Irvine Cosmetic Dentistry to Transform Your Smile
Feeling confident about your smile can make a world of difference for your self-esteem, social interactions, and quality of life. At Woodbridge Dental, we’re committed to helping people feel like their best self thanks to a healthy and appealing smile.
Whether you want simple teeth whitening or something more complex, Dr. Ann Nguyen and her team can provide top-quality cosmetic dentistry tailored to your smile.
Ready to enjoy your very best smile? Contact our office to get started today!
Cosmetic Dental Options We Provide
When we provide cosmetic dentistry, our goal is to help you create a smile that not only flatters your features, but reflects your unique personality. That’s why we offer a broad range of cosmetic services so that together, we can create a tailored treatment plan that keeps your needs, lifestyle, and goals in mind.
When you come to our office, we can provide:
When it comes to your smile, our first goal is to ensure that it’s healthy and functions well. A healthy smile not only looks more appealing but provides a strong foundation so that any cosmetic treatments you receive will last. Dr. Nguyen will work with you to create a dental health plan that focuses on promoting good oral health while keeping your aesthetic goals in mind.
Teeth Whitening for a Brilliant Smile
Teeth can naturally become dingy over time, leading to a noticeable change in the color of your enamel. Teeth whitening has become one of the most popular cosmetic treatments because it’s simple, noninvasive, and has the power to completely transform your smile. If you want to feel better about your smile’s aesthetics, professional treatment in our office is often a great first step!
Why Are My Teeth Stained?
Your enamel can gradually become stained over time because of exposure to various staining substances. Dark or acidic foods and drinks, tobacco products, and alcohol are common contributors to tooth stains. Over the years, the stains accumulate until your natural enamel color is hidden underneath.
Teeth whitening uses a professional-grade gel that breaks up stains on and just below the surface of the enamel, letting your natural color shine through and making your smile look fresh and vibrant.
Your Teeth Whitening Options
When it comes to professional-strength whitening, our office provides two forms of whitening:
- Philips Zoom® In-office Teeth Whitening
- Ultradent Opalescence™ Take-Home Whitening Kits
Both types use professional-strength bleaching gel to eliminate set-in stains and brighten your smile. Which type is right for you will depend on your level of staining, goals, and personal needs.
In-office whitening is monitored by a dental professional, ensuring your results are even across your smile and minimizing tooth sensitivity. Whitening treatment in a professional dental office allows us to use the highest-strength whitening, so you receive the strongest results in as little as an hour. Depending on your level of staining, your teeth could be as much as eight shades brighter!
Take-home whitening kits are an excellent choice for those with time constraints that make office visits difficult, or who prefer to whiten at their own pace. We offer Ultradent Opalescence, the only whitening products approved by the FDA and ADA. The kits include a custom tray designed to fit your smile, so the whitening won’t appear uneven. All it takes is a short office visit to create your impressions, and then you can pick up your kit and whiten when and where you feel comfortable. Best of all, the trays are yours for life, and you can easily pick up more whitening gel whenever you visit our office!
Veneers and Lumineers®
One of the most popular and effective options in cosmetic dentistry are veneers and Lumineers®. These are thin ceramic shells that bond to the front surfaces of your most visible teeth, altering their appearance and concealing numerous cosmetic imperfections.
Veneers can alter the color, size, shape, and even the alignment of your teeth, giving your smile a pleasing and uniform appearance. Whether you’d like to correct a gap or conceal worn teeth, veneers can transform your smile quickly and effectively!
How Do Veneers Work?
First, Dr. Nguyen assesses your smile and discusses your goals, habits, and lifestyle with you. She then designs the shape, size, and color of your veneers so that they meet your goals and flatter your facial features.
During the first visit, she prepares your teeth by gently reshaping the top layer of the enamel. This keeps the teeth from looking bulky and will help the veneers to bond to the tooth surface. You’ll be given temporary veneers to wear while a skilled dental lab prepares your custom veneers.
Once your new veneers are ready, you’ll return for a second visit, where the dentist bonds your veneers permanently to your teeth. She’ll make any final adjustments necessary to ensure that they look natural and fit well within your smile. With proper care, your veneers can last ten years or more, giving you plenty of time to enjoy your new smile!
What Makes Lumineers Different from Veneers?
Lumineers are like lighter, thinner versions of veneers. While the difference may only be a few millimeters, this can dramatically impact the way they look, feel, and the placement process. Lumineers are more translucent, which gives them a more natural appearance. There’s also little to no reshaping of the tooth required.
Choosing between veneers and Lumineers depends on what the most important qualities are to you. Being thinner, Lumineers offer a more natural appearance and allow you to keep more of your natural enamel. However, their thinness means that any staining may show through slightly, and they’re also more fragile.
Veneers require more reshaping of the tooth, but they’ll be sturdy and can conceal nearly any dental imperfection. Be sure to talk through your options with Dr. Nguyen and ask her any questions you may have so that you can confidently make a decision that feels right for you.
Botox® for Your Healthy Smile
Many people seek Botox for the cosmetic effects it provides. However, when used selectively in dentistry, it actually offers important health benefits for those facing certain oral issues. TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder) occurs when the main jaw joint becomes sore and inflamed. This could be due to poor dental alignment, teeth grinding (bruxism), or a different source. Jaw pain is common, as are headaches, neck pain, and other unpleasant symptoms.
Botox can actually help to bring relief to this condition. It’s injected directly into the masseter muscle, where it relaxes the muscle and eases the pain, tension, and headaches. This can reduce bruxism and jaw clenching, but doesn’t limit your ability to speak or chew. Best of all, a convenient side effect of this treatment is that it often smooths out wrinkles in the area, providing aesthetic benefits even as it improves your health.
Dr. Nguyen is trained and experienced in providing this treatment option, ensuring the best results for your health. She also provides dermal fillers, which she applies to the gums to correct specific gum defects.
Invisalign® Clear Braces
Crooked or crowded teeth can often be one of the most noticeable aspects of your smile. They also present a number of health concerns. Fortunately, we can help you overcome mild to moderate dental misalignments with Invisalign® clear braces.
Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign uses a series of clear plastic trays customized to your smile, which gently guide your teeth over time into a healthier alignment. Invisalign offers numerous benefits, including:
- Comfort – The thin aligner trays fit closely around your teeth, allowing you to speak and smile comfortably and naturally.
- Convenience – The aligner trays are removable, allowing you to eat, drink, and brush your teeth normally.
- Discretion – Since the aligners are clear and fit snugly to your teeth, most people can’t even tell you’re wearing them unless you point it out!
- Health – Straighter alignment means better chewing, less wear on your teeth, and an easier time keeping your smile clean and free of decay and gum disease. You’re also less likely to suffer dental injuries from sports and outdoor activities.
What if My Smile Needs Repairs?
Your teeth may be affected by damage or decay and will require restorations to help your health get back on track. Fortunately, many restorations today have a cosmetic option that allows your teeth to receive the care you need without affecting your smile’s appeal.
Here are the restorations we provide that can protect and enhance your smile:
Protecting Your New Smile
It’s always important to take good care of your smile, especially if you’ve recently invested time and money in cosmetic enhancements. While regular brushing and visiting the dentist are important steps, there’s more you can do to ensure your oral health and cosmetic treatments will last.
Mouthguards: Custom mouthguards can be used to protect your teeth from risky activities or known health concerns. They’re a valuable tool if you habitually clench or grind your teeth, especially at night.
Sports Guards: Those who frequently engage in sports or other rigorous activities where accidents are common can ensure their teeth are safe with the use of a custom mouthguard designed for athletic use.
Botox: If you grind your teeth but have difficulty using a mouthguard, Botox can relax the muscle and reduce instances of grinding. This protects your teeth, your jaw, and any oral treatments you’ve received.
Helping Irvine Smiles Look and Feel Their Best
At Woodbridge Dentistry, our goal is to help you enjoy the confidence and quality of life you get from a smile that looks as good as it feels. You can count on Dr. Nguyen and her team to deliver exceptional care in every service we provide.
Don’t wait another day to get the smile you’re dreaming of! Come visit our Irvine dental office today!