Smile Makeovers in Pacific Beach
There is nothing holding you back from enjoying a picture-perfect smile. Treatment with Dr. Ricardo Hernandez of Pacific Beach Smile Studio can make the smile of your dreams a reality. He offers a variety of cosmetic dentistry procedures that can be performed individually or combined into a smile makeover.
What Does a Smile Makeover Address?
Smile makeovers are performed for many different reasons. You may elect to have a smile makeover to accomplish any of the following goals:
- improve the color of your teeth/lighten stains
- improve the alignment and spacing of the teeth
- replace missing teeth
- enhance the uniformity of your tooth size/shape
- address a “gummy smile” in which the gums look overly prominent
Your Smile Makeover at Pacific Beach Smile Studio
The first step of a smile makeover is a consultation with Dr. Hernandez to discuss your needs and goals. During this appointment, he will ask you questions and examine your smile to determine what it is you don’t like, and what you hope to achieve with your smile makeover. Dr. Hernandez will recommend one or more smile-enhancing treatment options to deliver the results you desire. Your plan of treatment may be performed in a single appointment, or spaced out into several stages. If your treatment plan includes Invisalign, it will take longer. If you need dental restorations such as veneers, they will be crafted by professional lab technicians from high quality, long-lasting materials.
Your needs will be completely catered to throughout your treatment. Every step is taken to ensure that you are comfortable and relaxed during your appointment(s). Once he has completed your smile makeover, Dr. Hernandez will give you instructions for caring for your rejuvenated smile and enhancing the longevity of your results. These instructions include returning to our office for regular examinations and cleanings.
Your smile makeover may include one or more of the following cosmetic dentistry treatments:
Teeth whitening: Special bleaching agents are applied to the teeth to lift stains and correct discoloration stemming from wine or coffee consumption, use of certain medications (e.g., tetracycline) or the natural aging process. Teeth whitening is typically an in-office professional treatment that takes approximately one hour. Some patients opt to continue treatment with at-home whitening kits. The teeth look uniformly whiter and brighter after treatment.
Porcelain veneers: Small, tooth-colored pieces of porcelain are slipped over the surface of the teeth and bonded into place. This can correct worn tooth enamel, improve the shape or length of uneven teeth, mask discoloration and conceal small chips or cracks. Veneers can also be used to hide small spaces between the teeth. Porcelain veneers require little-to-no removal of tooth structure and are custom-made to the patient’s specifications. When well cared for, veneers can last for many years.
Dental bonding: A tooth-colored composite material is applied to the surface of the teeth and sculpted to the desired shape. This can repair superficial chips or cracks, close small spaces between the teeth or bolster worn-down teeth. The composite material is color-matched to the surrounding teeth for a seamless result.
Dental implants: A titanium post is placed in the jawbone and supports a crown to replace a missing tooth. Implants are the most stable and long-lasting way to replace one or more missing teeth. Not only do implants restore the normal appearance of a tooth, they also are integral to maintaining oral health and facial esthetics. Implants can replace a single tooth, multiple teeth or all of the teeth in the lower and/or upper jaw.
Gum recontouring: Prominent gums can be reduced and reshaped to reveal more of the teeth. Gum recontouring is typically performed with a laser for comfortable and precise treatment.
The Psychological Benefits of a Smile Makeover
The most apparent benefit of a smile makeover is a beautiful smile and often an overall younger appearance. The teeth look whiter, straighter, and more uniform in shape and size. However, the benefits of a smile makeover can extend far beyond appearance. With a more beautiful smile, you may experience a tremendous boost in self-confidence. You might feel comfortable pursuing exciting professional or personal opportunities, like applying for new jobs or entering the dating pool. You will no longer need to hide your smile behind your hand or avoid looking people in the eye when speaking. You will not have to avoid cameras or duck your head when being photographed. Simply put, your whole world opens up with a smile makeover.
Schedule a Smile Makeover Consultation with Dr. Hernandez
To learn more about your smile makeover treatment options, please contact Dr. Hernandez today. Call Pacific Beach Smile Studio at 858-272-6047 to make your appointment.