Cosmetic Dentist Monrovia and Duarte

cosmetic dentistry

A smile communicates joy, friendship, and confidence. But many Monrovia and Duarte patients are forced to subdue their smiles because of embarrassing cosmetic problems. While this reluctance is entirely understandable, it can also be helped.

Dr. Q is a cosmetic dentist who specializes in procedures that improve the appearance of your smile. While this treatment is not necessary to restore the function of your teeth, it can help you look and feel your best. The conditions treated by a cosmetic dentist include:

  • Uneven or crooked teeth.
  • Restoring missing teeth with natural-looking replacements.
  • Removing stains for a brighter smile.

Many Monrovia and Duarte patients feel more confident about their appearance after coming in for treatment which has a positive effect on their lives.

What Will Happen During My Consultation?

When you aren’t confident about your smile it can inhibit your work, social life, and even love life. Even something as simple as stained teeth can cause some Monrovia and Duarte patients to avoid a full smile for fear of how their teeth appear to others. We realize that this is as much of a problem as treating a cavity or replacing a missing tooth with a crown. During your consultation, 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:

  • X-rays for patients who need a bridge, crown, or other restorative procedures.
  • Measurements and shade matching to create a smile that is natural and your own.
  • Discussion of your expectations and the likely outcome for certain procedures.
  • Review of your dental and medical history to ensure your comfort and safety.

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. This additional consideration means that cosmetic dentists:

  • Fill cavities using composite that is tooth-colored.
  • Replace missing or damaged teeth with a crown and bridge as close to the shade of your natural teeth as possible.
  • Whiten teeth that are stained or discolored.
  • Place veneers for patients who want a bright and even smile.
  • Straighten teeth using clear plastic trays rather than conventional braces.

Each procedure that Dr. Q performs is selected not only to keep your teeth healthy but enhance their overall appearance.

What Procedures Are Available at a Cosmetic Dentist?

A cosmetic dentist has the same training and experience as a general dentist, with the additional benefit of understanding how to help you look your best. As a cosmetic dentist, Dr. Q offers:

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:

  • Sedation dentistry: Patients take a pill that relaxes them before the procedure. While awake, many people are so calm they forget they are at the dentist.
  • Nitrous oxide: Commonly known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is a gas that you breathe in through a mask. While this is also meant to relax you, the effects wear off within five minutes of removing the mask.

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.

To schedule your consultation, call Dr. Q’s office in the Monrovia and Duarte area at (626) 599-9818.