Quality Cosmetic Dentistry in Granada Hills, CA
Broken, missing, crooked, or stained teeth can affect your smile’s appearance, damaging your oral health and confidence. We can help you do something about it. Dr. Parisa Ezzati and her compassionate team work hard to help you achieve a better smile through quality, personalized cosmetic dentistry.
Whether you simply want a brighter smile or need to replace multiple teeth, our dedicated dentist combines skill with an artistic eye to create a smile that’s unique and flattering to you. Schedule a cosmetic consultation today to learn more about how we can help your smile!
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Top 3 Benefits of Cosmetic Dentistry
Cosmetic dentistry can resolve most issues that leave you unhappy with your smile. There are multiple benefits that you will enjoy as a result of our custom cosmetic treatments. Here are the top three benefits of cosmetic dentistry that you can expect to enjoy.
1. Health: A smile’s health and its appeal go hand-in-hand. Before getting started on your cosmetic treatment, Dr. Ezzati will work with you to ensure you have a healthy oral foundation. This not only promotes good overall health but helps your cosmetic treatment to last for many years. Many cosmetic treatments, such as fillings and crowns, also help to restore your smile without impacting its aesthetic appeal.
2. Confidence: Improving your smile can grant you newfound confidence. You’ll find yourself smiling more often, which helps improve your mood. A boosted self-esteem can help encourage you to take bigger steps, like striving for a promotion or trying new social activities.
3. Social Appeal: Smiling encourages the people around you to smile, too. As you smile more, people want to be around you more. The right mix of cosmetic dental procedures will also flatter your features and could help you maintain a youthful look.
It’s normal for teeth to lose their vibrant luster as years pass, making our smiles look less-than-pristine. While whitening toothpaste and dental cleanings can help, they may not be enough against set-in stains. That’s where teeth whitening, also known as bleaching, can be used to remove stains, enhance your enamel, and bring back your beautiful smile.
Why Are My Teeth Stained?
Our teeth become discolored or stained as we grow older. The foods we eat and the things we drink like coffee, tea, red wine, and soda can cause our teeth to look dingy. If you smoke, that can discolor your teeth, too. Some medications, like tetracycline, could stain your teeth. Even though you may keep up with good oral hygiene habits and have regular professional cleanings, it may not be enough.
Teeth whitening is a non-invasive cosmetic dental treatment. It can lighten your smile by up to eight shades, dependent on how stained your teeth are. While it will not change the natural color of your teeth, whitening will remove most built-up stains that have hidden that color.
Types of Teeth Whitening We Offer
Our practice offers our patients the flexibility and convenience of two options for teeth whitening.
In-Office Whitening - Having your teeth whitened in our office takes about an hour from start to finish. We will apply a professional-strength whitening gel to your teeth several times over the course of the hour. You will be able to see immediate results, and our professional supervision will minimize post-treatment sensitivity. This option is great when preparing for major life events like a wedding, prom, or a job interview.
Professional Take-Home Kits - If your busy schedule makes long office visits challenging, our professional take-home kits may be an excellent option for you. The whitening gel in these kits is stronger than what you can buy over-the-counter. Patients who choose this option will need to come to the office for two short appointments.
One appointment is to make impressions of your mouth so that custom whitening trays can be made. The second appointment is to try on the trays and have any needed adjustments made to improve their fit. These trays are yours to keep, so you can easily continue to touch up your smile – just pick up a gel refill during one of your regular six-month visits!
Keeping Your Teeth White After Treatment
The results of teeth whitening are only temporary, and you may need touch-ups every few years or sooner if you smoke or frequently drink coffee, tea, or wine.
You can prolong your results and keep your teeth looking bright by:
- Avoiding staining drinks and foods with dark pigments
- Not smoking or using tobacco products
- Drinking water after meals
- Brushing your teeth twice a day
- Having your teeth professionally cleaned every six months
Invisalign® Clear Braces
Dr. Ezzati is recognized as one of our area’s top providers for Invisalign® clear braces. Her expertise has allowed her to treat teenage and adult patients facing mild to moderate misalignment. Invisalign can be used to correct spacing issues, including crowded teeth, gaps, and teeth that are crooked or don’t properly meet.
Benefits of Clear Aligners
In the past, if patients wanted to improve their smile by straightening their teeth with braces, they would need to wear metal braces for a long time. Unlike traditional metal braces, Invisalign clear braces are just that - clear braces that straighten your teeth without anyone noticing them. Both adults and responsible teens can wear them.
Invisalign’s aligner trays can be easily removed for eating and drinking. This is not possible with metal braces, where wearers may be limited in the types of food they can eat.
Additional benefits of Invisalign’s clear aligners include:
- You can improve your smile discreetly
- Wearers can still brush and floss their teeth normally
- Teeth may straighten faster and with less pain
- Fewer dental visits for brace repairs or adjustments
- No metal to irritate or scratch lips and inside cheeks
Does Invisalign Work?
Yes, Invisalign® works! This system straightens teeth using a series of custom-molded aligners that gently and gradually move your teeth week by week until they are aligned. The aligners are usually changed every two weeks.
During this treatment, you can expect to use between 20-29 aligners per arch as you work toward the goal of having straight teeth. You will need to see Dr. Ezzati every month or two to check your progress. You will be supplied with your additional aligners during these visits.
The Invisalign Experience
Your Invisalign experience begins by having an initial consultation with Dr. Ezzati. She will explain how the system works and answer any questions you might have. You will need to have impressions made of your mouth and x-rays that will assist in devising your initial treatment plan. This is done using three-dimensional (3D) digital images of your jaw. Once Dr. Ezzati has developed your treatment plan, your customized aligners are made.
Composite Fillings to Save Your Teeth
Composite fillings are an alternative to traditional amalgam fillings. Instead of having a dark, metallic appearance, composites are made from a blend of acrylic and ceramic that matches the natural color of your teeth. Therefore, they are often referred to as tooth-colored fillings.
Why Choose Composite Fillings?
Composite fillings are ideal for a more discreet restoration of a tooth needing a filling or bonding repair. This makes them perfect for fillings toward the front of your mouth that would be visible when you speak or smile. With proper care, your composite fillings could last as long as amalgams.
The process of having a composite filling takes a little longer than that of an amalgam filling because the material must be cured to harden. This is a minor trade-off when you consider that the amount of tooth preparation and removal of enamel is reduced, saving more of your healthy enamel. The material also bonds well to enamel, creating a tight seal that prevents future decay.
Enhancing Your Smile with Veneers
Porcelain veneers are a multi-functional option to cosmetically enhance your smile. They are ultra-thin pieces of porcelain that are customized in a professional dental laboratory to match the size, shape, and color of your teeth. Veneers can solve numerous issues at once and can be an alternative for dealing with stubborn stains or mildly crooked teeth.
The process of getting veneers starts with Dr. Ezzati creating a mold of your teeth and a diagnostic mock-up that she will use as a guide when preparing your teeth for the veneers. Each veneer is bonded to the surface of your existing teeth. The entire treatment takes about two weeks.
What Can Veneers Do?
Veneers can be used to improve the appearance of:
- Crooked or misshapen teeth
- Chipped or worn teeth
- Stained or severely discolored teeth
- Teeth that are too large or too small
- Gaps or uneven spaces between teeth
With proper care, which includes good oral health habits and professional cleanings, your veneers will give you many years of confidence and appeal.
Porcelain Crowns for Beautiful Restorations
Porcelain crowns are tooth-shaped and tooth-colored caps that can be used to restore and protect teeth after damage or decay. They are made from ceramic that’s blended to match your natural teeth. The crown covers the entire tooth surface to restore it to its normal size and shape.
Crowns can improve a tooth that:
- Is broken, cracked, deformed, or discolored
- Has severe decay
- Is severely worn down
- Has a large filling
- Has had a root canal treatment
A porcelain crown can also be used with a dental implant to replace a failing or missing tooth. With proper care, a crown can last for many years before needing replacement and give you a natural, long-lasting smile.
The process of having a crown put on your tooth requires two appointments. During the first appointment, we will take several high-accurate molds for your impressions. The impressions are sent to a professional dental laboratory to create caps. They are also used to create a temporary crown, which will stay on your tooth until the permanent crown arrives.
Veneers vs. Crowns – Which is Right for Me?
Veneers and crowns are both excellent procedures that can enhance the look of your smile. It can be a little confusing when determining which one to get. The main difference between the two is that a crown is used to cover the entire tooth and the veneer only covers the front of the tooth.
When in doubt, Dr. Ezzati will be happy to advise you on which procedure would be best for your individual needs. They are a possible option to consider instead of whitening or braces to enhance the appearance of minor concerns within your smile.
Your Unique Smile Awaits in Granada Hills!
When it comes to enhancing your smile, we believe in delivering a positive experience from start to finish. At the office of Parisa Ezzati, DDS, we take the time to get to know you and your goals, and every step is tailored to you.
Whether you’re a first-time patient or you’ve visited us for years, we’re excited to help you achieve your best smile yet! Contact our office to set up your cosmetic dental visit today!
CALL US: (818) 368-5881 REQUEST APPOINTMENT