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Dental Treatments for a Confident Smile

Everyone wants to be able to show off a beautiful smile. Presenting a healthy, white smile, you are proud of will help boost your confidence. Let’s face it; we’re not all born with perfect teeth. Some people may not have straight teeth, some have gaps between their teeth, some people have over or under bites, and the list goes on. Whatever the issue is causing you not to want to show off your smile, there are many options out there to help give you a beautiful and radiant smile. Consulting with your dentist in Mission Viejo will help you choose the best option for you and your goals relating to your smile. The following options are all ways to help improve your smile and maintain your smile’s functionality.

Common Cosmetic Solutions

Sapphire Teeth Whitening

Yes, there are teeth whitening options that you can get over the counter in stores; however, these options are often less effective than the teeth whitening options a dentist can provide. One proven effective whitening solution is the Sapphire teeth whitening system. With Sapphire, the initial whitening treatment will be performed in your dentist’s office and takes about half an hour to complete. Then, you will be provided with a take-home kit (Sapphire After Care) to continue the whitening process. Your kit will include custom-made trays for your teeth, Sapphire take-home whitening gel, and Sapphire Brilliance toothpaste. The Sapphire solution causes less sensitivity and discomfort than other whitening solutions due to the inclusion of minerals and fluoride in their gel. Sapphire has also shown their system to improve teeth whiteness by up to eight shades on a scale of sixteen total shades.

Veneers and Lumineers

Veneers and Lumineers can help treat discoloration, chipped or broken teeth, crooked teeth, or cover up tooth gaps. They are designed to enhance the appearance of teeth. A veneer is a very thin layer of material, usually made of porcelain, and is then cemented to the tooth’s front side. Sometimes teeth need to be reshaped or have some parts removed before the veneer is applied to the tooth. Lumineers are a particular type of veneer; the main difference is that Lumineers are thinner than a veneer and take less preparation before being applied to the teeth. Veneers don’t require maintenance outside your regular dental hygiene routine of brushing and flossing.

Porcelain Bridges

Dental Bridges are a durable and non-removable option for filling the gap caused by missing teeth. A porcelain bridge can withstand chewing and will not impact tooth functionality; they are created to imitate natural teeth. Bridges are bonded to existing anchor teeth; unlike dentures, they do not have to be removed and cleaned daily; only a dentist can remove a bridge. When your dentist creates the bridge for your smile, they can also match the color to your existing teeth so you can have confidence in a nice, even smile.


Dental Crowns, or caps, are created to fit and cover your whole tooth. They are used to cosmetically treat decayed, poorly shaped, chipped, and broken teeth. Crowns are designed to be completely functional, protecting the tooth and not impacting the ability of the tooth when used while eating, biting, etc.

Inlays and Onlays

Dental inlays and onlays are created to replace fillings and crowns. They can be made of materials that match natural tooth color, unlike in days when they were made of gold, and most dental fillings were silver. An inlay essentially acts like a filling. However, the material used is shown to help strengthen and seal the tooth after a cavity has been removed. An onlay acts more like a crown; they are made to fit partially inside the tooth and cover its surface area. Onlays are also bonded to the tooth and, like inlays, can help the overall strength of the tooth.


Teeth bonding is a process used to repair teeth damaged by decay, broken, or present chips and cracks. Bonding can also be used to help reshape teeth and to help protect areas of the tooth that a receding gum line may impact. This is one of the least complicated ways to improve your smile cosmetically. This process can be completed without additional materials needing to be constructed before being applied to the teeth.There are many cosmetic options to help improve and give you a bright, clean, and confident smile. A dentist can help you choose the right solution to help you get the smile you want, a smile you will be proud of and want to show off everywhere you go. Each option has pros and cons; your dentist will review all the relevant information about each option with you. Whichever option you choose, you are sure to get a radiant, gorgeous, confident smile with the help of your dentist and these cosmetic dentistry treatments and procedures.

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