Cosmetic Dentistry – Torrance, CA
Create a Gorgeous Smile Transformation
You should be showing your smile off proudly to the world, not hiding it behind your hand when you laugh or pose for a photo. At Torrance Dentistry, Dr. Steve Yabuno and the rest of our team are happy to offer several cosmetic dentistry services that can erase frustrating imperfections from your teeth and leave your appearance brighter and more confident than ever before. Our care is comfortable and virtually pain-free as well! Contact our dental office today to schedule your first consultation to discuss cosmetic dentistry Torrance, CA. New patients from Gardena, CA and surrounding areas are always welcome.
At-Home Teeth Whitening
If your teeth have become discolored or stained over time, it’s time to make a refreshing change. Dr. Yabuno can provide patients with a customized take-home whitening kit that’s a big step above the solutions you could find at your nearest store. All you have to do is wear your customized oral trays and high-grade whitening gel together for a certain amount of time each day – this can be done while you’re watching your favorite show or relaxing after the kids have gone to bed. Many patients notice gradual improvement after the very first use, with the most dramatic changes occurring after a couple of weeks.
Did you know that nearly 92% of the population will experience a cavity at one point or another in their lives? Thankfully, this common dental problem can be addressed simply and seamlessly with a tooth-colored filling for a superior aesthetic result. The procedure is simple – one of our dentists will remove decay from the tooth and then carefully apply the high-quality composite resin material, shaping it into place and hardening it with a special curing light.
In addition to their lifelike quality, tooth-colored fillings offer patients several other valuable benefits when compared to traditional amalgam fillings. Composite resin is able to directly bond with the natural enamel, allowing our team to preserve and strengthen more of your tooth’s remaining healthy structure. Additionally, the lack of metals means that the sensitivity the patient experiences, when faced with hot and cold temperatures, is greatly reduced. As long as tooth-colored fillings are cared for with oral hygiene and professional check-ups here at Torrance Dentistry, patients can expect to enjoy them for several years.
If your teeth are plagued with several cosmetic flaws, the thought of undergoing multiple procedures to correct them all can feel a little overwhelming. Alternatively, our team may recommend porcelain veneers as a comprehensive solution that transforms your smile for the better! Veneers are customized, wafer-thin porcelain restorations that are crafted to fit over just the front surfaces of the patient’s teeth instead of all around them like a dental crown. This hides imperfections like gaps, stains, cracks, chips, and much more safely from view behind a new appearance that’s natural, functional, and flawlessly beautiful.
The design, creation, and completion of porcelain veneers typically require two appointments at our dental office – one to prepare the affected teeth and take impressions, and another to place the finished restoration and ensure the patient’s satisfaction with the results. We look forward to giving you back the self-confidence you deserve!
Metal-Free Denta Restorations
Here in Torrance, our team is proud to offer all-ceramic restorations as an exceptional solution to dental damage, injury, cosmetic imperfections, and more. This high-quality material is an ideal match for natural tooth enamel – it even has the same translucent nature, shining and reflecting light alongside the rest of your smile. Your new dental crown, inlay, or onlay will also be comfortable, durable, and highly biocompatible, making them a great fit for patients who struggle with allergies/sensitivities to common dental metals.
Understanding the Cost of Cosmetic Dentistry
Cosmetic dentistry can be costly, especially when dental insurance does not offer any coverage in most cases. This can be concerning if you’re worried about how you’re going to pay for your smile makeover. Rest assured, our team will gladly break down the best way to achieve your dream smile without breaking the bank. Remember, there are many different services available to you, all with unique price points to consider.
Which Cosmetic Dental Service Is Right for Me?
It’s typical for patients to address multiple improvements to their smile through cosmetic dentistry, which is why you may need more than one service based on your goals. With the following treatments, you can achieve whiter, straighter, and even differently shaped or sized teeth!
- Direct Bonding – This is the same material used to create tooth-colored fillings to restore teeth damaged by cavities. It’s a cheap, quick, and effective solution to address noticeable flaws like chips, cracks, and even small gaps. However, retreatment will be needed every few years or so to maintain results.
- At-Home Teeth Whitening – For the most convenient teeth whitening process, we provide take-home solutions. While you can brighten your smile multiple shades in as little as two weeks, it won’t address any other characteristics of your smile outside of shape or structure.
- Veneers – One of the most versatile cosmetic treatments, veneers are bonded directly to teeth and can cover several imperfections at a time. However, they are generally the most expensive (but the longest-lasting!)
- Smile Makeover – You may need to combine multiple services into one dedicated smile makeover plan. This is typically the most expensive approach to enhancing your smile, but it’s certainly comprehensive and the most ideal and efficient way to get exactly what you want.
Cosmetic Dentistry: An Investment Worth Making
No matter what cosmetic dental treatment you choose, it can feel like a large investment. That’s simply because it is one, but it’s also worth making if you want to feel as good as possible about your smile. After your treatment is complete, you just may be surprised by how much having a beautiful smile affects your mood, relationships, and even professional life. Even small adjustments to your smile can make a huge difference, so keep this in mind as you weigh your options and budget.
How to Make Cosmetic Dentistry Affordable
Dentistry that is purely esthetic (i.e. not medically necessary) will almost never be covered by a dental insurance plan. This can understandably make cosmetic treatment more expensive to receive. However, there are other options available to you that can make your dentistry more affordable. For example, we often recommend CareCredit, a service that lets you pay for services in monthly installments with little to zero interest attached. This can make more costly treatments easier to fit into a monthly budget.
Our team is prepared to help you navigate your costs as closely as possible and create a treatment plan that fits in to your budget. Please call our office today to set up your first consultation at Torrance Dentistry!