Cosmetic Dentistry in Rancho Cucamonga
You may experience many dental issues during your lifetime. Cavities happen, and enamel wear is a natural occurrence after years of biting and chewing. If your smile is looking dull or worn, you can benefit from our cosmetic dental treatments in Rancho Cucamonga.
Dr. Jia Y Lee is a general and family dentist who also performs cosmetic dentistry for those looking to enhance the appearance of their smile. Combining the science of dentistry with an artistic flair, he helps patients like you love their smile again. Want to know more about what cosmetic dentistry can do for your dental aesthetic? Contact our office to schedule a cosmetic consultation today!
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What Can Cosmetic Dentistry Do for My Smile?
Most of us likely have something about our smile we’d like to change, but taking action can be intimidating. Yet, it doesn’t have to be. Many cosmetic dental options are minimally invasive, making it simple for you to achieve your ideal smile.
Cosmetic dentistry with Jia Y. Lee, D.D.S. works to positively impact your teeth by performing treatments that make your smile more attractive. Some of the procedures we offer include:
- Composite fillings – White composite resin blends in with the surrounding enamel, providing protection while also achieving aesthetics.
- Porcelain fixed bridges – Porcelain is the material of choice for bridges as it mimics natural tooth enamel in shine and luster.
- Porcelain veneers – Designed to conceal dental imperfections behind an attractive porcelain shell, veneers balance your smile’s aesthetic for your most visible teeth.
- Teeth whitening – A single appointment is often enough to eliminate years of stains and restore your enamel’s natural brilliance.
- Dental implants – Missing teeth are skillfully replaced thanks to implants, the only replacement option to cover both root and crown.
Cosmetic dentistry can make minor fixes or major changes. Tailored to your unique situation, a cosmetic procedure can work wonders for your smile.
Designing Your Custom Smile
Just as every smile is different, so is their cosmetic approach. Dr. Jia Y Lee takes the time to understand you and what you want to accomplish with your smile. He helps you understand your treatment options and develop a treatment plan that keeps your situation and goals in mind.
When designing your treatment, Dr. Lee is careful to include all factors into his planning. This includes not only what issues you wish to address, but how certain treatments will impact your smile. Elements such as skin tone, facial structure, and even the way your lips move must be taken into account to ensure a flattering smile that positively reflects your personality.
Benefits of Composite Fillings
When you have a cavity, getting the restorative treatment you need is the most important step. Fortunately, today’s fillings no longer have to be detrimental to your smile. With composite fillings, your teeth are strengthened and protected by fillings that blend with your natural enamel. Composite fillings offer numerous benefits, including:
Aesthetics: Shade-matched to your enamel, these fillings are easy to miss, and many won’t even notice that you have one at all.
Bonding: Composite resin bonds to the tooth, creating a sturdy seal and fitting smaller spaces. This allows for a smaller filling and saves more of your tooth.
Health: A smaller filling means a stronger natural tooth. Composite fillings also contain no mercury or other heavy metals and are completely biosafe.
Pure Porcelain for Crowns and Bridges
When it comes to combining restorative treatment with beauty, porcelain is the material of choice. Porcelain mimics the natural shine and translucency of tooth enamel, which helps them to enhance your dental aesthetic without being obvious.
Our office provides both crowns and bridges made from porcelain. These customized restorations can protect or replace missing teeth in form, function, and appeal. Each one is shaped to fit your unique smile, giving you confidence along with protection.
Veneers for a Vibrant Smile
When it comes to reshaping your smile, few treatments are as effective and minimally invasive as veneers. Thin tooth-shaped porcelain shells are designed to bond to the front surfaces of your most visible teeth, concealing imperfections. Veneers offer a variety of benefits, including:
- Balance: Veneers fit over the most visible teeth in your smile and can be used to conceal issues that create an uneven look, such as chipped or worn teeth.
- Customization: Each veneer is customized to your unique smile, so your teeth look natural and flattering to your facial structure.
- Versatility: Veneers can conceal many dental issues, including chips, gaps, misalignments, worn teeth, uneven teeth, and discoloration.
- Gentleness: Unlike other restorations, veneers are minimally invasive. When veneers are bonded, only a thin layer of enamel is reshaped to secure the bond and ensure a natural look.
- Longevity: The bonding process ensures that they aren’t easily knocked off or removed. If properly cared for, veneers can last a decade or more.
How the Veneer Process Works
Dr. Jia Y Lee takes great care in designing your veneers. Each veneer requires considering not only the shape and color of your teeth, but your facial features, skin tone, lip thickness, and other unique traits. Each one plays a role in how your smile looks and must be accounted for when designing your smile.
The veneers process generally takes two visits. The first visit involves gently buffing your teeth, then sending impressions to our trusted dental lab for fabrication of your veneers. The fabrication process typically takes two weeks. Once they arrive, you’re invited back to have your new veneers placed and bonded, and you walk out of the office with a beautiful new smile.
Are Veneers Right for Me?
Most people can receive veneers without problems. The most important thing is having a healthy foundation for veneer placement. If your teeth are weak, have decay, or you have gum disease, they are at risk. We help you achieve a healthy smile before proceeding with cosmetic treatment.
How Long Do Veneers Last?
On average, veneers last somewhere between 7-15 years. Caring for your veneers by regularly brushing, flossing, and not using them to bite hard substances can help them to last as long as possible. The better care you take of your veneers, the longer you’ll be able to enjoy them!
Brighter Smiles with Professional Teeth Whitening
The sheer number of whitening toothpaste, strips, and other products makes it clear how important a white smile is to most people. When it comes to lifting years of set-in stains, professional teeth whitening offers top-level results. Whether you want to look good for a big event or want to boost your confidence, teeth whitening is a simple and effective way to enhance your smile.
Take-home kits are a great option for patients whose hectic schedules make extended office visits difficult. Each kit comes with a custom whitening tray shaped to your teeth, ensuring your treatment is evenly spread across your smile. You can whiten at home at any time of day that’s convenient for you. Simply follow the instructions for safe and efficient results.
How Do Teeth Get Stained?
Dental staining is a common fact of life. Years of exposure to dark or acidic foods, including coffee, soda, tomato sauce, and dark berries, allows traces of pigment to become noticeable discoloration. Tobacco use is another common cause of enamel stains.
Teeth whitening works by penetrating the enamel and lifting these stains, revealing the natural color underneath. Some discoloration isn’t due to food or substances, but more complex issues, such as dental trauma. In these cases, a more extensive solution, such as veneers, may be needed to enhance a tooth’s appearance.
Is Professional Whitening Better than Over-the-Counter Products?
Whitening products you can pick up off the shelf are a popular choice and a decent option for touching up your smile. However, these products lack the strength and efficiency of professional whitening. If you have years of stains to contend with, our professional whitening kit will produce more effective and noticeable results.
Completing Your Smile with Dental Implants
Missing teeth have a profound impact on your smile, as well as your dental health. With dental implants, you have a beautiful custom porcelain restoration supported by a biosafe titanium implant post. Dr. Lee uses advanced cone beam technology to guide the surgical placement of your implant post for optimal results.
As the only restorations to replace both the root and crown of a tooth, they can preserve your jaw bone and youthful facial structure, and complete your smile in function and aesthetic. Dental implants are versatile and can replace a single tooth or many according to your unique dental needs.
Your Ideal Smile is Waiting
For Dr. Jia Y Lee and his team, there’s no such thing as a smile that’s beyond help. With tailored services and great attention to detail, we have the skills and services you need to help you achieve a smile you’ll love to let shine. See how cosmetic dentistry can boost your smile and schedule your cosmetic consultation today!
CALL US: (909) 989-5598 REQUEST APPOINTMENT