There are many reasons to smile in life. Unfortunately, many feel they have to keep their smiles hidden because they are embarrassed by the appearance of their teeth and gums. Thankfully, our Santa Barbara cosmetic dentist makes it possible for these individuals to transform their smiles, allowing them to feel confident in their own beauty once again.
creating beautiful smiles
What is a cosmetic dentist?
A cosmetic dentist is a medical professional who performs a variety of procedures to improve the appearance of your teeth and smile. The focus of cosmetic dentistry is to make corrections to the shape, color, size, or placement of your teeth to make your smile more attractive. These can include minor fixes such as teeth whitening to complex surgeries. At Riviera Smiles Santa Barbara Dentistry, our expert cosmetic dentists are well-versed in a wide range of procedures including:
- Dental crowns and bridges
- Porcelain Veneers
- Smile Makeover
- Dental Implants
- Gum Contouring
How much is cosmetic dentistry?
The costs of cosmetic dentistry in Santa Barbara can vary widely depending on the procedure, the extent of treatment required, and your cosmetic goals. The best way to plan ahead is to schedule a consultation with one of our expert cosmetic dentists who will evaluate your needs and recommend the best treatment.
How much is cosmetic teeth whitening?
In-office cosmetic teeth whitening is one of the simplest and the most common procedures undertaken under cosmetic dentistry. While this procedure is affordable, it offers long-lasting and effective teeth whitening without damaging your gums and teeth.
Is cosmetic dentistry covered by insurance?
Many insurance companies may not cover procedures that are not considered medically necessary such as teeth whitening. However, some procedures such as dental implants, crowns, or bridges are medically required for people who are missing all or some of their teeth. Talk to your insurance provider and your dentist to know about the coverage and payment options before undergoing a procedure.
What is considered cosmetic dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry involves all types of dental work that enhance the appearance of your teeth, gums, and bite. Procedures such as teeth bleaching, whitening, implants, fillings, and veneers are some examples of cosmetic dentistry procedures that can make your smile aesthetically pleasing. Here is a closer look at some cosmetic dentistry procedures:
Teeth whitening – Teeth whitening involves the use of chemicals that whiten the teeth. Our Santa Barbara cosmetic dentist uses a strong concentration of a bleaching agent along with light activation using UV, halogen, or LED light to achieve optimum results.
Bonding – Bonding is a cosmetic dentistry procedure that uses tooth-colored resin to fill any cracks or chips on the teeth. It is also used to close gaps between the teeth.
Veneers – Veneers are placed on crooked, discolored, or chipped teeth to change their color and shape.
Crowns and Bridges -Crowns are ‘tooth-shaped caps’ that are used to completely cover a tooth to restore its normal appearance.
A dental bridge is made of artificial teeth or crowns and is used to fill the gaps in case of missing teeth.
Invisalign – The Invisalign treatment involves wearing clear aligners that are invisible and removable. These aligners straighten your teeth gradually while there are no wires, brackets, or other restrictions associated with braces.
Dental implants – These implants are made of strong metal and are fixed into the bone below the gums to replace missing teeth. The implant and the bone fuse over time to create a stable tooth replacement.
Gum contouring – Gum contouring, also called gingivoplasty, involves removing excess tissue to reshape an uneven gum line. It is also done to restore gum tissue in case of gum recession.
What can cosmetic dentistry fix?
Cosmetic dentistry in Santa Barbara performed by highly skilled surgeons at Riviera Smiles is highly effective in fixing a wide range of issues including:
- Teeth discoloration
- Crooked teeth
- Cracked, chipped or broken teeth
- Missing teeth
- Misaligned teeth
- Damaged or weak tooth/teeth
- Uneven, high, or low gum line
- Overcrowded teeth
- Teeth that are too small or improperly shaped
- Gum disease
are you ready to
transform your smile?
When coming to Riviera Smiles for any cosmetic treatment, you can expect a smile transform that looks and feels extremely natural. Only the highest quality materials and modern techniques are used by Dr. Martinez, so you can feel confident knowing you could experience a beautiful result to last for years.
If you are ready to add new life to your smile, call us to schedule your consultation with Dr. Martinez – a true leader for cosmetic dentistry in Santa Barbara.