Skilled, Attentive Cosmetic Dentistry for Your Very Best Smile
Our smiles are vital to our ability to connect with the world around us. If you’re unable to smile fully or even hide your smile because of the way it looks, it could be impacting your quality of life.
At The Glen Dental, we provide cosmetic dentistry to help build healthy, beautiful smiles to the San Jose communities. Our talented dentists – Dr. Aman Bhullar, Dr. Charles Bocks, and Dr. Gina Johnson – combine their passion for helping patients with an artistic flair to create smiles that are both seamless and flattering to your features.
Give yourself an excuse to smile! Start your journey to a winning smile when you schedule a consultation with us today.
Can Cosmetic Treatments Help My Smile?
Cosmetic dental treatments can address a wide variety of dental issues. Our dental office provides expert treatment for:
- Stained or yellowed teeth
- Chips, cracks, or fractured teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Slightly crooked or misaligned teeth
- Teeth that are worn down or imperfectly shaped
Are Cosmetic Dental Treatments Worth It?
When you’ve had aesthetic dental issues for a long time, you may feel as though it’s impossible to fix or not worth correcting. But if your smile makes you feel embarrassed or uncomfortable, it’s likely had a negative impact on your life. You may find yourself not smiling fully, avoiding photos, or hiding your smile. Some people even change the way they speak or avoid spending time in public.
Being stressed or embarrassed about your smile is not a trivial thing. Not only can it impact your social life, but it can harm the way you see yourself. With cosmetic dentistry, you can have a smile that reflects who you are in a positive way, giving you the confidence to face the world and enjoy your life to its fullest.
Beautiful Tooth Replacement with Dental Implants
Few restorations can compare with the beauty, durability, and function of dental implants. With titanium posts acting as tooth roots, implants provide unparalleled support to crowns, bridges, and dentures.
When you receive one or more implants, a special prosthetic is fashioned to attach to the implant and function as your natural tooth or teeth. The replacement teeth are custom-designed to match your remaining teeth, provide optimal function, and look natural in your smile.
If you need a tooth replacement, talk to one of our skilled dentists about whether you are a candidate for implants and how they could benefit your smile.
Should I Get My Teeth Whitened?
Over time, our teeth can become discolored due to various life factors. If your pearly whites aren’t as pearly as they used to be, it might be time to consider professional teeth whitening.
Teeth whitening uses a potent bleaching gel to penetrate the top layers of the enamel and break up stains beneath the surface. Strong enough to eliminate stains that have built up over the years, this treatment can make teeth appear several shades whiter, restoring your original enamel color for a vibrant, natural smile.
How Can I Tell if Whitening Will Work on My Smile?
Before your teeth can be whitened, it’s important to find out two key things: what’s causing the discoloration, and how healthy your teeth are.
Teeth whitening is designed to clear stains within the enamel. These are usually due to dark or acidic foods and drinks, such as coffee, wine, soda, berries, and citrus. Tobacco is also known to cause stains and yellowing which whitening may help with.
However, other factors may cause teeth to change color, such as illnesses, medications, and tooth damage. These types of discoloration aren’t affected by teeth whitening and may require a different solution, such as veneers or crowns.
Your smile’s health is also important. Whitening won’t help your smile much if other health issues, such as gum disease or cavities, pose a threat to your smile. Our dentists will perform a thorough exam to ensure your smile is healthy before any cosmetic treatment.
What Should I Do if My Teeth are Sensitive After Whitening?
It’s not uncommon for your teeth to be somewhat sensitive after whitening. This should go away within a few days. In the meantime, it will help if you avoid hot, cold, and hard or crunchy food. You can use an over-the-counter pain reliever to help minimize the sensitivity.
If your sensitivity lasts for several days or is preventing you from eating, please contact our office so we can evaluate your situation.
Want to Keep Your Teeth White After a Cleaning? Consider These 5 Tips!
- Brush and floss your teeth regularly.
- Limit dark or acidic foods and drinks (coffee, tea, soda, etc.)
- Avoid smoking or tobacco use.
- Always keep your biannual dental appointments.
- Use an at-home kit for occasional touch ups.
Custom Veneers for a Dazzling Smile
One of the most versatile and effective cosmetic treatments, veneers can transform the look of your smile. We design and craft thin porcelain shells to attach to the front surfaces of your teeth, creating a vibrant and uniform appearance. Most cosmetic issues can be neatly hidden behind veneers.
With veneers, you can improve a tooth’s:
Veneers can hide discoloration from stains, damage, or other factors.
Size & Shape
With veneers, chipped, broken or worn teeth can all appear full-sized and healthy.
Alignment & Spacing
When designed and applied, veneers can disguise teeth with mild spacing issues, including teeth that are slightly crooked or gaps between teeth.
How Do I Know if I’ll Like My Veneers?
Each set of veneers is custom-designed to complement your smile. The dentist carefully evaluates a variety of features, including the shade of your teeth, your gum line, and the shape and thickness of your lips.
Before you receive your actual veneers, the dentist may help you see how veneers will transform your smile, either by using models or trial veneers. With this, you can evaluate whether veneers are the best choice, or if you’d prefer a different treatment to complete your smile.
Are Veneers Bad for Your Teeth?
To place the veneers, the dentist removes a portion of the enamel on the front of your tooth. This gives them a more secure hold and keeps them from looking bulky and fake. The process does not harm the tooth, and the inner tooth layers remain protected by the new veneers. In effect, the veneers become a new part of your tooth, and when treated well, can last for years and possibly decades.
Can I Whiten Veneers?
Unlike your tooth enamel, veneers don’t get brighter with teeth whitening. They are stain resistant, but cannot be whitened if staining does occur.
To ensure your veneers stay beautiful and uniform, apply these three handy tips:
- Get any teeth whitening done before your veneers are made, so they match your natural enamel.
- Limit your intake of staining foods and drinks, including coffee, soda, berries, and wine.
- Brush your veneers gently to avoid scratching their surface.
Brighter Smiles with White Fillings
Composite (white) fillings are quickly becoming the more popular way to protect teeth over the classic metal option. Color-matched to your tooth enamel, these fillings blend in seamlessly to your smile for invisible protection. At our practice, we rely exclusively on composite fillings to protect and restore our patients’ teeth.
Why Should I Choose Composite Fillings?
Composite fillings may be newer, but they offer several benefits:
- Perfect aesthetic – Composite fillings match the natural color and shape of your tooth.
- Better bonding – The composite resin binds to your enamel, so the dentist doesn’t have to remove as much enamel to place them.
- No mercury – The resin in these fillings is biocompatible and 100% mercury-free.
Considering a Composite Filling? Here are 5 Questions to Ask the Dentist
- How will a filling affect my tooth?
- How long does the filling last?
- How much does the filling cost?
- Does my insurance cover this treatment?
- How do I take care of my filling?
Should I Get a Porcelain Crown?
Whether the dentist has recommended a crown, or you’re looking for a way to enhance moderate aesthetic issues, a porcelain crown may be the choice for you.
Using tooth-colored porcelain, our dentists design crowns that mirror your natural teeth in color, shape, and functionality. With a porcelain crown, you can eat, speak, and smile just as you can with your normal teeth.
When are Porcelain Crowns Used?
Porcelain crowns are perhaps the most versatile of all cosmetic restorations since they are functional as well as aesthetic. You may receive a porcelain crown for any of the following reasons:
- A tooth has a crack or fracture
- A tooth with a large filling needs protection
- A tooth has too much decay for a filling
- Root canal therapy was used to preserve a tooth
- One or more teeth have been chipped, broken, or worn down
- A dental implant needs a replacement tooth
Can I Replace an Old Metal Filling or Crown with a Porcelain Restoration?
Many people today are having their old restorations replaced with more aesthetic alternatives. If you are interested in replacing one of your metal restorations, schedule a consultation with one of our dentists.
The dentist will take a look at your restoration to see what condition it’s in. From there, we can evaluate how long the restoration will last and discuss your options. You may choose to have it replaced now or wait a little longer depending on the situation. We’re happy to answer any of your questions and provide any information you need to make an informed decision about your dental health.
Ready to Enjoy a Lifetime of Beautiful Smiles?
At The Glen Dental, we’re passionate about helping our patients achieve healthy smiles they’ll love for years to come. We take our time to understand your concerns and goals, and customize your treatment to your unique dental needs.
Are you ready to take the first step? We’re excited to help you get there! Contact our office and schedule a consultation today.
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