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Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic Dentistry in Walnut Creek

Your dental health is closely connected to your smile’s appearance. While aesthetic limitations such as dullness or tooth discoloration do not affect your oral health, having a bright, beautiful smile that encourages healthy self-expression and self-confidence is just as important.

At the dental office of Dr. Grace-Mary Hume & Dr. Michael Carpentier, we believe your smile is too important to go unnoticed. Our team is proud to provide comprehensive cosmetic dental services designed to help you achieve a truly radiant smile that you’re delighted to show off to the world.

Our cosmetic dentists are here to help, whether you need minor cosmetic enhancements through professional teeth whitening or a complete smile makeover through a combination of treatments.

To schedule your examination and consultation, please contact us today.

I Don’t Like My Teeth or My Smile – How Can Cosmetic Dentistry Help?

Your unique smile can suffer from injury, everyday wear, or natural aging. Because of these often-inevitable factors, it can be challenging to feel happy or confident about your current smile. Not to mention that these circumstances can not only affect your smile’s appeal but its function and health as well.

Cosmetic dentistry, however, is more than aesthetic enhancements for your smile. The aesthetic treatments of today are designed to address and fix dental problems that can have a significant negative impact on your overall dental health.

Continue reading to discover how cosmetic dental care can fix the many conditions that impact your smile.

Discolored or Yellowed Teeth - A yellowing smile doesn't necessarily indicate poor health but may be the result of certain lifestyle habits. If you have deep discoloration, caused by an injury, or certain medications, veneers may also be an ideal option.  

Decayed Teeth – Treatments such as composite fillings, porcelain inlays, onlays, veneers, or CEREC ® crowns, restore damage from decay.

Cracked, Broken, or Fractured Teeth – Depending on the severity of dental damage, our team may recommend porcelain inlays or onlays to address minor to moderate cracks and fractures. With a dental crown, it is possible to fix teeth that are structurally compromised by excessive damage. We use CEREC crowns to address harm promptly and effectively.

Worn, Weak, or Misshapen Teeth – Porcelain veneers can be used to provide long-lasting strength and symmetry to an unbalanced smile. If your teeth need more structural reinforcement, a dental crown may also be an ideal solution.

Misaligned Teeth – Believe it or not, porcelain veneers can address minor dental misalignment with additional symmetry.

Dental Gaps – Veneers are specifically shaped to provide balance to your smile and reduced any gaps.

Lost or Missing Teeth – With our natural-looking restorations, we can replace lost or missing teeth, allowing you to smile with full confidence once more!

What Are My Treatment Options for Cosmetic Dentistry?

At the dental office of Dr. Grace-Mary Hume & Dr. Michael Carpentier, our primary goal with cosmetic solutions is to create a healthy, functional and aesthetically-pleasing smile. We use several procedures to help us accomplish including:

  • Inlays & Onlays
  • Teeth Whitening with Phillips Zoom! ®
  • CEREC ® Crowns
  • Composite Fillings
  • Porcelain Veneers

For more information on the specific services we offer, or to schedule your cosmetic dentistry consultation, please call us at (925)944-5151.

Helping You Achieve the Smile You’ve Always Wanted with Your Cosmetic Consultation

Before our dentists recommended any form of cosmetic dental treatment, our team first takes the time to truly understand your specific smile, as well as its current health.

Your initial consultation provides you with an opportunity to openly discuss what you like and don't like about your smile. It is also an opportunity for our team to get to know you while establishing realistic expectations regarding your treatment.

We will discuss with you your dental history and have a full set of digital photos taken so our team can get a better idea of your current dental state.

You can also expect a complete dental examination which involves our team inspecting your teeth, gums, tongue, soft tissues, and any other important structure of your mouth. We do this to ensure there are no active or underlying issues such as decay, disease, or infection that could jeopardize your smile.

Why Choose Professional Teeth Whitening?

Are you looking to enhance your look? Maybe before an important social event or an upcoming interview? Professional teeth whitening from our Walnut Creek team may be the ideal solution you’re looking for!

Teeth whitening is a popular cosmetic procedure that is both safe and highly effective. We use Phillips Zoom! professional-grade whitening solution for fast, noticeably whiter, and successful results.

What You Can Expect from Your Professional Whitening Procedure with Philips Zoom! ® 

You don't have to worry about the sensitivity of your teeth or gums as whitening gels are now denser and less likely to cause discomfort. Additionally, with the help of topical desensitizers such as fluoride, we can improve your comfort levels.

During tooth whitening in the office, you will wear protective glasses, and your gums are protected by a special mouthpiece that helps you keep your mouth open during treatment to expose your teeth. The gel is applied carefully to all the exposed teeth while you sit in the dental chair comfortably.

A bright light is then shined on your teeth. The light activates the whitening gel to promote rapid and powerful stain removal. The whitening gel usually only stays about 15 to 30 minutes on your teeth. You will notice that your teeth look whiter as soon as the gel is removed and you rinse your teeth.

How Can I Help Keep My Smile Bright?

After making the appointment, undergoing in-office whitening, and spending the time to achieve the whiter smile you desire, the last thing you want is to see in the mirror is tooth discoloration.

Below are five helpful tips Dr. Hume and Dr. Carpentier recommend to keep that Hollywood-worthy smile.

Stay consistent with your oral hygiene routine. Brush twice a day with dentist-approved, whitening toothpaste and floss daily, or after every meal. Rinse twice a day with an antiseptic mouthwash.

Avoid or limit stain-causing foods or drinks. Red wine, coffee, black tea, marinara sauce, dark berries, have highly pigmented, large molecules that latch onto the surface of your teeth and stay there.

Do not smoke or use tobacco products. These will not only pose a serious threat to the overall health of your smile, but they have toxic ingredients that will stain your teeth excessively.

Use a straw when drinking coffee or tea. When sipping out of a mug or cup, your teeth are directly exposed to these stain-causing liquids. So, if you must have your morning cup of coffee, try sipping out of a straw instead.

Keep up with your regularly-scheduled dental visits. When you stay diligent about your professional exams and cleanings every six months, your smile can stay healthy and bright.

What are CEREC Crowns and How Do They Work?

CEREC crowns use specialized technology with advanced software, equipment, and material to create a prosthetic that is strong and looks completely natural.

The computerized process scans your mouth, targets areas to be corrected and creates moldings to ensure perfect size and fit of your customized crown.

The process eliminates the need for a temporary prosthetic and the two-week waiting period of your final crown. The material can be shaped quickly, which is especially helpful if you’re visiting us for a dental emergency.

The CAD/CAM technology that powers CEREC dentistry is very accurate, quick, and can fabricate your permanent crown within a single office visit.

Experience the CEREC Same-Day Crown Difference

This innovative method has redefined dentistry and is one of your best options for crown treatment. Dental crowns created by CEREC are body-safe and long-lasting. 

CEREC models match perfectly with your natural teeth. They are indistinguishable from an actual tooth in many cases. Since CEREC models are made in house and quickly, it is possible to complete a crown appointment within one appointment.    

Using Only the Highest Quality of Tooth-Colored Materials

Metal materials like gold and amalgam are very durable but also highly visible against the natural color of your enamel. CEREC uses porcelain, ceramic materials that blend naturally and strengthen your treated tooth. You can enjoy food, drinks, hot and cold like temperatures, and experience no discomfort at all.

Are Porcelain Veneers Worth It?

In most cases, absolutely! Porcelain veneers are thin ceramic shells which bond directly to your teeth's front surfaces. They are an ideal choice to improve your smile, and because of their simplicity and versatility, they have become increasingly popular.

Veneers can improve your smile’s appeal and function by addressing a wide variety of issues; these can include:

  • Deeply stained and discolored teeth
  • Teeth that are worn or short
  • Minor dental chips and cracks
  • Crooked or misaligned teeth
  • Gapped or widely spaced teeth

Placing custom veneers requires a high level of technical skill and attention to detail. We routinely place veneers and individually design each case to match and enhance the characteristics of your smile. Please contact us to find out more about porcelain veneers.

Are Porcelain Veneers Long-Lasting?

Porcelain veneers can provide shine, appeal, and strength to your smile for decades with proper care. Our team will ensure that your veneers are made from porcelain of the highest quality and bonded with the most advanced and proven available materials. Remember to refrain from using your veneers as tools for opening and cutting things to prolong their longevity.

Veneers are a great way to fix a variety of dental problems, and if our dentists recommend veneers for you, you should expect a restored and long-lasting smile!

Silver Fillings are too Visible, What Other Options Do I Have?

Natural tooth-colored treatments, such as composite fillings are widely accepted and used instead of silver fillings. Composite materials are safer and can be used to strengthen a tooth in most cases, making it a better choice than the metal predecessor–amalgam.

When are Inlays and Onlays Needed?

Our dentists will often use an inlay or onlay when more than half of the biting surface of your tooth is damaged. Inlays and onlays are an aesthetic alternative to fillings that allow us to keep most of the natural structure of your tooth.

Our Inlays and onlays are made of porcelain and bonded to the damaged area of the tooth. An inlay, which is similar to a filling, is used inside the cusp tips of the tooth. An onlay is similar to an inlay but extends out over one or more cusps of the tooth.

Achieve the Beautiful Smile You Want Today!

If you're considering cosmetic dental care, our experienced team is here to help. Dr. Grace-Mary Hume and Dr. Michael Carpentier, along with their team do all they can to address your concerns and answer your questions.


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