What is Cosmetic Dentistry


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Cosmetic dentistry refers to a host of cosmetic dental treatments designed to enhance the smile and correct chipped, cracked, discolored, and unevenly spaced teeth. From porcelain veneers to tooth-colored fillings, patients can choose from a variety of cosmetic dental solutions at our San Diego area office to restore the health and vitality of their smile.

But cosmetic dentistry does much more than improve smiles. It changes lives.

It is amazing how in just a few hours with a talented and artistic cosmetic dentist, you can have a whole new outlook on life. If you are not confident with your smile or you feel your teeth are holding you back in life, do something about it sooner rather than later.

Cosmetic dentistry is powerful in transforming faces, smiles and lives. Typical cosmetic dental patients of our La Mesa cosmetic dentistry practice are adults that are ready to make a difference in their lives.

There are many different cosmetic dental procedures available to make these life and smile transformations.


Cosmetic dentistry treatments can be performed to correct everything from minor flaws in the smile to severe tooth discoloration, missing teeth, and uneven spacing between teeth. The following is a list of common cosmetic dental options, all of which are available at Jeff Gray DDS in La Mesa, California:

Sedation Dentistry
It allows you to comfortably undergo everything from a simple cleaning to extensive concerns. It is included in this list of cosmetic dental options because many patients either have a fear of the dentist or would like to have several cosmetic dental procedures performed at once and being comfortable and relaxed during a visit to the dentist addresses both of these issues.

Porcelain Veneers
Ceramic shells applied to the front of the teeth to conceal cracks and chips, overlay gaps, and create a whiter appearance to a person’s smile. Our master ceramist will create your dental veneers to look just like natural teeth (or even better!).

Porcelain Crowns
A cap used to repair badly decayed or damaged teeth. The dental crown is created from a mold of the original tooth, and then applied after the decay is removed and the tooth is prepared. Similar to the veneers, each porcelain crown will be custom crafted to look beautiful and natural.

Invisalign® Invisible Braces
A cosmetic dentistry solution for unevenly spaced, overlapping, or gapped teeth. Invisalign® is a popular teeth-straightening solution for adults who want to avoid orthodontic braces. Dr. Gray, your San Diego cosmetic dentist, is one of the leading providers of Invisalign in the nation and can help you have a straight, beautiful smile.

Tooth-Colored Fillings
A composite resin material matched to the natural shade of your teeth. Tooth-colored “white” fillings are an attractive alternative to silver amalgam fillings.

Teeth Whitening
There are two methods for whitening teeth: laser teeth whitening (performed in the cosmetic dentist’s office) and at-home teeth bleaching (involving the use of take-home bleaching kits).

Dental Bonding
The application of tooth-colored composite to the teeth. The bonding material can then be polished and shaped to look like the rest of the teeth. Cosmetic dental bonding can close gaps, fix chipped teeth, and make your smile more aesthetically pleasing.

Instant Orthodontics
Instant Orthodontics is a cosmetic dentistry procedure that can transform a crooked, uneven smile to one that’s straight, even and white in only 2 to 3 visits, without the use of metal braces.

Computer Imaging
Through the magic of computer imaging and photography, we can show you what you’ll look like with your new smile, BEFORE we do anything to your teeth.

Porcelain Inlays/Onlays
Durable and attractive restorations used to repair cracked or otherwise damaged teeth. Inlays and onlays require less tooth reduction than fillings or crowns.

Balanced Bites
If you have noticed your teeth look worn down or short, you have headaches or jaw pain, you may be suffering from a “Bad Bite.”

Fresh Breath
Many people think that bad breath is a result of what’s going on in our stomachs. But that’s not the whole story. The actual odor of halitosis is generated by bacteria that thrive in the mouth under the gums, and in the nooks and crannies on the teeth and the surface of the tongue.

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