Do you find yourself smiling in the mirror, focusing on imperfections in your teeth? Whether you wish your teeth were whiter, straighter, or more evenly shaped, our cosmetic options at North Park Dental can help! With teeth whitening, bonding and reshaping, and versatile veneers, Dr. Muñoz can enhance your grin and give you a natural-looking, aesthetically pleasing smile!
Many people ask our team what the difference is between professional whitening at the dentist and whitening strips you can find at the pharmacy. Essentially, the answer boils down to safety and comfort. Over-the-counter (OTC) whitening strips are not custom-made to fit your mouth, so the whitening agents often pour over onto your gums, which can cause pain and sensitivity. Additionally, the strips don’t always reach your whole smile, leaving you with an uneven whitening. At North Park Dental, you can trust Dr. Muñoz to create whitening trays that fit perfectly on your teeth and give you results you can be proud of.
If you have misshapen, chipped, or slightly gapped teeth, dental bonding may be the right cosmetic treatment for you. You can draw a parallel between dental bonding materials and sculptor's clay. Dr. Muñoz applies a small amount of dental resin to your tooth, and molds it into an ideal shape. This treatment can improve the appearance of minor chips or cracks, fill in gaps, and reshape or recolor yellowing teeth. Shaping and contouring are also part of the process, and this involves the removal of small amounts of enamel to contour and shape your smile for a more aesthetically-pleasing appearance.
Veneers are a very versatile cosmetic treatment. They can cover up many different kinds of imperfections like chips and discolorations, and they can also correct misshapen teeth and fill in small gaps. Essentially, veneers are thin shells that fit over your teeth to give them better shape and color. To ensure that they fit perfectly on top of your teeth, Dr. Muñoz will remove a small layer of enamel before permanently attaching your veneers with dental cement.
Once the veneers are placed, you’ll have a perfectly shaped, beautiful smile. You can care for veneers just like natural teeth by brushing and flossing, but be sure to avoid chewing non-food items like fingernails, pens, and ice.
"I love being able to make a positive impact on my patients’ mood and self image."
– Dr. Muñoz