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What is Cosmetic Dentistry?

Cosmetic Dentistry explained by Dr. Leo Arellano

Your smile says a lot about you. It is the first impression that most people will get when they look at you. This is why it is so important to have a beautiful, healthy looking smile. Cosmetic dentistry is a field in which dentists are able to not only restore and fix your smile, but keep it looking beautiful and natural with the proper restorations, materials, and techniques.

Cosmetic dentistry encompasses a number of procedures. All have one objective in mind, and that is to restore the appearance of dental health. It’s a fact that health and beauty go hand in hand. Teeth in a healthy smile are generally not dark in color, stained, worn down, missing, chipped, cracked, nor crooked. They also do not show exposed roots nor should they show evidence of previous problems by seeing obvious existing dental restorations.

Teeth whitening is a popular consideration for those who want to whiten and brighten their smile. Stained and discolored teeth may make individuals feel self-conscious. Teeth whitening procedures are relatively inexpensive and are an effective way to quickly address discolored teeth.

Bridges and crowns are also cosmetic ways to deal with cracked, broken, or missing teeth. Crowns are also used to help protect teeth after trauma or oral procedures such as root canals which may weaken the teeth. Bridges are a way to replace missing teeth, eliminating large spaces where the previous teeth had been.

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Dental implants and dentures are prosthetics that help replace missing teeth. Dentures can be either full or partial depending on the number of teeth they are replacing, and dental implants are inserted into the gums and jawbones. They are then capped with crowns to replace teeth, or they can be used to stabilize loose dentures by having them “snap” into place.

Cosmetic dentistry also includes orthodontics such as Invisalign which is a form of invisible braces used to straighten teeth. Porcelain veneers can also accomplish the same solution, as well as hide discolored or permanently stained teeth.

Dr. Arellano of San Francisco specializes in various cosmetic dentistry procedures, and can help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted. Call today to schedule a consultation appointment and find out what Dr. Arellano can do to get you the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted!



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I've been going to Dr. Arellano for about 20 years and I continue because of the excellent care and treatment I get with him and his whole office team. He is both professional and personable.
Recently I had a newer technique of gum surgery/grafting at his office called, "Pinhole Surgical Technique of gum grafting." I personally found this to be much easier to handle than the other style of gum grafting that I received years ago for the other side of my mouth. That worked, it was where part of my roof of my mouth was cut and surgically sewn onto the gum. However, I much prefer the pinhole technique. It was actually the easiest dental work I've had (beyond regular cleaning.) It didn't take too long and it didn't feel uncomfortable getting it done. I was swollen, but I think that happens regardless of what kind of gum grafting is done. I needed ibuprofin for a few days, no major pain. It healed well and just felt easy. I am not a fan of having any work done in my mouth because that's me, but this was the easiest work I've ever had done.
So, if you are debating which kind of surgery to do I personally would recommend the pinhole surgery.

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We've gone to Dr Arellano for many years and have never been disappointed with any of the work he's done. Recently my husband broke a tooth and Leo got him in and had the tooth repaired within a few short hours. Service like that is very hard to finds these days. His office staff is fantastic. Nice people you are always glad to see. I would highly recommend Dr Arellano to anyone who is searching for an honest, competent, well trained dentist.

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I recently had a dental implant procedure performed by Dr. Arellano.
I could not be more pleased with the results. From the initial consultation to insertion of the implants, Dr. Arellano made this entire procedure understandable, easy, & pain-free !!
Highly recommend this professional dentist.

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