What is a cosmetic dentist?

A cosmetic dentist is a doctor who has taken extra training to help people with teeth that are less than ideal visually.

Many people would like their teeth to look better for a variety of reasons. Some have tooth loss, or discoloration, or past dental crowns or fillings that are old and unattractive, or their teeth are just crooked.

Dental services cosmetic dentists provide.

A cosmetic dentist uses a variety of dental disciplines to provide the patient an attractive smile that fits the lips, cheeks and face.

A person may require Orthodontics to first straighten the teeth. Bleaching may be the solution for many people. Here the patient has a variety of options to choose from.

In house bleaching is the most powerful and effective. Zoom bleaching takes about two hours in the dental office, cost about four to five hundred dollars and provides a 10 shade improvement in the color of the teeth. With take home bleaching custom trays are made and the person places a powerful bleaching solution in the trays at home. This is less expensive and provides a few shade improvement.

Tooth loss is best fixed now days with dental implants. Here a titanium implant is placed in the place of the lost tooth [teeth] and crowns are placed to improve biting ability and looks.

Cost of dental implants

The cost of dental implants can vary depending on the area of tooth loss and degree of cosmetic need.

Generally a patient is looking at a few thousand dollars for each one. Patients looking to reduce costs travel to another country to get work done, but this comes with high risks. A person has to look very closely before choosing this option, as quality is very important as is any procedure dealing with your health.

Traveling health tips and precautions can be found on both the US Department of State and the Centers for Disease Control CDC.

A patient looking for a good cosmetic dentist should look at an American trained dentist who has extensive post graduate training in Orthodontics, Bleaching, Veneers, Crowns, the Bite [Occlusion] and has years of experience doing cosmetic dental cases.

Check our smile gallery for great examples of work that Dr. Sheehy has performed in his San Mateo dental care office.


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