If you’re like many adults, you wish there were things you could change about your smile. Maybe you’d like your teeth to be a little whiter or straighter. Perhaps there’s a chip or imperfection you’ve had for years and never had it fixed. Whatever the issue, it’s important to know that you don’t have to accept it. With the help of Dr. Mark Wong and his dental team at Mark A. Wong, DDS in Walnut Creek, California, you can achieve the smile you want and deserve.
Dr. Wong is a trusted dentist who provides a full suite of cosmetic dental services. He helps patients understand what treatments could best help them achieve their desired results.
Is cosmetic dentistry for me?
Cosmetic dentistry is a treatment and service that help patients improve the appearance of their smile. While often these procedures are driven by how something looks, it’s important to note that they also often have oral health care benefits as well. For example, a patient may want to restore a cracked tooth because he feels self-conscious about it, but that restoration may prevent further damage to the tooth in the future.
A patient who wonders if cosmetic dentistry could help them should start by speaking with a dentist they trust and has expertise in this area. The dentist will want to know what flaws the patients believe they have, their timeline for having it fixed, and if there are any other lifestyle factors that could influence their decision to move forward.
Common cosmetic services
While every smile is unique, there are several common cosmetic dentistry services, including:
- Teeth whitening: Many adults wish their smile was brighter and try whitening toothpaste or dental strips from the drug store. Unfortunately, these can leave patients feeling underwhelmed with the results. However, professional teeth whitening services use a stronger-grade whitening gel and the guidance of a trusted dentist. Patients who want to achieve dramatic results quickly will benefit from in-office treatments like Zoom or KoR, while those that want a more gradual approach can brighten their smile in approximately 30 minutes a day from the comfort of their home.
- Orthodontic treatment: Proper alignment of the teeth can help you smile more confidently. However, adult patients are often not thrilled about the idea of traditional braces that use brackets and wires. With advanced orthodontic treatment like Invisalign, patients can gently shift their teeth into the proper alignment while wearing clear plastic mouthpieces that are nearly invisible to friends and colleagues.
- Cosmetic bonding: In the past, dentists used metal for many of their restorations because it was strong and durable. However, as technology has advanced, dentists now use a material that can be shaded to match the original tooth color. Patients who have metal restorations or damaged teeth will benefit from cosmetic bonding to fix the damage in a seamless manner.
Your smile is an important part of your appearance. Call (925) 678-5600 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Wong today if you feel it could be improved.
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