A radiant, healthy smile communicates joy, friendship, and confidence and good health. But many of the residents who live in Monrovia and Duarte are forced to hide their smiles because of embarrassing cosmetic dental conditions, and that’s entirely understandable. But cosmetic dentist Dr. Q has the expertise, experience, and an artists eye for beauty needed to correct a variety of aesthetic conditions. While these treatments are primarily aimed at enhancing the appearance of your teeth, it should be said that some do improve their functionality.
What Will Happen During My Consultation?
It is important that Monrovia and Duarte’s residents seek treatment for their various cosmetic issues just as they would for cavities or replace a missing tooth. During your consultation, cosmetic dentist Dr. Q will talk to you about available options and combined procedures that will reveal the true beauty of your smile.
As part of the consultation process, all patients will undergo a thorough oral examination at our office in the Monrovia and Duarte area. This includes:
Dr. Q is a board-certified dentist with over a decade of experience as a cosmetic dentist. She has a gentle touch and treats each patient with the care and consideration they need to feel comfortable and confident in her hands.
What Is the Difference Between a Cosmetic Dentist and a General Dentist?
There is some overlap between a cosmetic and general dentist. Both are qualified to perform the same treatments, but a cosmetic dentist emphasizes the appearance of your teeth in addition to restoring function. Each procedure that Dr. Q performs is intended to keep your teeth healthy in addition to enhancing their overall appearance.
What Procedures Does a Cosmetic Dentist Perform?
A cosmetic dentist has the specialized training that’s required to improve the appearance of your smile dramatically.The following is a list of the cosmetic procedures Dr. Q offers and a description of what you can expect during and afterward.
Dental implants are the most effective way to replace teeth that have fallen out or require removal. Not only do they replicate the tooths natural appearance but dental implants have a fabricated “root” that fastens them to the jaw. Have you ever wondered why people who have lost their teeth look as if their jaws have shrunk? It is not only that they are missing teeth but because the root stimulates the jawbone to grow. Dental implants require a team of professionals, so after a specialist surgically sets the dental implant, cosmetic dentist Dr. Q creates and attaches temporary restorations to the implant which are finally exchanged for permanent crowns. The process takes approximately 4 – 6 months from start to finish and the results are permanent.
Dr. Q is a Level ll – certified Invisalign dentist who has a wealth of experience using this modern alternative to traditional metal braces. During your initial appointment, Dr. Q will examine your teeth so she can determine if you are a candidate for Invisalign, typically those patients whose teeth are minorly or moderately misaligned can benefit from “invisible braces.” (If your teeth are extremely crooked, she will most likely refer you to an orthodontist). An impression of your teeth will be made, and x-rays will are taken to generate a three-dimensional digital model of your teeth. Once you have started to wear your clear alignment trays, you will need to do so for a minimum of 20 hours of every day. This requires commitment on the part of Monrovia and Duarte patients, but the payoff is beautifully straight teeth. Dr, Q will design a treatment plan that calls for you to exchange the trays every two weeks that are designed to gradually shift your teeth into the proper position.
When you aren’t confident about your smile, it can inhibit your work, social life, and also interfere with your love life. One example is that of stained teeth. Although you may not consider yellowed teeth a significant problem, the condition can cause some Monrovia and Duarte patients to avoid a full smile for fear of how their teeth appear to others. Furthermore, you may be unaware of how others perceive you when you are reluctant to smile. For reasons such as these, it is important for Monrovia and Duarte’s residents to consider the relatively simple, completely non-invasive process of teeth whitening. If you are a coffee drinker or enjoy other darkly colored foods and beverages it is probable that your teeth have become stained. Because habitual smoking has so many stigmas attached to it, many prior and current smokers that have yellowed teeth choose to have their teeth whitened. During this simple treatment, cosmetic dentist Dr. Q will fill trays with a teeth whitening solution and then insert them into your mouth, and it takes as little as 30 minutes to lighten the shade of your teeth.
For Monrovia and Duarte patients who have lost a tooth but are not interested in getting a dental implant, a simple, more affordable alternative is a dental bridge. Bridges are a common, noninvasive approach used by cosmetic dentist Dr. Q, to replace one or two missing teeth with natural-looking, secure replicas. To begin, you will have impressions made of their teeth on either side of the missing tooth taken so that two crowns can be created; you’ll be fitted with a temporary dental bridge and crowns that will be replaced in two weeks with permanent crowns and a bridge.
If your teeth have minor chips, are slightly uneven, stained, or worn down you may be considering dental veneers to revitalize your smile. Dental veneers are thin shells that are fitted on to the front of your existing teeth after your cosmetic dentist has removed a fine layer of enamel from their surface. Dr. Q works in conjunction with reputable laboratories that use fine quality materials to create veneers for her Monrovia and Duarte patients. After your personalized dental veneers have been made, they are then bonded to your teeth.
While a general dentist may also offer these procedures, cosmetic dentists are more aware of the latest and most effective treatments available to patients.
Do Cosmetic Dental Procedures Hurt?
Some procedures performed by a cosmetic dentist are minimally invasive and will require only local anesthesia to numb a small area. However, some Monrovia and Duarte patients get nervous during even these procedures and need a sedative to relax them. We offer a range of anesthesia options to help you with any nervousness or anxiety about your cosmetic procedure. These include:
We encourage all patients to discuss any nervousness or anxiety before their procedure so that she can accommodate your needs with the right type of anesthesia.
If your teeth could use a “makeover,” we encourage you to consider cosmetic dentistry. To schedule your consultation, call Dr. Q’s office in the Monrovia and Duarte area today at (626) 599-9818. We look forward to meeting with you.
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