When you look at your smile, do you wonder if it could be just a little (or a lot) more attractive? We want you to know about an affordable dental procedure that can fix crooked, discolored, uneven, and unsightly teeth. The solution is zirconia veneers! Zirconia is a newer material for dental restorative treatments. It is stronger than porcelain and gets fewer sharp edges from the normal “wear and tear” that happens over time. Dr. Frade specializes in placing zirconia veneers over your existing teeth to instantly correct multiple problems at once. If you are already thinking about getting zirconia veneers or have any questions about zirconia veneers working in your specific situation, please call us at (415) 485-1800 or request an appointment through our website. We will be happy to share everything we know and see if zirconia veneers can give you the smile you have been searching for.
Bonding is among the easiest and least expensive of cosmetic dental procedures. The composite resin used in bonding can be shaped and polished to match the surrounding teeth. Most often, bonding is used for cosmetic purposes to improve the appearance of a discolored or chipped tooth. It also can be used to close spaces between teeth, to make teeth look longer or to change the shape or color of teeth. Sometimes, bonding is used as a cosmetic alternative to amalgam fillings or to protect a portion of the tooth’s root that has been exposed when gums recede.
Dental bonding requires the least amount of a tooth’s enamel to be removed, thus minimizing discomfort and keeping as much of your tooth’s structural integrity as possible.
In most cases, anesthesia is not required for bonding treatment.
One of the most requested procedures asked of a dental office is tooth whitening. This is a procedure that will assist in removing stains and discoloration from teeth while lightening them.
Before deciding whether Zoom in-office teeth whitening is right for you, Dr. Frade will conduct an examination of your teeth and gums to ensure proper health, as well as talk with you about your oral hygiene and lifestyle habits to determine if you will benefit from whitening. During your examination, Dr. Frade will also will note existing dental work, such as crowns, veneers and composites, which will not respond to whitening agents. The complete procedure takes less than an hour and a regular teeth cleaning is recommended prior to the actual Zoom teeth whitening session. The procedure begins with a short preparation to cover the lips and gums, leaving the teeth exposed. The gel is applied for three 15-minute sessions of light activation, for a total treatment time of 45 minutes. It is important to remember that whitening treatment may not be as effective for some people as it is for others. Only your dentist can determine if teeth whitening is right for you after performing a thorough oral examination that includes a shade assessment.