A beautiful smile is something people want. We want to look picture perfect for pictures, graduation and job interviews. Dr. Connie Pierce, Dr. Brandon Pierce, and Dr. Jennifer Pierce, your San Diego, CA, cosmetic dentists, can help.
Cosmetic dentistry isn't just about aesthetic appeal. Some cosmetic procedures are restorative as well. Here are a few procedures you may want to consider to improve your smile:
- Dental Implants: Are you suffering from tooth loss? Dental implants are titanium posts that replace tooth roots. Your doctor places an abutment and a crown matching the rest of your teeth. This procedure restores your missing tooth and improves the appearance of your smile.
- Veneers: These procedures resurface an individual's teeth. Veneers cover teeth that are stained or discolored due to poor hygiene, drinking coffee or tea, smoking, chewing tobacco, or certain antibiotics. Veneers can also fix mishappened, crooked, worn down, chipped, or irregularly shaped teeth and uneven surfaces and spacing, like overcrowdedness.
- Dental Bonding: This procedure uses composite resin to cover the surfaces of your teeth for a whiter smile. The advantage of dental bonding is it can be done in one sitting in a few minutes.
- Teeth Whitening: Do you have yellow and/or stained teeth? Part of the reason our teeth become discolored is aging. Some other reasons include smoking, chewing tobacco, drinking coffee and/or tea, and eating certain foods. Your San Diego dentist provides in-office or over-the-counter kits, whichever is more convenient for you.
- Cosmetic Gum Surgery: When some patients have a “gummy” smile, there's a disproportionate gum-to-tooth ratio. Cosmetic gum surgery contours and reshapes overgrown and receding gums.
Cosmetic Dentistry Care
To take proper care of your new cosmetic dental procedure(s), make sure you brush your teeth twice a day and floss once before bed.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding any cosmetic procedures, call your San Diego, CA, dentists, Dr. Connie Pierce, Dr. Brandon Pierce, and Dr. Jennifer Pierce, at (858) 484-3300 today!
If your missing teeth make you feel like your smile is subpar, you may have considered closing your gaps with dental restorations. Dental implants make filling in your smile a breeze. Can dental implants benefit your smile? How do these restorations work? Find out the answers to these questions and more with Dr. Connie Pierce, Dr. Brandon Pierce, and Dr. Jennifer Pierce at Pierce Family Dentistry serving the Rancho Peñasquitos area in San Diego, CA.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
The most obvious benefit of dental implants is their ability to replace your missing teeth, fill in your gaps, and you back a full and beautiful smile. However, implants can also benefit you in ways not seen with the naked eye. Missing teeth cause side effects like shifting teeth and bone atrophy. Teeth shift as they try to compensate for the extra room in the mouth and can affect the mouth’s bite. Bone atrophy occurs due to the lack of stimulation in the area of your missing tooth. This condition can cause other complex complications like sagging facial skin or premature aging. Additionally, correcting your mouth’s bite helps you chew and swallow more efficiently and can even prevent or correct issues like TMJ disorder.
What should I expect from my dental implant procedure?
Your procedure will have two phases. The first phase includes a consultation to go over your expectations and the process itself. Your dentist will inspect your teeth and ensure that you are a good candidate for this procedure. Patients who have teeth decay or gum disease will need to treat those conditions prior to receiving their implants. Additionally, those who have significant bone atrophy may need a bone grafting procedure before their implantation procedure. Your dentist will take an impression of your mouth to use as a guide for the design of your replacement teeth. Then, your dentist implants the fixture, a titanium post, into the jawbone beneath the missing tooth.
The second phase of your procedure occurs after your fixture implantation has healed and the bone has grown around the fixture to anchor it into place. Your dentist then affixes the replacement tooth, usually a dental crown or bridge, onto the fixture to complete your implant.
Dental Implants in San Diego, CA
For more information on dental implants or what they can do for you, please contact Dr. Connie Pierce, Dr. Brandon Pierce, and Dr. Jennifer Pierce at Pierce Family Dentistry serving the Rancho Peñasquitos area in San Diego, CA. Call (858) 484-3300 to schedule your appointment with your family dentist today!
Bad smile? Porcelain veneers can give you that perfect smile you've always wanted. Veneers are thin shells of ceramic that are attached to the front surfaces of teeth for an immediate smile transformation. Pierce Family Dentistry, which is located in San Diego, CA, offers a full range of dental services. Dr. Connie Pierce, Dr. Brandon Pierce, and Dr. Jennifer Pierce are some of the best dentists in San Diego, CA. Here are five signs you may need veneers.
1. You have damaged teeth.
Falling down, an accident, or sports injury can cause a tooth to break. If you discover you have chipped or broken a tooth, don't panic. Your San Diego, CA, dentist can use a dental veneer to restore your broken tooth. A dental veneer can make your tooth look whole and healthy again.
2. Your teeth are stained.
Pigments from dark-colored beverages and smoking tobacco can discolor your teeth. Other things that can cause tooth discoloration include environmental factors, diseases that are present at birth, and infections. Veneers will make you love your smile. These porcelain shells can give you a bright, white smile instantly.
3. You have gapped teeth.
Gapped teeth are one of the most common cosmetic dental issues. Many people feel self-conscious about the gaps in their smile. Porcelain veneers can close the spaces between your teeth. These ceramic shells fit over the surface of your teeth to create an evenly-spaced smile.
4. Your teeth are worn down.
Worried about your worn-down teeth? Stress, wear and tear, and friction causes erosion of the enamel on teeth. Brushing aggressively, chewing, and teeth grinding can cause tooth wear. Your dentist can repair your smile through the use of porcelain veneers. These porcelain shells essentially replace tooth enamel. Veneers are less likely to wear down than natural teeth.
5. You have crooked teeth.
Does your crooked smile embarrass you? A crooked smile can make people feel self-conscious about their appearance and affect their self-esteem. Dentists use veneers to improve teeth that are crooked. Porcelain veneers are very effective in covering up flaws and giving patients the appearance of a perfect smile.
Millions of people around the world have improved their smiles with porcelain veneers. Perhaps, it's time you joined them? Call Pierce Family Dentistry at (858) 484-3300 today to schedule a dental consultation in San Diego, CA. Porcelain veneers will do you and your smile a world of good.
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Are you an adult who is tired of having a crooked smile? Do you hate that your teeth overlap or that there are spaces between teeth? Of course, you may just assume that if you are an adult that the ship has sailed on getting orthodontic treatment. Not so fast! Our San Diego, CA, dentists Dr. Connie Pierce, Dr. Brandon Pierce and Dr. Jennifer Pierce are here to tell you how Invisalign may just give you the results you want.
Here are the steps involved in getting Invisalign in San Diego:
We have to make sure that your smile is right for this orthodontic treatment. While Invisalign can be a great option for many teens and adults with a variety of misalignments (everything from underbites to crowding and gaps between teeth), it isn’t right for everyone. When you come in for your consultation our San Diego general dentists will not only examine your teeth and gums but also make sure that your treatment goals align with what Invisalign can offer.
Planning Your Treatment
Next, we will need to take digital photos of your teeth, which will be turned into 3D images. These images will help us map out your detailed treatment plan from start to finish. From determining what teeth need to move to the exact movements each tooth needs, you’ll even be able to see what your final results will look like with Invisalign before you start your treatment.
Getting Your Aligners
Once an outside dental lab creates your aligners and sends them to us you will come in so that we can fit you with the first set in your treatment. Remember, with any orthodontic treatment it will take about a week to get used to your new aligners; however, many people find that these aligners are far more comfortable than metal braces.
Wearing Your Aligners
This is where your dedication to your treatment is key. These aligners are removable, which means that you can continue to eat whatever you want throughout the course of your treatment. You also won’t have to worry about brushing and flossing carefully around precarious wires and brackets. Wearing aligners is pretty simple, the only rule you need to follow is to wear them the majority of the day. This means for at least 20 hours, but ideally, you should aim for 22 hours. After two weeks, you’ll get rid of the aligners you are wearing and swap them out for the next set in your treatment.
Don’t let a crooked smile make you feel embarrassed about your appearance. No matter your age, Pierce Family Dentistry in San Diego, CA, is here to help. Call our dental office today to book a consultation with us.
Your smile plays an important role in your self-esteem. When it's dull or damaged, it's hard to feel confident when you look at yourself in the mirror. Thanks to a variety of innovative cosmetic dentistry treatments, you don't have to live with a smile that doesn't reflect the true you. Our San Diego, CA, cosmetic dentists - Dr. Connie Pierce, Dr. Brandon Pierce and Dr. Jennifer Pierce - discuss a few treatments that will transform your smile.
Bonding changes the shape of teeth, repairs damaged areas and covers imperfections with composite resin, a flexible material that becomes as tough as tooth enamel when it hardens. Bonding is very effective and is one of the least expensive types of cosmetic dental procedures.
Veneers hide common tooth problems under a thin layer of porcelain. The tooth-shaped shells provide coverage for chips, bumps, cracks and discolorations that affect the front of your teeth. They're also used to conceal crooked or oddly shaped teeth, lengthen teeth or cover space between teeth. Would you like to brighten your smile? Stain-resistant veneers offer a long-lasting alternative to teeth whitening.
Crowns and bridges
Crowns just may be the most versatile type of dental restoration available in San Diego. Also called "caps," these hollow restorations fit over teeth that have been reduced in size. Crowns prevent fragile teeth from breaking and also restore teeth that have already broken. They lengthen teeth that are too short to be restored with bonding or veneers, change the shape of teeth and conceal imperfections. Crowns are also joined together to form bridges, restorations that replace one or more missing teeth.
Dental implants replace your entire tooth from the root to the crown. The titanium implants fuse to your jawbone, providing a stable foundation for dental crowns. Implants are often recommended to replace a single missing tooth, but can also be used to restore an entire arch of teeth. Implant-supported dentures not only feel more comfortable than removable dentures, but also don't affect your biting power the way that dentures do.
Why not improve your smile with one of these cosmetic dentistry treatments? Call our San Diego, CA, cosmetic dentists - Drs. Connie, Brandon or Jennifer Pierce - at (858) 484-3300 to schedule your appointment.
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