Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic Dentistry

To meet your individual needs, we offer a full range of tooth replacement options:

  • Dental Implants– artificial tooth roots made from titanium and finished with dental crowns or abutments for dentures and partials
  • Permanent Bridges-a set of full porcelain or porcelain fused to metal restorations that are connected to at least two natural teeth to bridge the gap left by a missing tooth
  • Removable Partial Dentures– a cast metal or acrylic denture that is held in place by wire clips, useful when some (but not all) of the natural teeth are missing
  • Removable Full Dentures– complete set of removable replacement teeth

To further customize your treatment, many of these options can be modified or combined to create a truly unique restoration. For example, both permanent and removable bridges, dentures, and partials can be anchored to natural teeth as well as dental implants. Your tooth replacements can be made from porcelain, acrylics, and metal alloys for the highest level of durability and esthetic appeal.

The Zoom! In-Office Whitening System uses proprietary technology to whiten your teeth an average of 6 shades* in a little over an hour while you relax in our comfortable dental chair. It’s an ideal procedure for anyone who wants immediate results. Over-the-counter strips or paint-on gels are often unpredictable and time-consuming.  Get predictable results and whiter teeth in a fraction of the time with Zoom.

Is tooth whitening safe?

Yes, research and clinical studies indicate that whitening teeth under the supervision of a dentist is safe. In fact, many dentists consider whitening the safest cosmetic dental procedure available. As with any tooth whitening product, Zoom! is not recommended for children under 13 years of age and pregnant or lactating women.

Do the results last a long time?

By following some simple post whitening care instructions, your teeth will always be lighter than they were before. We recommend flossing and brushing twice daily with a whitening toothpaste to keep your teeth their brightest.

Is there any difference between over-the-counter tooth whiteners and Zoom!?

Yes! Consulting Drs. Kwon & Jabbour is always the first step to whitening your teeth safely. Over-the-counter tooth whitening strips, brush-on gels and toothpastes take weeks or months to whiten your teeth just a few shades. Zoom! is clinically proven to whiten your teeth an average of 6 shades* in one hour.

How does the Zoom! In-Office System work?

The Zoom! light-activated whitening gel’s active ingredient is Hydrogen Peroxide. As Hydrogen Peroxide is broken down, oxygen enters the enamel and dentin, bleaching any colored substance while keeping the structure of the tooth unchanged. The Zoom! LED light technology aids in activating the Hydrogen Peroxide and helps it penetrate the surface of the tooth.

Is the Zoom! In-office procedure painful?

No. During the procedure, patients can actually watch television or listen to music. Many fall asleep.

Are there any side effects?

Some patients will experience a temporary increase in tooth sensitivity during treatment and within the first 24 hours following the procedure. These symptoms can be expected to disappear within 1-3 days of the treatment and is not damaging to the tooth structure.

If you have generally sensitive teeth, our doctors will recommend use of a prescription strength fluoride treatment for one week prior to your Zoom! treatment.

How long is the procedure?

The entire procedure takes just over one hour. The procedure begins with a preparation period followed by one hour of bleaching. A five-minute fluoride treatment completes the procedure (we recommend a cleaning prior to the actual Zoom! Whitening session).

A refreshingly white smile can provide a wonderful boost to your appearance and your self-confidence. To schedule a consultation and learn more about Zoom! In-office Whitening, contact our Walnut Creek CA dental office today.

If your teeth are chipped, broken, cracked, have slight gaps, or are discolored, your Walnut Creek CA dentist can provide a number of treatment options. Perhaps one of the simplest cosmetic solutions, dental bonding can enhance the appearance of your front teeth and transform your smile in a single dental visit.

The cosmetic bonding procedure involves the application of a tooth-colored composite resin to the surface of the front teeth with a permanent dental adhesive. The composite resin can be to conceal and correct chips, cracks, spacing, stubborn stains, and other esthetic flaws in the enamel.

To begin the procedure, the surface of the enamel may need to be treated with a special solution that cleans and conditions the area that is to be bonded. Next, the bonding material is applied in thin coats and cured (hardened) with a special wave-length curing light. According to your treatment goals, multiple coats of resin can be applied in order to close spaces or lengthen the teeth.

To finalize the process, the teeth will be shaped and polished to a smooth finish. With proper planning and preparation, the entire bonding procedure can be completed in just one visit.

The results of your dental bonding are intended to last for many years. At each routine dental visit, we will assess the integrity and condition of the bonding and advise you when you should consider having your bonding replaced. At home, brushing and flossing regularly help to ensure that your teeth and dental work stay strong. Avoiding foods and drinks that could discolor your restorations, such as coffee, tea, red wine, and tobacco products will help keep your smile clean and attractive for many years.

Veneers are ultra-thin, custom-fitted shells designed to cover the front surfaces of your teeth. They can be used to correct spaces between teeth, correct the appearance of teeth that are chipped or worn, severely stained, irregularly shaped, or crooked.

Typically made of porcelain or composite resin, veneers are applied to the front teeth that are most visible when you smile. Porcelain veneers are more durable and less likely to stain compared to composite resin bonding. They are also a more conservative alternative to dental crowns.

The veneer process can involve one or more dental visits. During the initial visit, the natural teeth will be shaped and prepared to accommodate the veneers. Then, impressions of the teeth and gums will be used to capture the exact dimensions of your smile. If the veneers are processed using the CEREC Chairside technology, your veneers can be designed, milled, and permanently cemented in a single visit. If your case will be sent to a dental laboratory, you will need to return to the dental office in approximately 3 weeks to have the veneers permanently cemented.

Sometimes, bite-related conditions can become recurrent. Many adults who received orthodontic care as children have noticed that the teeth have gradually drifted out of position. Without the diligent use of a retainer, it is virtually impossible to maintain a straight and balanced bite. In light of that fact, it is not uncommon to undergo an orthodontic retreatment in order to regain a bite that was once ideal.

During your initial comprehensive exam, we will evaluate your bite in order to determine the ways in which it may be influencing your current oral health. We will also consider the ways in which your bite may impact your future dental work. If necessary, we may recommend traditional orthodontics or the revolutionary Invisalign method.

If you are one of the millions of patients who feel very self-conscious about smiling, the problem could involve more than just the teeth. Your dissatisfaction with your smile could be related to the health and the position of your gumline. Your dentists in Walnut Creek CA can utilize the latest surgical techniques to gently sculpt the gumline and drastically enhance your smile.

Gum Grafting- Gum recession (the loss of gum tissue which exposes the root structure of the teeth) is a common dental condition that can cause the teeth to appear too long. The condition can also cause sensitivity, tooth decay, and an unattractive smile.

Grafting new gum tissue over the exposed root surface can enhance the shape and appearance of the gumline.

Gum Lift- Very often, when the teeth appear too short, you may notice that there is a lot of gum showing when you smile. Rather than suffer from embarrassment or trying to hide your smile, you may benefit from a simple procedure that is designed to lift the gumline and lengthen the appearance of the teeth.

A gum lift allows us to reshape the gumline around each tooth with a dental laser in order to create the appearance of longer, more symmetrical teeth. This procedure can eliminate the “gummy” smile and balance your smile for a more aesthetically pleasing result.

These procedures can be used in conjunction with other cosmetic dental procedures such as crowns and veneers, or used alone to enhance the overall appeal of your smile. Whether you desire a complete smile makeover or a subtle improvement, the end result will be a smile that is highly aesthetic and natural-looking.