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Make a Lasting First Impression with Alhambra Cosmetic Dentistry

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From job interviews to relationships, the importance of a dazzling smile can’t be overstated in our today's society. A nice smile can give you the confidence you need to succeed and the ability to make lasting first impressions.

At Main Street Dental, we offer a variety of cosmetic treatments to target individual and multiple teeth, and to correct any flaws that prevent you from fully sharing your smile.

If you are considering cosmetic dentistry in Alhambra, California, call our team today!

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Long Lasting Treatments That Make Sense

Cosmetic dentistry includes any dental work that is designed to improve the appearance of your teeth and gums. The primary focus is the improvement of dental aesthetics in the shape, color, alignment, and overall appearance of your smile.

A customized cosmetic dental plan usually includes more than one dental treatment to help you achieve a more beautiful, inviting smile that boosts your self-esteem.

7 Reasons to Consider Cosmetic Dental Treatments

Cosmetic dentistry may seem like a luxury, but at Main Street Dental, we make having an amazing and beautiful smile a simple and economical reality. Technological advancements in natural-looking materials make modern cosmetic dental treatments more durable and reliable than ever before.

We can help you address:

  • Gaps and spaces between teeth
  • Very worn or misshapen teeth
  • Discolored, yellowed, or stained teeth
  • Misaligned or uneven teeth
  • Cracked, chipped, fractured, or broken teeth
  • One or more missing teeth
  • Teeth that appear too long or too short

Dr. Stephen M. Dang uses conservative techniques to preserve as much of your natural tooth structure as possible, making treatments comfortable and safe.


Achieve Your Best Smile

Dr. Dang will help you determine your needs and develop a customized treatment plan to achieve an ideal smile that is both beautiful and healthy. Cosmetic options at our practice include:

Dr. Dang and our team dedicate the time to learn all about the latest developments in cosmetic resources and procedures. Our treatments use biocompatible materials that resemble the color of natural teeth and are durable enough to withstand everyday use.


What Are Composite Fillings?

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Tooth-colored composite is a safe, strong, natural, and longer lasting restoration material. Composite fillings are used to return your tooth to its original structure and function. A filling can correct minor to moderate damage from decay or trauma in just one office visit.

To ensure you're comfortable throughout the procedure, your tooth and the surrounding tissue will be numbed using a local anesthetic. The damaged portion of your tooth is gently removed and then cleaned to remove all traces of decay.

Next, we fill the tooth with high-quality filling material and shape it to a natural form and texture. The filling is hardened with a special light and polished for a lasting restoration. You may have a slight sensitivity to hot or cold, but this usually doesn’t last.


Benefits of Dental Crowns

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When a tooth becomes too damaged and weak to repair with a simple filling, a dental crown is usually the best option for restoring the tooth to proper function. At Main Street Dental, we’re pleased to offer our patients the highest quality custom made crowns.

Porcelain crowns restore structure and protect the tooth against decay and fracture. Our personalized service ensures you receive a crown that is made to match your unique smile.

A dental crown, or cap, is custom made to fit over the entire tooth down to the gum line and match the original shape and size. Crowns can be made of gold, porcelain, or porcelain fused to metal, but porcelain is the most popular choice because it closely matches the natural enamel color.

Dr. Dang will help you determine which type of dental crown is right for you, depending on the type of restoration you need.

Uses of Versatile Custom Crowns Include:

  • To complete a dental implant
  • To protect a tooth after root canal treatment
  • To anchor and attach a dental bridge
  • To enhance the beauty of your smile
  • To strengthen a fractured tooth
  • To repair a large filling

We have extensive experience in preserving the functionality of damaged teeth with crowns. We have invested many hours in continuing education to make sure your procedure is stress-free, and the results exceed your expectations!


Dental Implants - An Advanced Cosmetic Tooth Replacement Option

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Dental implants are considered a form of prosthetic (artificial replacement) dentistry as well as cosmetic dentistry. The implant procedure creates an artificial tooth root that not only supports a custom restoration but also helps to prevent jaw bone loss.

Missing teeth can make you feel self-conscious and negatively impact eating habits, which can lead to secondary health issues like malnutrition. By replacing the entire tooth from root to crown, an implant can provide you with the stability required to eat all the foods you love, without struggling to chew.

Normal chewing helps to stimulate and maintain your jaw bone and to support strong, youthful-looking facial features.

Dental Implants Restore Teeth Lost Due to:

  • Trauma to the mouth
  • Root canal failure
  • Tooth decay
  • Gum disease (Periodontitis)
  • Excessive wear and tear
  • Genetics

What is the Implant Placement Procedure?

3D render of tooth implant disassembly

Today’s dental implant restorations look and function just like your natural teeth thanks to the structural and functional connection between the implant and living bone. The surgical placement of your implant is typically performed in a single visit but requires a period of healing to allow osseointegration.

Osseointegration is how the titanium implant fuses to the jaw bone over the six-week to six-month healing period. After you have recovered, we will complete the procedure by placing a crown, bridge, or hybrid denture restoration.

Osseointegration is a critical component to a successful implant procedure, and if it does not occur, the implant will fail. Our team will schedule regular visits with you, so we can closely regulate your healing process.

When is the Best Time to Get a Dental Implant?

Dental implantation can be done any time after adolescence or when bone growth is complete. Certain medical conditions, such as active diabetes, cancer, or periodontal disease, may require additional treatment before the procedure can be performed.

At Main Street Dental, we have a proven track record of successful implant restorations. We can answer all of your questions and concerns and help you create an affordable treatment plan.


Get a Beautiful Smile Makeover with Dental Veneers

Veneers are a popular cosmetic treatment to redesign your smile with beautifully aligned, shapely teeth that create a uniform appearance. These thin porcelain shells can adjust the shape, color, or size of teeth and protect you from needing more extensive restoration treatments.

Although veneers fall into the category of cosmetic dentistry, other benefits include durability and the need for little-to-no removal of tooth structure compared to crowns.

5 Common Problems Dental Veneers Can Solve

  1. Enamel damaged by consuming soft drinks, tea or coffee, smoking, and the use of certain medications.
  2. Genetic issues such as abnormal spacing between teeth that widens with age.
  3. Wear and tear damage like chips, cracks, or a generally irregular appearance.
  4. Uneven teeth as a result of grinding or clenching or general wear and tear.
  5. Discoloration that does not respond to whitening treatment.

The Veneer Treatment Process

Veneers can restore the natural appearance of healthy, youthful teeth. We can help you discover if you qualify for veneers by first examining and diagnosing any oral health concerns you have. Imaging technologies provide you with a preview of your expected results and help us create a customized design plan.

dentist holding tooth model in front of patient's mouth to compare tooth color

Your dental veneer treatment can usually take two visits over six weeks. First, a small part of your original tooth enamel must be removed so the custom veneer will fit correctly. Because the amount removed is less than a millimeter, the veneer can restore natural function without being invasive.

Impressions will be taken to create precise measurements for your final veneer, and a temporary will be put in place until your restoration is complete.

At your placement appointment, we will remove the temporaries and place your final veneers. Each veneer will be evaluated and adjusted to ensure optimal fit and color.

Taking Care of Your Custom Veneers

Chipped or fractured porcelain veneers cannot be repaired, so aftercare is very important. Reduce the risk of damage by not biting or chewing on hard objects such as nut shells, and do not use your teeth to open or tear packages. We will also provide you with a list of foods to avoid that could cause damage.

Veneers are durable and can last up to 15 to 20 years before requiring replacement. Brush and floss your teeth as you normally would and visit our office for regular examinations and dental cleanings to maintain the health of your mouth and the longevity of your restorations.


Invisalign: A Clear Way to A Stunning and Healthy Smile

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No matter how old you are, orthodontics can improve your bite, maximize function, and give you a straight, beautiful smile. Straight teeth can also improve your overall oral health.

If your teeth are out of alignment, it can cause pressure that may result in chipping, bruxism (teeth grinding), sensitivity, and even TMJ pain and headaches. Also, crowded teeth make removing harmful plaque from all surfaces a challenge that can lead to gum disease, decay, and tooth loss.

In addition to increasing self-esteem and physical confidence, invisible braces give you a convenient alternative to standard wire and bracket braces. Invisalign can be used to correct orthodontic issues like:

  • Crowded teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Gapped and spaced teeth
  • Mild to moderate bite issues

Invisalign aligners are developed using state-of-the-art 3D technology. This enables us to identify the misalignment and create a plan that predicts the movement of your teeth during therapy.

You will receive a series of custom aligners to wear at least 22 hours a day. Every two weeks, you move to a new set of aligners that will gradually move your teeth into their optimal place. We give you all the information you need for a successful Invisalign treatment and schedule regular appointments to check your progress every eight weeks.

For adults, the majority of Invisalign treatment takes about a year, with treatment times for older adolescents being about the same as for traditional braces.


Brighten Your Smile with Professional Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening with Zoom® can lighten your smile by several shades using professional-grade gel to lift away stains. We offer both in-office and take-home methods as an effective cosmetic treatment that will noticeably enhance your smile in as little as one treatment.

Primary Causes of Dental Staining

Original Color

We are all born with a unique natural tooth color that ranges from yellow-brownish to greenish-grey. Tooth color intensifies over time, and a yellow-brown is generally more responsive to whitening than green-grey.

Passage of Time

Teeth become darker over time as a result of stain accumulation and normal wear and tear. There is a direct relationship between tooth color and age, and the younger you are, the more immediate and dramatic your whitening treatment will be. Whitening may require a little more effort as you get older, with the need for stronger and more frequent treatments.

Trauma

Injuries and excessive teeth grinding can cause micro-cracking in teeth. These cracks can collect large amounts of debris that contribute to darkened edges and deep stains.

Genetics

Translucency and thinness are inherited traits that become more pronounced over time. If you have more opaque teeth and low translucency, your teeth will be more responsive to bleaching. Front teeth are typically thinner and more transparent and containing smaller amounts of the pigment that is necessary for bleaching.

Habits

What you eat and how often can contribute to staining over the years. Dark beverages like red wine, coffee, tea, and soda create darker, more stubborn stains. Acidic foods such as citrus fruits and vinegar can cause enamel erosion. Smoking leaves brown deposits, and drugs and chemicals produce dark grey or brown ribbon stains which are very difficult to remove. Certain prescription drugs and excessive fluoride can cause discolored marks that look like white spots.

At Main Street Dental, we use professional teeth whitening gel that is powerful yet safe. The gel we use in the office, and our take-home kits both work to lighten the appearance of stains and yellowing on your tooth enamel.

Remember that whitening results are not permanent, so if you want to maintain your bright new smile, you’ll need to come back and visit us for more treatments.


Reinvent Your Smile at Main Street Dental!

When you choose Stephen M. Dang, DMD as your cosmetic dentist, you are selecting a dental professional who is passionate about helping you reach your ideal appearance by improving the look of your smile.

We know your dental expert is a very personal and important choice, so we go above and beyond to ensure that you feel comfortable and confident with the skills and capabilities of our entire team. We want you to be completely satisfied and happy with your results and our service, so contact us today!

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