a take-home whitening kit for touchups.
Dental Implants for a Functional, Beautiful Smile
Few things affect a smile’s appearance like missing teeth. Fortunately, our practice provides effective tooth replacements with dental implants. These innovative restorations offer both a functional and cosmetic revitalization of your smile.
What are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
Dental implants replace the entire tooth from root to crown. The titanium post that serves as the base is precisely inserted into the jaw bone, where it fuses with the bone to provide permanent support.
One of the biggest benefits is that implants preserve your jaw bone. The jaw needs chewing pressure from the root to maintain its density, or it will no longer receive the nutrients it needs and will gradually shrink. This weakens your jaw and alters your face shape, aging your appearance. Implants restore chewing pressure, protecting your jaw and youthful features.
Many people who’ve lost teeth can get dental implants. The most important qualifier is jaw bone strength. If the bone is thin and weak, the implant won’t be supported and will fail. If your jaw is thinner, a preliminary bone graft may be needed to provide adequate support.
The Cosmetic Difference of Composite Fillings
When you need a filling, you no longer have to worry about large metal fillings impacting your smile’s aesthetic. Composite fillings are shade-matched to your teeth and bond well to your enamel. This allows them to fit into smaller spaces, preserving more of your natural tooth and blending beautifully into your smile.
Protecting Teeth and Beauty with Porcelain Crowns
Both restorative and cosmetic, crowns can be used to protect, reshape, and enhance a tooth all at the same time. Each crown is custom-designed to fit naturally into your smile, providing integrity, durability, and an aesthetic upgrade.
Many people have chosen to replace their metal restorations with an aesthetic alternative. Dr. Talmood can examine the condition of your restoration and let you know whether a replacement is viable. Generally, if the rest of the tooth is healthy and the restoration isn’t in an awkward place, you can have a cosmetic replacement to boost the appeal of your smile.
Smile Design for Complete Smile Enhancements
Every smile faces unique challenges, which sometimes means a single procedure isn’t enough to achieve the smile you want. For these cases, Dr. Talmood offers smile design.
Also known as a smile makeover, this option provides a customized treatment plan of combined cosmetic options to truly transform your smile. Whether you want to pair teeth whitening with veneers, or you desire a complete smile overhaul, we have the skill and service to help.
How Does Smile Design Work?
Every smile makeover begins with a comprehensive consultation. Dr. Talmood gets to know you, what you wish to change about your smile, and what your cosmetic and lifestyle goals are. A thorough exam helps the dentist to understand your smile and see which treatments would be most effective for reaching the results you want.
When you’ve decided on a treatment plan, Dr. Talmood gets to work designing your smile. Smile design is as much art as it is medicine, and our goal is to create a smile that is both flattering to your features and reflects your unique personality. Many aspects are taken into account in the design process, including your facial features, mouth shape, lip thickness, skin tone, gum line, and much more.
How Much Does a Smile Makeover Cost?
Your smile design will depend greatly on how many and what kind of treatments you need. Some patients may be able to complete their smile makeover in two or three treatments. Others may have more complex treatments, such as straightening their smile with Invisalign. Some cosmetic treatments, such as crowns and fillings, may be covered by dental insurance, while others might not.
In the planning stage, Dr. Talmood can discuss pricing options with you. Our office will help you understand what your insurance can and can’t cover, and can also help you to explore payment plans if needed. We’re passionate about helping our patients achieve a smile they love, and always look for ways to help them make it possible.
Get the Smile You Deserve Today!
At the dental office of Anna K. Talmood, DDS, we believe that everyone deserves a smile that gives them confidence and self-esteem. We’ve been the highest-rated cosmetic dentist in Fullerton for decades, and we love putting our skills to work helping our patients smile at their very best.
Are you ready to love your smile? Contact our office in Fullerton, CA to schedule your visit today!
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