What is it about your smile that you wish you could improve? At our Newport Beach area cosmetic dentistry office, Dr. John Aguilera and our entire staff are experts at creating terrific smiles. We work hard to understand what you want and then meld it with your dental needs. Whether it’s the latest in porcelain veneers, Lumineers®, composite bonding, orthodontics, Invisalign®, bleaching, or laser gum treatment, we have the experience and expertise you deserve.
Cosmetic Dentistry for a Smile Makeover
An attractive smile is not one single element, but a combination of color, shape, and overall appearance. Some of our patients want just a little improvement, which can oftentimes be achieved through a simple teeth whitening procedure. However, for our patients who want a more dramatic transformation, a smile makeover is often a better choice. We can combine several cosmetic procedures, which can include teeth whitening, for our Newport Beach and Corona Del Mar area smile makeover patients.
There are several techniques and methods to achieve the smile you desire. Whiteness can be addressed through teeth whitening with a simple one-hour procedure that can effectively lighten your teeth several shades and provide long-lasting results. However, whiter teeth can also be accomplished through the placement of porcelain veneers, which can simultaneously remedy chips and gaps by covering the visible part of the tooth with a translucent shell of porcelain. In some cases, a porcelain crown is more appropriate than a porcelain veneer for covering discoloration and cracks, and for correcting misalignment. Crowns are especially important when the tooth structure is compromised, such as after root canal therapy.
Over time, many things we consume can contribute to yellow, brown, or gray stains on the teeth. Wine, coffee, tobacco use, and the natural aging process are just a few causes of discolored teeth. We can help brighten your smile by several shades in as little as one hour. We offer two treatment options at our office: ZOOM!® in-office teeth whitening and the Day White® take-home system. Cosmetic bleaching can be one of the most cost effective, quickest ways to dramatically improve and brighten your smile. Depending on your cosmetic needs and lifestyle, Dr. Aguilera can determine which treatment plan is best for you to get rid of the stains and discoloration on your teeth for a whiter, brighter, healthier-looking smile.
If you are unhappy with your smile due to cracks or chips in your teeth, gaps, discoloration, or poor alignment, porcelain veneers can be a great way to improve your smile’s appearance. They offer a natural-looking solution to help brighten and reshape your smile. We offer a variety of options at our practice, including Lumineers®, CEREC® veneers, and composite veneers. Your specific aesthetic wishes, as well as the color, position, and bite of your teeth will help us to create an individualized treatment plan. Your veneers will be custom-made to best fit your needs.
A dazzling, radiant smile can help you feel more confident and make a lasting first impression in your daily interactions. If you are struggling with several dental imperfections such as stains, chips, gaps, crooked teeth, or missing teeth, there is no reason for you to feel embarrassed by your smile.
If you haven’t taken care of your dental issues because you think you will have to endure unattractive metal braces, painful procedures, and a long, uncomfortable process, you may be in luck. We can help you create the smile you’ve always dreamed about safely and relatively quickly through a smile makeover. Our dentists can combine a variety of cosmetic and restorative dental treatments, including teeth whitening, Invisalign®, tooth-colored fillings, porcelain veneers, and dental implants for a complete smile makeover. Let us help you create the smile you’ve always desired.
Are you feeling self-conscious or embarrassed by excessive gum tissue along your teeth, also known as a “gummy smile?” We can correct this with a gum reshaping procedure designed to make the gum-to-tooth ratio more proportional and create a more balanced smile. Gum reshaping is a minimally-invasive procedure that uses a soft tissue laser to gently recontour the gums.
A local anesthetic may be administered to minimize any pain and discomfort during treatment, although most patients say they do not experience any discomfort and can enjoy watching television during the procedure. The laser is targeted directly at the gums to reshape them and remove any excess tissue, without harming the teeth or other surrounding mouth tissue. Some swelling and bleeding may occur following the procedure, but this generally subsides quickly. Gum reshaping typically takes no more than one hour. Results are usually immediate, and most patients are able to return home immediately following the treatment, with little to no downtime. Let us help you feel confident and beautiful smiling again!
Tooth Colored Fillings
Traditionally, silver amalgam fillings were the standard for repairing and filling cavities. However, amalgam fillings contain mercury, a substance that has been found to be harmful to the environment and to have health risks. The federal government has strict hazardous waste disposal regulations for amalgam fillings, so there is no need to put the substance into our own bodies. Even a small amount of mercury may be dangerous. Dr. Aguilera is committed to providing the healthiest and safest method of treatment, so we only use tooth-colored porcelain fillings for our patients.
In addition to being safer, tooth-colored fillings also offer a natural-looking cosmetic benefit. Also, amalgam fillings can break down over time, permitting bacteria to return underneath the filling and result in recurring cavities. Porcelain fillings are usually more durable than amalgam and more resistant to future cracking and cavities. By avoiding amalgam fillings and choosing porcelain fillings instead, we can help protect your health and the environment in addition to restoring your natural-looking, healthy smile.
Cosmetic dental bonding is one of the fastest, easiest ways to improve small dental imperfections, such as cracks, gaps, chips, malalignment, and discoloration. While porcelain veneers may be necessary for major issues, cosmetic bonding can be a great solution for minor dental problems. This procedure can create a strong, balanced, and beautiful smile.
First, Dr. Aguilera will apply a special cleaning agent on your affected teeth to create an adequate surface for the bonding material to adhere to. Next, your dentist will apply a custom-made dental resin that matches your natural teeth. A laser or LED light will harden the material, and your dentist will polish and shape your teeth for a beautiful, natural-looking, renewed smile. The process is virtually painless, quick, and can usually be completed in one office visit with immediate results. Cosmetic bonding can minimize minor dental imperfections for a rejuvenated, functional, and radiant smile.